Here's back when little Nora was just a couple weeks old.
I had to take pictures of Bennett and Mylie's letters to Santa before they were sent off to the North Pole. I love that the main thing Bennett wanted was a book. And Mylie's list is just so classic and girly :)
And this is Mylie's interpretation of an "angel". She was supposed to be one for a nativity for the Saunders family Christmas party. This is how she chose to dress, crown and all!
I have so much I would like to catch up on that has happened in the past 3 months, but here is a recent photo of Nora and what she looks like right now. It is crazy how much a baby can grow and change in a few short months.
I had to wait a little longer than I wanted to to take Nora's newborn pictures since her skin was so beat up. Between the bruising and the jaundice, it was hard to make her skin look ok for the photos. I was a little bummed that I couldn't get the kind of pictures I wanted with beautiful skin, but it is what it is. Some newborns are harder than others, and my own little Nora was probably the hardest one I have ever edited :)
Hanging out in her bouncy seat. Her skin is a little edited in this pic.
Here is what her skin really looked like that day. Better than it was a week earlier, at least. This picture really doesn't do it justice though.
Pictures with her siblings. This is the one I used for the Christmas card. It is the ONLY picture that turned out with all four of them together.
With Daddy and with Mommy:
I can't believe how much she has grown since then. She is the sweetest little girl!
Many people have asked me how having four kids is. Well, maybe the fact that I haven't blogged any of the fourth child's life and it has been a month and a half since I have posted anything will give you an idea! Life is busy but it is all worth it :)
Here is a little of the story of welcoming Nora:
Here I am the night before I delivered. Nora was my fourth scheduled induction! I am four for four on having my children this way.
Nora ended up being my longest labor of all! I went in at 7 AM, got the Pitocin going at 8 AM, and didn't have here until 2:22 PM. Since Coy took all of 2.5 hours, I was kind of expecting that again, but no such luck! This was also the labor with the most painful contractions I've ever experienced! I don't think I even quite made it to a 4 dilation before I was begging for an epidural! I guess they are all different! She gave us a little scare right before she came when her heart rate dropped drastically. We soon found out it was because she had the cord tightly wrapped around her head and hand. Thus, she was black and blue! We didnt' know quite what she looked like for the first little while since she was so swollen!
Here is her right after birth mugshot:
Here she is in her little bassinet at the hospital. After several nurses about fainted when seeing her as they would come in the room to check on us, they decided it would be best to put a little sign in her bassinet that said "I'm bruised." It got a little comical to see them gasp as they thought she was purple from suffocation.
Little did we know that she later would really turn purple as she started choking on amniotic fluid that first night! She was taken from me for over 4 hours as she was watched and had her stomach pumped to get it all out. She had me so worried that night! I also was worried because she had some very unique ears! I was worried that they were a sign of a more serious problem, but after talking to no less than 3 different pediatricians about them, I was assured that they were nothing to worry about! (She has actually almost grown out of them as of today.)
See how the tops of here ears kind of form an "M"?
Here are a few more precious shots of her at the hospital. Oh, she is so sweet!!!
All ready to go home! Kind of bittersweet! I just love the days in the hospital getting to know a newborn without the cares of home. Mylie got to come with us to get her ready and take her home. She was in heaven! She even got some alone time with her before the boys came home.
Here is her coming home outfit. Of course it drowned her!
First sponge bath at home. She was very alert! She especially loved getting her hair washed under the faucet.
Coy is SO in love with her! I love hearing him talk in his high pitched, sing-song voice to her.
And some more pictures. I can't believe how much she has grown since these were taken! And I can't believe just how bruised her face was. It took a long time for her black eyes to go away completely!
We are so happy to have Nora, even if it means I can't get anything done! She is just so sweet and precious and such a wonderful gift from heaven!
I've been married to Russell for 12 years. We've been blessed with four beautiful children! I absolutely love being a mom and spending time with my family every day. I take way too many pictures because time just goes by way too fast and I love capturing all those special, fleeting moments!