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I am a 29 year old teacher of fourth grade. My husband and I began TTC in March of 2008. We conceived our first month, but unfortunately it only ended in an early miscarriage. 8 months later we finally conceived again, and she was our take-home baby! Norah Jane was born on July 16, 2009. 7lbs 0oz 19" long and amazing. We recently had our sweet baby boy, Miles! He was born on June 12, 2013 at 3:37pm, weighing in at 8lbs 4oz, 20 inches long, and PERFECT! We are loving every minute of parenthood (even the frustrating minutes!). This blog is an attempt to chronicle the baby steps, foot steps, leaps, bounds, and milestones of this journey.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last day of the year!

Well, it is 11:39 on the last day of 2011! I cannot believe how fast this year went. It was a great year, but thankfully, it was a year of no huge events for our family! This year, two of my sisters got married, and the other sister had a baby.

Us? Nothing big! Love it. We needed a year of a little bit of calmness. Even with all of the events of my extended family, it was nice to be able to have a chance for us to just BE.

Before I forget, let me discuss Christmas. This Christmas was SO much fun with Norah! She seemed to know what was going on, loved everything dealing with Santa, and got so excited about Christmas day. We all loved it! She got way more toys than she needed though. Her favorites are the magnetic fishing puzzles, and her geotag train/car set.

When we woken up on Christmas eve morning, which was our Christmas day because we surprised my parents on Christmas morning in south Carolina...which means driving though the night.... Byway, she walked into the kitchen where Rudolph made his mess. She looked at it and said, "Rudolph! You make a mess!" it was so cute. Then she went in and saw all of her presents and got so excited. We had a really great Christmas wi just the three of us. I hope that next year I will be expecting another little one on during the Christmas season!

So speaking of next year, I have a few resolutions:
1. I want to be healthier. Ideally I would like to lose 20 lbs before we start TTC, but mostly I just want to be healthier in what I eat and how often I exercise.
2. I want to be more organized. I am sure Pintrest will help me with this.
3. I want to become closer to God. I want my faith to be stronger, so I'm going to work on it.


2011 was good, but I hope that 2012 will be great! It is 11:51 now, so I've gotta get going!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

I love Christmastime.

December is one of my favorite months for several reasons-- snow days, time off from teaching, Baking, but most of all, the whole Christmas atmosphere. The decorations make me feel such warmth and happiness.

Norah is loving this time too. We are introducing her to Santa-- although when we went and saw him for the first time last weekend, she politely refused to sit in his lap. Can we blame her though? Go sit in a strange man's lap? I wouldn't do it either.

She loved decorating the tree with me. She also loves pushing the button that controls our outdoor lights on and off.

Tomorrow we are going to make a countdown to Christmas, because she already tried to open one present under the tree.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fall retreat fail.

With Daniel being a youth minister, we have retreats twice a year, and of course, summer camp. Since having Norah, I've always taken her to the retreats and such, but we usually have a separate cabin or something for us to sleep in. Well, this year at our all retreat, there wasn't a cabin for us to have for ourselves, so I decided that it would be fine for Norah and I to sleep in one of the cabins with the youth group girls... Wrong.

I made sure to put her in bed by 8:30, and since I was so tired, I just laid down with her. She did NOT want to sleep. It was like she was looking at me as an audience to do anything bs everything that she could to avoid sleeping. When I tried to force her to be quiet or calm down, she threw a fit.... Kicking, screaming, crying... It was nuts. Two and a half hours later, she wasn't any different, so I decided to take her home. She was out within seconds of getting in the car. Silly baby.

Other than that, everything has been going well. We're gearing up for thankgiving, which I am so excited about. Speaking of that, three years ago today, I POAS and it was beautifully positive. That day was amazing, and it has led to so many amazing days. :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

My niece!

My niece Scarlett is so stinking cute!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

iPhone 4 me!

Pretty excited that I got my first iPhone two days ago. I am posting about it because I often wonder if it'll sound interesting in 20 years if I look at my blog... Or if I am just seeing blog updates through my computerized eye contacts that I just KNOW we'll have 20 years from now. :) Anyhow, this iPhone is amazing. It is a computer in my hand. It does everything that I'd normally do on a laptop. I look at this thing and think, "how much further can technology really go?"

So let's talk about Norah. Oh my goodness this girl-- I love her so much. It's inexplicable really. She is her own person, but she's also me-- and my husband. She is the best parts of both of us. She is amazing.

We went trick or treating last night. It was her first real one. She went with us to about ten, maybe twelve, houses. Everyone was so happy to see her, and she just lit up when they brought her the candy. She was a little dragon this year, although she called it a dinosaur. She was precious!

Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July and some updates



Today is the 4th of July, 2011, and it has been a lot of fun. We had my sisters Jamie and Jessy, and Matt and Crystal come over. We had crab legs, which were so so so good! Norah was a blast too, as usual. Speaking of Norah, I need to do some updates:

*She is speaking in full sentences. Saying things like, "No mama! stop! I'll do it!"
*She sings her ABCs so well, and she sings it all.the.time. It's so funny, because she'll be singing one song, like Row your boat, and somehow it turns into ABCs.
*She LOVES corn. Not sure if i've written that before, but we had some tonight, and she just tears it up.
*She thinks everything is hilarious. She started busting out this high pitched laugh when she does something that she thinks is silly. Then she'll scream, "Mama!! Yook! Yook!" It is so funny.
*She is halfway potty trained... but that's another post. She'll potty when we put her on the toilet, and she will tell us every so often, but we're completely in pull-ups. I'll have to go through the whole process later, but it is positive that we're having some progress.
*She is around 27-28lbs I think. Heavy little thing. :) She still has her adorable toddler baby belly, and she also has her sweet little cheeks. It does look like she's about to slim out though.
*She is wearing a size 6 shoe. I remember when she was in size 1s and thinking that the size 4 shoe looked HUGE! Now she's in a 6...sigh.
*She isn't using her high chair at all anymore. She's now in her booster seat at the table. She loves it too. She has also learned how to climb up into the booster seat herself. I still don't understand how she does that.
*She LOVES to help me cook. Everytime I start to make something in the kitchen, she runs over to a dining chair and says, "Help mama! I get chair!" We are in the process of building her a play kitchen out of an entertainment center. That will hopefully be a blog post soon. She has a plastic play kitchen from Walgreens that she loves, but it is just too small.
*Her sleep patterns are fairly regular. She goes to bed around 8 and wakes up around 7 everyday. If she goes to bed any later than 8, she usually gets up earlier than 7...crazy.
*She does NOT like fireworks. We lit some yesterday, and she was totally fine until we did this stupid ladybug one. We thought it was noiseless like the others we got, but this one made a really loud noise and she got scared. She said, "Mama! Scarwy! It's scarwy...go inside?" So sad. :(

We are enjoying this stage of her life so much. I swear that having ONE toddler is sometimes a whole lot easier than having a newborn. Easier to sleep, easier to feed them, easier to keep them
entertained. :)


Sunday, June 12, 2011

The good times...and bad.

Well, there are several good things going on in life right now, and several bad/frustrating things, too. Let's start with the bad so I can end with the good. :)

It seems that in my life, when one thing breaks, everything breaks. Here's what's broken right now:

*The air conditioning in our house went out yesterday. Thankfully we are still renting, but the landlord can't send anyone out until tomorrow. It is so so so so so hot. We spent nearly the entire day away from the house today, because it is like an oven in here. It is honestly cooler outside than it is in the house. It makes sleeping very hard, but I worry more about Norah overheating. I keep checking on her and she's very clammy. :/

*The Jetta (that horrid little vehicle that we still owe money on) is broken...AGAIN! I hate that car so much. It is the biggest lemon/ money pit ever. We went to camp for a week, and when we came back, the alternator had gone out. No biggie right? Well, any other car in the world would be able to be fixed by my handy husband for around $150. Not this one. They built the engine on top of the alternator. It's $530 to fix. Sigh....

*Our toilet chain broke. Again. I know this $2 fix isn't a big deal at all, but this is the third time it's happened in the last 2 months, and it's just one more thing....

*The Volvo has a light that keeps coming on and going off. It is the ETS light. Could be really expensive if that system is breaking. I am praying it isn't.

*I know this isn't something broken, but we have ants, and I can't figure out where they're coming from. I saw them today in the house and tried to track them, but failed. One more thing to buy at Lowe's tomorrow!

Whew...that's all I can think of right now. It's crazy. I am faithful that God will get us through this crazy time without me going completely nuts. :)

The Good Stuff

*Norah cracks me up. She says, "One more, all done, ok?" so often, and it makes me laugh every time. She also says, "There it is! I found it!" constantly, which is probably my favorite thing she can say.

*Speaking of "can say," it isn't a matter of what Norah "can say" anymore. It is now more of what she hears. She can repeat and understand just about every single thing that you tell her. It's amazing to watch. I am constantly in awe of her.

*She can sing her ABCs! The whole way through. When she gets to "L, m, n, o, p" She just goes, "lollllollolmmmmmm" p! It's adorable. She sang it for the talent show at camp....it was a proud moment for me. :)

*Camp was amazing. My husband is such a great youth minister. The kids all had a blast, and Norah was really great the entire time.

*Norah now sings "Row, row your boat," and "If you're happy and you know it" all the way through. Hand motions included. It's so cute.

*Some of her favorite toys are wooden puzzles (which she puts together like it's nothing!), her kitchen set, BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS, and anything with buckles on it.

*She is getting ready for the arrival of her new baby cousin, Scarlett. She prays for her nearly every night, which is so sweet. She loves to kiss my sister's belly and give Scarlett hugs. I <3 it. :)

That's about it for now. The computer is hot on my legs and we have no a/c right now!

Monday, May 23, 2011

I love this girl.

I love her. She is so great. Norah is the funniest little girl I've ever met. Just so I can document some things at 22 months old:

-Norah loves applesauce right now. Every night when I say, "What do you want to eat for dinner?" She says, "Aesss-sauce!"
-Norah loves to watch Toy Story 3....a LOT. Every morning when she gets up she says, "Hi mama, where daddy? Toys! Cereal!"
-She tries to go on the potty 1-2 times a day now. I will really try to potty train her when I am out of school for the summer and when we get back from camp. Right now, I'm in no rush.
-She points out any and every bus that we see while driving. She screams, "BUS!!!!" Then I say, "what color is that bus?" She always says purple.
-Norah talks in 3-5 word sentences. It's crazy how many words she knows how to not only say, but use properly. I couldn't begin to count.
-She smiles at everyone. When we are out and about, she will wave and talk to anyone and everyone.


I will update more later. I'm really sleepy tonight.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

Three years ago, I wrote this post HERE. I was sad that day. I remember being sad that I thought it was going to take a long time to get pregnant. I had only been TTC for 2 months, but we had already had one miscarriage, so that made things worse. Finally in November of 2008, we conceived our amazing little girl, and since then, our lives have been fabulous!

We had a lot of fun today. We went to church this morning, where I was slightly disappointed that there wasn't a mother's day craft made for us by our kids like we had last year. We came home and Norah took a 2 1/2 hour nap... I actually had to go in and wake her up! She never sleeps that long. Maybe that was a mistake, because for the rest of the day she was a drama mama temper tantrum throwing queen. She has mastered the tantrum, let me tell you! Anyway, we ended up going to the pottery painting place in town where Norah decided to eat the paint. Awesome. The lady came by and assured us that it was non0toxic, which helped. I painted an awesome bowl that I hope turns out as well as I think it will. Norah painted three magnets: an airplane (fairfane <-- Norah talk), a butterfly (fuff feye), and a duck (duck). Daniel painted a 4 x 4 tile with Norah's handprints. I can't wait to get them all next Sunday!

After that we came home and Daniel made me an amazing dinner. While he was cooking, Norah and I went outside and she got in her swimming pool for the first time this season. It was so much fun. She looked so cute in her new bathing suit. I'll have to actually take some pictures next time we go out.

Norah is recovering from a terrible double ear infection. I cannot believe that this is her third infection SINCE her tubes were put in in January. I really thought that the tubes prevented the infections. Oh well... at least they are keeping her from rupturing her ear drums. We got the drops, but this one is so bad (probably because it is on top of a horrible cold/upper respiratory infection), that we went ahead with the antibiotics. I am trying so hard not to give her so many antibiotics, but my mommy-gut told me that they were our best bet to fight this nasty sickness.

I did find this interesting, though. While we were in her pediatrician's office, her pedi said that she was the most talkative child for her age that she's ever seen in all of her years practicing medicine. Lol... I was not very surprised. Norah not only says anything and everything that you can throw at her, but she understands it, processes it, and responds so well. She did say, "I did it!" for the first time today. It was so adorable!

I am so thankful to be her mom, and I can't wait to be someone else's mom too. I know that that'll happen at some point.. Definitely not right now though! :)

Oh, and my sister got married on a beach this morning at 6:15. They eloped. I'm happy for them and hope that they will be happy always.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

A long overdue update!


I know it has been forever since I've updated. Norah is so stinking busy now, that the only real time I have to update is on the weekends when she is napping. She is in her bed now attempting to nap, but apparently the books in her room are proving to be too tempting. Gah...oh well. Anyway, onto an update.

The last post I had was back in January. We were beginning the bink bink weaning. Well, January's weaning didn't go well because she got sick. She had so many ear infections, so on MLK day, we got her the ear tube surgery. Which she did amazingly at. She got another ear infection shortly after (that drained out of her ear..ew!), so I decided that it wasn't the right time to wean.

My next plan was to wean her on my Spring Break in March. I wanted to be home with her during the weaning process so that I didn't have to put that on her teachers at daycare. Well, at the very last minute, my parents wanted me to come down to SC for Spring Break, and I wasn't about to wean while I was down there, so that was a no-go.

My next plan was to wait until Good Friday weekend in April because I would have a three day weekend to try and wean her. Well, on March 29th I just decided that I had had enough of it. I knew she didn't need it because it was out of her mouth within seconds of falling asleep, and she didn't depend on it any other time but nap time and bed time. I kept thinking that she just looked too "old" to have a bink bink in her mouth. Our pedi advised us to wean her from it by the time she was two. Here she was 20 1/2 months old, and I was sure that if I didn't wean soon, then she would throw an even bigger fit in a few months. So, one night, I just decided to try it. I poked a hole in the tip of it and gave it to her. She recognized there was something wrong with it immediately. She got angry and threw it. I said, "Sorry, that's the only one I have." I offered it to her again. She threw it again, I told her I loved her and I walked out. She whined/played for 45 minutes (never got to hard crying), and she fell asleep and woke up at her regular time. At daycare the next day she chewed on the same bink (with the hole) for an hour and fell asleep for two hours. Bedtime that night I did the same stuff. She whined for 10-15 minutes, then fell asleep. The third night she whined for a minute or two. Ever since then we haven't had a problem. She occasionally will have a difficult time at naptime (simply because she wants to play), but we got rid of them and didn't look back. I love it! No more binks!

Since we got rid of the binks, and we knew that we were giving my sister a crib in a few months, we decided to transition her to a toddler bed a few weeks later. I scored an awesome, white wood toddler bed off of craigslist for $35, bought the bedding from JCPenney, and set it up. She was soooo excited. She kept jumping on it and saying, "ya yah's!" Which is her way of saying, "Norah's". So right before we put her in bed, H got the amazing idea of setting up the video camera in her room and recording it on night vision. Norah is very curious, so we were sure that we were going to get some good stuff...we soooo did. If you Youtube jlburnell's channel, you should see the videos. Hilarious stuff. She did everything but go to sleep. The first night it took her over an hour and 12 trips by us coming in there for her to go to sleep. The second night was about 20 minutes with 3 trips, and by the third night, the novelty wore off and she hasn't had a problem since. She rarely gets out of her bed at night. Naptime is a different story, but for the most part, she is good in there.

So, our itty bitty girl is getting so big. She is talking so much now that it's hard to believe she's not even two. I couldn't even begin to list all of the words that she knows. When we were down in SC in December, we wrote them down and got to 75 words before we just stopped. She EASILY has 150+ words, if not a hundred or two more. She is stringing three and four words together now. My favorite might be when she says, "Bye mama, see you later!" :) She melts my heart.

I'm going to attempt to try and update this a little more frequently. I know I don't have a TON of reader's, but I like to have this for myself, too. It's like a second memory bank. :)


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Bink Bink Weaning Night 2

Well, we tried to go up a notch in the bink binks by cutting a small part of the tip off like Bye Bye Binky says to do... it didn't go over well at all. She was so mad that she didn't have her real bink. We gave her back the other one (the one with just a small pinhole in it), and we are now going to take things veeerrryy slowly!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bink Bink Weaning



When Norah born, she was amazing. While we were in the hospital, she slept most of the day, and when she didn't sleep, she opened her eyes, looked around, and was just content. She never needed any kind of bink, she was totally happy. Well, that all changed the SECOND we were discharged to go home...which was ironically funny.

As I put her into that absolutely adorable pink dress with white polka dots and white cardigan, the wailing commenced. She screamed her head off. She screamed and screamed this high-pitched scream. I thought it was a sign that we were destined for failure as parents. Then I thought, "Hmm...what if I gave her a bink?"

Well, the binks that we brought with us were already in the car since we were literally walking
out to go home when all of this began. I had Daniel run down to the nurse's station and ask them if they had one--they did. So back he came with a translucent white bink bink. We put it in her mouth, and she immediately spit it out. We tried two more times before it stuck. It was heaven... a tool to instantly calm and quite a screaming baby.



So as the months progressed, we bought Norah a few more bink binks. She was particulary fond of the Nuk brand...in fact, she never took anything else.

So we let her use them. Seriously, why not? We had no plans to let her use them past a year, they made her happy, and they made her sleep better. I saw nothing wrong with it.

Now here we are. Norah is just barely over 18months old. I have vowed since before I was even pregnant that I did not want my child to EVER use a pacifier after 2 years old. I have seen too many three and four year olds walking around with a pacifier in their mouths...to me that is just icky. I LOVED the pacifier for when she was little and we needed it, but now she's getting to be a big girl ::cries::, so it's time to wean!

I researched a few methods for weaning pacifiers, but the one we are going with is this one. Bye Bye Binky is supposed to work miracles for even the most addicted baby. Norah isn't insanely addicted to her bink, thank goodness, but she does rely on it for sleep, and I rely on it for her claming down while being in the car.

Day/Night 1
We started this Bye Bye Binky program last night. I crawled around everywhere looking for binks. I am nervous because I only found 5... I poked a pin hole in each one last night, and gave one to her when I put her to bed like I usually do. She noticed a difference immediately. The program tells me that when she notices, I should give her another one and say, "Oh, this one must be broken." So I did. She ended up taking it, and slept the normal amount of time last night. (7:45-7:00)

Nap time came today at it's usual time (11:30ish), and we did our routine that we do when she's not at school: talk about going night night, read two books, rock for a minute, ask her if she wants to get in her bed, then put her in her bed, give bink bink, and leave the room. She noticed the bink bink change again, so I gave her another one, and she went right to sleep. It's been an hour now (so I expect her up any minute), and she's still sleeping.

I don't really know what to expect for the rest of the Bye Bye Binky program. I am anxious to see if this works. I am hoping she wants nothing to do with the bink in about 5-10 days.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

It's been a looong time! So here's a long post!





Ok, so the last time I updated, which was in June, Norah was 11 months old? Holy cow...that's pathetic! She's a year and a half old now! Norah is still the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me. I am so incredibly in love with her, I can't even begin to explain it. Here are some things we know about Norah at 18 months:


*She is SUCH a happy girl. She is always laughing, giggling, smiling, playing, etc. She's always happy.
* She loves to play. She loves to play by herself, with other kids, with me, with Oliver, with any one or anything. She's always trying to "get" us and "trick" us. I love it. :)
* She is FINALLY a decent sleeper. I really hope I don't jinx myself by saying this, but she sleeps every night from about 7:30 to 7 or sometimes 8 in the morning. I LOVE it! She also takes an hour and a half nap around 11:30 every afternoon (*Thank you daycare!)
* She loves anyone and everyone. Norah will go to anyone on the planet. She will run over to you with her arms wide open, even if you are a complete stranger. We were visiting in S.C. the other week, and while we were paying for the bill at Perkins, she just ran over to all of the people sitting down eating, and gave every one of them hugs. There were ab
out 10 of them! Of course I was right behind her while she was doing it, but seriously, she loves people.
* People love her. I don't think there is anyone on the planet that doesn't like Norah. She is so friendly, that it really is difficult to not like her. She gets passed around at church like it's nobody's business, she gets visits from her aunts constantly...she is well loved.
* She is currently 24.2lbs. :)
* She still loves Mickey Mouse, but she's just recently gotten excited about Elmo ::shudders::.
* She eats all the time. She loves snacks (animal crackers, graham crackers, cherrios, nilla wafers, etc.), and she loves to make an absolute mess at dinner with her ravioli or spaghettios. :)
* She TALKS. Holy moly, she talks. About three weeks ago we tried to write down the words that we knew she could say and use appropriately. We got to 65 before we stopped. She has so many more words than that. She picks up a few words every day. She talks all the time, and I LOVE hearing it. She talks to me, to daddy, to monkey, to Ollie, to anyone. I <3>


Yesterday Norah got tubes put in her ears. It was one of the worst feelings ever leading up to the surgery. I couldn't see how I was going to be able to hand her over to the nurse to take her back to be put under and to be cut. I was terrified for her.
But, when we got there, Norah helped me out. Not only did I not have to hand her over, she reached her arms out for the nurse. :) That helped, but I still broke down crying after she left. Daniel held me for a few minutes, then I composed myself and went back to the waiting room. I tried to send out a text to my family about the progress of the surgery, but by the time I finished writing it, they called us back and said she was done. It was FAST! The surgery went perfectly, and they even said that Norah woke up smiling, which is not was normally happens. :) So proud of my baby girl.

Because she was so good, we went to Toys-R-Us later on that day and let her run around wherever. We were going to get her something, but she never got attached to any one thing. She just wanted to look at and touch everything. :) We ended up getting her her first ringpop. She LOVED it. :)

I'm such a proud mama. I love her to pieces. I love every thing about her. I even love the fact that our house is NEVER clean because of her. I love all of it, and while I am sad that she's growing so stinking fast, I'm excited for what is to come!

Been a looooonnng while! So Long update!



Ok, so the last time I updated, which was in June, Norah was 11 months old? Holy cow...that's pathetic! She's a year and a half old now!


Norah is still the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me. I am so incredibly in love with her, I can't even begin to explain it. Here are some things we know about Norah at 18 months:


*She is SUCH a happy girl. She is always laughing, giggling, smiling, playing, etc. She's always happy.
* She loves to play. She loves to play by herself, with other kids, with me, with Oliver, with any one or anything. She's always trying to "get" us and "trick" us. I love it. :)
* She is FINALLY a decent sleeper. I really hope I don't jinx myself by saying this, but she sleeps every night from about 7:30 to 7 or sometimes 8 in the morning. I LOVE it! She also takes an hour and a half nap around 11:30 every afternoon (*Thank you daycare!)
* She loves anyone and everyone. Norah will go to anyone on the planet. She will run over to you with her arms wide open, even if you are a complete stranger. We were visiting in S.C. the other week, and while we were paying for the bill at Perkins, she just ran over to all of the people sitting down eating, and gave every one of them hugs. There were about 10 of them! Of course I was right behind her while she was doing it, but seriously, she loves people.
* People love her. I don't think there is anyone on the planet that doesn't like Norah. She is so friendly, that it really is difficult to not like her. She gets passed around at church like it's nobody's business, she gets visits from her aunts constantly...she is well loved.
* She is currently 24.2lbs. :)
* She still loves Mickey Mouse, but she's just recently gotten excited about Elmo ::shudders::.
* She eats all the time. She loves snacks (animal crackers, graham crackers, cherrios, nilla wafers, etc.), and she loves to make an absolute mess at dinner with her ravioli or spaghettios. :)
* She TALKS. Holy moly, she talks. About three weeks ago we tried to write down the words that we knew she could say and use appropriately. We got to 65 before we stopped. She has so many more words than that. She picks up a few words every day. She talks all the time, and I LOVE hearing it. She talks to me, to daddy, to monkey, to Ollie, to anyone. I <3>


Yesterday Norah got tubes put in her ears. It was one of the worst feelings ever leading up to the surgery. I couldn't see how I was going to be able to hand her over to the nurse to take her back to be put under and to be cut. I was terrified for her.


But, when we got there, Norah helped me out. Not only did I not have to hand her over, she reached her arms out for the nurse. :) That helped, but I still broke down crying after she left. Daniel held me for a few minutes, then I composed myself and went back to the waiting room. I tried to send out a text to my family about the progress of the surgery, but by the time I finished writing it, they called us back and said she was done. It was FAST! The surgery went perfectly, and they even said that Norah woke up smiling, which is not was normally happens. :) So proud of my baby girl.

Because she was so good, we went to Toys-R-Us later on that day and let her run around wherever. We were going to get her something, but she never got attached to any one thing. She just wanted to look at and touch everything. :) We ended up getting her her first ringpop. She LOVED it. :)

I'm such a proud mama. I love her to pieces. I love every thing about her. I even love the fact that our house is NEVER clean because of her. I love all of it, and while I am sad that she's growing so stinking fast, I'm excited for what is to come!