Our second baby girl arrived on Friday, May 13th at 1:35am.
She has her sister's petite features but instead of fire and feistiness, she is cool and sweet like a perfect little glass of iced tea.
She weighed six pounds and eight ounces and measured 18 inches long. I forgot just how tiny newborns are.
I thank God that He answered so many of our prayers in this little one. She made her journey into this world with much haste, making my labor and pushing very quick indeed. I'll save the whole story for another post, though.
She is a patient and willing breastfeeder, though it has still been so challenging, and we are working on making it less painful. It's actually extremely painful right now, but I am trying to hang in there.
She is so calm, which is a blessing right now as we are trying our best to be here for her not so calm and very frustrated big sister. It's been a hard couple of days for Evie with adjusting to having a new member join our family, but I know she just needs some time and lots of patience and love and grace from us. We are taking it one day at a time.
I took these photos today of both our little ladies. They are such sweet captures of both of them, and I hope that the joy and peace they convey actually becomes their relationship very soon. The reality is that though a photo can say a thousand words, it can also leave out that moment right after you lowered your camera where you used some quick reflexes to stop your almost two-year-old from laying on top of her just-born sister...or poking her in the eye.
But Mike and I are enjoying Eleanora so, so much. She is such a blessing, and we are so thankful for her. When she was still growing inside me, I remember feeling so apprehensive to meet her. I remember wondering who this little person could possibly be and how she would fit in to our family. But now she's here, and it's like "Oh, of course. It's you. Well, you fit just perfectly." She is just who we needed around here. We can't wait to get to know her more.
I will try to write a more detailed post later about how things are going, when I've got more of my wits about me and perhaps a little more sleep.
I hope you enjoy these photos! (And...if you have any tips on helping your toddler adjust to a new sibling, I would so welcome them!)