Thursday, September 22, 2011

Norah & Harper

We have a collage that my mom made of some of Harper's pictures sitting on our book shelf.  Last night while we were making dinner Norah was swinging and started to get a little fussy so we switched the direction of the swinging from side to side to front to back (more like rocking).  Right after changing directions, we noticed her looking up at her sister's picture.  She seemed mesmerized by it.  She stopped fussing immediately and just stared and stared.  I couldn't help but take a picture through my tears and it captured what looks like Norah waving to Harper.  Even typing it out brings tears to my eyes.  I wonder if they communicate.  As Chris said, "If anyone is able to talk to Harper it would be Norah".  I know Harper is looking down and is happy but I miss her so much and wish both of my babies were here.  

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A little update :)

Norah is 2 weeks and 4 days old today!  Hard to believe that if all had went as planned, (scheduled c-section on Sept. 12th) that she would only be 3 days old today.  Just crazy to think about.  We have been adjusting to our new life at home and she has been doing great.  We have been enjoying these early days as we get to know each other and spend most of our days cuddling and taking in every precious moment.

Emotions have been running a little high as we can see so much of Harper in Norah and all of the things that we missed out on at this time last year are so much more apparent since Norah's arrival.  But she is such a light in our lives and we are so very blessed by her presence everyday.  Actually, the meaning of Norah is "the shining light".  Pretty fitting, huh?  That is why we picked her name, she is our light and our little blessing after a time of such darkness.  And of course, her middle name, Grace, is in honor of her big sister Harper.

Here are a few pictures from the last week :)

6 days old...bright eyes!

First real bath, 1 week and 2 days old!  She loves the warm water!

1 week and 3 days.  Isn't she a cutie?!? :)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

She's here!!!

I am ELATED to announce that our rainbow, Norah Grace Johnson, arrived this past Sunday, August 28th at 3:19 pm.  Norah weighed in at 6 lbs 12 oz, 20 inches long, bright eyed, perfect and with so much hair!  She was a little early arriving at 36 weeks and 6 days but she is doing wonderful!  She probably knew that her mommy was starting to go crazy and needed to come on out :)

I will post her birth story soon.  It didn't quite go down how we planned it (what ever does?), but it turned out perfect and I couldn't have asked for a better way for our little rainbow to make her entrance into this world.  She is truly a miracle!  I just look at her in awe most of the day (and night!), she is so beautiful and I still can't believe that she is finally here and OURS!  It has been a long, stressful road but we are feeling more blessed than I could ever put into words.  I know that Norah's big sister is watching over us with love and pride.  Harper most certainly paved the way for the safe arrival of her baby sister.

Without further ado, here she is!  My little love <3

Right after she was born <3

All cleaned up!

Going home!!!  I love the look on her face :)  
Yes, it is summer in Georgia and we have a hat on our poor child, we promptly removed it when we got outside and realized it was much warmer outside than it was in the hospital!  

Four days old and enjoying her swing

Five days old, my little cutie pie!