I’ve been blessed with so many amazing moments in my life, but none of which will ever compare to the moments I first held each one of my children.
It was the afternoon of July 15th at precisely 4:00pm that we finally got to meet our little Orla Grace. She was 7lbs 1oz of pure love and joy. She came out screaming and was instantly calmed when placed on my chest. I was exhausted, relieved and overjoyed and I remember kissing her head 10000 times while whispering “I love you” over and over again. All I wanted to do was stare at her tiny face; a face that already seemed so familiar to me even though we had only just met. Nonetheless She was here, she was all ours and there is no greater feeling!
Shortly after her arrival we were informed of a slight “skip” in her heart beat which lead to an overnight stay in the NICU. Although I was reassured that it didn’t sound overly serious, my Mama heart went into instant panic mode. It was the longest night of my life. The following day she was seen by the Pediatrician and we were reassured that the murmur had self corrected. This meant that we were free to go home!! Best news I have ever heard. Thank You Lord!!!
The first few weeks at home moved at such a slow and calming pace. The house was filled with visitors, beautiful flowers, thoughtful gifts and home cooked meals prepared by family and friends. It was nothing short of wonderful. But life has a funny way of carrying on and the newborn haze slowly faded as everyday life set in. And so here we are living life as a happy and chaotic family of five and we are still trying to find our groove. Our home is a mess, laundry is piling up and the girls are still very hyper on a “new sister high.” But all of the chaos is just as it should be and our hearts are full.
It has been a whirlwind of a month. Some of my best memories thus far were getting to dance with Orla at her first wedding and seeing her first smile as I sang her The Blowers Daugnter by Damian Rice. We are very much in love with getting to know her. She loves to be outdoors, we make it a priority to go outside every morning.Not sure what we’ll do once winter comes. She loves bath time, milk and music and is soothed by the sound of the kitchen fan. We were overjoyed when she took a soother (our other two wouldn’t take to it no matter how hard we tried) she loves it and falls asleep instantly with it. I am sure I’ll regret giving it to her later, but for now it’s been a Godsend.
I thank God for everyday that I get to raise my girls, no matter how hard or challenging it gets. I am excited to watch Orla grow and wonder how she will fit in with her sisters. I am in love….we are all in love…we are blessed. Orla, welcome to our Family we have been waiting for you. Xo
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