I am absolutely brimming with gratitude for this day.
After the big kids were safely off to school I went back into the living room to check on Nora who had gone back to sleep around 6:30. Expecting to see her still fast asleep, I instead encountered a sweet smiley little face!
She didn’t get much baff time yesterday, so we decided to make up for it today. She’s always so patient on Mommy and Daddy’s bed as she listens to the water fill up.
We had a nice long, relaxing soak!
All fresh and clean for her 9 month checkup with Dr. B!
But not before some loves and cuddles with Mommy!
Nora had an incredible, awesome, wonderful well-check! Dr. B was thrilled with her progress! She weighed in at a chunky 12 pounds 10 ounces! That’s about a pound and a half since December! She’s increased her feeds, her color is great, her heart even sounds perfect! Dr. B said that you would never know by the sounds of it that anything is wrong with her heart! (Maybe the next cardiologist appt will reveal miraculous physical healing!!!)
Nora was all smiles and squealed a couple of times. Then the shots came in and changed all that. Pooooor sweet fat leggies got stuck with 2 different vaccines and her little finger got pricked for an iron test. (Her hemoglobin is right where it should be!) After the terrible sadness subsided a little bit we set off for home!
The second we walked out the door it was as if God were celebrating Nora with us. There was a big cross emblazoned across the sky, which was enough to send happy tears spilling out of my eyes. Then I saw the little sun rainbow.
It wasn’t so little when I initially saw it, but by the time I had the opportunity to take this picture of it it had shrunk. I was immediately reminded of the times we had seen this kind of rainbow on our trips from the OB while I was pregnant.
As the night progressed we fully anticipated that Nora might be a little irritable and fussy because of her shots. Instead, both William and I were right there to hear her FIRST LAUGH as we were interacting with her. I don’t know if there could ever possibly be anything sweeter. We can’t stop watching this video clip:
We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.”
(Psalms 126:2 NLT)