Thursday, February 4, 2016

Juniper + 1 Month

I'm biased.  I know that and so should you.  We just need to get that out of the way.  Now we can proceed...

Juniper Bell arrived on November 20, 2015, 6 weeks ahead of time.  She spent some weeks... I lost count... in NICU.  She is the first niece I have added to my collection, and I couldn't be more pleased.  Life with a preemie is something I have never witnessed before.  It is intense, calendared and calculated, needier, in many ways foreign to my experience.  She is now almost one month past her due date and is reminding me more of the babies I brought home.  Starting to track when people are around, eating well and more on demand, fattening up, getting louder.  It's amazing to see.  It feels like babies grow in timelapse photography.  They literally grow before our eyes that first year. 

My sister-in-law, Lori, big-brother Walt, Juniper, and I gathered at their house two days before Christmas to snap a few photos to commemorate her arrival.  I hope you appreciate the beauty of these people as much as I do.  I'm so lucky to call them my own.  I love you all to the moon and back!

He waited a long time for this.  He's a big brother!

Sweet snuggles.

Juniper, you are loved.  Deeply.