It’s funny how quickly perspective can change with life events. It never ceases to amaze me how everything in your life can seem so minuscule when there is a literal life or death experience you encounter. Many of you have heard of the bike accident with my very good friend Christian. He is doing better, but still in the ICU at Harborview, working toward recovery. I am excited to see him when the time is right. He is so strong and so full of life that it’s hard for me to imagine this happening to him. I know that strength and life will benefit him in every way while he works through this recovery. I know the strength of the women close to him as well and I’m sure this experience is testing their strength in every way. We pray for him and his family every single day.

With the birth of Ellie, so much in our lives is secondary and at the same time we want to do everything for her now instead of for ourselves. I used to think so much had to be given up when you have children and I’m sure there will be moments like that, but for now it seems like so much was actually gained in our lives. I used to watch commercials with babies and think they were cute, but now I have a whole different emotion around it. I saw this Pampers commercial today and just thought it was so amazing and worth sharing with everyone:

This morning we also went to the doctor’s office for Lulu’s two week checkup. The doctor said she’s looking pretty perfect and normal, but he also gave us a warning that the time between two weeks and two months really is very tough. We took a big gulp and mentally prepared for sleeplessness and crying, but are crossing our fingers this is kept to a minimum. Ellie is now measuring 21 inches tall (in the 90th percentile) and has gained 11 ounces in the last 7 days! This is really fantastic weight gain. She’s now at 8 lbs., 6 ounces and in the 65th percentile. Her head circumference is normal, in the 50th percentile. We don’t go back again until Ellie’s 2 months old, so I’m sure a lot will change in the next six weeks.

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