Baby, Pregnancy

Meet Lily

This little bundle of perfection (if I do say so myself) arrived on Thanksgiving Day – welcome, Lily! We love you so very much already. This chunky holiday nut loaf (it doesn’t feel right to call her a turkey) weighed in at 8 lbs 4 oz, 20.5 inches long, quite a bit larger than her big sis was back in the day.


Unfortunately, I’ve been sick for five weeks now – first with some sort of really annoying cold that just wouldn’t go away (thank you, pregnancy immune system), and then, just as my cough was finally getting better, the entire family picked up yet another bug that turned into Nora’s first ear infection and a particularly ill-timed and nasty bout of bronchitis for me.

Lily Lily

I held on to the hope that my body would wait until I was better before going into labor, but life has its own plans. Last Wednesday, after a coughing fit that did something really weird and painful to my ribs, even just getting out of bed hurt so much that I started crying and had to get assistance moving around. Later that night, my water broke during another coughing fit while I was watching Shameless (not quite as romantic as Nora’s birth story where I started having contractions while out foraging for mushrooms)…and on 2:26 PM on Thursday, little Lily made her appearance.


Nora is doing so well with all of the huge changes that are happening, thanks in large part to my dad who flew here from Norway to help out two exhausted parents and shower the new big sister with lots and lots of attention.

Long story short, Lily is here, we’re oh so very tired, and we’re oh so very happy to have her here with us.

Lily Lily

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  • Reply Jocelyn Lykken December 4, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Lots of smiles to welcome Lily. Be well soon!

  • Reply Devon December 4, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    You are gorgeous and so are your girls!!! Congrats, mama!

  • Reply Anastasia December 4, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    You are beautiful, and so are your girls. Congrats to you and your family – hope you are feeling better soon!

  • Reply Danielle December 4, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Congratulations! She is SO beautiful. Funny about the coughing – I was getting over a bad cold when Henry was due, and like you I had terrible splinting rib pain when I coughed. Luckily, after labor, that pain was almost completely gone – which the nurses had assured me would be the case – because I had a heck of a lot less pressure on my ribs!

  • Reply Marie December 5, 2016 at 1:30 am

    Such big congratulations to you and your family!!!!!

  • Reply Tanya December 5, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Congratulations to you and your family!!! She is adorable in that purple hand knit blanket!

  • Reply Lisa December 5, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Congratulations! Your family is lovely. :)

    My little guy was the exact same weight and length as your Lily! Be still my heart. She’s a cutie. And I love that you were watching Shameless. What season are you on??

    • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz January 2, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      Thank you! I was catching up on the newest season. Now Frank will always remind me of giving birth, oy vey!

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  • Reply CarrieH December 5, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Your new addition is so beautiful! Congrats and here’s hoping your family gets past the cold season soon.

  • Reply Ingunn Markiewicz January 2, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks, everyone! <3

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