Emery is here!

She actually has been for some time now... but she came during our blog break or else you know this proud Aunt would've posted some pics sooner (you can look at my Facebook page and Twitter for more pictures).

Here are some of my favorite pictures of her from her newborn photo shoot:

I really don't believe I'm biased-- she is one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen. I have often thought to myself: "Will I be able to think my child is even cute now?" :) I'm joking... well half joking. I know either way the mother's love kicks in and most babies don't have the privilege of starting off this cute.
She is just one of the sweetest babies too. Her cry isn't one of those piercing cries (unless it's become that way recently). She is already so expressive-- she makes the funniest faces. I love how she can just stare into your eyes forever. She's starting to smile... but you have to be willing to sacrifice all pride and go to a place of ridiculous noises and faces to get one. It is so sweet how she can totally tell when her Mom and Dad are holding her-- they can put her at ease in seconds.
I took my remaining vacation days and went to spend a week to be a stay-at-home-Aunt in September. I definitely have a lot more respect for all the mom out there-- those that work and those that stay home. It was certainly a wake up call for me of what it really is like... WAY different than babysitting. :) I had such a great time though just spending the day staring at her, caring for her, praying over her,... and spending a whole week with Nils and Katie! It was nice to just live life with them. Usually all we have is rushed weekends or holidays, so it was a nice change of pace.
I could go on and on about this little one... but my lunch break is officially over.