The baby is here as of sixteen days ago. I suppose eventually I'll have to start counting her age in weeks, but so far its been days. I think we are slowly adjusting to having a baby around. Of course, it helps that every time we look at her we want to make the world perfect for her. Seriously, every time she wakes me up at night, no matter how stupid tired I am, one look at her little face and I'll do whatever she needs.
Yes, Luthien has been and will continue to require a lot of sacrifices from us, but she makes them easy to do with her innocent eyes and endearing helplessness.
Also it is amazing seeing Andy as a dad. He is an extremely caring one. I know he will never be a stranger to our daughter.
The childbirth experience was...well hard, and painful, but also very blessed on reflection. It meant so much to me to have Andy by my side the whole time, and we had an awesome midwife. I loved the birth center and would recommend it to anyone who is not having a complicated birth. I am not a fan of hospitals, but having her at home would have been a little too intense for me. And I am up for having more kids eventually, so that shows it really wasn't too bad. All those years of cross country definitely helped me out!