Meet Greta Margaret!







I am so in love

People told me that your definition of love changes when you have a child, but until I held her perfect little self in my arms for the first time, watching her every facial expression and pouring over every detail about her, I didn't really know what they meant.

I do now. 

I teared up when I held her. I still do every so often. She is so perfect. She is, far and away, the best thing that I have ever done or accomplished. 

A few fun pictures:

The morning of the C-section. You can tell it's early and we're both tired
At the hospital. One last check of baby to see if she is still breech. Yup! So off to the OR I go!
And... it's a GIRL!!
Getting weighed. 5 pounds, 12 ounces! For some reason when I see this picture, I see Wallace Shawn.
Nate says maybe Wallace Shawn just looks like a giant man-baby. Inconceivable!
Getting measured. 18.5 inches long, head circumference 13.5 inches.
Happy and healthy! For not even weighing 6 pounds, she still has a very healthy looking double chin and plump belly. Go, Greta!
We've been so lucky to have so many visitors at the hospital. Here are Aunt Jessica (left) and Aunt Kristin (right), Nate's sisters
With Grandma Colleen!
With Great Grandma Ann. Love her expression!

My aunt and uncle. I like this picture because Greta's sort of smiling in it :)

And of course, a visit from a COW!!!! This was awesome. The cow suits come out for "A" races, and she was definitely my "A" race for the year!
Changing my first diaper
The first of very, very many
video

She has been such an easy and happy baby! She rarely cries (unless you're changing a diaper or bathing her - that's COLD!), and instead coo's contently most of the day. This is in stark contrast to the baby boy next door, who is constantly crying or screaming. I know there are plenty of those days coming, but in the mean time I'm loving the fact she has been such a great baby!

Daddy's girl!
I am so happy to be able to raise her with Nate, and cannot wait for the adventures to come!

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!

15 comments:

  1. Love it, I started to almost cry until I saw the comment about the guy on clueless...totally!! The video was super awesome to see. Being a mom is the hardest/BEST thing ever right? Thanks for sharing all the pictures and video super cute cooing! I showed Sierra, said awwww I want to see it again. So watched it again, then asked if she could watch the one with nate and baby, she was sad it wasn't a movie lol!! Can't wait to show Violet.

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  2. Oh my goodness. I can't wait for my turn--hopefully within the next week!

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    1. I keep waiting for updates! Thinking about you everyday!

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  3. Told ya it was amazing, but "inconceivable" the feeling you would have until you experienced it first hand :). So happy for you!

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    1. I know you did -- but until you experience it, you really don't know what "that" means :). SO happy now! :)

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  4. Congrats! Yes your biggest A race was a success!

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    1. Yep, my A race took most of the year to prepare for, but totally worth it. Now -- to bring Greta along for the next "A" race!

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  5. Congratulations Nichole! What a cutie :) I love the Wallace Shawn.

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    1. Thanks! I swear, it's just those first couple of pictures where she looks like him... otherwise it's cuteness all-around! :)

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  6. Congrats!!!!! I've loved reading along your pregnancy posts. She is gorgeous and the name Greta is so beautiful! Congrats to the happy family!

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    1. Thank you! We are so in love. I'm also really, really excited to get back to the training scene!

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  7. Congratulations! Greta is lovely and perfect. Babies are the best. Enjoy.

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    1. Thank you!! Even after a week, I look at her and miss her as a just-born-newborn, which I know is crazy :).

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