Baby Love

“What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No not just for some but for everyone”

-Diana Ross

DSC05275It has been a long time since a new baby has arrived in either sides of our families – until last weekend. So we hopped on a plane back to Trondheim (thank you Norwegian Air for amazingly low fares!) then gushed with excitement over the newest addition to the family. Odd’s nephew, Daniel, and May welcomed a beautiful, healthy baby girl. It’s a first girl for my sister-in-law. She has three sons and one grandson so this baby girl will be “spoiled with love” for sure.

DSC05282It has been over a week now and this baby doesn’t have a name yet. With two long last names, they are hoping to keep the name to three letters. Quite a challenge, I’m sure. I am in anticipation and can’t wait to hear what name they decide.

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What are some of your favorite baby names?

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This baby is very lucky to have both sets of grandparents and great grandparents living in a 5 – 10 minute radius from them. I didn’t realize how important having family close by was until I saw them all crowded around her. She is very much loved! Every time she curled or arched her back or smiled in her sleep, a wave of “ahhhs” filled the room.

I learned that after May gave birth, they had the option to stay at the “baby hotel”. As far as I understand, the family can rent a room on the 5th floor of the hospital so they have a private room with a double bed, bathroom and access to nursing care – although they chose to have the baby stay with them. There is an extra charge for these rooms with a daily rate, much like a hotel, and it includes meals for the mother. The father is required to purchase meals. This is a relatively new concept in Norway and thought it was worth mentioning. They had a lot of friends and family come to visit in the four days they were there. In retrospect, they think they should have kept the visits shorter as they were exhausted by the time they got home and needed some extra time to recover from “entertaining” all their guests at the baby hotel. As you may already know, Scandinavia has a very good reputation for compensating new mothers and fathers with a leave of absence for a combined work year with 80% pay. It shows how much the country values family and helps families bond those early precious years.

I am so grateful I was able to see her – baby with no name yet. There is so much love, innocence and beauty in newborns. Babies bring out the best in us. Most of all, babies give us hope and give us reason to be better human beings. It’s what the world needs now.

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