Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Isaiah Jeffrey was born Tuesday July 21st 2009
He was 7 lbs. 15 oz. (a lightweight!!)
19" long (surprisingly undisputed by daddy)
He came at 3:39 pm

So will it stay red? That's the question.

I'd be calling him a redhead if I didn't have this little glow-bop who's so red he's pink in some lights... no joke

The delivery was awesome!! I was dilated to an 8 before the doctor broke my water and whamo! An hour and a half later he was here! Second time around your body is much better aware as to what in the world is happening. I loved it- it was a very special and spiritual experience.

Brand new baby boy!

Me and mee wee little Irish boys

Isaiah and his "magic blanket" This blanket saved my bacon the first night home. Once I swaddled him in it... na night! Thanks again, Damaris... it's like wrapping him up in love!

cuddled up with The Good Book..

literally pooped out on The Good Book

Dear Isaiah,

I’m sitting here with you right beside me on the bed with the laptop looking at your tiny, tiny sleeping body and your pouty lips and your baby faux-hawk and I can’t help but smile. You are so precious. Your dad feels the same way. It’s so cute to see him look at you and brim with joy. He is definitely a proud papa.

I wanted to tell you a little bit about the day you were born. After a night of pretty hard contractions, we got up to go to our doctor's appointment. Despite my sleep deprivation, I'd had a really calm feeling all morning. I kind of thought this would be the day. We walked with Sawyer down to the doctor’s office. I remember looking at our shadows on the sidewalk in front of us. We each had one of Sawyer’s hands and looking at our little family of three I thought, “Our family shadow is about to change.”

The doctor sent us to the hospital and we were so excited to think we were soon going to meet our little boy. Just before you were born I remember suddenly feeling really overwhelmed and pressured. In this moment, I was able to formulate a prayer in my heart, “Heavenly Father, please help me bring this baby here”. Right after that, one more big breath and push and you were here!

I looked up to see you and the very first thing you did was open your arms wide, like you were saying, “Hold me, Mommy. I’m here!” the doctor put you in my arms and you were so beautiful. I was so happy to hold you and see you. I said, “Oh my word, he’s got auburn hair too!”

We got settled into our new room, and your dad and I said a prayer of thanks. We felt so blessed.
It’s such a spiritual experience to have a baby. Apart from being sealed to your dad and my children for all eternity, it’s the most exciting, special thing I’ll get to do in this life. We had chosen the name Isaiah for you a few months before your birth, and when your dad read that it means, “Help from the Lord” I felt a special spirit, reminding me of the immediate answer to my prayer I said in your delivery. The Lord wants you here, Isaiah- at this time and in this place. He helped me bring you here and He’ll help you your whole life through.

I know you are such a special boy. Your spirit is so huge inside your tiny body. After being near you nonstop for the past nine months, it’s hard for me to be away from you… even for a little while… even a small distance. I keep finding myself holding you and staring at you for hours when I should be sleeping. I should be, but I can’t. I know that your childhood is going to fly by in a blink and I don’t want to miss any of it. Your dad and I feel so lucky that you came six days early- it’s like we have six extra days of your childhood! I hope we fill all your days with love. I wish I could ever express to you how much I already love you.

Your dad gave me a blessing before your birth that all would go well and that you would be blessed with an immediate love for your parents. I can feel this from you, little guy. Thank you for all the joy you’ve already given me and your daddy. We’ll be forever in debt to our kids for how much happiness they bring to us.

My little Isaiah- I hope that you meet life with those same arms wide open that I first saw you with. I hope you’ll be open to all the love around you, all the happiness and joy, and all the things the Lord wants to teach you. I hope you are open to all those who will love you completely and genuinely. I hope you'll embrace all of the amazing possibilities that await you in this beautiful world. Your life has just begun and I'm so happy that I get to share it with you.

With all the love I have,

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Welcome Cute Boy!