Monday, May 19, 2008

Thoughts on Our New Arrival

Thanks to everyone who has left comments on Rebecca's arrival. She has been an absolute delight. The only thing that will make her better is when she starts sleeping a little more consistently at night, but hey, she's only one week old :-)

Here are a few thoughts and cute stories.

Jonathan was a bit upset to learn we'd had a girl. Tears and everything I'm told. But Abigail quickly helped him get redirected by pulling out his baby album and talking to him about how cute he was.

Last Sunday morning, I'm told our camera circulated through the church as people noticed I wasn't there and Eric had a hospital band on. Abigail told one of our friends that her mommy had her stomach back LOL. That's the beautiful part of having the weight gain be pretty much exclusively baby.

And I had been really concerned about how I would feel having Rebecca. I knew I'd be thrilled to hold our baby after so many months and years of waiting, grieving, and longing for this addition to our family. But I wasn't sure at all how it would make me feel about our angel baby. Would I miss that child even more? I didn't want the emotions associated with that loss to overshadow the beautiful gift we've been given.

I have to admit there have been moments of tears, but they've been moments. I am even more eager in some ways to get to heaven and learn more about that baby. But I also have been able to fully enjoy Rebecca and the miracle and blessing that she is. God is so good. And Rebecca was worth the wait.

I love the baby scent, the baby sounds. The hiccups that erupt for no reason at all and shake her little body like she used to shake inside me. The baby smiles. The baby faces. I'm delighting in it all. Her times of growing awake time. The bright blue eyes that take everything in.

All I can say is God is so good. And Rebecca is one more of reflection of that added to Jonathan and Abigail, the two best big sister and brother on the planet.


Pam Meyers said...

I love the picture with Abigail because her eyes are open. Beautiful, beautiful baby!

Sabrina L. Fox said...

In the picture with Abigail she looks like Eric. :)

What a peach! Can't wait to get a whiff of that fresh baby scent. Uh, well, you know which one I'm talking about. :)

Praying for you all!

Georgiana said...

How sweet! It's easy to forget how small they are. Congratulations =)

Crystal Laine Miller said...

Such delightful photos--takes me back! It's amazing how that is. Seems like just yesterday. I can even remember the overwhelming fatigue laced with joy and tears.

Praying you all do well and everyone is settled soon.

Lots of hugs, C

flchen1 said...

Congrats again, and thanks for sharing the stories and the wonderful photos! Looks like your family is adjusting beautifully! Hope you're all sleeping :)


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