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Well … the trip to the hospital is over, and we spent our first night at home last night.
I’ve heard lots and lots of folks talk about how your first night home is a pretty emotional event, but I didn’t really expect much out of it. We were prepared. I’m a strong dude. It was going to be great: our little girl in our home.
We’ve been waiting on this moment for a while.
Well, it was traumatic. Not so much for baby or momma. Just for me. I cried. Several times. Like a baby. I think it was a slight mixture of a lack of sleep, some pretty intense emotions, and some pretty hardcore realities all hitting me at one time.
It’s ok. I’m better now.
While I was a bit shaken last night, Adahlae, did really well. She pretty much slept from 12:45 until about 6am. She’s feeding well, and doing all the stuff babies are supposed to do (or should I say doo-doo). And … she is so dang cute. The cuteness is almost unbearable.
Amanda is healing well. She’s up, getting around, and taking INCREDIBLE care of our little girl. She’s already a pretty amazing mother. I am really, really blessed to have this woman as my wife & the mother of my kids.
My mother-in-law is spending time with us as we start out on the parenthood trek. If you know Sharon, you know she’s always really helpful and is almost as excited as we are about Adahlae’s arrival. It’s nice to have the comfort of her help as we move forward.
I want to thank you for your prayers. God heard them, responded to them, and overwhelmingly answered them:
- Adahlae had little-to-no problem breathing or doing the other things that are so important in those first few hours. She has transitioned very well, and we’re so very thankful for those blessings.
- Even in the midst of the “busiest delivery day of the year”, our doctors, their team, and the nurses were absurdly attentive to us. We had an amazing experience at Lexington Medical Center. Thanks for those specific prayers to address this particular issue.
- As I mentioned earlier, Amanda is doing well. The surgery went really, really well. The nurses and doctors feel that she has been healing well ahead of the curve. Please continue to pray for her. She still has some healing to do, but, overall, she’s doing really, really well.
Thanks, again, for all your love and support as we’ve gone through this.
We love you guys.
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This is how we kicked it all off & originally shared our good news with you. It still gets me excited to watch this video. Thought I’d share it with you again as we get ready to welcome our little girl into the world in a few minutes:
First off … I want to thank our friends who stepped up a week ago as Amanda was admitted to the hospital and prayed, cried, felt the tension of the moment with us, and most importantly just loved us through those few tense hours. You have no idea how powerful it is to realize that you’re not in this alone, to know that you’ve got people that love you and care for you, and to feel the generous warmth of their support.Continue reading
Earlier today (Monday, March 21st) my wife, Amanda, called me to inform me that she was starting to develop some acute pain in her lower back (localized on the right side) and in her pelvic area.
She went into our Obstetrician’s office where they quickly placed her on antibiotics and sent her home to rest. The assumption was that she was developing some sort of UTI.
She called me a few hours later. The pain was getting worse.
The doctor was called and instructed us to immediately head to the ER.
Between 11am & 7pm today the doctors observed, ran tests, & looked internally through ultrasound trying to understand the cause of the pain.
Even though the ultrasound did not show any, the early diagnosis is that Amanda has kidney stones.
Amanda was admitted into the hospital tonight, where they can monitor her closely and treat her pain.
The good news is our baby is doing just fine. We’ve heard her heart today and even saw her for a few brief moments during the ultrasound. The doctors are taking special care to make sure the treatment does not harm our little girl.
For the last few months I’ve listened to Jesus challenge me. He’s challenged me to place my faith in Him with our child. To trust Him alone. I like to trust things I understand, stuff I’ve figured out. However, I know I won’t be able to figure this parenting/fathering thing out. There are too many variables, so many wrong moves to make. The best thing I can do as an expectant father is to surrender our child to Jesus.
To be honest, my one prayer for our baby girl has been: “Lord, grow this girl to be a force for Your Kingdom.”
As I drove my wife to the ER today, I found myself getting angry.
I’ve never felt as powerless as I did today watching my sick wife carrying our child. There were so many things that could have been wrong, and I literally couldn’t do anything, couldn’t change anything … Powerless.
I was angry because I wasn’t trusting Jesus.
However, throughout the day I saw the Lord reveal Himself as these circumstances unfolded. Even though it’s not over with, God has been faithful. Her kidneys aren’t blocked. The real danger of a severe infection hasn’t shown up in the tests. She (both of them) is safe.
As this happened I thought a lot about Jesus and grace. The perfection of Jesus is our great gift; we’re the vessels that treasure gets to rest in. If I’m trusting in anything else other than the perfection of Jesus, I am trusting in something that’s going to fail me. If I’m finding my glory in anything other than Jesus, I’m definitely going to be disappointed. I thought about how it’s so easy for me to replace Jesus, even when I know all of this.
Trusting Jesus is not a prerogative, it’s an absolute imperative. Ultimately, it’s the only way the world works, the only way it makes sense.