Tuesday, November 6, 2007

November 6th

Today I have so much to be thankful for. I had my doctor’s checkup and we set a date for the c-section. I will be having my girl on December 28th! That is a week and half earlier than we planned! Hooray! Ten less days of bodily torture and ten less days till I get to meet Kiana!

To celebrate, I went to the hospital and looked at the brand new babies. Oh my heavens! They were so little and so perfect. What a nice reminder that there is an actual child growing inside of me and not an evil parasite whose only purpose is to squish my internal organs, blimpify me, and drain my body of any hint of energy. No, she is an actual perfect human being.

I watched the new babies squirm and wiggle as the nurses washed them and wrapped them in warm blankets. I stood next to a new daddy and spent a few minutes rejoicing in his hour-old son with him. Six pounds and 14 ounces. It was a spiritual experience seeing a new baby through the eyes of a proud papa.

Since Doug was a c-section, Ryan got to meet him almost 45 minutes before I did. I wish I could have stood next to Ryan while he gazed at our baby boy for the first time. I wonder what was going through Ryan’s mind as he watched the nurse bathe our son. I wonder about Ryan’s expression as held tiny Douglas in his strong protective arms. I bet it was amazing.

I can’t believe how soon our lives are going to change forever… again. We will have another child—half me and half Ryan. I wonder what she will be like. Will she have my eyes and my temperament? I hope that she has Ryan’s nose and Ryan’s kindness. I know, however, that she is going to bless our lives more than we can possibly imagine. She is an angel. I love her.


Kristy said...

Oh, we are so excited to meet her, too!

adrienne said...

I hope she has:

her daddy's work ethic and
her mommy's writing ability
her daddy's muscle tone and
her mommy's singing voice
her daddy's service orientation and
her mommy's sense of humor
her daddy's kindness and
her grandma's politics

Stephanie said...

Whoo hoo! So close! I can't wait to see pics of your beautiful little girl!

Heather & Trevor said...

Yay! c-sections are both a blessing and a curse right? I am so happy for you! Almost a Christmas baby! Can't wait to see her!

Ryan said...

Beth, it was an amazing experience to see Douglas for the first time. I didn’t know how I would react to the entire baby thing. But I will never forget the way my hart literally lunged, stopped beating and then raced all at the same time when I met our son for the first time. I remember feeling extreme love, respect and admiration for you. I was and again am so grateful for ALL you do to bring these blessings into our lives. You are the conduit through which are lives have been so enriched and blessed. Thank you.

Oh by the way I hope Kiana looks just like the little Bethany. The picture with you holding the coke can when you were just a little girl.

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