Thursday, February 6, 2014

She's Here!


Meet the newest member of our family!...She arrived a few weeks ago and has been filing our lives with joy ever since! (I've decided not to post her name on the blog for safety and privacy reasons, so I'll be referring to her as "Baby Girl" when I write about her.)

Being a mother is not easy, but it is definitely the best job ever. It has challenged me in ways that I didn't expect to be challenged and blessed me in ways that I didn't expect to be blessed. Before she was born I didn't really understand what it would be like to have a little person so fully and completely dependent on me and I didn't realize how deeply I would fall in love with a baby that I just met.

I was blessed to have a really smooth labor and delivery. Once my contractions started, things progressed fairly rapidly and by the time we arrived at the hospital I was already 8 cm dilated. I had decided ahead of time that I would probably want to have an epidural...and I was right. The pain was pretty intense, so I was glad that I wasn't too late to get one. I know that there are many different philosophies about anesthesia during labor, but for me an epidural was definitely the right decision. Once it was in place, I felt like I was able to be much more present during the whole process of labor and delivery, rather than being so focused on the pain. Baby Girl was situated very low inside of me, so once I reached 10 cm and started pushing, she was out in no time. The birth of a child is a mind boggling miracle.


Having a baby has changed Andrew's and my life in more ways than we can count. While the adjustment process has been a little difficult and uncomfortable at times, this new stage of life is truly wonderful. There is nothing like the feeling of having a newborn baby asleep on you chest with her head nuzzled underneath your chin. I'm doing my best to soak up all of these sweet moments with my tiny baby, because I know she won't be tiny forever, but I'm also looking forward to the journey ahead. Motherhood is going to be a beautiful adventure.


5 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Rebekah and Andrew! She's beautiful! I hope and pray that you will all get to full nights of sleep soon. But that until then God will support you with peace, energy and alertness that surpasses all understanding. Peace, joy, rest and blessings to all of you!

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  2. What a lovely account of a special day! She is the cutest baby ever.

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  3. Congratulations on your absolutely beautiful daughter and soak it all up, every minute. It all goes by way too fast. I'm 56 and had 3 wonderful children, and now I have 2 granddaughters, and a grandson due in April. I wish you and your sweet family much happiness!

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  4. I love baby toes, button noses, and sweet little rosebud mouths. Your little daughter has your eyes, Rebekah >>> bright and beautiful. :) Enjoy your snuggle-cuddle times, and CONGRATULATIONS to the new MOMMY & DADDY! We look forward to meeting the newest member of the Family, sometime soon!

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