Dear Caleb: Your Birthday

Dear Caleb,

You are already three days old. How does that happen? You were born on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:13pm the Michael O’Callahan Federal Medical Center at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV. That’s right, you are a Vegas baby!

It was quite an interesting day. Your dad worked all night the evening before, delivering babies downtown at a different hospital. We went in for a 9am checkup and decided that you needed to come sooner rather than later because Grandpa G was so sick and we desperately wanted him to meet you. Dr Snyder induced labor and we knew that you would be coming soon!

I labored pretty intensely for a few hours and realized that without pain medication I wasn’t going to be able to focus enough to make it through delivery and meet you with a clear mind. Unfortunately, the epidural never worked and I started pushing with extreme pain, but you wouldn’t budge.

We knew something was wrong when your heart rate dropped into the 60s several times for more than 10 minutes at a time. It was really scary, but I knew God was protecting you. After several attempts, Dr Snyder decided you needed to come as soon as possible. I really didn’t want to have a c-section, but it was more important that you be safe and healthy so they wheeled me back to the operating room. The anesthesiologist gave me a spinal and I was warm and fuzzy. Your dad and I waited in anticipated as Dr Snyder tugged you out of my belly.

You came out screaming (we had a feeling that would be the case) and we realized the consequences of your high level of activity right up until delivery; the umbilical cord was completely wrapped around your entire body. Suddenly, it made sense why labor had started and stopped several times over the last few weeks – you had tied yourself to the placenta and weren’t going to come out any other way than surgically! Your dad and I just had to laugh; you are at least as stubborn as the two of us put together.

I began to cry and thank God for your health and your safety. All I could think of was the great hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. God has been so good to us – after Dad had chemo a few years ago, we weren’t sure if God would even bless us with children. You are already a miracle. You came healthy and screaming into the world, hitting milestones as fast as possible: you scratched your face within seconds of being born!!

There are so many reasons why I love you so much already, but here are a few:

  • You look like your dad
  • Nursing is second nature for you
  • You move just as much as you did in my belly. As a result of this, you hate being swaddled
  • One of your favorite things to do is sit up and look around even though you can’t see very far in front of your face
  • Your grumpy faces are constantly keeping your dad and I giggling
  • Somehow you managed to figure out how to roll over already – must be the cross training you did in my belly
  • My number one favorite thing about you right now is your love of snuggling! I know that each age has its own perks, but I am loving your arm little body relaxing into mine

I’ve never been so tired in my life. But the look on your face is worth it every time. There is something incredibly special about you – you were born just 8 hours before Grandpa G went home to heaven. I can’t wait to tell you all about what a great man he was!

Love you,

Mom

P.S. You make awesome silly faces:

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5 Comments

  1. Meg & Matt on November 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Incredible!!!! xoxo

  2. Susan Bever on November 3, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    This is precious Becky; all 4 of mine were born by C-section and your Aunt Peggy was my cheerleader the first time I had one. I learned to get along just fine; and always recovered well and as you seem to know already- it is absolutely wonderful to have your little one safe and healthy. Praying for you and all your family at this wondrous time and I love all the pictures. Love, Cousin Susan in VA

  3. Kari Jo on November 3, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Beautful, just beautiful! Stopped over from Finding Joy. Congrats! What a blessing!

  4. Jessica on November 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    He is beyond precious. I know your sweet memories of your father will always be sharp in your mind and heart.

  5. Bonnie Bevilacqua on November 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    So beautiful!! Welcome to the world, Caleb!!

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