Sunday, February 28, 2010

Friends Welcoming Baby Jake!

We were so blessed to be at home to deliver Baby Jake! We were able to have all of our family and friends there with us to celebrate such an amazing blessing! We loved having visitors at the hospital! Below are pictures of the many visitors we had at the hospital. I didn't get pictures of everyone :( You'll notice my friend Kelli took some pictures and then I took some pictures. It's obvious which ones Kelli took! She's so talented! Anyways, thank you so much to everyone who came by the welcome Baby Jake into the world! We love and miss you all dearly!

My Fav Visitor Everyday!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Baby Jake's Arrival

Oh I have so much to tell you about the last several weeks. It has been quite a whirlwind! John Parker and I moved to Montgomery for about 3 weeks to insure that Dr. Phillips would be there to deliver Jake. We had so much fun living with Aunt Bobyn(Robyn), Uncle Brian and Cooper. We spent everyday together doing fun things. I wouldn't take back the 3 weeks we spent together for anything!

On to the delivery...we arrived at Baptist Hospital at 6am on Feb. 15th for my scheduled c-section. To say I was a nervous wreck was an understatement. I was asking for medication to calm my nerves when I hit the door. Only to hear they don't give anything until after the baby has been born. All I could think about was my experience with John Parker and how I just wanted everything to be ok this time. Dr. Phillips came in before the surgery and prayed with us. That helped me calm down so much. To know my doctor has the Lord guiding him was such a blessing.

The epidural went great! I requested no students doing it. With John Parker it was a disaster. This lady knew exactly how to do it the very first time it took. Surgery went well! Then I heard the most beautiful noise, Jake's cry! It's unexplainable the feeling you get when you hear that for the first time. The staff was great in keeping me informed on his condition the whole time. Then I met my sweet boy! Wow, God is so good! Words can't describe the feeling you get meeting your child for the very first time. Absolutely amazing! Jake was born at 8:14am weighing 8lbs and 8oz!
We had a great stay at the hospital! I didn't take one moment for granted. I didn't get to experience having John Parker in our room when visitors came. Having Jake in our room was such a blessing. I had my moments throughout our stay where I just cried thinking about all the NICU families and why I was blessed with a healthy child.

We stayed in the hospital until Thursday. When I was discharged John Parker and Jake rode with me in the wheelchair. Another moment for me when I just cried with thankfulness. I didn't get to take a wheelchair ride with John Parker and this time John Parker was with me as well as baby Jake. The Lord has blessed us greatly! We are so thankful for the birth of baby Jake and we look forward to the days ahead as a family of four! Thank you for your prayers, visits, phone calls, emails, and meals. We have been truly blessed by all of our family and friends! I'll have to do a seperate post with more pics of our visitors :-)
"Every good and perfect gift is from above." James 1:17

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Dear Big Brother!!!

Dear John Parker,
On Monday you are going to become a BIG BROTHER! Mommy and Daddy are so excited for you! We can't wait for you to meet "Baby Jake"! He can't wait to meet his big brother John Parker! You have been so sweet to Mommy while baby Jake has been in her tummy. You kiss him, bring him toys, and tell him you "wuv"(love) him. You are going to be the best big brother! We are so anxious for you and baby Jake to meet! Baby Jake is even going to bring you some special gifts when he arrives. You'll always have baby Jake to look up to you. You'll teach him so many things as he gets older. We are looking forward to seeing yall become best buddies!

Mommy and Daddy want you to know how much we love you! Being our first son you have blessed us in ways words could never describe! We thank the Lord for you every single day! And never take one moment for granted with you! Your smile and laugh lights up our lives! You've have taught us more about life and the Lord than anything else in this world. Thank you for being an amazing son!

In less than 36 hours you'll will become a Big Brother to another precious miracle from above! We love you John Parker!

picture by Kelli