Wednesday, April 30, 2008

More Prayer Please- UPDATED

UPDATE Wednesday Night- I was able to go see Gloria, Okon, and "Roo" (his nickname for now) this evening. He seems to be doing well, but is still in the NICU for now. It sounds like he'll need to stay in the hospital for a few days while he's on the antibiotics so they can watch and make sure he's clear of any signs of infection. I don't know where the infection is; they just determined he's fighting something from his blood work. I was able to go in and see him for a while and he's so strong and precious. He's nursing well and seems very peaceful. Gloria and Okon seem to be doing well too. Thanks for your prayers and encouraging words. 

Please pray for my little nephew who was born last night (and who so far, doesn't have a name.) Babies are often born with some gunk in their lungs and it usually comes out on its own, through them crying, coughing, etc. At five this morning, because his breathing still sounded rattly, Gloria's midwife accompanied them over to the hospital so they could be observed until it cleared up. Baby is in the NICU and is being given antibiotics for infection. (I'm guessing infection in the lungs?) I don't really have much information at this point; it sounds like he's okay, but they just want to make sure his breathing clears up. Gloria is being allowed to nurse him but not have him in the room with her. I have no idea how long they think he'll need to stay, but will update this post when I hear more. I hope to be able to go see them later today. 
Thanks to all who have been praying with us! 

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

It's a Boy!!

Gloria gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby boy at 8:45 this evening! We are praising God for this brand new little life. She did so well and I was privileged to get to be there with her, just as she's been at all my births. Thanks for praying! 

Friday, April 25, 2008

Life With the Ferocious Rumblebuffin

*Update on Gloria: Thanks to those who are praying. She still hasn't had her baby, but for the last few days has been having a lot of pre-labor going on. So, something is happening. Please keep praying that labor will kick in, and soon! She's scheduled to see her midwife tomorrow, but hopefully will be having, or have had, her baby by that time. 

It's hard to believe that our little Raphael is nearly four weeks old already. Even as I typed that I was doing the math in my head; could it really be four weeks? Already he has grown and changed so much and it's hard to imagine life without him in our family. Knowing how quickly they grow up, I've tried to really savor the precious moments of him being so tiny and new and have spent many sweet hours with him snuggled up against me. Mama and Baby, content just to be together. I'm trying to remember the little things, the way he feels in my arms, his sweet smell, the little sounds he makes, because I know how quickly it goes by. 
Erik was able to take off nearly two weeks and that greatly eased the transition for all of us. Also, friends brought meals over for the first few weeks, which was a huge blessing. Overall, I feel like we're doing really well. The kids, of course, have their moments, but that's to be expected. I have my moments too, but feel like the I'm doing much better than after giving birth to the other kids. I didn't lose as much blood this time, and have had a lot more energy. I'm tired much of the time, but not exhausted, and don't feel like I'm having the extreme emotional swings I've experienced postpartum before. (I attribute this, in part at least, to taking a better supplement this pregnancy, as I had much more energy throughout.) 
Peregrine and Poppy are liking Raphael very much. Peregrine can hardly walk by him without saying something along the lines of "Oh, isn't he just the cutest little baby in the world!" And they both like to hold him any chance they get. Peregrine sings to him when he cries, and Poppy strokes him and says "I can comfort him down!" Peregrine was "petting" the top of his head one day and cried out in great excitement "Mom! Mom! He has a crater in his head!" I'm always glad when the soft spot in those little heads hardens up. Or, in other words, when their "crater" goes away! 
Raphael is growing quickly; at two weeks, when they're supposed to have regained their birth weight, he'd already put on 1 1/2 pounds. He's a pretty content baby and is sleeping between three and five hours at a time at night. I usually only nurse him twice at night so I feel like I'm getting some rest. Our days are going well too; I feel like we're settling back into a bit of a routine. With the weather (finally!) getting nicer the kids have been able to be outside more and we're starting to go for walks again too. 
Like all babies, in our family at least, Raphael is already subject to lots of silly nicknames. I started calling him Rumblebuffin at times on account of the many rumbles that come out of him. Peregrine somehow added Ferocious to that, and often refers to him as the Ferocious Rumblebuffin! 
So, there's a little update on life with Raphael, aka the Ferocious Rumblebuffin. My heart is filled with gratitude when I look at this family God has given to me. My greatest desire was always to me a wife and a mama, and God has given me a wonderful husband and such precious children. I thank you again for praying for us and rejoicing with us! 

Friday, April 11, 2008


We are incredibly thankful for the many prayers and kind words you've sent our way in the last while. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to post pictures of our newest little blessing. (You've all been very patient!) God heard and answered all of our prayers for a safe and natural delivery and a healthy baby boy. He was born April 2nd at 1:21 in the morning after really only a few hours of hard work. We were able to come home with him that evening and have been adjusting to life with a newborn and enjoying these days with him very much. I'll write more about his birth when I have a chance, but wanted to share some pictures of our baby. We are still deciding on middle names, but have given him the first name Raphael, which means "God has healed" in Hebrew. 

The kids getting their first glimpse of their new brother! 

They were delighted as you can see!

Peregrine, Alethea, and Raphael on his first day!

The waiting and the work were well worth the reward! 

Daddy and his littlest one.

Raphael, first day. (And we were totally smitten!)

Look at those chubby cheeks! At 8 lbs 4 oz he was our biggest baby yet!

A few days later, already changing.

Holding Daddy's Hand.

One Week- where does the time go? 

Poppy loves her baby!

These little feet will take you big places someday, tiny one! 

Again, we thank you so much for your prayers and for sharing in our rejoicing. I'll try to post more soon! 
Rebeca, for us all

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Baby Boy!

This is Rebeca's sister with an update. Erik and Rebeca welcomed their baby boy into the world early this morning. I will let them give you all the details later, but just wanted to say all went well, and thank you so much for praying!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

On Our Way!

Thanks to everyone for your encouraging words and prayers after my last post. I was awake in the night having contractions, and they've continued to come and go throughout the day. I'm pretty sure my water has broken, so we're on our way to the hospital. The contractions are still sporadic and not very strong, but my doctor wants me to come in. Please pray that "real" labor will kick in soon and that everything will go well. It's a beautiful cold sunny spring day, and in the wee hours of the morning I read this verse: 

For You are my hope, O Lord God;
You are my trust from my youth. 
By You I have been upheld from birth:
You are He who took me out of my mother's womb.
 My praise shall be continually of You.
Psalm 71:5-6

I look forward to introducing you to our new little one. Thank you all so, so very much for your prayers!