Saturday, June 20, 2009
We all come into this world on a chosen day to begin our story. The last few months have been filled with anticipation as we awaited baby to enter our world. Much talk, many emails, and many thoughts were exchanged on when it would all happen. This past Thursday my sister called with questions, wondering….how do you know when it is time! I was gifted the chance to experience her first hours of labor via ichat, text messaging, and our cell phones – ahhhh technology. By morning, with no announcement, my big sister anxiety started kicking in, I ordered mom to head to the hospital to snoop around, and I packed my bag. Ed tied things up at work and came home to be stay at home daddy so I could go welcome this little miracle. MY SISTER WAS GOING TO BECOME A MOTHER!
When one enters the world there is a woman destined to be his/her mother and love unconditionally. Whether you birth the baby or are picked in other special circumstances... when a woman becomes a mother life changes and is forever changed. My sister’s life changed and I became an aunt on June 19th. Elijah Casey entered the world and was loved near and far. Daddy Andy cut the cord and mama Raina looked into his squinty little eyes and was naturally – a mother.
Elijah’s story is starting with strength and persistence. He had a few little challenges and has spent time in a cozy “ tanning bed” staying warm, getting oxygen, and being watched over by may angel nurses. He is a little miracle….only 5 pounds 4 ounces. He is so tiny and so precious with black hair (maybe like both his grandpas). I think his little lips have Raina written all over them. Though he isn’t hanging out with his mama and daddy in their room he is being watched, poked, tickled, and caressed every moment they can get. He continues to show what a fighter he is and gains strength.
I have given birth to my two boys with little complication. I would even categorize my experience as “by the book.” We all have our story and each story is precious. But when you see a baby who is so tiny and needs a little special prayer and love enter the world you really see what a miracle life is. Mama Raina and Daddy Andy are showing calm, relaxed, natural care for their little miracle. I am amazed at the grace and patience they are showing when I know all they want to do is pick up their little miracle and snuggle. This time to snuggle will come, very soon!
I said to my mom today, I wonder if Raina comprehends yet how her world has changed. How her first thoughts in the morning will be of someone other than herself. I am filled with so much joy for them. And yes, I would love to make it all just right, not scary, but this is their story. This is their start and this is their son who is going to change a little each moment and become more and more of a person who will continue to change their world from day to day.
I have a nephew. I can’t wait to get my hands on him, watch him grow up, and see who he becomes – a little of each of them.
in it’s own miraculous way.
How precious it is.
Once upon a time….Elijah Casey was welcomed into the world and Raina became a mama!
Congratulations little sister!