What A Year It’s Been

As 2016 comes to a close, our little family is feeling incredible blessed way beyond anything we could ever deserve. The outpouring of support we have felt through our most recent pregnancy is astounding. I thought it would be fun to share the birth experience through the “live blog” perspective similar to what I did when our second son, David, was born. Here, available for the first time on the world wide web, is the birth story of our most recent addition, Selah Violet Cruz, told through the lens of a live blog. Enjoy.

Selah.
Selah.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

6:36am Showed up 6 minutes late to the induction, good start.

7:37am All settled in now, time for a bathroom break. Pro Tip: Dudes, do NOT use the bathroom in the room. Just don’t. Your wife is about to push out a baby. Don’t.

7:48am Reminder, absolutely no grimacing while in the birthing room. None.

7:59am Starting Pitocin now. Things are about to get interesting.

8:24am First contraction.

9:05am Totally forgot about the importance of the make-up bag in this process. Thankfully, we have it.

10:06am Oh boy, getting hungry. The half-finished bowl of frosted mini wheats that made us late this morning did not last. Strategizing food options.

10:44am Epidural time! Eden’s favorite part. Still no food.

11:01am Always offer your whole hand to squeeze. Never Just the fingers!

11:34am First attempt to break the water was unsuccessful. Time to rest and gear up for the next one. Eden should rest too…

11:54am Be prepared for anything, like when your wife randomly breaks out into the bohemian rhapsody and sings the whole thing.

12:01pm Maybe don’t go to the general cafe for lunch at high noon….in a hospital….without your phone. Definitely don’t tell your laboring wife that’s what you did.

2:02pm Taking. Her. Sweet. Time.

3:06pm Water has been broken.

3:07pm In other news, Eden somehow marked that she was transgender on her pre-registration paperwork…so I guess this is a medical miracle!

4:47pm She’s at a 10. It’s go time!

4:57pm Aaaaaand she’s here! That was fast. 7lbs. 12oz. 20 3/4 in. 34cm head. She’s perfect!

 

And of course, you probably know by now, NO TURNERS SYNDROME!

There is always a lot to be grateful for, but this Christmas, we are feeling it a little bit stronger. We have documented how Selah is our little miracle baby. To add to that, I had a conversation with a professor who studies and teaches genetics, and he confirmed that the test for chromosomes is nothing new. We have apparently been able to see chromosomes since the 1800s. Not sure who he meant by “we.” I certainly haven’t, but I digress.

He was telling me that testing chromosomes is pretty straightforward, hence the belief that the test we had was 99.9% accurate in predicting Turners Syndrome. And, thus, confirming how miraculous it is that she doesn’t have it.

To us, Noah and David are similarly miraculous. Eden and I tried for 18 months to get pregnant with our first child. We had done some preliminary tests and were just about to take the next step in testing, when we found out we were pregnant with Noah.

About 14 months after Noah was born, Eden had a miscarriage at 14 weeks. That is a feeling of pain and helplessness I would wish upon no one. Shortly after that, and by God’s divine intervention, we found out we were pregnant with David.

And now we have Selah. As we slow down and reflect on our little family, we are amazed at how God has orchestrated every step. Through the joy and sorrow, we have been guided and comforted.

Our hearts are so full.
Our hearts are so full.

I would encourage you, this holiday season, to stop, sit, and think. Think about all the blessings you have in your life. Think about the meaningful relationships you have. Even when it doesn’t feel like it, we have so much for which to be grateful. You can choose to wallow in self-pity and sadness this holiday season or you can choose to open your eyes and see the beauty that is all around you in nature, in life, and most importantly, in people.

We are all gifts. Let’s choose to give ourselves freely to the important relationships we have in our lives. The ROI on human relationships is unparalleled. And I hope you choose to accept the most incredible gift of all. The gift that God sent long ago in the form of a baby, Jesus Christ. That gift transformed civilization. And it is a gift that is still available for you and me. That gift is why we celebrate this wonderful holiday. If you haven’t yet, please think about accepting that gift. It will absolutely change your life.

Merry Christmas!

T

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