New Life

Last Thursday was a normal day. Doctor appointment, pick kids up, drop kids off, soccer games, dinner with parents, in bed by 8:30 because of exhaustion.

Last Friday was not a normal day. When you've had a baby by 6:09 am, you know it's going to be a productive day. I've dubbed it "The Fastest Long Labor Ever". But I don't care how fast it was, it was still a gnarly process. I will forever believe that childbirth is the most unnatural natural phenomenon.

But it ended well, with Dylan making his grand appearance weighing 6 lbs, 8 oz and measuring just over 20 inches in length. (Shout out to y'all who offered naming options and suggestions. They were much appreciated. We finally settled on baby's name right around 6:13 am on Friday, but by last Tuesday we had a pretty good sense of what his name would be.) He's a content, healthy little boy who is still trying to get the hang of sleeping but has mastered everything else a 4-day-old is supposed to do...eating, hiccuping, filling up diapers, and wrapping the world around his pinkie.

The other short people in the house are enamored but still haven't called the Littlest Man by his given name. They refer to him as the new baby and I take full responsibility for that since we never gave them anything else to practice. The Girl is particularly fond of Dylan and spends countless minutes squatted down in front of him poking and patting his hands and feet. She throws a fit if I leave the room with him in tow without giving her a full itinerary and an invitation to join us. The Big Boys love their brother too but love even more the presents that they've been getting since his arrival. In true 3 and 5 year old glory, they're most pleased when they can participate in burping Dylan and when they catch him passing gas. Watching him sneeze is also laughter provoking, but doesn't have the same song-inspiring effect as do the other bodily functions.

Besides the opportunity for improvement in the sleep department, we're perfectly pleased with the newest blessing. Overwhelming as it is to imagine life with 4 kids under the age of 6, I'm expectant of great fun-filled happy-heart moments in our lives and I'm in awe of the mysterious plan of the God who loves us passionately and created us so intricately.

let love and faithfulness never leave you. bind them around your neck write them on the tablet of your heart