Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A letter to our daughter

Dear Helen, you came so quickly this past week we didn't even have time to finish getting ready for your arrival! On Tuesday, March 18, 2008, your mommy woke up and it was off to the hospital within the hour. Dr. Kennedy was on spring break with her family so Dr. Barron delivered you. She was so nice! Your brother, Philip, spent the day at school, not knowing that when he came home for the day, he would officially be a big brother. He was so excited to see you that he sang you his ABC song. Your grandparents made their way from Mobile, AL and Brownsville, TN, anxious to meet you. In the meantime, Mommy and Daddy spent the day waiting for your arrival, which occurred at 2:33 p.m. Even though you came three weeks early, you were still a healthy big girl weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and measured 19 inches long. Mommy was thankful to hear that your head was only 13 inches round, a huge improvement over your brother's big noggin.
NeeNee and Poppy were there to see you make your debut and Mamie and Bop Bop were not far behind. Your Aunt Elizabeth, Aunt Ellen, and Uncle Robb were also there by Tuesday evening to hold you for the first time. Over the course of your two days of new life, you had many visitors in the hospital. Everyone was so excited to see you!

Thursday you came to your new home, but we knew you had a bit of jaundice so we had a difficult first night getting you to stay awake long enough to eat. On Friday morning we headed to the pediatrician for a scheduled check up, and learned that you would have your own little "tanning bed" for a few days to get rid of that jaundice. Mommy said that you were just trying to get a jump start on your summer tan for the beach. We were sad because the nurse said you had to stay on the lighted bed at all times except to eat and be changed, just as you started to open your eyes and be alert! We just wanted to hold you close and stare into your beautiful eyes and tell you how much we love you. Your big brother, Philip, brought his stool into your room to stand next to your crib to tell you how much he loved you, holding your tiny little hand.

Saturday morning you were already showing your spunk, after eating voraciously all night long. Since your brother was headed to spend the week with his cousins and grandparents in Tennessee, we hid Easter eggs and dressed him for some pictures. Since it was such a beautiful day, we even took you outside for him to hold in a few pictures. After all, it was your idea to arrive in time for Easter!

NeeNee and Poppy stayed with us for your first week, to help us become accustomed to a family of four. Little Philip was very happy to have his Poppy take him for walks, play with him, and for NeeNee to read him stories at night. Your daddy was very happy that Poppy helped him get the front and back yard cut, even applying fertilizer to be sure that your yard is weed free this summer when you have your tummy time in the sun.
Helen, while we have many hopes and dreams for you and your brother, our prayer for you is that we will be faithful to God's plan for us as your parents. We pray that you will come to know God at an early age, embracing the peace and joy found only in His promises to you.

Welcome to the world, baby girl!

1 comment:

Olivia said...

Congratulations of the birth of beautiful Helen! Looks like little Phillip with be such a sweet big brother.