One Year!!

How on earth is my baby one??  I mean seriously-wasn’t I just at the hospital waiting around to have him?  I remember so vividly that morning-my water broke at 2 AM, we were at the hospital by 3AM…I kept thinking how awesome it was that my water broke on my mom’s birthday, and I was really hoping he would be born before the end of the day so that they could share a birthday…I wasn’t having any contractions so I was induced…by 7 PM I had only made it to 3 cm dilated, and then I began to swell back shut we we decided it was time to get this baby out, although Jude wasn’t under any stress so the doctor took her time.  At 8:02 Jude entered the world and I have never been so happy to hear a baby cry!  After suffering a miscarriage before Jude, I was just so relieved that my pregnancy was over and that we had both made it!  A few minutes later they brought him around for me to see him.  I was nauseous and soooo sleepy, but seeing him was one of the coolest moments of my life.

The first couple hours after his birth were pretty interesting, because when they applied the anesthesia for my surgery, they didn’t take my short stature into consideration, so I ended up being numb from the neck down, which is a little higher than they intended =)  But they propped Jude up in my arm and we nursed and it was wonderful.  I had read and heard so much about how C-section mamas and babies don’t bond as well, and c-section babies can be poor nursers, but that was NOT my experience at all!  Dustin was so amazing through the whole thing-he changed every diaper at the hospital, and he got up each time Jude fussed in the middle of the night and brought him to me.  He also spent a fair amount of time helping to keep Jude awake to nurse.  What a blessing my husband is to me!  All his help allowed me to do what I enjoyed best-just gazing at my little miracle.

We then experienced the blessing of so many dear friends and family that visited us, brought us meals, and offered encouragement.  Our parents cleaned, cooked, and held the baby when I needed to handle things or catch a cat-nap.  Before I was ready it was time to go back to work, but again, the Lord blessed us in so many ways, and we were so fortunate to have found a great daycare, and Jude made his first friend!

In the days since then he has learned to smile, roll over, sit-up, eat off a spoon, crawl, eat with his hands, master the sippy-cup, cut 4 teeth, pull himself up, say a few words, empty my kitchen cabinets (and my bookshelves!), and charm just about everyone he meets.  I love it that when we go to the grocery store or Lowe’s and Jude flashes perfect strangers his toothy grin and they can’t help but smile =)

Over the past year I have learned so much about love, compassion, generosity, and friendship.  We have been overwhelmed by the love we feel for this boy, and for the love and support we have received from our family, our church family, and all our friends.  I didn’t realize one’s life could be so very full =)

So I guess a year must really have gone by if all these things have occurred.  I think I finally understand this verse at the end of the story of Jesus’s birth: But Mary treasured up these things and pondered them in her heart-Luke 2:19.  I guess no mama ever forgets the moment she meets her baby =)