Monday, March 26, 2012 was a huge day. My sister and brother-in-law arrived at the hospital at 6:30 am and by 6:05 pm they were the proud parents of an 8 lb 2 oz baby boy named Beau. I was so honored that my sister had asked me to be there for the delivery.
I had some mixed emotions leading up to the big event. I thought it would be cool for my sister and her husband. I thought it would be neat to see the grandparents in the waiting room anticipating the big arrival. Maybe it would be a little gross and at times stressful? I thought I’d be excited to see my first nephew entering the world. I was glad I could help with any duties where I’d be needed during the labor and delivery. I was prepared for this to be an amazing day for everyone else but hadn’t recognized that it would be so meaningful for me too.
All of those things happened, and more. I was flooded with memories of giving birth to my son almost eight years ago. I was overwhelmed to observe the miracle of birth and realize once again that there is absolutely no doubt that God‘s is our Creator and He loves us more than we can imagine. I was taken by the thought that the love my sister and brother-in-law have is now visible in this new member of their family. I was so proud of my little sister and how brave and strong she had been during the labor and delivery. I loved seeing my husband get excited about being an uncle for the first time and it reminded me of how wonderful a father he is to our son. In the joy of the grandparents, I could imagine that one day I too would have that same joy as I witnessed another generation be ushered into the world. I was so glad that well wishes poured in to the new family. Facebook posts, text messages, phone calls all celebrating the arrival.
Tonight is the first night home for them all. My prayers are with them for rest and for peace as they learn what this new life is like as parents and child. My hope for you is that you too have a new perspective on your role as a parent. Children are a gift and they help to open our eyes to a new dimension of love. Take a long look at them today, give them a big hug and enjoy every moment.