Happy New Year! I hope that your 2016 is is off to an incredible start.
In 2015, I had a lot of challenging moments, but I also had one incredible one. On December 1st, I was blessed to give birth to a healthy and handsome baby boy named Caleb. He was born with ten toes, twelve fingers (a genetic thing four generations deep), and an incredible head of hair.
My delivery experience was more eventful than my entire pregnancy and it was certainly not what I expected. After all, I spent 40+ weeks waiting for my water to break and for contractions to just begin naturally. That is not what happened. At my 41 week appointment, my doctor noticed that Caleb’s amniotic fluid levels were low and sent me to the hospital that day in order to be induced. Before I left his office, one of the nurses told me that I was probably going to deliver via c-section. I laughed nervously, but clearly she knew what she was talking about.
Eighteen hours after being induced, I hadn’t made much traction on the labor front so the doctors decided that a c-section was the way to go. While I am recounting this story in a calm fashion, my nerves were on edge at the time. My contractions were having a negative impact on Caleb’s heartbeat and I ended up needing to be put on oxygen. Somehow, I managed to keep it together and only shed tears when my doctor was talking me through the c-section procedure. Thankfully, my family was there and surrounded me in prayer before they wheeled me out.
Upon arriving in the operating room, the incredible team prepped me and delivered Caleb in a matter of minutes. Due to his heart rate, they had to get him out of there very quickly. I don’t think that I consciously held my breath, but I don’t remember letting out a sigh of relief (and a sob) until I heard his little cry.
And, like that, motherhood became HELLA real. When I met him for the first time, I just kept thinking how much he looked like me/my mother/my sister/my mother’s side of the family. It is crazy, y’all. But, it was also comforting. Although I know that my mom is always here in spirit, it’s like I have a chance to hug and kiss a little piece of her that heaven sent my way.
So, with those feelings in my heart, it is my mission to be the best person that I can be for his sake. He brings me so much joy and I cannot wait to watch him grow up into a handsome, smart, and God-fearing man.
P.S. Wondering the inspiration behind his name? Check out the scripture under his photo.
“But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.” – Numbers 14:24