I am currently writing this with a sleeping baby laying on my chest. She is soft and tiny and precious and rather determined to spend as much time with me as possible – usually between the hours of 8 PM and 8 AM. Our sweet Ella Elisabeth arrived on Sunday, July 13 at 1:07 PM. I woke up at home that morning in some of the most intense pain I’ve ever felt. Within two hours we had dropped our boys off at a friend’s home and were racing to the hospital. We arrived only to be told that I could quite possibly have the baby within the hour – my body was more than ready to go.
It wasn’t within the hour, but a short few hours later, our sweet Ella emerged in all 9 pounds of her glory. Almost immediately, however, we were told something that shocked and amazed us: Upon emerging, it was discovered that Ella’s umbilical cord had a knot in it. This is extremely rare and also something that can be exceedingly dangerous for the baby. For those of you who remember our last pregnancy, you’ll recall how we lost our daughter 24 weeks into the pregnancy, also due to a cord issue. The significance was not lost on us.
Oh, Ella, God’s hand is so evident on your little life already! I look at you and you seem so small, so fragile. Yet I know that within the sleeping baby lies a world-changer. You have already changed my world more than I can even say. You have challenged me to be better as a mom and as a woman. You came in, and with tiny fingers and tiny toes, turned the whole face and reality of our family upside down. You have impact, even at a mere five days old.
I look forward to all the things that Ella will undoubtedly teach me. I hope to share many of them with you here on this blog. Thank you for your prayers and love! I feel every bit of them!