I Have A Nephew!

 

Well, I had intended to schedule a couple more posts before the end of last week, but instead I kind of fell off the blogging wagon because . . . my sister had her baby!!!!

I usually don't use multiple exclamation points in blog posts, but I felt that statement warranted it.

This is big - it's the event we've been waiting for ever since Gwen was born!  The doctors were afraid she was going to have the baby too early, so my sister was on work restriction for a couple months.  Then the little guy decided to stay in there until 38 weeks, which we are so thankful for!  But it's been many weeks of not knowing what was going to happen, and now here he is!

My sister and I went to MOPS together one day last week, and she had a doctors appointment afterward.  She's been having contractions for weeks and weeks, but there were more that day, and shortly after I got home from MOPS she called to tell me they were sending her over to the hospital!  So I packed up the kids and rushed down there to hang out with her for a couple hours.

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Can I just say that it was so weird being on the flip side?  So far in my family I've been the one having the babies, and now I was the one waiting for the baby to be born.  The suspense just about killed me!  And it was hard watching my sister in so much pain.

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The time at the hospital flew by, and all of a sudden it was 9:30 PM, and I had to get the kids home and to bed.  But there is no way I could go to bed too, so I stayed up and sewed her a nursing cover (finally - procrastination at it's finest), baked some cookies, and cleaned my house.  Then I finally decided to get some rest myself at 1:15 AM.  I slept for a little while and then my mom called me around 4:40 to tell me that my nephew was here!

Of course I didn't sleep very well after that, but I got some snatches, and at 6:45 I jumped out of bed, got the kids ready in record time, and started the drive down to the hospital (we're about an hour away).  I called my mom all excitedly to tell her we were coming down (my mom stayed at the hospital all night - I probably would have too except for the kiddos), and she hesitated and said "Oh no . . . Ben and Rachel need to get a little rest because they've been up all night."

This is what I mean about it being weird to be on the other side.  I knew they needed rest - I knew that!  I just had a baby, for crying out loud.  I knew they'd be tired.  But in my excitement to meet my nephew I totally didn't think it through.

Anyway, I took the kids shopping at Target, went to Starbucks, and did my devotions for a couple hours, and then I went and picked my mom up from the hospital and we did more shopping and grabbed lunch.  And then we finally went over there and I got to meet him!

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(He has super-cute feet to go with the rest of his super-cute self.)

Rachel and Ben have had names narrowed down for a few months, and not knowing what he was going to be named was killing me - I just couldn't wait to know!  So that's the first thing I asked and his name is . . .

Jethro

I love the name they picked!  It's so strong and masculine, and in the Bible Jethro is Moses's father-in-law and a wise man.  It's perfect for him!

I'm not going to share any pictures of his little face on here unless I know his mom and dad are totally comfortable, but trust me, his name fits him!  He looks like a Jethro to me.  He's a very handsome little baby, and you can tell how much he loves his mama.  He has this precious little squeak/cry, but he calms down the second my sister picks him up.  It's precious.  And he looks like a mini Ben - the resemblance is really strong.

And can I say how surreal it is to see my sister as a mother?  My sister.  The one I used to play Barbie dolls with and coerce into tickling my arm so I could fall asleep at night (true story).  She's somebody's mother.  Little Jethro's mama.  My sister.

So yes, we've had some excitement around here!  Mom and baby are both doing great, and I'm so excited about my new nephew!

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Michelle said...

So excited for them!!

Rebecca Lobb said...

Congrats to the new parents!!!

Jessica said...

Congratulations to your sister! How exciting! You must be super patient to kill all that time waiting to meet him! :-)

Rachel said...

Yay, congrats Aunty Callie!

Brittney said...

Congratulations!! How very exciting:)

Leslie said...

So fun!! Being an aunt is awesome. :-)

The Clem Family said...

Congrats! It is so special when your sister has a baby! I felt like it is almost like one of my own every time my sister has a baby!

Laura Anne said...

Congrats to your sister and brother-in-law! Being an Auntie is the best too. :)

Veronica and Daniel said...

Hooray! I was just wondering the other day when she was due :) Being an Auntie is pretty great, I have to say!

Wendy said...

Congrats Aunt Callie! Being an auntie is so much fun! :-)

Melanie said...

Congrats to your sis!! I know your one proud aunt!! :-)

Julie S. said...

Congrats to them! :)

Brittney said...

Aww. Jethro's a beautiful name. Love that it's Biblical and one you don't hear very often. We're also using a rarer name that has Biblical meaning. Congratulations to you, your sister and your whole family!!! How wonderful to have a brand-new nephew to love on:)

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