Yep. My little brother, Daniel, and his wife, Amanda, had a baby girl tonight. (Well, Amanda did all the hard work, Daniel was a great cheerleader.)
Ava Marie (seriously, is that not one of the prettiest names you’ve ever heard?)
Scott went to 9:30 Mass with the kids this morning, while I stayed home with Luke. He didn’t see D&A there and none of us had heard from them. So, on my way to 11:30 Mass, I called Daniel and said (with a touch of sarcasm), “So, are you at the hospital?” HAHA. Joke’s on me. They had a long night, but Ava arrived safe and healthy this afternoon. I have to say, it’s weird being on the other side of childbirth. I was anxious all day waiting for the texts from Daniel. Then, we journeyed up to the hospital tonight and it was just breathtaking. Parenthood suits them well.
After being in the NICU for so long, I’ve come to appreciate that whole “miraculousness” of childbirth. No doubt in my mind that every birth has a healthy dose of that grace. Praise GOD their’s was blissfully normal…as it should be.
Oh, Daniel and Amanda…life will change. And, I know you’ve heard that like a bazillion times. But it’s so darn true. A new chapter. A new life. If I could bundle all the bits of advice people have given us, package it and send it your way, I would. But, that’s called life experience and best lived, rather than heard. Just know you have our love, our prayers and our kids’ germs. They can’t wait to really love on Ava. I’ll make sure they’re sanitized first 🙂
And, because I’m kindof a sap these days…Daniel, I’m quite proud to be your big sister. You and Amanda just looked so happy when I walked in that room tonight. Amanda, so confidently nursing that baby. You, making sure they had everything they needed. It reminded me of how precious and new life is, the first time around. I love that you gave me the best hug ever. I found myself looking forward to Ava and Luke being good buddies. Her, making sure he doesn’t fall for a really icky girl. Him, protecting her from all the icky boys. Dadhood is the best and no doubt you will come to cherish Amanda’s role in her vocation of motherhood. Watching her care for Ava will most definitely bring tears to your eyes and your prayer life to its knees. Amanda, seeing Daniel dote on a daughter will allow you to appreciate, on a whole other level, the relationship between a father and daughter. (insert squeal of excitement here) I am SO excited for the chapter. It looks like you are, too.
I will post some fantabulous pictures later in the week. Promise. Here’s a peek from Amanda.