Wednesday, 20 April 2011

... and so we are blessed.




After the longest of Mondays our little boy was born.


Against an incoming tide of complications, and the kind of mysterious blur which only medical emergencies invoke, we were on our way to the surgical theatres.

Then a haze: for my beloved one of determination; for me of fear and bewilderment. And awe at the privilege of living in a time and place were events such as this no longer end in nothing but grief.


But then joy, and gratitude for blessings too vast to comprehend. A mother and child surrounded by the incomprehensible technology of our time which has made this moment possible, and yet together both completely outside of time.

Both well, and safe. Laughing even, at his size (4.4kg/9lb 8oz), and at the astonishing journey which has been our life together.


The following afternoon a big brother can't even begin to control his excitement. Big sister is more reserved: she's already developing a woman's sense of the sacred, and less than impressed with those who find this a moment for hilarity.


Although a smile bigger than the sunrise isn't far away either. And together we are richly blessed...

***

My deepest gratitude to everyone: you all leave me lost for words.

Special thanks to Drs. Wendy Hawke & Stephen Coogan, and all Prince of Wales Private team. And of course to the inimitable Dr. Clive Collier - at 20,200th epidurals given I don't think saying you're the finest obstetric anaethetist in the world is any exaggeration whatsoever - see www.epidural.net.au for more info (then go back in a month or so to see how great we'll get the site looking after a makeover ;-).

14 comments:

susan s. said...

Such a big, beautiful boy!!!! Congratulations!

Brian R said...

Congratulations to all
Mum, baby, medical staff, big sister and brother and even Dad.

Wormwood's Doxy said...

Thanks be to God for the blessings of babies (and modern medicine)!

Celebrating with you all in the joy of new life. He is a beautiful addition to your lovely family. May the Holy Spirit continue to bless the entire Duck Noodle Gang.

Love,
Doxy

P.S. What do the dogs think? :-)

Jan said...

What a lovely post to find on my return to internet access. (a month after a move to a place of my own)

Congratulations and blessings on all.

My third son was that size and 56 cm long, Somewhat of a shock to the system as the two earlier ones were 3 pounds lighter. May there be a speedy recovery for mum too.

Padre Mickey said...

¡Felicidades! Dios bendiga.

Fr Orsen Carte said...

Congratulations and blessings upon your new little boy. May he come to know the joys of Anglicanism - and never be ensnared by the Jensen Family into their horrible Sect.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations

Sydneysider

Lapinbizarre said...

Congratulations. And great pictures. Thank you.

BooCat said...

Congratulations to you all and welcome to the newest Duck Noodle. He's a cutie. We really do live in an age of medical miracles and wonders and we tend to take them for granted until we need them. God's peace and love.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Blessings and congratulations to all. What a fine baby boy! Big brother and big Sister look absolutely thrilled. Thanks be to God and to all who cared for mother and child.

I know I'm late, but I came on Mother's Day in the US. I hope that mother and baby are doing well.

"Sir" said...

Wow! I really need to check more regularly. Many congrats to all concerned.

Rosemarie said...

Wonderful! I was surprised by joy and inspired at the birth of our first grandchild a day later. God is good. Glad you have a new soul to nurture and love!

Emerald Avalanche said...

What an adorable family!

Walentynkowe said...

Congratulations