Having a baby is no small thing. We all found out that even perfect babies and giving birth can provide obstacles. We also found out that obstacles combined with faith and family are not insurmountable.
Our sweet Clare Bear ( a name coined by her Daddy) developed jaundice. It meant an extra day in the hospital under lights....and an understanding of how precious the gift of health is.
Mommy had an obstacle too...and if you look at the picture closely, you can see that Jill went home with a walker. No one can quite answer why, but Jill had a weakness in her legs that sadly had her falling twice in the hospital.
She was seen by her anesthesiologist, and later by Physical Therapy. They assured Jill that she would get better, but that she would be taking baby steps toward a complete recovery. We all understand baby steps...now more than ever.
So the kids came home to two adoring Grandmothers to watch over our sweet family. Jill said that we should market our business....we clean, we cook, we do the wash and we cuddle baby endlessly. Sort of like Molly Maids meets Mary Poppins.
Most of our nights were spent like this....all of us cuddled on the couch, watching a bit of American Idol but mostly just sharing one very sweet baby.
Clare seemed to do well with all the attention. She opened her eyes to look at her world, and held her head up strongly to let us know she was getting better and better.
Mommy was doing better too. She could even lean on the sink and share in giving Clare her first bath. Daddy was a HUGE help too. They are two of the most confident parents I have ever seen. I think adversity brings on courage...and I am so proud of this sweet family.
Clare is getting lots of love.....
....sleeping and nursing well and just getting cuter and cuter!
I am home for a day to do my wash and regroup, then back to share in another week of caring for this sweet family.
The "Two Grandmothers" ( hmmm...maybe that should be the name of our new business) are certain that another week of giving hands will have this family on their feet.
Even Munich is accepting of the extra help around the house. It means she can catch up on some much needed sleep!
All in all, it was one of the most incredible weeks of my life. It may have had some uncertain moments, but it gave us all a chance to be family....a family blessed by His goodness.