Sunday, January 09, 2011

The best gift

One year ago, give or take a few days, we were taking down our Christmas decorations. My job is to take down the tree, the lights, the stockings, the village. My long-suffering husband has the delightful job of hauling out the ladder and hefting huge boxes and bins into the attic.

In the midst of all the holiday dismantling, I stopped in the doorway of Savannah's room, and forced myself to take a look around.

This is what I had to admit; it still looked like a nursery.

Sure, we had moved her to a big bed, and given her a dresser, a beautiful old antique thing that used to be mine when I was her age.  And big girl toys were scattered everywhere - dolls, a tea set, an explosion of pony tail holders and barrettes.

But right inside the doorway, the changing table still stood. Across the room, the crib took up half the wall. And inside the drawers, baby things galore awaited. There were piles of bibs and blankets and boppy pillows.

It was still a nursery, still waiting for a precious new bundle of joy, one for which we had been praying and waiting for almost three years now.

But since my husband only hauls out that ladder once or twice a year, I knew it was time. And so, along with the Christmas decorations, those baby things finally made their way out of the drawers, into big plastic bins, and up into the attic.

My heart sighed, but truly, I wasn't really sad. My heart still longed with everything in me for another little one, but somehow during the past year, I had come to a place of surrender. I wasn't fighting any more. It wasn't an act of giving up, but rather a way of saying, It's in Your hands.

Which, of course, it had been all along. But sometimes in my struggle I failed to see it. 

Three weeks later, on February 2, I rolled out of bed and stumbled into the bathroom. For some reason, my groggy mind remembered that I had one last pregnancy test still stashed under the cabinet. I have no idea what made me think of it; I had no symptoms, didn't feel extra tired, nothing. But for some reason I reached for that test. I put it on the floor for 2 minutes like I had 50 other times in the past 3 years, and expected to see one lonely line.

There were two.

There were two.

I couldn't wrap my mind around it. I actually started to hyperventilate a little bit, I think, and in the midst of my little meltdown, I grabbed the phone and called my husband.

I was sobbing by that point. I blurted, "I just took a test and it was p-p-positive!" Sniff. Sob. Blubber.

And my poor husband, shocked and understandably concerned at this news, said, "Hon, what do you mean? What kind of test?"

Well. Not the best way to make this kind of earth-shattering announcement, I suppose, since he probably thought for a second I had some incurable disease.

But I explained, and oh, did we ever rejoice.

And eight and half months later, we rejoiced again, when this precious little one came into our lives at 2:30 in the morning.

(Those cheeks!)

I have no words to describe the joy we feel when we look at her. For the first few weeks, I held her, and thought, She's mine. And I still couldn't quite believe it.

She is amazing, and delightful, and smells so good - that heavenly baby scent. And she had the loudest, maddest sounding cry you've ever heard, which frankly just makes me laugh. She is a good sleeper, and an excellent eater, and is already wearing clothes that Savannah didn't even dream of wearing until she was about nine months old.

She is an answer to prayer, and that answer went exceedingly, abundantly above what we could have ever asked or thought.

Welcome, sweet Leah Caroline.
To Him be the glory.


Elizabeth said...

I LOVE THAT BABY! She is such an answer to prayer for all of us who know and love you and have asked for such a wonderful blessing. Leah is precious! Her cheeks are amazing. Love her!

p.s. I have got to get your gift in the mail! I'm thinking I need to get a bigger size though.

Wendy said...

Congratulations! :)

Wendi@Every Day Miracles said...

*wiping tears*

I saw that you left a comment on my blog - and for some reason just ran over here as fast as I could (you know, if fingers on keyboards could run....) Something in my head was just telling me that you blogged. :) I didn't check my reader or anything, just came right over - and was SO excited to read this. The pictures are gorgeous.

Photo shoot with the most precious little family ever? YES! :) Dreaming with you.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!!! What a precious girl an special, special gift - one that you truly did deserve! So happy for you:)

Rach@In His Hands said...

Now who's a blubbering mess?!? Me!

I've said it many times before, but I am sooo over the moon happy for you and your beautiful family. What a precious gift Miss Leah is....and what a gift you are to me, friend!

Yes, to Him to be glory.

Krystal said...

Jackie!!!! I was so happy to see this blog post! She is absolutely beautiful! Congrats! Hoping to see more post as she grows ;)

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...


I've been waiting forever for this post!!! So glad I at least got to see peeks on facebook. :)

Tracy's Porch said...

So excited to see a blog post from you and even more thrilled with the exciting news! She is beyond precious!!!! You have two beautiful girls. My heart is dancing for you!!!

H-Mama said...

I remember that 'oh, wait, what?! it's positive?!' feeling. :) Both of your girls are simply. adorable! Is there anything better than sweet baby smells? Precious. Again, Congratulations, Jackie. So, so happy for you!

Jenn said...

Jackie, this is so beautiful! What an absolute blessing to read! I was so excited when I saw that you had posted. I didn't even wait for my blog to finish loading, just had to see what you had written. Love the pictures of you and your beautiful girls! These little ones from God are definitely beautiful, precious gifts!

Savvy Little Women - Kate said...

Oh my goodness, she is just the sweetest little thing!! I am so happy for you, kids are such an amazing gift from the Lord!

Jodie | Velour said...

Oh Jackie! She's beautiful!! And your storytelling is as wonderful as ever. You sure can spin a yarn. :) I'm so happy for your family... for you. What a delightful story. :)

Kellie said...

Oh Jackie! What a secret you've kept! She is beautiful...she looks just like you and her big sister.

I'm so so happy for you, just thrilled!

Amy@My Front Porch said...

Congratulations Jackie! I had to do a double take when I saw you had posted, it's been so long! Your newest baby girl is absoutely adorable, and a good reason for an absence :) Congrats again!!

Mama Belle said...

Such a beautiful baby, Jackie! So happy for you and your little family.

I read somewhere in Job yesterday something like "God is famous for the unexpected." I love that.

Alana said...

Beautiful story, beautiful baby! Congrats!

Kendra said...

Yeah! You blogged! And it's about your precious baby and those sqooshy baby cheeks! What a delightful answer to prayer!

Gretchen said...

Glory!!!!!! Leah Caroline is just perfect! But you knew that, already. Thrilled for you all. Woo hoo!

Amber said...


Leah's gorgeous. You're gorgeous. Big Sissy is gorgeous. my heart is so happy for you!!


Sincerely Anna said...

I have a huge smile on my face right now. I saw your pics last week on Facebook and I couldn't contain my excitement and now after reading this, I'm feeling even more giddy. God delights in surprising us! Leah Caroline is beautiful and I know she is soooo loved. Congratulations!

Angela said...

Oh what a wonderful story! So sweet...congrats!

Anonymous said...

Yep, those cheeks are pretty adorable and squeezable! Thoroughly enjoyed reading this post, my friend. Glad you're back to blogging. Little Savannah is getting so big and even more beautiful. You must be such a proud mama and you have every reason to be!

Colored With Memories said...

have missed you! should check in on ya more often on FB.

she is beautiful!!! many congrats!

Carrie said...

Okay..I'm so bummed that I have missed out so much!!! I checked and I'm still a follower...but I haven't had any updates forever...I found that happening to a few other blogs too! WOW!!! Congrats! I'm so glad you stopped by my blog, because I've been thinking of you! What a sweet baby girl! I'm so happy for you and your family! Truly a blessing worth waiting for!

Mamajil said...

Oh my word I am so excited for you!!! What a blessing!!!
Hugs and congratulations on your adorable baby!!

Such The Spot said...

She is absolutely beautiful. Truly heaven-sent.