I fell in love again on October 23rd at 12:54pm with a 7lb 15.3 oz baby girl named Torah Kate. It's hard to believe that after 9 months (and some change) we finally got to meet our baby girl. We didn't know if the baby was going to be a boy or a girl. For 8 of the 9 months I was convinced it was a girl. Then, for the last month I wasn't so certain. But, at 12:54pm the doctor said "It's a girl!" and I laughed and cried and was just completely overwhelmed with this blessing from God.
She came a bit unexpectedly. Even though she was a week late, my wife had a doctor's appointment Friday morning. There were no signs that the birth would be coming any time soon. But, at midnight, the contractions started and two hours later Carol woke me up to let me know the contractions were 5 minutes apart. Nobody was more surprised than the two of us!
Our kids have LOVED meeting her! Mercy thinks she has a new baby doll to play with. She is constantly looking at her and talking about her and the way she says "Baby Torah" would just melt your heart.
Ezra is quite the protective big brother already. We have a craddle for Torah and to keep our cats out of the craddle he put two laundry baskets on top of it. He's so gentle with her and loves when he's able to hold her.
Both Ezra and Mercy have red hair and when they were born they didn't have much of it. Torah, on the other hand, has hair as black as night and her head is covered with it! Hopefully we can figure out how to raise a baby with dark hair. :)
My wife and I loved choosing the name for her. The term "Torah" is used for the first 5 books of the Old Testament. Besides the Jewish law being recorded in the Torah, what is also recorded is God revealing Himself to mankind for the first time. The term itself means "teaching, doctrine, or instruction." We like to pick names that we can pray over our kids and our prayer for Torah will be that her life will reveal the Living God to others and will teach people how they can know Jesus Christ.
My wife was absolutely amazing through the entire process. She carried this baby for over 9 months, worked part-time, took care of two kids, maintained our home, helped in our youth minstry, counseled several people, and looked absolutely beautiful while doing all of it. She handled the labor and delivery with such strength and dignity. I am so proud of her and am absolutely in love with her. We are both still a little tired from it all. Neither of us got much sleep the night of the labor and also our night in the hospital. Seriously, those pull out couches they let dads sleep on in the hospital ... well, let's just say "comfort" is not going to be a word used to describe them. But, we are slowly getting back to "normal" and my wife, while still sore, is recovering nicely.
Welcome to our family Torah Kate!