Monday, January 14, 2013

January 14th, 2013

Silly Chili Pepper,
Today is the day that you were supposed to make an appearance in this world. We cannot believe that you came so early but we are so very happy that you did, you have impeccable timing my son. You were born on November 18th, 2012; almost 2 months to the day before this world intended for you to arrive. Thirty-one weeks was enough time for you to spend in your birth mama's womb. You came out via c-section at 1:07 am on a Sunday morning and you were a strong and healthy baby boy. You were all of 3lbs 10oz and 16.5 inches long and you were a passive yet fighting machine! You were on the 2nd floor NICU at St. Joseph's Women's Center for only 3 days and then you were moved to the big boy NICU on the 3rd floor with no breathing assistance at all.



Every nurse loved you. They always smiled at you and talked to you; they told us how sweet and laid back you were. One day when Daddy and I were walking into the NICU the nurse at the lobby desk told us that all the other nurses were talking about you and telling her that she had to come back and see you because you were so cute and handsome. She agreed that you were the most handsome baby boy on the floor! :)
Your stay in the NICU lasted a month and 1 day and we are so grateful for every single second of it. Daddy and I stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Tampa and we were blessed to be able to come visit you each and every day. We usually came in the morning and left for lunch and then came back in the afternoon and evening. We loved spending time with you, we snuggled and fed you and tried not to rock you in the rocking chair. You were so little that the nurses said rocking was too much stimulation for your little body to handle, it was nearly impossible to do! Daddy loved watching Iron Chef with you and reading you bedtime stories. I loved our skin to skin time and taking thousands of pictures of your cute little face.

Once you started taking a bottle Daddy was the best at burping you. He was the only one that could get those burps to come up, he was kind of proud of that. Crying was a rare occasion; you cried every once in a while when you were getting your diaper changed and you screamed the entire time we gave you your first bath but that was pretty much it. You were more interested in what was going on around you. You slept a lot but when you were awake you were very awake! You had your eyes wide open and looked all around. You studied our faces like you remembered us from a distant dream. Your smiles started coming fairly quickly after you arrived. I know everyone says they are just gas or dreams or whatever but we still loved them and knew they were special; just for us.

We have been home now for almost a month and it has been extra surreal. You are such a gift, each and every day holds more joy than the previous one. We have been able to do with you what we never thought we would get to do. We brought you home via airplane on December 21st, 2012. You stayed all snug in the MobyWrap almost the entire plane ride. You did not cry one time and you ate your bottle like a champ! You were so tiny and so sweet. You were met by your adoring fans; Gramma, GramMarcia and Grandpa Dan, Aunt Gib and baby Liam and Uncle Rob. They were all so excited to see you again and Aunt Gib, baby Liam and Uncle Rob were excited to meet you for the first time. It was a great day!
You have had your first day at church, your first bath at home, your first night in your co-sleeper, you met the dogs, you met your cousins (that was heavenly for mommy and daddy and all of us), you saw your room that is not done yet (or even started really) and you peed all over your face for the first time. Each one of these moments brought joy to our hearts. You are the sweetest little guy. You are almost two months old and you are growing and changing with each passing day. You enjoy tummy time, you can move your head from side to side while on your tummy and your back, you can do the superman while on your tummy, you can cry very loudly to let us know what you do not like, you love the MobyWrap, you love music, you still love sleeping, you hate getting your diaper changed, you hate putting new clothes on, you love being warm while getting a bath and you HATE being cold while getting a I'm talking hate it so much that your entire body turns red or purple and you start shaking and screaming and your head starts spinning and green puke comes out...Oh, sorry...You have recently started following a toy if we hold it in front of your face and you also recently started smiling intentionally at us when we talk to you. Our hearts melt instantly, just so you know.
You are getting so big Isaiah and mama and daddy are so happy to get to watch you grow. It's an amazing experience and we hope that we NEVER take it for granted. Life was forever changed the day they called about you; we will never be the same. We love you and we will cherish these days forever, our sweet son. We are so happy that you came on November 18th, 2012. It was the perfect day that God chose for you and the perfect day that God chose for us. He knew exactly when you would be born and that it would line up with all that it needed to line up with. God, he's pretty smart like that. :) We love you little boy blue, chili pepper, Peruvian Prince, squishy, saiah and are ours and we are so full of joy because of all you mean to us and our family and friends...
We love you to the moon and back a million times over,

Mommy and Daddy

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