Mother’s Day

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Yesterday I realized that about this time a year ago, we were driving to the ER. I was 6 weeks pregnant. We hadn’t told anyone yet as we had just found out a few days earlier. That very evening we were picking my mother up from the airport and had planned on breaking the news over dinner. On the way out the door, I noticed something was wrong and we wrung our hands about whether we should go straight to a hospital and leave my mom to grab a taxi or if I was overreacting to a little spotting. I cried most of the way to the airport. I was so scared that I would lose this baby, too. We decided to share the situation with my mom and she insisted on going to the ER. There, we heard the heartbeat for the first time. It was a reassuring yet frightening sound- yes, the baby was alive, but for how long? The next few weeks we prayed and prayed. It had been a year since we had lost Adam, six months since we decided to try again, one week since the excitement of a positive pregnancy test, and now, it seemed, my body had betrayed me… again. We were lucky that we had no more complications after that and Zach was born healthy and strong. He is our rainbow after the storm of the last two years. This Mother’s Day, I think of all the mothers and mothers-at-heart waiting for…

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Welcoming Zachary Alexander Babb

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Meet Zachary Alexander Babb! It’s hard to believe we’ve been parents for a whole month now – the time flies by so fast. We welcomed Zach into the world on January 22. He surprised the midwife and doctor with his stats – 8lbs 3oz and 21.5″ tall. We are thankful that we planned to deliver at a hospital since Melinda needed an emergency Cesarean section. Zachary is perfect and Melinda is healing well. We feel very blessed to have so many friends and family help out. Both of our moms have stayed with us and have cooked, cleaned, and diapered for us. We want to thank our many friends who have kept us well fed- we are so grateful for your thoughtfulness.  Also, a big shout out to those that helped us get prepared through clothes, gear and other goodies. Everyone’s support has really helped us ease into parenthood. Though we definitely have had some challenging days, this first month has been joyful and peaceful. It’s amazing how we can so love someone who we’ve barely just met.  The late night feedings and diaper sessions are so worth it to have the privilege of being in our little one’s life. It’s been fun getting to know Zach’s personality- he is totally a snuggler and while he can’t smile on purpose yet, that hasn’t stopped his papa from trying to encourage it. Some highlights so far are hearing him laugh in his sleep, holding him as he tries to burrow into you for snuggles, and watching his legs go into the…

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Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas Eve-Eve! Today I’m 37 weeks along, which makes baby Babb officially full-term! We are so excited and thankful we’ve made it this far. Yesterday our midwife and nurses all said everything is looking good, though they noted I had one weird Braxton-Hicks during my non-stress test (it lasted 6 minutes!). I am quite ready to meet our little one, and as the days go by, I become more convinced he will choose to arrive on Christmas day as the best present ever. We are now feeling more prepared- the nursery is ready, laundry (his, not ours!) is done, car seat is installed, and I’m slowly getting through all the birthing books I wanted to read. We even have all the Christmas presents wrapped! I’m still working, though they’ve set up some help for me next week in case I’m not feeling up to it. My last official day at the church will be December 31 unless “something” happens sooner 😉 I’m sorry for the briefness of this post, but I am finding myself with no stamina these days. Have a wonderful Christmas and hopefully next time I post, it be to share some newborn news!

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