Sunday, November 16, 2008

Welcome, Baby Judah!

It's been a great few days, but BY FAR the most exciting thing that's happened all week is that Kay and Jerrell had their baby! Yeah! Welcome to the world little Judah!

Kay and I had always wanted to be pregnant together, and by that I mean for the last few years. (Neither one of us really had a maternal bone in our body prior to that.) When we were in England, I saw an M&M's commercial where two pregnant girls were sitting on a couch next to each other and they were letting their babies kick M&M's off their tummies. I thought that was so cute and I just knew that would be me and Kay one day. The Lord did not have that for us the first time around (plus, we didn't even live in the same city). But Jayk and Jackson are only 10 months apart and that's nothing at this point. Those two are really starting to love each other, which is so much fun. Jackson talks about Jayk all the time, constantly wanting to go to church and see him.

Soon after we moved back to Houston in March, Kay and Jayk came over for our first little playdate at my house. That was when she told me the exciting news that she was expecting. What joy! Of course, I wasn't pregnant yet but hoped to be within a few months. The Lord was so sweet to let us have our little dream. We've enjoyed getting to share this season together. There was a lot of praying and encouraging each other through morning sickness - first Kay, then me. I give her lots of credit for getting me through those 16 weeks without losing my ever loving mind, simply because she took Zofran first and found out that it worked. And she may have seen me through some otherwise bleak days when Costco didn't get me my generic meds on time! There was lots of snack sharing in Sunday school, lots of "Girl, you look so good! No way, your hiney totally looks small!", lots of fanning ourselves with the announcement sheets when there was no air circulating in the room. There might have even been some spousal support going on between our husbands. Pregnancy can be hard on men too. Bless their hearts. (But bless our hearts more.)

We knew for the past couple weeks that Baby Judah would be making his debut any day. Plans were made but always with the knowledge that a tiny little guy could change things up. There was church last Sunday with the missionary lunch afterward, bunco on Monday, fellowship dinner at church on Wednesday, girls night out on Thursday to the Grand Luxe. Then yesterday we even ran into the Altics and Bridgwaters at the Galleria. Kay was not feeling well and thought it could be the day. Jerrell had everything packed in the car in case they had to go straight to the hospital. I really didn't think I'd see her again until that baby boy was in her arms! Sure enough, several hours later they were on their way to the hospital. Judah was born last night at 10:51.

We got to drop by the hospital this evening and meet that precious little one. He is as beautiful as his big brother and definitely has his own look. His mommy was beautiful and radiant and joyful. His daddy was proud and happy and beaming. And now they are four. What a special time in life to be having these kinds of moments. And to share them with people you love so much.

Needless to say, now I have baby fever something fierce! I wish our little girl could join us right away and be here in time for Christmas. But it is going to be a great holiday season in our new home and with our nearly-three-year-old. We will savor it as it flies by. February 12 is less than three months away. Baby Girl will be here before we know it! And then I'll get to spend my Sunday school hour with Kay in the nursing moms room. I can't wait!

25 comments:

Mandi said...

Welcome to the world, Baby Judah!
Congratulations Kay & Jerrell!!!

Jungle Mom said...

New babies bring such a sense of wonder. It never gets old!

Colored With Memories said...

Jayk, Judah and Jacks! I love it. You are blessed with so many sweet friends.

So did y'all do the M & M thing the second go round?

Jen said...

How exciting! Welcome to the world, little guy!

Linds had a blast with all of you at Pappasitos.... is it possible to not enjoy that place? Bless those chips....

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Having a Pregnancy Buddy is the best! I have a friend who's pregnancies have always overlapped my - though 6 months later. This time around she was only 7 weeks behind me. We commiserated the ALL DAY Sickness and shared "final" girls night over Chili's salsa and chips. Pregnancy is fun, but having a friend to go through it with is even funner. Glad you've had someone, too.

The Allens said...

That is a wonderful story! I really wanted to be pregnant with my best friend and I didn't get that. It sounds wonderful!

bethany said...

How awesome! Congratulations Kay and Jerrell!!! and welcome baby Judah!!!
Amanda...little girl WILL be here before you know it! Cherish the rest of your pregnancy...

BethAnne said...

My second son was due February 15th......he arrived January 15th. You just never know about 2nd babies. Enjoy your last Christmas as a family of three....but I promise next Christmas will be even more fun!!!

Kelly @ Love Well said...

There is something incredibly precious about sharing a pregnancy with a close friend. My best friend from high school and I shared two pregnancies. The blessing was doubled by the fact that we now live near each other and the kids love to play together. She is like a sister to me, and an aunt to my kids. I know she loves to watch them grow just as much as I do.

Fran said...

Oh, how much fun is that?! There is just nothing like a new baby! And, awesome friends to go through it!

Your precious bundle of baby girl will be here so very soon. Enjoy Jackson to the fullest!

Big hugs,
Fran

Holly said...

I sure would like baby girl to come on February 17th, so that two of your babes would be born on my birthday.

Then again...I remember how anxious we were for our Kylie to get here! I actualy had three false alarms and went to the hospital, only to be sent back home. Yuk.

So excited to welcome baby Judah into our world. May he be a lover of God and not men, may he be filled with the spirit of God from and young age and impact his generation for Christ.

Kristen said...

So excited for you and Kay to join me in the nursing room! February 12th would be a great birthday - she would share it with Nathan!

ocean mommy said...

It's always so exciting and special to "do" life with God ordained friendships!

Praying for you these last few months...

Hugs and blessings,
stephanie

Patty said...

Welcome to the world baby Judah!

I love babies. What a gift from God. Your little girl will be here soon. :)

Mariel said...

Oh, Amanda, savor this last Christmas with one! It is a precious time...Jackson will not even remember time without little miss soon enough! But it is a sweet season...savor it and know this time next year, YOU, too, will be FOUR! :)

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

I had a baby girl on February 12 once upon a time.....31 years ago! She'll always be my special girl no matter how old she gets though!

Hope your pregnancy goes well and you have a very healthy baby girl.

Our DIL is due to have our first grandson (he has a big sister) in about 11 days now and we are READY for him to get here! :)

By the way....LOVE the little boots from Melissa!

Marilyn

Kiki@Seagulls in the Parking Lot said...

This nursing room thing sounds fun!

That is such a sweet story and how fun that your wish was granted.

The Barfuss Family said...

SO fun! I can't wait to see you with your little one super soon!

Dionna said...

Wow - it seems as if your pregnancy is flying by! Just yesterday you said you were pregnant! HA HA - Although I'm sure it doesn't feel that way for you.

katiegfromtennessee said...

Little Momma I can tell by the tone of this post that YOU. ARE. EXCITED!!:) That process of raising your kids with the your girlfriends and their kids runnin' around sounds like fun stuff:)...Isn't it truly worth the nausea though??? Please tell me it's worth it!!!:) I'm thinking if the toilet being my friend is the means to havin' a youngin'- okay then, the toilet is my friend!:)

Little Momma:)Feb. 12 is coming soon!:)

Love,

katiegfromtennessee

Katie said...

Hey Amanda!
That's the name God gave my sister-in-law for her next baby (she is believing God has promised her another child even though she has a rare autoimmune disease and has been advised not to! I can't wait to see God be huge for her!.) She said she would use it for a boy or a girl. Her little boy's name is Canaan! Can you imagine Canaan and Judah!? I just love it!

Mommy Dot Com said...

You are making us all get baby fever. What a precious time for your family. I love babies.

Audrey and Company said...

Your baby girl's birthday will be here in no time. I cannot wait to see precious newborn pics. Love ya!

Katie said...

My little lady's due date was February 12th last year - although she made her debut on the 15th instead.
It IS so fun to be pregnant with a friend - I hope to do it again someday!

Teresa said...

Hello Amanda!
I have enjoyed your blog for sometime but being a LOT older than most of your readers...I have not left a comment..until now..I just had to share that my first born arrived on Feb. 12!..almost 15 years ago!!(did I just write that?!) Her name is Anna Grace...and just get ready..girls really are special, but even at 14 she still adores her dad!
Blessings!
Teresa