Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Bella Meets The Sibs (some of them)

(No, I do not plan to blog Bella's life in 12 hour increments!)

Michael and I got home at about 0600. We napped for a few hours and then got up and put in a full day of school. BreZaak suggested the Siblings come meet their new niece at 4 p.m.

This day has been eagerly anticipated, and I know Josiah, Jamin, Jared and Larissa are eagerly looking for their chance to meet Bella in person as well.

Our only glitch was losing Arielle somewhere in the giant hospital - she found us! LOL
Ah, sweet Bella. 
 Izaak made the introductions....

The moment I've been waiting for. Granna has Bella in her arms. 

Alas, I needed to share.  
Bella and Aunt Krista

Bella and Aunt Arielle

Bella and Uncle Nolan
 Do you catch what has Arielle enthralled? 

Such a perfect foot....

Look at her curly hair

Bella, Aunt Stacia nailed it! You ARE the cutest baby, ever. 
Bella was just 12 hours old in these photos...amazing.  We will leave the little family to rest and bond....but are so happy to have had these minutes.

Here at 9 p.m. I can hardly believe it is still the same day which began with the arrival of Bella.

Note: Alex chose not to hold Bella. That is fine. He loves her, and I have no doubt they will interact with each other on their own terms. LOL I should have taken a photo of him anyway. My bad. 

Bella's Arrival

"For this child (we) prayed and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated (her) to the Lord. And he worshiped the Lord there. " I Sam 1:27, 28

Isabella Michelle (Consecrated to God, Righteous One)
April 12, 2016
6 lbs
18 inches


My heart is full as I sit to write Bella's entry into our family's blog. I can't help but reflect on the joy and grief of Baby Faith (Unquestioning belief and complete trust in God) and Baby Jesse's (God exists; a gift from God) brief lives. We are so very thankful they were a part of our family and for the lessons they taught in their short lives.....and today....we CELEBRATE the arrival of Bella to our family. As my friend, Claudia, wrote, "Welcome, sweet baby. You have been covered in prayer!"

Stacia has said three things for months; 1. BreZaak are having a girl, 2. She will be the cutest baby EVER and 3. She will be born on 12 April.  Today the baby count says "Baby" and Bella was indeed born in the very early hours of 12 April. Stacia says she nailed it on all three counts. That she did.

We converged on Riverbend around 6 p.m. last night. We were excited and only wondered if we'd meet Bella on the 11th - or on her due date - the 12th.  We were in high spirits.
Michael, Bre, Izaak 

De'Etta, Bre, Izaak 

Bre and Dakota (Izaak's son)

The men and Bre
 If you live in this area and you are looking for an OB/GYN, I highly recommend Dr. Williams. 

Bre is a labor champ. It was magical to breathe with her and Izaak through the contractions.  As the night wore on, we began to wear down.....

 Leah, our first nurse, predicted Bella would be born at 0400 - at 1:00 when they said, "Are you ready to have a baby?" I assumed she was off by a few hours - but she nailed it. The last stage of labor took three exhausting hours.

Bre has Bella in her arms! 

Izaak led us in a prayer of thanksgiving, and then, Michael and I took Dakota home. 

Dakota and Izaak 
Yep - a magical evening. We were thankful to be part of BreZaak's support team for Bella's arrival.