Welcome to the World, Mikayla!

After 56 hours of labor, our beautiful granddaughter, Mikayla Joy has safely arrived into the world.  Like all good things, she kept us waiting but oh, my…was she ever worth the wait.  This lovely picture was taken by a friend of Jason and Laura’s who stopped by the hospital a few hours after her birth.  Didn’t he do a great job of capturing this sleeping beauty?

Last night, I was such a basket case as I waited.  We had last heard from our son around 1:30 p.m. our time and at that time, the baby had still not rotated into the correct position, Laura was dangerously close to running a fever, probably from being on such a high dose of oxytocin for so long and Jason was feeling sick.  Those were not exactly reassuring things to hear.  And then when you go for hours without hearing anything more, your mind starts to imagine all sorts of scenarios, which is why I sat down at the spinning wheel and set to work spinning some more on some fiber in cheery Christmas colors.  I had decided that I would knit something for the baby out of this yarn after I ply it up because it was spun on the day she was born.  But I finally had to stop spinning because I was getting tenser and tenser and my spinning was getting tighter and tighter.  Oy!

Then we got the call we were all waiting for.  Mikayla Joy had arrived safe and sound.  Everyone was doing fine.  Our daughter-in-law had even managed to reach down and finish delivering the baby herself placing the baby gently on her tummy and then our son cut the cord.  Wow!  Is this not a Wonder Woman or what?  Through the magic of Skype, we were able to see the whole family there in the hospital room.  Mikayla was sleeping so peacefully until Daddy reached over to take off her cap so we could see the full head of hair she has.  That set her off into little mouse squeaks which I KNOW will get lustier as the days progress.  But he started singing to her and she quieted right back down.

Now I figure taking into consideration who her parents are, and considering the personalities and skills of her maternal and fraternal grandparents, little Mikayla Joy will undoubtedly become a Master Knitter by the time she is seven, speak 3-4 languages fluently by the time she is three, be a published author beginning in elementary school, be pre-admitted to Med School as she enters Junior High, have earned her Masters of Divinity concurrently with her High School diploma, have an outstanding gift of hospitality and a heart filled with compassion, have an imagination that can actually keep up with her Nana Porterfield, be able to compute large mathematical sums in her head, and adore all of her grandparents, aunts and uncles.  But if she chooses to do none of these, I shall still proclaim her “perfect” just as she is.

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4 Responses

  1. Hi Dee,

    I’m so glad I remembered you had a blog. I needed an update here in Houston. I’m so thankful she arrived safe and sound an all are doing well!

  2. Congratulations Dee! She is beautiful–what a blessing!

  3. Congratulations! That is one beautiful baby. Enjoy!

  4. What a lovely tribute to your new granddaughter (and oour first great grandchild). You need to write a book.

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