The Day After A Baby

He’s here!

At 7:47AM on June 29th, Liam Tedford Wright was born. He is 7 lbs 3 oz and 21 inches long. He has 10 fingers 10 toes, and the most perfect little face I could ever imagine. My sister, Charlotte, was such a trooper; she was in labor for 22 hours! Thank goodness for cell phones, email, and facebook. For about 24 hours straight my mom and I were in constant communication. I was absolutely heart broken that I could not be there to witness my oder sister’s first child birth, but my mom made me feel like I was sitting right there. I knew how Char’s contractions were going, what her husband was doing to distract her, the moment Liam started crowning, and when he was fully born.

Happiness is such an understatement of the way I felt when my mom called at 7:50AM. Through excited sobs she exclaimed “he’s here!!” I immediately asked “is he ok??” She said “Yes, he is pooping and peeing and screaming!” I breathed a huge sigh of relief as I rode the elevator up to work. As I was stepping off my brother in law sent me this picture:

No, he wasn't born with an American flag covering his family jewels or an explosive umbilical cord; I thought I'd spare you the details 🙂

 I flew off the elevator with  tears in my eyes and wanted to scream! I walked into work and told everyone I passed by “Liam’s here!!” Every picture that my family sent to me got better and better. As Christina said “my breath is taken away every time I look at him.” Charlotte and Alex made this amazing miracle. I can’t believe the emotions that his birth has brought out of me. I have loved him from the second I knew he was alive in my sister’s womb. Finally being able to see his precious face, I can’t explain it! I am in love. I woke up at 4am today and immediately grabbed my phone to look through his pictures before going back to sleep. Little boy…you are in for some seriously obsessed aunties in your life!

I am beyond excited that he has Charlotte and Alex as parents. As Isaac said yesterday “he is going to be such a smart, interesting person. Look who his parents are.” Hearing Char talk to him melts my heart. She is so natural and when she talks to him it sounds like she is singing. She is elated.  I cannot imagine the love that a mother has for her newborn. It must be out of this world. I am just his aunt and I want to give him everything in this world, I would do anything for this child; oh how strong a parents love must be.

I have never believed in love at first sight. I think it is ridiculous. Lust at first sight? Yes, absolutely! But the idea of falling truly, madly, deeply in love with someone at first sight is ludacris to me, and almost offensive. To be in love is something that takes time. It is what develops as you work through sad times, happy times, and times when you simply just want to see that person jump off a cliff. Now I feel that the person who came up with the saying love at first sight wasn’t referring to falling in love with another woman or man at all; they were talking about the love of a child. To look at your son, daughter, neice, nephew, or grandson, and know without a doubt that you would die for him. That you love him with every ounce of your heart, it is amazing. It is love at first sight.

I can’t believe that I haven’t even met Liam yet. I daydream about him all day and am dying to hold him in my arms. Just a few more days until this becomes a reality, eek! Congratulations to my beautiful sister and her wonderful husband, I could not be happier for you.

Sleeping with his owl lovey

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6 thoughts on “The Day After A Baby

  1. Pingback: One Year of Blogging « The Other Courtney

  2. Courtney,
    You capture so beautifully so much of what it means to welcome your bright morning star into the world, rising to sing to the universe how truly blessed we are.

    Thanks you for sharing your precious thoughts.

  3. You are so right on, Courtney, with this post about a parent’s love for one’s child.

    One thing I would also add: We want to protect them from any harm, pain, or sadness throughout their lives, which of course is not possible in reality. Because when our children suffer, we suffer for them intensely.

    I remember when Matthew was only a few weeks old, and I took him to a friend’s home for a picnic. Her baby was about 6-7 months old, and my friend’s baby bit Matthew. The anger I felt at that little baby was a feeling I had never before felt! I wanted to smack her for hurting my Matt Matt!!!

    I still feel like a mama grizzly, even though my sons are grown…..

  4. You should publish your work. Are you sure you haven’t had a child? Just kidding. Wonderful observations.

  5. Love it! I can’t even imagine what you must be feeling as I (nor my sister, luckily! haha) have had a child of my own or even been an aunt! But you captured the feeling so well here. So excited for you all. Send Charlotte my congratulations this weekend! And I love, love the last picture with the owl! So cute!

  6. Courtney, what a beautiful posting — I read it tonight to Charlotte/Alex/Mom and Heather and they all loved it! You have such amazing insight into “love at first sight.” I agree completely. That is exactly how I felt with all four of you girls as we drove home from the hospital!! 🙂 Can’t wait to see you this weekend — I got to hold Liam for the first time tonight—Alex, Liam and I are planning to do “man things” together!! 🙂

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