March 26, 2013
When Curtis and I left to go on a date, Lion-O laid in front of the door. He didn't want us to go. It was like he knew that our lives were about to change.
We went to Carrabba's for dinner and then headed to the movies to see Silver Linings Playbook. We were 10 minutes into the movie before I thought that my water might have broken. I talked to one of the nurses that attends our church and she suggested that we call my doctor and head to the hospital. Curtis and I left the theater (after getting a raincheck to see another movie at a later date since we left early) and went to the hospital.
We found that my water did break! I was very nervous about the whole labor process, but I was able to somehow get through it with Curtis' support and some helpful verses from Psalms and 1 Samuel. With the assistance of medication, I was able to sleep through most of my labor. It was less than 13 hours from my water breaking until Anna arrived! I hear that is pretty good for a first baby.
God has really helped me get to a point where I am not nearly as scared as I once was with all my fears relating to medical stuff. I honestly couldn't have delivered this baby if it weren't for putting my trust in the Lord when I was afraid. I used to think that I would never have children because of my fears. I would be missing out on so much joy!
And here she is...Anna Hope McDaniel! She was born on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8:45 am. She weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and was 18 inches long. And here's the first flood of Anna pictures:
A little gnome
One of the first family of 3 pictures
Anna didn't like her coming home outfit. Only way to appease her? Suck my pinky!
Announcing it in our front yard (thanks Grandma and Granddad)
Anna with Granddad and Grandma
Check out those shades! Haha
Anna with Grammie and Papa
Love that little face!
Her whole hand around my thumb
Blowing a kiss
Hanging out with Mrs. Warren - look at that smile! Anna likes hanging out with her as much as Mommy does.
Check out my big bow!
March 24, 2013
If you've been following my blog long enough, you've heard about the tragedy that we went through in 2011 when we miscarried our son, Brooks. If you missed it, here's the link to the original post: Whate'er My God Ordains Is Right. That was a really hard, sad time.
When we found out that I was pregnant with Anna, we were overjoyed! We couldn't believe that out of all days, it was exactly one year after I found out I was pregnant with Brooks. Here's that link: Coming in February 2013.
Then, we had a very emotional 4 month appointment for Anna exactly one year from the date of the same appointment for Brooks, where we learned that we lost him. We couldn't help but give praise to God when Anna's heartbeat was going strong. For extended details, see Rejoicing in the Lord.
And now, I am happy to share with all my readers that Anna was providentially born on Brooks' due date! Again, one year later.
We serve an awesome God that is sovereign over all. It is no coincidence that all of these dates lined up! Although Anna doesn't take the place of Brooks, we can't help but think of this as a special gift from the Lord. God has certainly been redeeming all our sad dates with happy ones.
We tried to put a lot of thought into Anna's name. Anna means "a woman graced with God's favor." We also named her "Hope," which means "one who has high expectations through faith." I recently heard in a sermon that hope is the "grand finale of suffering."
And yes, that is exactly what Anna is -
A baby that we had high expectations that God would give us because of his amazing grace and mercy to us.
A baby graced with God's favor and the answer to our prayers after all the suffering from losing Brooks.
We pray, as one of our friends recently said, that the Lord would give her grace both to know Him and to live up to both of her names all her days.