Sunday, February 1

details and "the call"

Ok, an apology first because I know you've all been waiting. So here goes. All the info you've been on the edge of your seat for. 

We have a son. 
His birth day was January 8, 2009.
As of today, he is three weeks and two days old. 
He weighed 6 lbs and 6 oz at one week, and was 18.8 inches long.
And yes, he's absolutely adorable. 

"The Call":
It was Thursday, and after a quiet morning, I was headed to the other side of town to visit with my grandparents at the nursing home. I'd been there around an hour when the phone rang. I tend to ignore most phone calls when I'm with them, but I checked it anyway. 

A friend. I'd call her back. 

We continue to visit and the phone rings again.

I see that it is Julie from All God's Children. 

I smile. 

I know what's coming. 

I answer.

me: Hi Julie...
J: Hi Nell Ann. How are you today?
me: Good, I'm visiting with my family. How are you today?
J: Oh, I'm good. Do you have a few minutes to talk?
me: Of course I do! (And I immediately start looking for a pen and paper.)
J: Well, good because there is a little boy that I wanted to talk with you about.

Commence the tears. 

I'm sitting very close to my grandmother's bed and whisper, "It's a boy - I have a son."
She smiles, and I can see the joy in her face as she shares this precious moment with me. I write down everything Julie says -- on the only paper I can find -- the Moving Up (used car) section of the Houston Chronicle. She pats my hand and shoulder as she smiles. My grandfather, who had been sitting on the other side of the room, looks up and realizes I am crying. "What's wrong", he asks, "What's the matter? Why is she crying?" He's kinda deaf and doesn't pay attention sometimes, so he had no clue what was happening. I hang up the phone and try to hold back the tears. (I then called Justin, but will save that for another post.)

I am convinced that I would have squealed and jumped up and down had I been anywhere else when I got the call, but this story is great. I told them all about my son, and that Julie would be sending pictures soon. Justin and I had planned to invite our families over for a big unveiling, but I knew my grandmother couldn't be there, so I waited for the email. Then, I very carefully opened it on my phone, and scrolled to the bottom of the text, showing my grandfather how to do it. I sat down in the corner of the room and watched their faces as my grandmother and grandfather looked through the pictures of their great-grandson. It was such a precious and sweet moment for me; to know that they could see him and already start to love him even if I couldn't yet. 

There's a lot more to tell about that day -- we're only at like 3:30 pm and the story goes until midnight. I'll post that later because I'm out of time for tonight. Enjoy this and more will come!!!


"Indescribable" said...

WOW! This was a double kleenex post. This is such a precious reaction to your news! You're grandparents are so fortunate to have you there when you heard your news.

Can't wait for more news mommy!

missy said...

it was fun to wake up to this post today! what a precious story. 3 weeks??? wow! i can't wait to hear the rest of the story.

Michael said...

BEAUTIFUL! What a special moment for you and your grandparents! I love that it happened with them:) You are so sweet to let them look at your son first. Not only are you a good grandchild but you are a good mommy too:)


Kris & Staci said...

CONGRATS! Can't wait to hear about the rest of the day!

Elizabeth Lyons said...

Oh Nell Ann - congratulations! You may end up setting a record for bringing home the youngest child! How amazing. He sounds perfect and healthy and destined only for you guys. Can't wait to hear more.

PS Nina LOVES LOVES LOVES the taggie blanket!


Kristi J said...

So happy for you guys!!! I love my grandparents and can't imagine any where better than there to receive the GREAT news!! Hoping I'm close behind you :) kristi

Stacie said...

Yay! A sweet baby boy! And so tiny!! Wow! I can't wait to hear the rest of the story. I love the image of your Grandma patting you while you're on the phone getting the call. How wonderful.

Cindy said...

Wonderful! I cannot wait to read more!

Erin said...

Congratulations!!! I am so excited for you! Can't wait to hear more!!!

Aubrey said...

Congratulations Nell Ann! What an exciting day!

Eryn said...

OH so sweet to share this moment with your grandparents. I totally need a tissue, because I'm all teary!

Thanks for sharing about your new new baby! That is so wonderful! Eryn

Tracie said...

Congrats! I have been checking almost everyday! I am so so so so excited!

Mandy said...

I think that was such a perfect way to receive your call. I love that you were able to share it with your grandparents. They probably miss out on a lot and get to hear about everything after it happens. How special!

Troy said...

That is such a great story ... can't wait to hear about rest of the day.

Laurie Cuchens said...

Precious! Can't wait to hear news about court dates!!

Laurie Cuchens said...

Precious! Can't wait to hear news about court dates!!

Laurie Cuchens said...

Precious! Can't wait to hear news about court dates!!

Troy said...

Thanks for jumping off the list to allow us to move up :)

Guard Wife said...

Congratulations to you & your family on this newest addition. How very exciting and wonderful! :)

tuesdaymom said...

What a wonderful way for it to unfold! Can't wait to read the rest... Congratulations!


Dawn said...

Awww - that's so awesome how it happened!! Now come on - post the rest of the day!! :)

Easties and Co. said...

I love that you shared such a special moment with your grandparents and that they could take part in this story. That is truly a gift to them that they will always be thankful for. :)

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