Saturday, April 23, 2011

Lucas James Omdal

Morgan and I proudly announce the birth of our son, Lucas James Omdal. Lucas was born at 9:54 p.m., Thursday, April 7. He weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 20.25 inches long, with a head circumfrence of 13.25 inches.

He is such a joy and we are beyond blessed to have him in our lives.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

So Blessed

My little boy,

This is the last letter I will write to you before I see your face. We had a doctor's appointment this afternoon (Tuesday) and you're going to be helped along on Thursday morning (April 7) if I don't go into labor on my own tomorrow. The doctor thinks it's best that you not stay in there past 42 weeks. I'm a little nervous about going the medical intervention route to get you here, but at the end of the day I really just care that you and I are happy, healthy, and home together with daddy. We are so excited to become a family of three!
Mommy at 41 weeks, five days pregnant
I have been praying a lot for your delivery to be as healthy and non-eventful as this pregnancy. Our cousin Christy shared a Bible verse with me the other day that has brought me a lot of peace while we wait for you. I recite it at night as I fall asleep and it has helped ease my fears and remind me that this isn't in my hands.

Psalm 130: "I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning."

I have put my trust in God and know He's looking out for us -- you'll be in my arms before I know it. I can't wait to meet you.

Love,
Mommy

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Baby O: Punctuality is the Virtue of the Bored

My little one,

Early on during this journey, I was so afraid you would arrive early. I know my fears were just first-time pregnancy jitters, and as the weeks went on, they subsided. I grew more and more pregnant, and each doctor's appointment showed you to be very healthy and growing like a weed. I really could not have had a more smooth or healthy pregnancy, for which I will be eternally grateful.

Your original due date was March 27, but the doctor bumped it back a few days to March 24, since you looked a little big in there. Um ... today is April 2 and you're still not here! I already love you more than anything, and know you'll come when the time is right (I don't want to rush you if you're not quite ready), but if you want to make that time today, I would really, really appreciate it. 
Mommy at 40-weeks pregnant.
These past nine days have had me on pins and needles, wondering if every cramp, tingle or twitch meant you were on your way. I'm tired and achy, but it's not completely unbearable. It's the waiting and uncertainty that are making me crazy. I just want to know when you'll be here in our arms! (And to know when I don't have to be pregnant anymore and pee 20 times every night -- really looking forward to that one.)

I also am not sure how many more times I can hear "be patient," "enjoy this time with Morgan," and "just relax," without responding in a very rude manner. It's all I can do at this point to say, "Thanks for the advice, we're hanging in there ..."

One thing this "overdueness" has taught me is that unless you've been 41-plus weeks pregnant, never, never, ever, tell a woman in that state to "just relax and be patient." It's ridiculous advice. A better option would be, "I'm thinking about you and hoping you have a smooth and healthy delivery," or something along those lines. For me, sitting around waiting for my body to go through such a significant event is the most nerve-wracking experience of my life. The good news is that I already know you're more than worth it.

Now hurry up and get here!

Love,
Mommy