Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Introducing Caleb Roy Tennant!

Our newest addition, Caleb Roy, entered the world on November 29, 2012!

7 #, 14 oz.    20 1/2 inches long

His Name:

Caleb:  In the Bible, God himself described Caleb as one who "had a different spirit and followed Me fully," (Numbers 14:24).  Though he lived among those who did not believe God and who put their trust in themselves and their own perceived wisdom, Caleb chose to courageously trust God and and live for Him.  That is our prayer for our Caleb- that he, too, will "follow God fully."

Roy:  Paul rallied for this middle name since we found out that Caleb was a boy.  We gave him the middle name Roy after Paul's late paternal grandfather, Roy Tennant.  We've described him as the patriarch of the Tennant family, and Roy was one of the sweetest (The first time I met him- before we were even engaged- he told me that I was "part of the organization."), pleasant (He enjoyed living simply in the house that his family built all by themselves.), brightest (At 90 + years old he could still beat any family member in a game of Checkers.), and loving (He always spoke respectfully to his wife of 60 + years and loved her until his dying day.) men we've ever known.

Labor Day:

After having intermittent painful contractions for over a week leading up to Caleb's birthday, Caleb came at 39 weeks, 1 day.  

2:30 a.m.: Contractions were 7 minutes apart
4:30 a.m.:  Contractions were 2-3 minutes apart, which was when we knew that this was no false alarm; it was (way past) time to head to the hospital!

Here are some pictures that document the day.

Heading to the hospital at 4:30 a.m.  Paul's smile is sincere, but mine is 100% fake.  I'm certain that this was the worst pain I've ever felt in my life.  Thanks to Chris Smith for taking this picture, bearing with us while we waited to go to the hospital, and watching Luke until Aunt Kathleen arrived! 

This smile, on the other hand, was 100% genuine.  I got the epidural at 7:00 a.m., and it was glorious.

And Caleb came a few hours later at 10:48 a.m.!  

Paul and I got a kick out of the OB asking Paul if he wanted to put on gloves and help with the delivery.  He opted out of that, but here he is examining Caleb minutes after he was born! 

Happy, thankful parents...

We were able to bring him home a day early!

  Luke loves to rock Caleb's rocker as he says, "Beebee..." 

This little boy has adjusted like a champ.

Somebody takes after his big brother and holds his ears when he sleeps! 

First "family of four" photo!

This is about as expressive as Caleb got during week 1... 

Week 2 of Caleb's life...

I wasn't the best at taking pictures in general, but here are some of friends who stopped by!  

Only a few days away from finding out if Caleb's newest Frantz playmate is a boy or a girl!

 What a help Mimi and Aunt Kathleen were during our hospital stay and Caleb's first week!  Thanks to them Luke remained well-fed and happy- and I remained as rested as possible! 

And Mama T was our saving grace after that!  Somebody doesn't look like he's lacking attention, does he?

We praise God for the gift that Caleb is and for the privilege it is to be his parents!  

"In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to your name forever."
Psalm 44:8


1 comment:

  1. Oh goodness! He's perfect!! It is so wonderful to see you as a mom of two precious boys! Congrats!