Tuesday, January 22, 2008

He's Here!

Ashley's birthing coach and friend called us around 9pm on the 16th and said that Ashley was feeling some contractions. They were going to wait for her clothes to dry and then make their way to the hospital. We jumped in the car and started driving. At 10:30pm she called to say they were at the hospital and Ashley was dialated to 8cm!!! At 12:30am when we were just 18 miles from the hospital, Ashley called to congratulate us on our new baby boy. We missed the birth! But we had a healthy beautiful baby boy. He was born at 11:52pm on the 16th. Lillian's birthday was the 16th of October so we were so pleased to hear that they share a birthdate. He was 8lbs 13oz and 21 inches long with blue eyes and short blondish brown hair. We arrived around 1:10am to greet our son.

After much debate, our little boy is named Ian. Zachary was a name that Ashley had selected. Ian was chosen for several reasons among which are: it means "God is gracious" and we praise God's grace in this adoption and I-A-N are the last 3 letters in Lillian's name. He is Lillian's little brother even by name.

After 3 days in the hospital, Ashley signed the necessary paperwork and we celebrated our new family with a special entrustment ceremony. Then we all headed to a home we rented in the area to spend some more time getting to know each other and doting on our little boy. We also hosted a birthday party for Ian with Ashley's friends and family in attendance. It was a wonderful week with love just pouring over Ian.

And now, we're home! It feels so good. Our little champ slept the entire way home even skipping a meal in the process. (Of course he demanded that meal as soon as the car stopped.) Thank you all for your prayers. We can't wait for all of you to meet him!


emily January 22, 2008 at 6:02 PM  

Congratulations!!! He's absolutely adorable! I've been thinking of and praying for you guys lots lately. What great reasons for choosing the name Ian! You must be so happy and proud! Love,

Anonymous January 22, 2008 at 7:31 PM  


Angela, Uwe & Nicole

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Anonymous January 22, 2008 at 8:31 PM  

Wow, he is so perfect! We are so grateful that he is here and that your travels brought you all home safe and sound!

Mindy and Bill

celestemc January 22, 2008 at 8:51 PM  

You have been so much on my mind, and I kept finding myself watching the clock... wondering if you were home yet. YES! Home safe and sound! He is beautiful! I can't wait to hold him!

Thanks so much for updating us all so quickly. Keep it up! We love you!!!

Anonymous January 22, 2008 at 9:10 PM  

Congratulations! What a doll!! Can't wait to meet him.

The Wards

Garren January 22, 2008 at 11:39 PM  

So happy to hear the good news! congratulations and look forward to meeting the little guy!
Garren & Chris

Anonymous January 23, 2008 at 12:20 AM  

What a beautiful baby! LOVE his name! Congratulations!!!Laura Matteson

Anonymous January 23, 2008 at 8:14 AM  

We rejoice with you! Congratulations.

-The Ruhnkes

Anonymous January 23, 2008 at 8:57 AM  

So happy to hear the Great news! We can't wait to meet him! Xxx Abra and Chip

frazeramy January 23, 2008 at 9:02 AM  

Wow- such a sweetie! Congratulations to you all and hope to meet him soon! Lots of love,

Beth January 23, 2008 at 1:59 PM  

He is so handsome!!! Thanks for sharing all the photos!! I loved looking at all of them! Joshua watched them with me and said "I like baby Ian's cake". Typical boy! We are so happy for you all! Congrats!! Beth

Anonymous January 23, 2008 at 8:04 PM  

i am counting down the moments til 2morrow!!!!!!! -Becci :)

Kim G. January 23, 2008 at 8:33 PM  

So happy for you and will be lifting up prayers for you all as Ian settles into your family. How cool to hear about the way you spent time with his birth mom and her friends and family. Can a baby ever have too much love? What a wonderful memory to create for everyone. Blessings to you all!

krissy and leo keelan January 23, 2008 at 9:06 PM  

He's adorable! We're so happy for you guys! Jeff has a full time job again. Lori, I hope you are able to get some time off from work to spend with the new bundle of joy.

Cheryl January 24, 2008 at 6:39 AM  

How wonderful!!! He's beautiful. I absolutely love seeing the joy on your faces! God is so good! What wonderful gift.

I can hardly wait to meet him and hug you!!

LCM January 24, 2008 at 10:07 AM  

Yeah, how awesome. I am so excited for you guys. Enjoy your new baby!

Judy January 25, 2008 at 1:22 AM  

We are so happy for you both, what a beautiful little boy! I started to cry as I read your explanation of Ian's name, it is so perfect and it honors so many loved ones. I loved all the pictures, especially the feet! Enjoy, enjoy and know that Ian was chosen for you long before he was born. God is good.
Love always, Aunt Judy

Anonymous January 25, 2008 at 11:31 AM  

Congratulations Jeff and Lori!!!! I am so excited that there is another child on this earth that will be influenced by your kindness and caring!! He will make this a better world for sure!! Nurse Gretchen

Anonymous January 25, 2008 at 2:29 PM  

Congratulations! I'm thrilled to have a new cousin in the family! I have been thinking of you both every day and am so happy for this extraodinary gift of a new life. I can't think of two better parents in this world.

take care,
Cousin Sara

Anonymous January 30, 2008 at 1:41 PM  

Congratulations!!! He is wonderful!
~ The Hueys

Kim S January 31, 2008 at 7:52 AM  

Loved the pictures!! I watched the slideshow more than once! Congratulations!!

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