Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Naomi Jane Young

Naomi Jane Young was born this morning at 8:24 AM in our home after about 36 1/2 hours of labor, though it wasn't intense except for about 9 hours of hard labor and 2 hours of pushing.  She weighed in at 6 lbs, 10 oz and is 20" long.  Her head is 13 1/2" around and her chest is 13" around.

We were in and out of the birthing pool most of the time, and eventually had her on the bed.  We slept in between contractions and it all became quite fuzzy after about the first 24 hours.  As the sun came up this morning, the birds began to sing their beautiful song and the clouds hung low and puffy with distinct edges being defined by the light rays.  It was truly magical.  I laid on the bed going through the last contractions and looking out the window in between sleepiness, then making brief and silent eye contact with Katie, our midwife and Mike, my loving husband and best mate.  It was a long time coming and I decided, let's get this done.  Within an hour or two she was born.  It was shocking seeing her come out because I didn't think it would happen for a few more contractions.  The whole thing was really emotional.  Mike and I weeped more than she did and she soon showed how healthy vibrant and beautiful she really is.  She's a gift from heaven.  Now she is laying on the bed sucking her thumb and looking all around.  She's silent and still, content and beautiful.  Her name is Naomi Jane.  Naomi meaning pleasant.  Jane meaning Yahweh's grace.  It's the feminine form of John.  The whole experience was so blessed.  Long and trying, but so worth it.

Thanks to everyone who helped out with everything, whether it was giving us clothes, supplies, phone calls, texts, emails, support, etc.  This whole nine months has shown everyone's kindnesses.  Special thanks to those who helped us with the labor, Katie our midwife, for her expertise and love, knowing how to handle all the hard situations and knowing exactly what to say.  Matt for helping to regulate the pool temperature and doing errands for us during it all.  Janet and my Mom for bringing us food and for Janet taking Abby off our hands.  And for EVERYONES prayers.  I know there were a lot and they were answered!  Tara for being willing to come down to help out, even though we never called her, sorry!  All the emails and 77 messages Janet got on her phone, and I'm sure there are other stories out there we didn't even hear about yet.  All of our family and friends. Thanks to ProtoLawyer for posting the announcement on the mothering.com forums and all the well wishes from our July due date buddies on there.

Visiting hours at our house are officially open and we will be home all week.  Give us a call or shoot us an email letting us know when to expect you so we don't get a whole lot of people at one time (small house and we want to spend a lot of time with everyone).  Here are some photos in order of events:
First family photo after birth:
Matt the new uncle:
Two and a half generations.  :) 
Goodnight, our first day is done.


  1. Thank you for my beautiful granddaughter!!!! (as I sit here with tears in my eyes again) Love you all to the ends of the universe and back again!!!

  2. Time for the wisdom that can generally only come after several hours of sitting, alone, and meditating while surfing the tubes: :)
    Time moves on. In months, she will become more independent, will crawl, will walk. Will speak. Will know. Will learn. In years, she will be her own person. She will have thoughts, ideas, and knowledge all her own. In years further, she will be a fully competent and able being, possessing her own thread in the vast tapestretic fractal of all that is. She will be fully able to have this experience for herself, as you did. All this time, you will be growing, learning, and loving alongside her, guiding her where necessary, making sure she keeps pace with life. As the circle repeats, you will be able to observe the past in the future, trading time for experience and perspective. All from this tiny seed, given by Yahweh, for you to be able to love and live in new ways. May you reach the far end of your potential for love, and proceed to demolish the barriers there. May you lead others to this. May nothing be hidden from you in life. May the peace of Yahweh be with you and your child on this earth and beyond it. Yahweh Bless You.

  3. I am soo happy for you all!!! She is precious! Hope to come see her soon. Oh, and Grace and Mike as well. Meredith

  4. Dang Matt... Our minds have been BLOWN!! We love you! Thank you for all the great help during labor.

  5. Wow Matt.... I am teary!!! Proud of my baby sister! She's gonna be a rockin momma... Proud of Mike too! After talking to Grace and hearing how awesome of a support person he was!...(well, always proud of mike... But it does warm a sisters heart. ) Proud of the frobro Matt. :-) You are already an awesome uncle to all the little ones and will have a VERY special connection with this one...
    Thankful that Yahweh blessed you with perfection. A gift from above just for you!
    Love you all! Your sister and aunt...And the other 5 of us too. :-)

  6. Congrats to you both, she is so precious! It's ok that you didn't call...I'll forgive you. Can't wait to be able to get down there and see you all!!! Love you and miss you guys!!!