Patience Glorianna Willis - born September 3, 2017
Labor and delivery went very smoothly - The Lord is so good! He gave Rachel much strength and endurance to work hard with great joy. She never complained throughout the 7+ hours of active labor, but instead rested on me and on her Jesus. One of the things that we had prayed for leading up to the birth was mental clarity for Rachel. God abundantly answered that prayer!
A few hours before birth, in between some intense contractions, I asked Rachel if she wanted "some more". I was referring to the iced water glass that was sitting next to the birthing tub. Even though she was utterly exhausted and breathing heavily, she gave a smile and her eyes twinkled playfully. "More water or more contractions? If it means having this baby sooner, I'll take both".
Patience has already stolen her daddy's heart.
As a husband, and now a father, this makes my heart melt.
What is Patience like? Well, she tends to hiccup a lot - just like she did in the womb. :) She's observant, likes moving her arms around, and has a bit of an independent streak (she often enjoys being by herself on her blanket). It is a delight to get to know her more and more with each passing day. Here's a video of her in action.
Mommy and baby are both getting lots of rest, and are doing well. It was such a blessing to have both of our moms live with us for a couple weeks to help us get established with the new addition to our family. They definitely blessed our socks off! (I guess being a mom doesn't end when your children get married...) :)
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.