I have a niece! and she’s beautiful!!
I remember being in middle school and realizing that as an only child, my future husband better have brothers and sisters so that I can be an aunt some day. And on Tuesday my dream came true! Iliana Mei came into the world on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm. She weighs 7 pounds 11 ounces and is 21 inches long. She looks teeny teeny tiny and I refuse to believe that Judah was SMALLER than her when he was born..No Way!
Her beautiful mother, my incredible sister (in-law) was a champ. Natural Labor all the way, she herself said it was extremely hard, but she did it and after 40 hours of true labor (only about 4 of that in the hospital), She brought the sweetest baby girl into the world and she looked absolutely beautiful when we saw her less than 24 hours later.
Iliana Mei is such a beautiful name right? Iliana means “the Lord has responded” in Hebrew, fitting because Kristin and Brian miscarried their first baby a year ago. Mei is the chinese word for beautiful, which must have been prophetic because she sure is.
Oh man, how can these moments not make me want baby number two right??? Brandon is so excited to be an uncle, and we both just love her so much. It was fascinating watching her look around and squeal like a siren, she seriously sounds exactly like the noise a balloon makes when you stretch the opening and slowly let the air out. It was much different than our experience. Judah barely opened his eyes or made noise for weeks because of being born early. It was a delight seeing her already exploring with her eyes and her vocal chords. 🙂
I have already begun to pray that Illy will know the Lord deep in her heart and that Kristin and Brian will be the perfect showing of God’s love to their sweet baby girl. Let the tutu wearing and hair bows commence! (insert squeal with joy)