June 10, 2012 8:43 PM
4' 6 oz
While a fire raged to the west and smoke enveloped town, we were actually more anxious about getting some good news: my in-laws, Christina and Caleb, were camped in Poudre Valley Hospital, getting ready for the long-awaited birth of their daughter.
After being induced in the morning, several weeks early as a precaution for helping the baby gain more weight, Christina's labor was progressing quickly by late afternoon, and we were ecstatic to receive news from Dad that she was born entirely healthy.
Within an hour, Jessica and I were able to meet our niece for the first time. Both proud grandmothers were also present.
Caleb and Christina are as deserving of parents as you can imagine. I've known Caleb to be a thoughtful, caring, and patient person since Christina introduced us to him. I've known Christina even longer, well over half her life -- since she was 12! What a special treat to see them on the happiest day of their life.
But even better, how amazing it is to be able to meet Hannah Stock on her first day of life. She was early, so everything on her is tiny, but perfectly and fully-formed, all the way down to her tiny fingernails. She is angelic and beautiful. She's so light that she can easily be held with one arm -- almost one hand -- but far too precious.
Funny, I am not so much as a baby person per se, really enjoying being around kids more when they're walking and talking and inquisitive about everything in the world. But my little niece really is so adorable already! Auntie Jess and I really look forward to spending time with her and spoiling her as much as we can.