January 28th 2014 was a day full of adventure and drama. Winter storm Leon brought Atlanta to a halt with children spending the night on school buses stranded on the highway, cars out of gas and abandoned on the highway as drivers looked for shelter, and 45 min commutes transformed into eight plus hour trips home (if they made it). This was also the day the newest addition to our family made her grand appearance.
With our family at a distance, a baby that was over a week over due, and an approaching winter storm, there were many distractions going on all around us. Even the third culture kid in me was missing having family nearby and was contemplating childcare, winter storms, and missing my mom… 🙂
With the storm approaching and baby non too eager to make her appearance, we decided to head to the hospital before the storm fully hit and check ourselves in. With the ATL in gridlock…number 5 made her grand entrance.
In spite of the storm around us, the concern of staff unable to get home, concern about kids stuck at school and spouses stuck at the office, and shift changes unable to get in, The staff at Piedmont Fayette Hospital and Southern Crescent Women’s Healthcare took exceptional care of us. Joni thank you for making our time in the hospital enjoyable and for going the extra mile in seeing we are comfortable. For the record, we never wandered far off the third floor… Laura, thank you for your encouragement and the tender care you showed to my wife. We have had the pleasure of being under the care of a SCWH midwife during these last 2 births and we are grateful for Laura’s presence, her encouragement, and when it came time to deliver her professionalism in her care of Rosanne and Kayla.
A great big thank you to all those who supported us through prayer and so many thoughtful words. You are too many to thank by name. The txt messages we kept receiving throughout the day were a source of encouragement and joy. An extra big thank you to Martha (and Ted who dropped her off and picked her up during the snow) and Pat who braved the GA snowstorm of 2014 and took such good care of our family while Rosanne and I were in the hospital. We feel so blessed to be surrounded by so many who love our family so much. THANK YOU!!!!!
The doctor ordered indirect sunlight to help bring the jaundice levels down. The light was too good to pass on… 🙂 Below are some images of our precious addition.