Whoa. I’m a dad. This little gem is my daughter.
My beautiful wife labored for 29 hours to bring her into the world at 5:34a on January 9th. She weighed 7lbs,12oz and was 20.5″ long and captured our hearts from her first cry.
She’s already taught us so much. The biggest thing she has taught me is what love really is. I love this little girl. The weirdest part about that for me is that she literally can’t do anything beside eat, poop, cry, sleep, and provide us with a tax credit. She’s pretty impractical at the moment. BUT I would and feel like I could move mountains for her.
We’re loved. She’s also taught us about how awesome our friends and family are. We’ve gotten countless cards, letters, remarkable support from our bosses and co-workers, meals, a gajillion and a half likes of her pictures on Facebook. People have made us feel so loved. Our church took care of us so well that we only bought a total of like $40 in groceries in January.
Being a dad is pretty great. Especially when you have a partner like Kim. She’s already such a great mom and its so fun to watch her be a mom. It’s also great to become even closer to her as we share these roles together. I’ve tremendously grateful that between diaper changes and feedings and forgetting if we fed the dog or where exactly we put those keys –again, that we’ve been able to truly appreciate each other.
The name. Keziah (we’re choosing to pronounce it Ka-Sigh-Ah. It means Cassia (like the tree we get cinnamon from). So many people ask where we got it. I have a “thing” for names that have Zs in them. Kim has always liked Keziah, and the story of Job has always been compelling to me. This is where the name appears in the Book of Job:
12 The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. 15 Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.
Thank you everyone for all your love!
Photo taken by Melissa at Willow Grove Photography in Indianapolis.