Yesterday our little (not so little anymore) boy got baptized before both sides of our family at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church. We are a little late considering most people get their baby baptized as an infant. Yes, I know…but in the beginning of Henry’s life we had a rough start and it just didn’t seem like the right time to do it. Henry came into this world on September 1, 2014. His due date wasn’t until October 15th so naturally when my water broke unexpectedly I was in quite a panic! I remember being SO scared! Honestly, the first thing I started to do was just pray that the little baby I had worked SO hard to carry was going to be okay! When we pulled up to the ER I remember thinking that the man who was wheeling me to the floor couldn’t push the wheel chair fast enough! I hadn’t started any contractions but I just wanted some doctor, nurse (or pretty much anyone with a medical background) to tell me everything was going to be okay and my baby was fine! Well contractions started soon after I got there and the next thing I knew one of the NICU nurses was at my hospital bed telling me the steps they would do to help my baby. It was a lot to take in when you are having contractions! Let me tell you! I really couldn’t even believe this was all happening! I just kept praying and asking God to please take care of my baby and let everything be okay! (I swear this story is going somewhere related to his baptism! Ha) Well I was in labor for about 5 hours and when little Henry came out they whisked him away to the NICU. Henry stayed in the NICU for about 3 weeks and then came home on monitors until after his due date. Everyday Ryan and I would drive up to the NICU to be with our little baby. As I would sit in his hospital room I SWEAR I would feel the presence of God with us. Comforting us and telling me it is all in his hands. My whole life I have never felt that presence as strong as I did during those few weeks that Henry was in the NICU. It was amazing! I know that God had a hand in Henry’s birth and he knew exactly what he was doing. (Even though it was very hard for me to see it! ) Ryan and I are so thankful that Henry has grown up to be a happy and healthy little boy. God has been so good to us and has given us such a special gift through Henry. (Even if sometimes he makes us want to pull our hair out because he is in full blown toddler mode!) Having Henry baptized yesterday was so special and meant so much to us and our family! We love this little boy with all our heart and I still can’t believe God choose us to be his parents!
*Please excuse the iPhone quality photos!*