Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Really Good Day

  June 12, 2008 was a day that changed our lives forever. 

At 7:59 pm Marley Anne Dillon was born by C-section at Hillsdale Community Health Center in Hillsdale, Michigan.  I'd been in labor since 7am that day, and I was never so glad to see an operating room in my life!  Even with an epidural, it had been a long, harrowing day.  This had been a pregnancy full of complications and a very scary incedent about halfway through, and I remember that Jim and I were so impatient to meet our little blessing.  The doctor had told us to expect a big baby- maybe 9 pounds- so imagine our surprise when he held up a tiny 6 lb. 14 oz. little girl for us to see!  I'll never forget that first glimpse of her as the doctor raised her up above the sterile blue sheet after he had removed her from my body.  She was a mess and squalling like crazy, but she was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen.  I never understood unconditional love until I saw her.  In that split second between when I heard her first cry and first saw her face, I knew there was nothing on this earth that I wouldn't do to take care of her and keep her safe.  After a quick kiss on her precious face, she and Jim were whisked away to another room and Dr. B returned to working on me.  I'd lost a lot of blood, so I was woozy and more than a little loopy, but I remember feeling such huge relief that she was finally HERE.  I also remember feeling more than a little irritated that I didn't get to hold her right away.  I had to go to recovery, and I wanted my baby! 

Just look at the look on his face!  Jim used to rub it in that HE was the first to get to hold her, not me.  Looking back, it seems fitting.  In hindsight, I know that he had less than three years to hold her, and I'm glad that his arms were the first to hold her tight, that he was the first to stare into those beautiful big eyes, the first to cover her tiny face with kisses.  I wonder what all was going through his mind in those moments?  He wasn't really one to put his thoughts into words, but I remember the way he looked at her.  Like she was the most amazing little girl he'd ever seen.  I even saw his eyes water up more than once.  Jim wasn't one to cry.  I have no doubt that he was experiencing the very same fierce, protective, overwhelming feeling of love that I was. 

And then it was MY turn!  Since I'd had a C-section, Marley and I had to stay in the hospital for four days.  Those were the most wonderful four days I think I've ever had.  Even though I was in considerable pain and could hardly move, I've never felt so blessed.  Being adopted, I'd never had the joy of sharing similar physical characteristics with my family.  I was so overjoyed to discover that she had the same hands and feet that I do.  As a newborn, she looked so much like her daddy, but these were characteristics that were mine.  And I had her all to myself.  With the exception of a few hours the first night when I still couldn't walk, I got to spend every moment with her.  There were no chores to do, my meals came to my bedside, and all I had to do was hold this precious tiny little thing.  I couldn't stop looking at her and I couldn't put her down. 

She was a dream come true, an incredible answer to prayer, and God chose to give her to Jim and me.
That was a really good day!


  1. And Marley will grow up to know just how precious she really is! He surely loved that little girl. Daddy's always do!

  2. That was an awesome day. I couldn't wait to get up there and see your family. I remember how protective Jim was of her and how relaxed he was all at the same time. It must have been a little disconcerting to have all those nieces and nephews holding her and giving her bottles and he never once complained. You both were great parents from the start.
    Marley is a blessed little one, the love she has and continues to receive will always be imprinted on her heart.

  3. Gosh, you three are beautiful!

    And I remember being the same way - just couldn't put my miracle baby down... couldn't stop staring at him... and was so happy at the love between Daddy and Baby.

    So thankful that she (and you) had those years together. What an amazing foundation.

    Yes, it looks like it was a REALLY good day! :)


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