The newest member of the Jackson family has arrived! William Roy Jackson V was born on Friday, December 4th. He's a little sweetheart, and we're all pretty crazy about him!
Having him enter our lives has been a completely different experience from Mariposa's birth and first few months. With her, labor was long and exhuasting, and it took me about three months to recover mentally. Labor with him was short and intense, and because of the amazing invention of the epidural, I had plenty of energy to bring him into the world and marvel at the miracle of life.
Because he waited until he was full term and strong to be born, he didn't have to get his heel stuck every three hours for a blood sugar test during our hospital stay. He started eating like a champ immediately, and at his two-week-old check up he was right on track with gaining weight. His bilirubin levels rose and fell just like they're supposed to, so we didn't have to put him through all of the blood tests his sister endured.
In short, we have a very average baby (although above-averagely cute, if you ask me)!
While I'm thanking God for the gift of our handsome son, and thanking Him for how smoothly everything has gone so far, it has also shown me just how faithful and gentle He was with us during those first few rough months with Mariposa.
The stress of having to resort to formula because my little girl was literally skin and bones after a month of working hard to nurse her, the darkness of post-partem depression (which I mislabled "understanding life better") and trial of faking joy to everyone because I believed I was fine, taking my brand new baby to the basement of the hospital on Thanksgiving Day to get her heel stuck for the fourth time that week to check her jaundice level, and the utter exhaustion brought on by going to every single Christmas celebration our familes had, all came together to make for a very bleak Winter last year.
Yet through it all the Lord held on to me tightly. He gave Billy patience and gentleness with me, and a baby girl who was truly the sweetest little thing I could imagine. He used that Winter to teach me to lean on Him when leaning on Him meant directing my fall when I collapsed from exhaustion. And He gave me empathy for people who are going through trials that tear them apart, even though it's not nearly as bad as what other people endure.
And then, as soon as I recovered, He gave us William much faster than I expected!
It is such a comfort to know that my King is my Father and my Father is my King. Ultimate authority and deepest love make the safest refuge. There may be much harder trials ahead, or maybe our life will just be full of those normal little things like sleepless nights and two children crying at once. Either way, God is in control!
And He's given me the sweetest children He ever made!