Yesterday, our church celebrated the upcoming arrival of a new addition. Little Wesley's owl-themed baby shower was so much fun - the decorations were beautiful, the games were funny, and the fellowship was fantastic. We showered our friend Merissa with gifts and talked about how we couldn't wait to meet him in about a month.
Little did we know that baby Wesley would make his grand entrance into this world today. Waking up to a text from your friend that her water broke about 7 weeks early isn't fun. Today was filled with many prayers and lots of phone calls and texts among friends. Thankfully, our prayers were answered and Merissa and baby are doing great. I won't share little Wesley's stats in case Merissa hasn't had the chance to talk to all of her friends in person, but we'll suffice it to say he's a heavyweight for being so early.
Since she didn't expect to have a baby for about a month, a few of her friends packed clothes for mommy, daddy, and baby and another made a run for preemie clothes. Some of us took all their stuff to the hospital and waited to hear the good news. It was so fun just being there and waiting on a new baby to be born. We didn't get to meet the baby, but we were glad to see our friend!
It was the first time I've been back to the hospital where Caroline (and Riley) was born almost a year ago - it's such a different experience being there when you're not the one in labor. It's so hard to remember Caroline when she was this squishy newborn. Don't blink, Merissa. Your baby will be having his first (or third) birthday before you know it.