I have been waiting for months to introduce you to the new man in my life. His name is Anderson Truesdale. I’m not disclosing his last name for privacy sake. This little boy has a very big name to grow into! Anderson was my father’s middle name and his mother’s maiden name. Truesdale is a family name of Jonathan’s. He was born October 22 and since then he has rocked my world! Anderson is my first grandchild. I have prayed for this little guy for decades. Anderson’s entry into this world was quite normal but he was a little early. They call newborns like Anderson late-term preemies. He has all his fingers and toes and a head of black hair but his little lungs are a bit immature. The picture above was taken when he was just a couple hours old.
Not long after this dear little boy was born the delivery nurse discovered that he was not breathing properly. Then came streams of doctors and hospital staff into the delivery room to check on “our little baby”. After a short time he was whisked away to the NIC-U where he lived for the first nine days of his sweet little life.
Not the plan my daughter and son-in-law had in mind at all. Jonathan spent the first day of Anderson’s life going from the NIC-U to the maternity ward attending to both mother and baby.
Anderson was plugged into machines and put in an incubator with warming lights. He was giving oxygen and a feeding tube and lots of attention.
Those nine days were filled with tests and conjectures and long days and nights. Jacqueline was discharged from the hospital but chose to stay with Anderson living in a small, stripped down room in an adjacent hallway that was being renovated to be near her baby. Sorta creepy and desolate.
This was not in the plan! Not in our plan at all! But God… I’ve come to love those two words! But God is sovereign and was in complete control! He had the plan!
As a mother, I was not only concerned about my first grandbaby but my precious daughter too. During a quiet moment we talked about how SHE was doing she said, “I have decided to count my blessings and to focus on how God is working in this situation”! My mother’s heart leapt for joy at her wisdom and spiritual maturity!
REJOICE ALWAYS, PRAY WITHOUT CEASING, GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES; FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS FOR YOU. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Jacquline went about the new normal of her day with peace and grace and lots of thanksgiving! She was able to care for her son in the NIC-U and love on him with a “peace that passes understanding”.
During the time Anderson was in the NIC-U we all counted our blessing!
Here are just a few, a very few blessing we could count:
- The hospital Jacqueline and Jonathan chose had a NIC-U
- The hospital staff was fabulous!
- Anderson was getting the best care
- The hospital had a great restaurant
- Anderson’s care in the NIC-U was phenomenal!
- Anderson was the healthiest baby in the NIC-U
- We were able to pray for all the babies in the NIC-U when we prayed for Anderson
- This was a bonding experience for the new parents
- I was able to be with J and J and got to hold my little grandson and help
- We live within driving distance of our grandbaby
- Anderson has hair like his mommy
- He has a long torso like his daddy
- And a thousand other blessing upon blessings
Here he is only 7 days old in the NIC-U. Finally no oxygen or feeding tubes!
It’s not easy to count our blessing, especially when things don’t go the way we plan. But blessings are all around us. God’s love for us is always there and never failing.
The closer we walk with the Father and the more we know Him through His word the more our eyes are open to His blessings!
Anderson and his mommy and daddy are at home now. Lots of wires still hooked up to him, but he’s doing fine!
As for me, I will never be the same! I am undone and totally overcome. This little boy is such a tangible blessing. He has stolen my heart!
This is one GiGi (my grandmother name) that just keeps counting her blessings! And Anderson, you are on the top of my list!
Now I am praying the verse that was said about Jesus. I am praying this for Anderson just as I prayed for his mommy and uncle when they were children… AND HE GREW IN WISDOM AND STATURE AND FAVOR BEFORE GOD AND MEN. Paraphrased from Luke 2:52.
This week’s memorization verse:
BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL, AND FORGET NOT ALL OF HIS BENEFITS (kind deeds). Psalm 103:2
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Update: Anderson is doing wonderfully! Thank you so much for all your prayers and well-wishes! Here he is at 5 weeks old!
And here he is with his Mommy (my sweet daughter Jacqueline)…