What !?! … Exqueeze me? Baking Powder?
You have read this correctly. I’m stuck in the Yampa Valley Airport, hours away from home. I’ve been hanging out in Steamboat Springs, CO since Friday, taking part of the Bridgestone Winter Driving School. We trained for two days on how to properly correct and manage winter conditions, focusing specifically on ice covered roads. Myself and three other coworkers learned how to power slide, the “Scandinavian Flick”, and the 180 degree Rockford File reverse. All on ice covered snow. Pretty cool, huh?
What? You’re more interested in the later half of this blog post title? Well, I can totally understand why, because believe me … It has been a stressful last uncouple of days, eagerly waiting to share with all of you the following news …
Angie and I are proud to finally introduce to you our long awaited, three years in the “making”, prayed over, heart’s desire … Ladies and Gents, boys and girls, children of all ages …
The Aquila Villa would like to introduce to you our son, Elihu James. But you can call him “Eli” for short. He was born on Monday, the 13th, in Louisiana. Weighing in at the time of birth : 4 lbs, 10 oz. Measuring seventeen inches long. The little guy was born about 4 weeks too early, due to the following story, which Angie and I are obviously willing to share, but with a little reservation.
Eli’s mom had a past with some unfortunate drug use. She was three-years sober; however, in the week before giving birth to our son, our birth mother had a relapse use, after three years of being clean. Obviously, this was something Angie and I were not expecting because we came into the process of this private adoption knowing that all birth mothers going through our lawyer’s office were very well taken care of. But just like in my last post, I didn’t know that God had a better story planned for us.
A better story?
That’s right … God’s story for both my life, Angie’s life, and little Eli’s as well. Drugs suck. Plain and simple, but they are a part of this story. Nobody can tell us for sure, but it is believed that drug use could have caused the early birth. Eli was meant to be born in February. Since he is early, he has to stay in the NICU for a little while longer before Angie and I can bring him home to meet everybody. But before I go further … Here are a few God sightings that we are seeing so far in Eli’s short life so far. We will start with his health …
Eli is …
1) Not in an incubator, And is sleeping in a crib. So he is regulating his body temp just fine. Some premature babies have issues with this, but our boy is good to go there.
2) Is eating from a bottle. This means he can suck without any issue, which means his lungs are developed enough for feeding, and normal breathing.
3) Not showing any signs of withdrawal. This is the most important, as it shows to us that ongoing use of drugs was not prevelant during pregnancy. His size and birthweight also is backing this up as well, showing no signs of Inter-Uterain Grow Retardation (IUGR). Basically, this means ongoing drug or alcohol use (because there apparently was none) has not effected his growth. If he was born, as scheduled in February, he would have been several pounds heavier, at a normal birthweight.
Eli is only in the NICU, at this point, to gain weight and to be sure of a clean bill of health, regarding our birthmom’s relapse. A meconium (stool sample) drug test is still yet to be delivered, which should show exactly if any drugs made it into Eli’s system. His urine drug test was negative, but the meconium test will be conclusive. Either way, the good news is that Eli is healthy and not showing ANY signs of withdrawal or dependency.
Here is another cool God sighting. Because Eli was born early, we believe God was protecting our son from future exposure to drugs by putting him into the care of the NICU. Who knows what all could have happened if Eli was born at full term? God saw to it that our son came into this world and avoided more potential drug exposure. That’s awesome!
Angie and I also believe that God provided us our Eli because we were first in line for a little boy. Our preferences were wide open, but it turns out all other prospective parents all wanted gabby girls. So whether Eli was born in February or January, white or brown … he was destined to be ours.
So … What’s in a name?
Angie and I gave him the name Elihu because of it’s meaning: “My God is Yahweh”. We know that Eli is a gift from God, so we plan on teaching him and raising him to know from whom he came from. He will be baptized and dedicated right back to God, as soon as possible.
Angie’s great-great-grandfather was also named Elihu, and it’s also her brother’s middle name. The “James” comes from my grandfather, and is also my middle name. Angie and I both found it important to honor our family members within our naming process.
To end…we are so excited to have you meet the little guy. Right now, we are awaiting his release from the hospital, so we can make our first “Family of Three” road trip. As always, we will keep you posted, and well informed once we know more.