Welcome to the world, Nathaniel David!

April 8, 2012

“Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, ‘Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!’ Nathanael said to Him, ‘How do You know me?’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.'”
–John 1: 48-49 (NASB)

In my previous post, I had mentioned that I would reveal why I had to cut my trip to the Philippines short. And now,…you know! As much as I enjoyed my trip, my mind was on getting back home and anticipate the arrival of our baby (for who knew if he was going to come early!).

Baby Nathaniel David came to us on April 3 at 3:53am. What a blessing! What a miracle! With many family and friends praying through the pregnancy, the delivery was safe and successful. Leading up to this climactic evening-into-morning event, people asked me if I was nervous. I wasn’t as nervous as I was curious to experience what the delivery phase would be like. All I can say is that Michelle was the greatest mom ever, showing her patience, strength and determination through it all. Nurse Evelyn was so thoughtful to make me “the Announcer” of our baby’s gender (as we decided to keep it a surprise). But when Nathaniel came out, I was in so much joyous shock that I forgot to announce it…until Michelle reminded me, “Well, what is it?!” They say, babies change parents’ lives and I agree. But in addition, they bring another level of love into one’s marriage.

I hope you enjoy these photos of the first day with Nathaniel! Actually, I’ll start off with some maternity ones.

Just wanted to say a special thank you to the staff at Scarborough Grace Hospital, the awesome support of Rean that evening and the guidance of Stefanie, the director of the Discover Birth Childbirth Education and Doula Services.

A heartfelt thank you to family and friends, especially Nathaniel’s new-immediate grandparents and uncles. Mom-Lorraine, you were an amazing and supportive birth coach to be partners with!

And finally, of course, without God’s grace, none of this would be possible!

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…here’s Nathaniel David!…
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…the proud family members…
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IN MEMORIAM
So you got to the end of this post…so you thought. We’d like to take this bitter-sweet opportunity to acknowledge our very first son, Benjamin Joseph. In 2010, we had been expecting his arrival. And in an unfortunate turn of events, he had passed away in utero at 6-months. He had already made us fall in love with him the moment we found out we were expecting and it was heart-wrenching to know that we weren’t going to be able watch him grow. But still, he was a blessing to us. So as a small tribute, here are a few photos of him. This dedication is for you, our little saint and Nathaniel’s big brother, who is up there in heaven watching over us and interceding for our prayers. We love you and miss you always!

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