On the morning of the 10th of October, we welcomed Annaliese Evangeline Chan into our family.
Unlike David’s birth story, hers is less eventful, thankfully. God’s faithfulness continues to abound in our lives, even in this pregnancy and delivery.
Some things that I’m particularly thankful for
1. A smooth delivery via C-section. I was really nervous entering the operating theatre, but upon meeting my kindly Anaesthetist, my heart was put at rest.
Thankful that Nick could accompany me this time round throughout the entire procedure, and we got to worshipfully welcome Annaliese as she was delivered with beautiful worship songs playing in the background.
2. Thankful for God’s protection over baby Annaliese. When she was brought out of my tummy, our heart stopped for a while when we saw that her umbilical cord had already wrapped around her neck twice. We have heard so many sad stories about baby’s being strangulated by their own umbilical cords, we are grateful for Annaliese’s life which truly is a gift to us.
3. Grateful for my own recovery which was relatively quick. Discharged on the second day and almost back to normal by day 4 or 5 and coped without painkillers. Carried my toddler (for just less than a minute by day 6). Having another child makes you stronger I guess. Like it or not, you have to cope…
Having said that, it was so much easier to cope because I had my mum with me for about two weeks, and subsequently my mother-in-law. Its just such a comfort and blessing to have that extra pair of hands around almost 24-7, and truly, when you become a mother, all you want is your mother around (apart from my devoted husband, of course).
4. Grateful that God has blessed us with a daughter with a beautiful spirit. She seems to be a rather calm and contented baby, we are so glad! It certainly helps, especially when you have an active, rambunctious toddler to handle 😉
Thank you Lord, for Annaliese’s life.
By His grace, may you be consecrated to God as a bearer of Good News to the nations.