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Oct 30, 2012

by Caleb Gardner

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The pain had finally stopped. My wife’s body slowly relaxed, and I saw relief come over her tearful face. She had completed an amazing act of passion and torment. Our son, Jack, had just been born.

I kissed my wife on the forehead, telling her how proud of her I was. Even though we already had an older son waiting for us back home, even though we had been through the drill of childbirth before, I was no less dazzled the second time around. My wife’s body is capable of amazing things, but her mental capacity awed me. Her iron will manifested itself carrying Jack for nine less-than-fun months, but it was fulfilled on that sunny October afternoon when he decided to join us.

The nurse took Jack over to the scale to measure him and take the imprint of his tiny feet, and I started to catch my breath long enough to take in what had just happened. We had just become a family of four. As my eyes now took in his face, I began to unintentionally compare him to his brother. Narrower face, I thought. Not as pale as Miles. Longer. Heavier.

Suddenly to the future: Who will this little man become? Will he laugh like his brother? Will they get along? If one’s entire life flashes before one’s eyes upon imminent death, then the opposite was true for me witnessing this new life being born. Jack’s potential, like a path being newly drawn by every fresh breath he was taking, was being revealed to me.

After the nurse dipped his feet in ink for his record, she turned to me. “I have an idea,” she said. Placing his feet in the ink again, she took my forearm and imprinted his tiny feet onto my skin. Little black footprints, temporary tattoos directly from my new child.

The nurse cleaned Jack, and carried him back to his mother. He laid directly on her skin, solidifying the bond between them. I watched from a distance. My time for bonding would come. In that moment, I was content in the knowledge that we had successfully brought life into this world twice.

Over the next few days, we watched Jack learn what it means to be alive, what it means to be a part of our family. We watched him meet his big brother, and watched his big brother adjust to having him around. My tattoo faded, but that was fine. I have something much more permanent: a son that is already such a part of our lives that we couldn’t imagine life without him.

3 Featured Comments

  • KayaNow

    Christine from KayaNow said 7 years ago Featured

    So true, my amazement never stops, but continues to grow right along with my children.

  • darkcycleclothing

    darkcycleclothing from darkcycleclothing said 7 years ago Featured

    This was so sweet. We have three kids, and I have noticed with each birth how much more personhood I recognize in the child as soon as they are born. I think it is the experience of seeing a baby grow into a child with opinions, character and taste that makes you realize the new creation in your arms really is another person with endless possibilities.

  • sarahndipities

    Sarah from Sarahndipities said 7 years ago Featured

    There is nothing quite like being a parent! As a mother of five children of my own, I am continually amazed at the uniqueness of each of their distinct personalities, looks, and desires. Beautifully written!

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  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 7 years ago

    So adorable!!!

  • myjewelrystory

    Sunny Lee from JewelMango said 7 years ago

    GREAT!

  • whitetruffle

    White Truffle from whitetruffle said 7 years ago

    Beauitful!

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop from ThePattypanShop said 7 years ago

    Babies are wonderful gifts!! Thanks for this post.

  • KayaNow

    Christine from KayaNow said 7 years ago Featured

    So true, my amazement never stops, but continues to grow right along with my children.

  • darkcycleclothing

    darkcycleclothing from darkcycleclothing said 7 years ago Featured

    This was so sweet. We have three kids, and I have noticed with each birth how much more personhood I recognize in the child as soon as they are born. I think it is the experience of seeing a baby grow into a child with opinions, character and taste that makes you realize the new creation in your arms really is another person with endless possibilities.

  • jefrist

    Jenna Frist from FristVintage said 7 years ago

    love the way this is written. I wanted more of the story :) congrats on Jack!

  • LoveNaturally

    Leah from LoveNaturally said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on your new little guy, Caleb. Thanks so much for sharing your story.

  • StringBeardCraftery

    Stephanie from StringBeardCraftery said 7 years ago

    What a lovely retelling of a beautiful moment. Congrats!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural from SewnNatural said 7 years ago

    congratulations!!! what a beautiful idea for temporary baby feet tatoos :) thanks so much for including our sheep blanket in the post, and happy nesting as you all get to bond as a family of four. congrats again.

  • amusebeads

    amusebeads from amusebeads said 7 years ago

    What a sweet story!

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 7 years ago

    I loved reading this. It is a very cute story!

  • JasmineLund

    Hannah Jasmine Tucker from TheMiddleButton said 7 years ago

    Love it! Especially the foot tattoo bit. What an awesome and terrifying and beautiful gift life is!

  • Sarah1964

    Sarah Lee from GloryBe2 said 7 years ago

    Yours is a beautiful story of life! Blessings to you and your family.

  • fabuluster

    Brent and Jessica Williams from fabuluster said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Love the sentiment!

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 7 years ago

    Lovely!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    A very touching story, its interesting to read a male perspective on birth. Congratulations on your new arrival!

  • marygod

    Anagrassia from Anagrassia said 7 years ago

    ADORABLE!

  • emonieiesha

    Emonie Varnado from EmonieDezigns said 7 years ago

    How Sweet!

  • reflectionsjewelry

    Emily Delfin from reflectionsjewelry said 7 years ago

    sweet post - thank you :-)

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark said 7 years ago

    I am very happy for your family, congratulations and best wishes.

  • BirdEnergy

    Genise Park from GeniseParkArts said 7 years ago

    Love the dad's perspective! Congratulations!

  • BirdEnergy

    Genise Park from GeniseParkArts said 7 years ago

    I love reading your perspective on your son's birth. Congratulations!

  • TheHickoryTree

    Linda from TheHickoryTree said 7 years ago

    Such a sweet story from the guy's point of view. My first grandchild is coming in a month and a half so I get to see this wonderful event through my son and daughter-in-laws eyes now. Little boys are so great.

  • thewildplum

    Christina from TheWildPlum said 7 years ago

    Such warmth and perspective. This brought happy tears to my eyes. You have a beautiful way of painting words. I was transported back, thrice, to the births of my own sons. What a treasure reading this is. Thank you and congratulations to your family.

  • AlwaysAMemory

    Kitty Phillips from AlwaysAMemory said 7 years ago

    Sweet story! Nice read. Congrats on the new baby!

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 7 years ago

    Awww, so beautiful. Sweet story!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm from baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Wow Caleb, you are good at story telling I could see exactly what was happening in my minds eye~ congrats on the birth of another son, great idea by the nurse with a tatoo of his feet on your arm, wish you happiness with your family of 4.

  • etcher101

    etcher101 from EtchStitchandBurn said 7 years ago

    That made me tear up a bit...great story and beautifully written!!

  • LilyThings

    Elizabeth Lagasse from LillyThings said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this, I'm 23 weeks into my 2nd pregnancy , and I was having one of those " Blob , moments." What a Great Article , a reminder of the "wonderful " moment to come !! :) Congrats!!

  • SuzisPillowStudio

    Suzi from ThePillowStudioShop said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! Enjoy this little dude.

  • Earendil7

    Shiloh Lenz from EarendilCollectibles said 7 years ago

    Congratulations!!!! So awesome!

  • nicolanis

    Michelle from FoamyFactory said 7 years ago

    Congrats! My best wishes to your family!

  • monstergilbert

    monstergilbert said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! We are expecting our second child in a few days and this article has added fuel to my excitement.

  • Ridgevales

    Lindsay from SweetThreesBoutique said 7 years ago

    What a sweet story ;) Congrats!

  • ebkriley

    EBK Riley from DeeAndFee said 7 years ago

    Congratulations. Thank you for sharing such an important life moment and bringing a bit of your joy to your readers.

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    Darlene Jones from RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 7 years ago

    I loved the story - so well written I had to read every word! And such an adorable idea with the initial and tiny baby feet -- very cool. :)

  • HansHolzkopf

    Natalie from HansHolzkopf said 7 years ago

    Congratulations!!!Sweet story!!:)

  • sarahndipities

    Sarah from Sarahndipities said 7 years ago Featured

    There is nothing quite like being a parent! As a mother of five children of my own, I am continually amazed at the uniqueness of each of their distinct personalities, looks, and desires. Beautifully written!

  • guziks

    Stephanie from Phylogeny said 7 years ago

    I certainly hope I'm not the only one tearing up reading this! What a lovely story, congratulations to your family of four :)

  • oceangirlcollection

    Elke Fontillo from oceangirlcollection said 7 years ago

    there really is wonder in seeing a new life entering the world- Great job- congrats to you and your wife-

  • cubiciti

    Addy Widjaja from cubiciti said 7 years ago

    Sweet story! Congrats on the new baby! Thanks for sharing.

  • silvermoonphoto

    silvermoonphoto from silvermoonphoto said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful story!

  • expressyourself

    Natalia Snemis from expressyourself said 7 years ago

    Great story~

  • fairladyfashions

    Emily Hill from emmyshoppe said 7 years ago

    Caleb- such a heart warming story. I'm honored that you showed my "baby feet" necklace in your blog. Truly. :)

  • zoeychch

    Natasha Hough from HoughlingsHeartmade said 7 years ago

    What a precious time! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing moment with us!

  • LeasaMarie

    Leasa from LeasaDesigns said 7 years ago

    So sweet! We have two boys also, so can very much relate! They are awesome and as they grow together they have become best friends - hopefully now & always!! Enjoy~

  • etchythings

    Mei and Frank from etchythings said 7 years ago

    great story. love it.

  • SweetPeaandCo

    SweetPeaandCo from SweetPeaandCo said 7 years ago

    What a lovely story, thank you for sharing with us. I'm expecting my first baby this April and I'm excited to meet this little person!

  • worldcoincufflinks

    Maura Reynolds from worldcoincufflinks said 7 years ago

    Fantastic article, I like the 'amateur father' profile.Well done.

  • thehouseofhemp

    sarah parker from thehouseofhemp said 7 years ago

    congratulations!!! :) 2 is a whole new world, and so much fun... !

  • jewellerymadebyme

    Jennie Glaze from jewellerymadebyme said 7 years ago

    Congratulations, we've recently become a family of 6 (all children are girls) and the power that a birth gives is no less amazing the 4th time round.

  • BackTrackApparel

    Back Track Apparel from BackTrackApparel said 7 years ago

    I am remember that feeling :)..

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts said 7 years ago

    Very true! My three daughters have their own distinct personalities, but are so alike in many ways too! And my love for them is beyond words! Congratulations on your new addition, and may the Lord bless you with his richest blessings!

  • MissEun

    Miss Eun said 7 years ago

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  • MissEun

    Miss Eun said 7 years ago

    Thanks for share

  • Bumbleweedz

    Dara Barth from Bumbleweedz said 7 years ago

    xo congrats to you!

  • Bumbleweedz

    Dara Barth from Bumbleweedz said 7 years ago

    xo congrats!

  • tomsgrossmami

    Tom's Grossmami from tomsgrossmami said 7 years ago

    Sweet!

  • JohannesFranciscus

    Merel from JohannesFranciscus said 7 years ago

    Wow, congratulations Galeb. A very very touching article, you nearly made me cry... It brought me right back to the first moments our two girls entered the world, six minutes apart (we have twin girls). And the strenght my husband gave my through that experience. He was awed by my strength, but he gave me most of that strenght. Haha!, he was the only one I listened to. When the nurses told me to do something, I thought 'shut up!'. When he told me to do something, I thought 'ok, if you say so, than I believe it is important'. The first weeks after childbirth the four of us lived in our own 'egg'. We kept everyone out of the door, we needed time to adjust and get to know each other and just live in the moment. And that would be my advice to you or anyone having a child: take the time you need with just your family. There is plenty of time for other people to meet your baby when you are ready for it. -xo- Merel

  • gilispencer

    Gili Spencer from gilispencer said 7 years ago

    Congradulations! So nice to hear it from a man's perspective. It sounds that you are all so lucky!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 7 years ago

    Seriously, you should really prepare your readers before writing something that might cause tears. ♥ Such a sweet and touching story. Congratulations on your new little one. Blessings! ♥

  • MagpieQuilts

    Ann from MagpieQuilts said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing such a personal moment in your family's story. It makes no sense, but true love grows and expands with each new family member and now that I am a grandma, it is growing exponentially. (4 grandkids, 1 to come in the next few days)

  • lynda123

    lynda123 said 7 years ago

    Nothing sexier than a man in love with his family!

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  • Pixie2428

    Doris C. from SewBeautifulbyDC said 7 years ago

    Beautiful ! I love the way you put your experience of your son being born into your own words. You have a very nice shop. Best of luck with new little one.

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