Omri Kent Fuller
Born 17 May 2011 at 2:32 AM
in Grinnell, Iowa
8 lbs. 8 oz. 20 in.
In the IT world we often see references to “Hello World.” When programmers are learning to code a new language the first exercise is often to write a program that will display “Hello World” on the screen. Today our son, Omri Kent Fuller, had his “Hello World” moment. As usual, God’s hand was in it, and his timing is perfect.
Stephanie had another ultrasound and doctor appointment yesterday. Due to several minor, yet concerning factors it was decided that labor would be induced today. Understanding the risks, yet wanting to avoid induction, we prayed that the baby would arrive on his own. We took the girls to my mom and dad’s last night. The last thing we wanted to do was deal with three young kids early in the morning and then get to the hospital at 7:30. After we dropped the kids off it was a quick date at the Panda Garden Buffet (Stephanie always craves Chinese, but it’s even stronger when she’s pregnant) before heading home. We did a little bit of tidying and relaxing before heading off to bed.
At 1:30 Stephanie woke me and informed me that her water had broke. Normally a slow-to-rise sleeper, I jumped out of bed and made sure I heard her correctly. I had to make sure the morning plans at the hospital hadn’t crept into my dreams. Once I realized it was “go time” we took care of the last-minute things (you know, like trying to find what I did with the camera after taking it out of the hospital bag).
Arriving at the hospital around 2:00, we made our way through the emergency room doors. A gentleman wearing a security uniform and a name badge that read “Tom” wheeled Stephanie down the hall as I waited for Stephanie’s check-in forms at the front desk.
There was a flurry of activity as two nurses got Stephanie settled into her room. We all quickly realized that our little boy was coming…quickly! As the contractions intensified the nurses encouraged Stephanie to “just breath through them” and not to push. Stephanie held off as long as she could, but Omri was in quite the rush. He arrived at 2:35–a mere 65 minutes of labor–just as Doctor Roy Doorenbos came down the hall to our room. Thank goodness we had already taken his sisters to grandma and grandpa’s!
Our family verses, which are on our photo prayer card, are Psalm 127:1-2. They talk about how the plans we have and the things we do are in vain unless God has a hand in them. He certainly had his hand in this pregnancy–leading us to a Christian doctor who listened to our concerns, providing us a house to live in that is just down the road from the hospital, letting us have the opportunity to get our other children taken care of before the last minute arrived, and blessing us with a safe pregnancy and healthy baby.
Psalm 127 is even more perfect for our family. It goes on to talk about how children are a heritage from the Lord. They are compared to arrows in the hands of a warrior. The scripture says they bring honor and blessings to their parents. I always love getting to see and hold my newborn kids! As much stress and frustration as they cause me as they grow up, they cause me ten times as much joy. We are blessed by God!
See Omri’s Arrival album on Facebook for more pictures.