25 September 2006 ~ 6 Comments

Caleb Genesis Marchessault has arrived!!

That’s right, he’s finally here!!  Rachel started having consistent contractions at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night.  We left for the hospital at close to midnight, and at 6:27am on Sunday morning he was born.  8 lb, 5 oz.  Take a look:

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Rachel did an amazing job!!  I am so proud of her.  And she even managed to get through the whole thing without an epidural or any pain medication!  She’s doing a great job recovering, but didn’t get much sleep last night as you can imagine.  We go home from Long Beach Memorial Hospital on Tuesday.

It was great to have lots of friends and family come by and meet Caleb yesterday.  It’s already been a crazy experience, and I’m not sure how much it’s really sunk in that I’m actually a daddy now.  Talk about the most ridiculous rush of emotions over the past 48 hours.  WOW.

The name isn’t on the birth certificate quite yet, but we finally made the final decision this afternoon:

Caleb: Hebrew – faithful, bold.  Numers 14:24.  In the Old Testament, Caleb was one of the 12 spies that scouted out the Promised Land.  Only he and Joshua saw what the Lord truly had for them and were courageous enough to move into God’s plan for His people.  We are told that Caleb had a different spirit and followed God whole-heartedly.  I want to see our Caleb grow up to be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. I pray that he will be a bold man of faith who will follow God whole-heartedly, who will be unafraid to speak loudly of God’s plan, regardless of what seems impossible to human understanding.

Genesis: Hebrew – origin, beginning.  We like this name because of the significance of Caleb being our first child.  He is the beginning of our own family.  It’s also kinda fun cause it is his "Uncle Will"s middle name, too.

Marchessault: Just got stuck with that one.   Sorry kiddo!

Even as I type those words my eyes fill with tears as I imagine what can and will become of our family and our son.  Rachel and I are so thankful to our family and friends who have been so supportive and I know will continue to provide a great community to be parents in.  It’s definitely a new season of life now!  I finally got to sleep last night, and when I woke up, I wasn’t quite sure if it had all really happened. 

There will be lots of pictures still to come, but here’s one more of the new fam (even if you can’t see Caleb’s face, it’s what we have for now).

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6 Responses to “Caleb Genesis Marchessault has arrived!!”

  1. Jules 26 September 2006 at 3:24 pm Permalink

    Congrats. I’m sorry you didn’t win the line 4 line this last week, but I think you got something better. What a beautiful family!

  2. Kristiapplesauce 26 September 2006 at 11:14 am Permalink

    My eyes are filled to the brim too. So happy for the pair of you. Thank you so much for sharing this! May you find every single blessing! I will be praying!

  3. William Genesis 26 September 2006 at 10:49 am Permalink

    Congratulations Bobby and Rachel! Caleb is very blessed to have both of you as parents.
    It was an honor to meet the little guy last night. He is sooo cute.
    I can’t believe just last week there were just two you at life group, and now tonight there will be three Marchessaults!
    See ya later.

  4. Jenny Platt 26 September 2006 at 8:38 am Permalink

    Congratulations! The baby looks so cute! You guys look pretty amazing too. I can’t wait to meet little Caleb. I can’t wait to watch him grow up.

  5. Sara 25 September 2006 at 7:49 pm Permalink

    Congrats to Mom,Dad,and Caleb too because he has such wonderful parents!!! Take it easy and enjoy the ride. You can never experience this special bonding time again.
    All our love Sara & Bob

  6. Tostada 25 September 2006 at 7:35 pm Permalink

    Hey…. Congratulations to you and your wife. Caleb is beautiful!!! As a guy who just went through that whole thing I just want to encourage you to take it easy for the next few weeks. You’re gonna need it. Congrats again!
    – Vic


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