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:


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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