garrison christopher II | newborn | personal

I am so proud to introduce to you Garrison Christopher II. Our son.

Born on October 28th, 2013 and weighing in at 7lbs 2oz and 20 inches long, "G2" has changed our lives in countless ways. Garrison and I look at each other in amazement that this little baby is the one we get to call ours. I can't even place into words how special this first week has been.

Since we didn't know what we were having, we had both girl and boy names picked out. Choosing the boy name was equal parts easy and hard. Easy, because we both knew we wanted the first name Garrison. I love its strength and masculinity, and I love that it's an uncommon first name. And when I hear it, I think of a person I love to the depths of my soul. My first love, and the man that I married. The boy name was hard, because we couldn't agree on a middle name. I originally didn't want Christopher, because I dreaded the day our son would be called "junior." NOT a nickname I want. So that's why we went with II. The Second. There is no junior and senior. Just Garrison Christopher and Garrison Christopher II.

I didn't pray for a boy. All I ever asked God for was a healthy baby. And when posed the question by countless people "what do you want?", my always steady answer was "a healthy baby". And it was true. Above all else, and especially because of our first loss, I wanted a healthy baby. However, I'm not naive to the fact that our Heavenly Father knows my heart. He knew that deep down inside if I could have chosen a child, I would have chosen a boy. I've always been captivated by little boys. I could just eat them up. I would love to have a girl someday, to experience the love for a daughter, but after being a mom to this special little man, I know if all I ever have are boys, I'll be one content mom. I am a mom to a son. That statement still leaves me in awe. What a special moment it was in the delivery room, where all the nurses and doctors {except for one} had no idea what we were having, and everyone at the same time {including us} got to cry out "it's a boy!!!" THAT is the reason we waited. It was the most powerful and emotional moment we will ever live through. Tears are literally filling my eyes as I think about it.

If given the option, I would have never stopped taking G2's photos. It was the best time I've ever had with my camera. And the best part!! -- Since he's my baby, we got to take our time with them and do them in stages over a couple of days {he was 4-6 days old}. Heaven. I'm completely biased, I know, but he's the most beautiful baby I've ever seen. Enough of my chatter, please enjoy these special moments with our son :D

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Take delight in The Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4