Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Praise the Lord - Emily Ruth is Born!

Today was a momentous and happy day in our family. After some difficult labor this morning, Sarah gave birth to little Emily Ruth via cesarean section at 10:25 am! Little Emily was tired and blue for a couple minutes after coming out, but responded quickly, pinked up, and began crying, which was a joyous sound for her parents to hear. Emily is now very pink, very happy, and very healthy. She weighs 7 pounds 10 ounces, and is 20 inches long. It turns out that Emily is a voracious eater, and also enjoys wiggling parts of her face and sleeping. She has a beautiful head of dark brown hair which she is eager to show off in future pictures.

Sarah is doing well, now that all the hard work and pain of labor and c-section have passed. She is exhausted but healthy and happy. As I write this, my two girls are blissfully sleeping next to me, no doubt dreaming of each other. We feel very happy and blessed that God has given us such a beautiful gift.


  1. Hurray! What a special New Year's gift :) Glad both mom and baby (and daddy) are happy and healthy! -sn

  2. Congratulations! Glad to read the wonderful news of baby Emily's birth. What a wonderful gift you both have been given. Enjoy! Looking forward to meeting her. She is beautiful.

    Josh and Abby

  3. Vanessa & IsmaelJanuary 2, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Eric & Sarah,

    Congratulations on your new baby... I was anxiously waiting for an email and kept checking the Spectrum Health Website (baby pics) for some clues. Happy new year to all 3 of you!

    Ismael & Vanessa
    ps. we LOVE the name =) can't wait to meet Emily Ruth

  4. Congrats to both of you!
    Emily is absolutly adorable I hope you get to get everyone settled before we head back.
    Wishing health and happiness to all!

  5. Plantingas! Hurrah for Emily Ruth! So glad you're all doing well,

    Jess & Brian

  6. Congratulations! She's precious! So glad that everything turned out ok and I'm hoping that you get home soon! Can't wait for more pictures and updates. Blessings to you!

  7. Congratulations, Eric & Sarah! We are so happy that "Apple Cinnamon" has been given a more gracious name. Welcome to the world, Emily ... we have been waiting for you!
    Love & prayers from Judy

  8. Congratulations!
    Glad mom and baby are well-can't wait to meet her!
    Uncle Rob and Aunt Joanne

  9. How gorgeous! My only question is...does she have long arms and larger than normal eyes?

    Congratulations guys! You are so incredibly lucky!

  10. Lori and Melanie GesinkJanuary 3, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Eric, Sarah and Emily
    We are so excited to hear the good news.
    Emily, you are just going to love your mom and dad.
    In the events of life there is such joy!
    Lori and Mel

  11. Congratulations!! I know you will have great fun with Emily as she changes your lifestyle.

  12. I am so delighted for you all!! Emily is gorgeous, and will be such a blessing to you both. Congratulations, and enjoy these first special days when she is newly come from God. Ellie