It has been proven to me, yet again, that God's plan is better than mine. Looking back at the last 18 days, that's all I can come up with.
I've been away from this space for a while, because as most of you know by now, our girls were born unexpectedly early and QUICKLY. I'll be back next week sharing their birth story and a bit about their first couple of weeks, but for now, it is my pleasure to introduce you to....
Amelia Gentry Stafford
She was born on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 2:47pm.
She weighed 4 pounds and 3 ounces and was 16 1/2 inches long.
Mae Parker Stafford
She was born on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 2:49pm.
She weighed 5 pounds and was 17 3/4 inches long.
To say that these girls, who are just 19 days old and have been in our home for just 3 days now have rocked our world, is an understatement. I posted on Instagram yesterday after Mae Parker finally got to come home with us that I had always heard other parents describe this immediate, unconditional love, a feeling of joy, a full heart, a completed life, being so blessed and happy that they could burst. I often wondered if I would ever experience those same feelings for myself. Now that there are 2 girls under our roof...I get it and all of those "sayings" are beyond true. Two precious lives that God chose for us and entrusted to us. It's incredible.
The last 2+ weeks have been nothing short of a blur, and honestly I kept zero notes along the way. In hindsight, I wish so badly that I had been recording their progress each day, but I have beautiful memories of watching these girls grow and be oh so loved by their nurses during their hospital stay. Maybe those memories are meant to outweigh all the daily numbers, levels, test results, etc.
Our girls have a beautiful story to tell and I look forward to sharing that with you. Thank you all so much for all of your kind words and prayers these past several months and these past several days. I've said it before and will say it again and again...our girls are loved beyond measure by SO many. It's our honor to be their parents.