Monday, June 3, 2013

The puzzle is complete!

Last Tuesday, May 28th, we were blessed to welcome into this world Amelia Grace Manke.  She came to us at 10:01 am weighing 8 pounds 3 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches long.  At long last we got to meet the little person that would complete our puzzle.

It has been nearly a week now and she fits into our family just like I had hoped.  Her big brothers adore her, and her father and I have been enjoying getting to know her.  She is already developing her own little personality, and is clearly much more feminine -- from her delicate features to the way she burps to the way she sneezes.  But at the same time, she is also forging her own path of strength and is not shy about expressing her opinion about something.

It has been nearly 10 years since we started down this path of infertility and to be honest, I had hoped it would've been completed sooner.  I never expected to still be having children into my mid-30s.  We experienced more than our fair share of pain (both physical and emotional) and heartache, but at the same time we persevered with the help (through prayers and support) of family and friends.  As a result, we have been fortunate to experience more joy and happiness than we could have ever known in the 3 miracles that resulted.

I want to take a moment to thank my readers for following along on this journey.  It has been therapeutic for me, and I hope it has been helpful and informative for you.  For all those still on this journey, my thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope some day you will have the same joy and happiness that I have.