January 12, 2005 at 3:42 pm Jessica Ranae Schaap was born weighing in at 7lbs, 9oz she is 20 inches long.
Labor and delivery went smoothly – I’ve never seen anything more beautiful than the reward I was granted at the end of this long journey. Utterly speechless.
I don’t have the photos we’ve been taking on this computer – so as soon as I get them transferred or Aaron is online – we’ll have plenty-o-photos to show you all.
She is named after my cousin Jessica, who died this past summer in a car accident – we chose to give her the namesake because of the spiritual legacy Jessica left behind – because of her kind spirit, her memories and her smile. May we be so lucky to have such a daughter – and what a better way to honor her.
She is also named after my Aunt Ranae – because she is so close to my heart. My Aunt Ranae is the mother of 3 boys – and she’s one of the best mom’s I know – but she hasn’t gotten her baby girl yet, and she was a second mom, sister and best friend to me growing up – I was, in a way, her girl … and now I have a baby girl to share with everyone, especially my Aunt Ranae.
I have so much more to write and tell you about – but I finally met my baby, who is sleeping right beside me, and I can’t take my eyes off her – so internet … you will have to wait.