Hi friends! It’s my first week back from maternity leave and whew… it is one thing to counsel and educate new mommas as a healthcare provider. It is a whole other ballgame to be a new momma!! I wanted to start this blog series as my baby grows. Trinity Medical has an INCREDIBLE focus on adult wellness and it’s time for that to spill out onto our children and families. Thus, I will be writing on VitalSigns Baby topics! Our VitalSigns program is a holistic approach to address nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress, and spiritual health. VitalSigns baby will look at these things as well as safety, preventative care, and anticipatory guidance. If you have a topic you would like me to cover or a questions, please leave it in the comments section or email me (Kristin) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wrote this excerpt when my baby boy was 6 days old. It is more of a personal story to kick us off but I will talk much more about the benefits of breastfeeding later on!! Just to give you a little background on my story: I have 2 adopted daughters who were five when they came home from Ghana, West Africa in January 2013. So this baby thing is a totally new experience for us!
(Originally written 3.19.14)
Needless to say, it took me a few hours to fall back asleep last night. I was filled with overwhelming GRATITUDE for the sacrifice of my children’s birth mothers to choose LIFE for them. Adoption is often filled with loss and missing pictures and we will be processing and dealing with that with our girls for the rest of their lives. BUT last night made me realize how much I want to really SEEK TRUTH for my girls and pull parts of their story out that celebrate life and how much they were and are loved, cherished, and fought for. Adoption is a story of redemption. There must be great loss and tragedy for it to be needed in the first place. It shows me more of Jesus than I could ever put into words.
It is easy to get caught up in the numbers, milestones, pictures (even though I do love pictures) when you have a baby and all of those things are really fun in this new season with Jude but what really matters right now is choosing LIFE for my child 8-12 times/ day and being truly present for him as I provide nourishment for him to LIVE. This perspective helps me not complain (as much) :).
My prayer today for all of my children (AND YOURS) is that they would LIVE their whole life “as God’s chosen people, HOLY AND DEARLY LOVED, and clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience”- Adapted from Colossians 3:12.