It’s a boy!
Our son was born on January 21st of 2015 at 11:12AM. He was 7 pounds, 4 ounces and he measured 19 inches long.
His name is Jude Myron Barnes. We will follow a tradition in my family where boys with the initials JMB go by their middle names. So our boy will be called Myron.
He had all his toes and fingers. He passed his first tests with flying colors (#tigerdad).
And Wendy, my cousin who is Myron’s birthmom, was amazing. Not only did she give birth to our beautiful son, she also selflessly hosted family and friends for much of the time before and after labor.
Wendy is a perfect illustration God’s grace through all is this. As my dad said last night, “Wendy is my hero.”
But since this is my blog, I want to share a bit of my experience.
I was super sleepy when Wendy’s labor began. It had been an adventure getting a room in the hospital. And then the process moved pretty slowly until Wendy’s water was broke.
That’s when things sped up!
I stayed with Wendy until she started to push. I went out to the waiting room with my dad but I couldn’t stay. I had to be closer.
So I stood in the hallway outside the labor and delivery room. I was listening to everything that was being said.
My wife, my mom, Wendy, Wendy’s mom, and the hospital staff all worked together perfectly.
But my universe changed when I heard three things.
The first was someone yelling “It’s a boy!” A BOY! That’s amazing! A girl would have been great too. But we weren’t meant to have a girl. God had a boy in store for us!
The second was when I heard my wife say, “His name is Jude Myron.” We had spent months picking names, so hearing her say those words was really surreal! We picked Jude Myron because the names mean “praise” and “sweet oil,” as in myrrh, like that which was given to Jesus when he was born, respectively.
Jude Myron is a gift of praise to the Lord. It’s our deepest desire that Myron grows into this name with all humility and grace!
And the third universe-changing thing I heard was this: “WAAAAAAAAAAAH!” Myron’s cry made my heart grow, burst even. In that tiny moment I knew that I would be loving that boy for the rest of my life.
I literally felt my capacity for love grow because of that boy.
I had always heard about how amazing meeting your child is but experiencing it was amazing!
The voice of that boy changed everything for me.
I just leaned against the wall in the hallway and wept tears of joy.
Getting to hold Myron was great. Feeding Myron was great. Even changing him was great!
Gosh, I love that boy.
God, thanks for this gift. Now we want to give him back to you. Our boy is yours.