Arulai Jean Petty has arrived!
I know everyone who is reading this has already read Emily’s wonderful posting about her birth, so I won’t go into the birthing details. Except to say she is just beautiful, weighing in at 7 lbs., 15 oz., is 20 1/2 inches long, and seems really glad to be here!
She snuggled in all our arms, not minding who had her. She flinched a little at the camera flash for awhile, but even got used to that before the day was over. Of course, she has to, with the Petty Paparazzi around!
I really want to give glory to our Heavenly Father, who gave us this beautiful, safe delivery. “Before I formed [Arulai] in the belly, I knew [her]; and before [she] camest forth out of the womb I sanctified [her]…”
I also want to affirm Emily for her very hard but joyous work in laboring for this child. Our words cannot describe what a trooper she was – it wasn’t just the work, but the joy in the doing. I stand amazed.
I must give accolades to my son, as well, for his encouragement, support, and in every way possible helping Emily birth this baby. I’ve never been so privileged to be a part of something this spectacular!
I can go to sleep tonight knowing my precious granddaughter is here, sleeping near her mother’s breast, with her Daddy’s protective arm around them both. God is so Good!