Contractions have started to come sporadically, and the countdown to my due date is on. April fourteenth is finally in sight.
As I’m getting ready to give birth to our second baby, I’ve been thinking a lot about how much my first baby has changed my heart. Thinking of all these amazing things has a way of easing my fears of going through labour and delivery again.
I am so curious to see the difference between my kids. Caleb has such a fascination with how things work. He is such a boy. He watches his daddy so closely and I daily find him “fixing” something my husband had been working on earlier.
He loves his dad. If anyone comes over or calls, the first thing he wants to explain or show them is all the stuff they’ve been working on. Whether its newly painted walls, trim or flooring, you’ll find out in minutes what’s been updated.
And does he ever have a heart of compassion. If Caleb sees someone or something that looks like it has an “owie”, watch out because you are going to get smothered with care and concern!
I certainly can’t forget to mention his particularism. If one thing is out of place from how he thinks it should be, he will nag me continuously until I fix it if it’s something he can’t do. This drives me nuts sometimes. And other times, it’s a huge life saver because he’ll notice that I haven’t locked up a cupboard that contains harmful stuff.
What a guy.
Now we’ll have a new personality to get to know. A new set of giftings and passions. New quirks, new words, new ways of communicating. New, new, new.
There is a story in the Old Testament where a woman is barren and an angel visits her with news she will have a son. The angel gives her specific instructions about how he is to be raised. When she told her husband of her visit with the angel, this was his response.
Then Manoah prayed to the Lord, saying, “Lord, please let the man of God come back to us again and give us more instructions about this son who is to be born.”
I haven’t been visited by an angel with instructions on raising my kids, but I adore this father’s passionate desire to know how to raise his child properly.
As mother’s, our heart’s cry is also to know how to raise our children, considering their uniqueness and God’s special plan for their life.
When I get to observe my newest addition, I’ll be scoping out individuality.
The Lord did answer Manoah’s prayer and sent them further instruction.
I don’t except an angel, but I do anticipate God to give me wisdom and guidance with two very unique children! There will be tough days, but I can’t wait to see the two of them together!