Tessa Rae Sondrup arrived February 9th, at 4:44 pm. She was 6lbs, 2oz. and 16 1/2 inches. Nearly a week before the planned c-section, but such a fun surprise! Amy asked me to be in the OR during the c-section, and I was able to be there for Tessa's arrival in to this world. I feel so blessed that I was able to be at the births of both of my beautiful children. I am so grateful that our birth mothers invited me to be a part of such miraculous events. I stood outside the OR with Layne while they prepped her, so anxious, knowing in just minuets I would meet our little girl. The nurse finally gestured me to enter, and within minuets she was born, she was so beautiful, and it was love at first sight. I was so run over with emotions, they spilled over, and I couldn't believe this beauty was finally here, and was going to be a part of our family. She is now a month old, and has been so much fun, and Jamyn just can't get enough of her.
I am so grateful that everything has gone so smoothly, the relationships that have grown and developed between us, and Amy's family is something I will treasure forever. Tessa is so loved, by so many people, and I'm grateful that she'll have that love and support her entire life. I feel like my life has been waiting for this perfect little family, and the journey to get here was at times, a little rough, but I feel like I can somewhat see the bigger picture, that Heavenly Father knows who, and what trials we need in our lives to become the person we're supposed to be. I haven't stopped hugging my children without getting a little teary these last couple weeks. I have a friend who just lost a two month old baby girl, and going to the funeral brought back so many memories, and emotions, that reminded me just how blessed I am to have these two beautiful spirits in my home, and part of my eternal family. Welcome little Tessa! We love you, and I can't wait till August, when you will be sealed to our little family.