Elijah Clark Zermeno is here! He arrived on November 2, 2013, at 7:49am. 7 lbs, 8 oz and 20.5 in long! It was a moment I will never forget, and would relive a thousand times if I could do it without reliving labor. Ha! I’m sure many mothers feel this way. They put Eli directly on me on his left side and facing Jason. Jason snapped a few pics on his phone and got some video at this point, and I’m so very glad he did. Eli was red and crying the newborn cry, and practically baa’ed like a lamb a few times. I was exhausted but it was such a high to give birth that I couldn’t have slept if I wanted to. I didn’t feel like anything else was a big deal at that moment. I was so relieved labor was over and so happy everything went well. I held Eli for almost an hour before they took him and weighed him and cleaned him up. He was so small and precious. My hand covered practically his whole upper body. After they cleaned him, weighed him and put the vitamin K gel in his eyes, they gave him to Jason. It wasn’t until this point he told me he wasn’t feeling well. I knew that was the case from the night before, but from all the, ahem, distraction, I completely forgot. He later told me he thought the stress of me being in labor made it worse. Funny how close the mind and body connection is. So he was worried that he might get Eli sick, but the nurses told us Eli would be protected by me nursing him, but Jason still wanted a mask just to be cautious. Hey, we’re first-time parents and are figuring this out as we go.
Taking this boy home!! Eli, we love you more than we can say!
A note on his name: Jason and I loved the name Elijah for its meaning “my God is Yahweh.” I also just loved the sound of the name. We knew we wanted to call him Eli, but give him the full name Elijah if he ever wants to go by it. The name Clark is my dad’s maternal great-grandparents last name, his middle name and my brother Daniel’s middle name.
May the Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.