Thursday, December 18, 2008


Where do I start? There's so much that's happened since my last post. I WANT to blog about every single occurance, emotion, and memory... but there's this little thing that will cause me to be more selective in my topics: TIME!

We welcomed our precious little baby girl to the world on December 9, 2008 at 11:16 a.m. Her arrival was much anticipated! We were all thrilled to finally meet her!

Labor and delivery was very smooth and presented no problems at all. However, prior to arriving at the hospital, we did have some stress and drama: 1) Jax became very ill the night before we were to admit to the hospital to induce labor. We had plans for him to spend the night with the grandparents since we would have to report to the hospital so early in the morning. Within only a few minutes of arriving at MoMo and PawPaw's house, he got sick and therefore became very clingy, wanting to go home. Of course, I didn't want to leave him. I ended up rocking him to sleep and crying all the way home because we had to leave him. 2) We were instructed to arrive at the hospital between 5 and 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, if labor did not occur before. We were up late getting last minute things packed and ready for our journey to the hospital. Before going to sleep I set my clock for 4a.m., just to be sure that I had plenty of time to make our "appointment". I woke up at 5:25 a.m. to an alarm clock that had been going off for over an hour! I, of course, freaked out, as there was NO WAY we could make it to the hospital in 5 minutes! 3) About half-way to the hospital, I had a sudden realization: OMG! I had put the hospital door wreath and the very important Cord Blood banking kit on TOP of the truck while I placed some other things inside... and I never retrieved the said items. At this point, Josh is already driving like a maniac and I am still freaking out because we are late, late, late... and now I am screaming for him to stop but I can't manage to spit out why! He's confused but pulls over, and finds the Cord Blood kit in the back of the tahoe... THANK GOODNESS... but no wreath. Ok, so I am still upset, but at least we have the kit - that's not something that can be replaced or re-enacted! ha.
Once we arrived at the hospital, all of the nurses were very caring and promised there would be no punishment for being late! They hooked me up, and labor began. All of the family was able to make it to the hospital before she arrived... except for Jax (and MoMo, who stayed behind to keep him). He had been sick all night with what we assumed was a terrible virus. I was so sad that he was not able to come to the hospital to meet his new sister right away. He had so many questions about the hospital and about his baby sister... and, we just missed him so much.

So, you say, what about her name? This may be a surprise to many of you who have teased me endlessly about not having a name for this blessed child, but we actually DID have a name BEFORE we went to the hospital on Tuesday morning. Granted, it was about 9 or 10 o'clock on Monday night before we came to an agreement, but nevertheless, this child did not have to take a single breath in this world as a nameless child.
Josh and I concluded that her first name would be JOY the night before Thanksgiving. As soon as we agreed, I got online and ordered Christmas cards, and finished the hospital door hanger with her name. I also retrieved several items that I wanted to have monogrammed... there was no backing out now!
The middle name ... well, we considered so many and never could make a final decision. We had about three that we loved, but neither of us could decide which one we liked best. So what do you do when you just can't decide? Well, we asked Jax for his almost-three-year-old-wisdom. The night before "birthing day," Josh gave him our top three middle names and asked which he liked better. First he said he liked Nicole and Whitney, but Josh explained that we must pick just one for the middle name. Jax suggested that she have four names... but he finally narrowed down to just one that he liked the most: Nicole. So, there ya go! Joy Nicole Leggett - it's a deal!
Now that she's here, we have no regrets... she "looks" like a Joy and I think she likes her name.

Joy to the world!

Joy Nicole Leggett

7 lbs., 14 oz., 20 1/2 inches long

12/9/2008, 11:16 a.m.


Jennifer Kelly said...

Baby Joy is beautiful! I love her name and it is very fitting for the season. I am so excited for you, Josh, and Jax! Congratulations!
Jennifer Kelly

Angela said...

She's so beautiful! I'm so happy for you guys! Can't wait to meet her!

Anonymous said...

Dear Leggett family,

What a wonderful JOY Joy must be! She is beautiful. And that dark hair! WOW! Just looking at the pictures of Jax with Joy, you can tell he is a proud "big" brother. I know this will be a very Merry Christmas with two very beautiful children to share it with. (OK, so maybe Joy want appreciate it this year, BUT just wait 'til next year!) Have a Merry Christmas!
Susan Hall

hstingley =0) said...

She looks too perfect...and angelic. I know you, Josh, and Jax are so happy to have her home now. Best wishes and lots of hugs to you all!!!