As Madea would say, HALLEJU-YER! Our little caramel (who’s deemed to “caramelize” as time goes on) is now celebrating day 6 of life outside the womb, and what a precious little bugger he is. The stats:
Name: Canon James Meredith
Born: Saturday, July 14th, 3:02 pm
Length: 20 inches
Weight: 8 lbs, 1 oz
Cuteness factor: 1 billion on a scale of 1-10
In love factor: 1 zillion ka-trillion on an immeasurable scale.
And now, a little Q & A until the little campfire wakes up:
Q: Cara, you’ve called him Little Caramel, Little Pumpkin, Little Man, and now Little Campfire – why is he now a fire pit?
A: My favorite part of camping is sitting in my little sittee-chair, bundled up in fleece and Uggs, with the campfire burning before me. They’re mesmerizing. The best of conversations and thinking and relaxing and just savoring the moment happen in front of campfires. And he’s pretty much the same way. We stare at our little campfire for hours, taking him in, “patting the puppy,” as Annie Dillard would say of the present, fully alive to the moment.
Q: So the name Canon – is that like the camera?
A: No. I mean, yes, but that’s not where we got it. Last summer when I was speaking at camp, there was a most memorable camper there (who did, incidentally, come to know how much the God of the universe loves him and chases after him), named Kanon with a K. I was intrigued, and fell in love with the name as soon as I heard it. At that point, we knew that we were going to start trying soon, so we started the fun game of throwing around names, and it stuck! We went with Canon with a C, though for a variety of reasons:
The Biblical Canon: the books of the bible are often called The Canon; we liked that it had theological meaning, even if it wasn’t directly from the Bible.
Often times, works of literature by the same author are called a canon, as is a certain type of music, which I played (on piano) growing up. Of course, the baby name definitions would deem his name of the “BOOM!” 4th of July celebration (hence why we thought it’d be a fun little correlation if he decided to enter the world that day).
Q: I need to see another pic of Canon; please show me one.
A: But of course! Here you go!
Q: How’s your heartburn? Was he hairy, as the old wives predicted?
A: I haven’t had heartburn since he emerged into the outside world, no joke. And yes, he’s hairy as hairy gets. We’re a little perplexed as to where all that hair came from, but we’re obviously LOVING it.
Q: Without going into all the gory details, what’s the story of you being in the hospital for two days before he was born?
A: Long story short is 45 hours after being admitted to the hospital [that included 2 rounds of pergacyl, pitocin, a constant IV, oxygen, and an eventual (admittedly hated, believe it or not) epidural], I never got past 3 cm, and little boy kept going into distress because the cord was wrapped around his neck twice causing him to “bungee,” as they called it, with every contraction. Hence, I had a c-section, and couldn’t have been happier for it all to be DONE.
So even though we didn’t get the natural, hippy-esque birth we had hoped for, we did get our little boy, whom we had dreamed of and wondered about and who is finally here. I can’t put into words what it’s like to see this little creation for the first time, and to realize that he’s yours to fall deeply in love with for the very first time! Our little campfire is a gift straight from heaven above, and we are so grateful for this time of rest to both get to know him and learn how to be parents as well. So will the Lil’ Caramel updates continue? I’d think, eventually, but the priority is most obviously staring at the campfire, so to his bassinet I shall go.