The Journey

Monday, April 07, 2008

Zaila Jane Torkelson is here

Mesha delivered a healthy baby girl at 6:18pm tonight. She is 7 pounds 8 ounces and 20 1/2 inches long. Her head circumference is 13 1/2 (inches or cm???? I think inches???) Anyway, she is amazing and (though, I know I am biased) she is the most beautiful baby girl I have seen. She has some blond and red hair. She was wide awake until like 10:45pm. Now she is sleeping peacefully in her mother's arms.

I don't think words have ever failed me before in my life. I am a talker and a writer, but this experience is one that words cannot express. The beauty and amazement of having a child is indescribable. I love someone I just met four hours ago more than I can tell you. I would die for her in an instant and I just met her. Amazing stuff. I'll keep posting. Thanks for all the prayers.

By the way, I'll try to post some pics tomorrow. I forgot the card reader. (Got everything together last week, but I forgot that. Duh)


  • At 11:30 PM, Blogger margaret said…


  • At 5:49 AM, Anonymous Mandy McCallum said…

    Oh my! Congratulations!

    I LOVE her name, and can hardly wait to see pictures of the little beauty!

    I went to bed last night knowing that she was here, but none of the details, and awoke this morning to go scurrying to the computer for the update.

    Soooo happy for both of you, and so proud of Mesha for giving birth to this amazing new life! Please update us on how Mesha is feeling this morning.

    God's blessings on all of you - the wonder of a new child is truly indescribable and awe-inspiring.


  • At 7:36 AM, Blogger Brandt & Steph said…

    Yeah! Congrats! Can't wait to meet her :)

  • At 8:31 AM, Blogger Julie said…

    So I'm crying as I read this!!! We're so proud of both of you. As we sat at the dinner table last night, knowing the baby was here, but not knowing anything more for that 1/2 hour or so, Brad was just talking about the transformation you were undergoing right then in those first moments as a dad. You are right -- there are no words.

    Last night was crazy at the Chamberlains. We ran around singing "Zaila Jane! Zaila Jane!" Drew even came down from upstairs and said they were singing "Zaila Jane" on Liam's classical music CD -- and then proceeded to do a perfect operatic interpretation of her name -- ZAAAA---LAAAAAAH JAAAAANE! Clearly, we are very excited to meet her! We're not really sure how we're going to make it until Saturday -- but some pics sure would help!!!!

    Hope you got some rest last night. We love all three of you so much!

    Julie (and the fam)

  • At 9:21 AM, Blogger Lori said…

    CONGRATULATIONS!! Woo hoo!! So excited for you guys!!!

    I've been thinking of all three of you over the last week and especially on Monday. I'm glad she is here and we can't wait to meet her!!

    Lori and the Family

  • At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am so excited for you!! YAY!!!

    I can't explain what a blessing these little ones are--and they bless us more and more each day!

    I'm so happy that you are going to truly feel God's presence through this little one. I once read in a book: "Babies are a little piece of God we get to hold and love and hug." It's VERY true!

    Enjoy her!!!

    Let us know when you would like us to visit!!

    Sarah (&Phil, he's on my lap) :)

  • At 9:42 AM, Anonymous Mandy McCallum said…

    Okay, everyone is just DYING for pictures!!!

    I can hardly wait to see her, and have been lurking around the blog all morning hoping for a glimpse!


  • At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Jeremy said…

    Beautiful my friend, welcome to fatherhood. Can't wait to meet her...

  • At 10:57 AM, Blogger Stephanie Balvin said…

    That's so exciting! Way to go Mesha (& Jon). I look forward to you posting her pictures! Get ready for the greatest and scariest journey of your life.

  • At 12:09 PM, Blogger Amy B said…



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