Special Birth in the Form of My First Niece

| 9/2/2009 4:56:00 PM

A portrait of GRIT Assistant Editor Caleb Regan, with a puny catch.Thursday, August 27, 2009, my family welcomed my brother Josh’s first child, Elliana Marie Regan, into the world (6 pounds, 9 ½ ounces, 21 inches long and looking every bit a Regan). What an experience it was to be able to be there at the hospital, right outside the delivery room, ear pressed against the door hearing that first wail out of that beautiful baby girl’s mouth.

The doctor emerged from the room moments later – probably a little surprised to find us so close – and said something along the lines of, “You guys have got a little cutie patootie, I’ll tell you that.” I couldn’t agree more. Although she initially seemed to look a little too much like my brother, I’m sure she’ll be alright.

Josh and Elliana Marie Regan, moments after birth.

I have to admit I was nervous. It sank in on Wednesday that the following day my brother and his wife would be going through childbirth, and any number of malignancies seemed a remote but very real possibility. And, not to be egocentric, but I would be an uncle for the first time. It was absolute relief when we entered the room and saw her little arms and legs flailing wildly as she tested and stretched her muscles, and to see Nikki with a wide, yet weary, smile on her face.

Josh, Nikki, and Ella Regan; All the makings of a beautiful family.

Ya done good, sis.

Cindy Murphy
9/4/2009 5:38:18 PM

What do you mean, Caleb, 'not to be egocentric'? Being an uncle for the first time is a HUGE deal! Beam, grin ear-to-ear, and tell anyone who will listen! My brothers were like that when both my daughters were born, and even though they live nearly 200 miles away, still beam every time the girls tell them their accomplishments, whatever their interests are, or just what their favorite song du jour is. My girls adore them both, and I'm sure little Ella will feel the same about you. Congratulations!

Brenda Kipp_1
9/3/2009 2:57:38 PM

Congrats, Uncle Caleb! She is a cutie!! I know what you mean about life-altering experiences. I was with my dad when he passed away five years ago. Until this year, our family had never experienced the loss of a child. My niece lost her baby boy in Feb. However, she is expecting a little girl in Dec. What a blessing from God!! Enjoy that niece of yours. Take it from an expericed aunt and grand-aunt, nieces and nephews are great to have!

9/3/2009 2:38:41 PM

Thanks, Julie. Happy and well, indeed. She's perfect.

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