S: Caleb Stephen Fee
FC: Caleb Stephen Fee
1: WELCOME TO THE WORLD | Caleb Stephen | 7.14.10
2: April | the baby | May | June | July
3: Our Baby Story In late October of 2009, I woke up in the middle of the night with a terrible, stabbing pain in my abdomen. About 3 am Mike took me to the emergency room. After a few tests, the intern on call was so excited to tell us that we were just a couple of weeks pregnant! Though she didn’t know what caused the pain, we were thrilled with our wonderful new secret and I called my doctor to follow up the next day. When the pain became worse, we were back at the hospital the following evening. Our joy quickly turned to fear when the doctors first thought the pain was appendicitis, requiring surgery that would be risky for our baby. Then, I was diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy and we were told that our little one would not make it through the surgery. We had only known him for 24 hours, but were so in love and now heartbroken. We started praying for our child’s safety and called both of our parents for support. It was a long and restless night waiting for the surgery in the hospital. Dr. Atwood discovered a ruptured cyst was the cause of my pain and was careful to not disturb our little one during the surgery. In the days and weeks following, we just had to wait and see how God would answer our prayers. God faithfully answered our prayers and at each test, the results showed our little one was continuing to grow and thrive! When we finally heard Caleb’s heartbeat for the first time, Dr. Atwood said, “There’s our miracle baby!” We know that God had special plans for this child’s life and began praying that he would follow the Lord his God wholeheartedly like Caleb in the Old Testament.
4: From December 2009 until February 2010, Mike was in Georgia at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He hated to miss any moment of our pregnancy, so I planned a surprise for him. We were scheduled to find out our baby’s gender at the end of February, but our friend Marie Coffing gave me an ultrasound at the beginning of the month. She took a picture of our baby and wrote down the gender on a little card and sealed it in an envelope. I rode with Randy and Diana to Hilton Head Island to meet Mike and bring him home. On Valentine’s Day, Mike and I made dinner in the little condo and opened the card together. On the card Marie had written: “Snips and snails and puppy dog tails, that’s what LITTLE BOYS are made of!” | It's a BOY!
6: Baby Showers | Our friends and family were so gracious. We had three baby showers: one from the ladies at church, one from Aunt Lori and Rachel and one as a surprise from my girlfriends!
7: Pregnancy Journal | During my first trimester, I didn't have morniug sickness, just "late-afternoon" sickness! Every day between 4- 6pm I felt queasy and reached for a Sprite and ginger snap. The smell of eggs always made it worse and they were outlawed for nine months! | I craved meat most of the pregnancy. I could have eaten a cheeseburger for every meal of the day! One time, after seeing a Sonic commercial, all I wanted was tater tots and Mike ran to the grocery store for my dinner! | When Mike was in Georgia, I spent many nights at my mom and dad'''s house. I used to wake up in the middle of the night so hungry that I would have to eat a bowl of Cheerios to make it until breakfast. Dad started leaving out a bowl, spoon and the box of cereal for me before he went to bed! | We were so excited when we learned that both the Allens and the Heaters were expecting, too! Our babies were due within four days of each other!
8: We went on long walks, ate spicy food and prayed that he would come soon. I folded and re-folded the baby clothes, stocked up on diapers, cleaned the spotless nursery and tried to stay off my swollen feet. We were so excited to meet our son that I was going crazy just waiting for him at home! Each time we had a doctor’s appointment there was no progress, so we finally schedule an induction for July 15. About 11 pm on Tuesday, July 13, Mike and I were praying before bed that our baby would come on his own before the induction and I felt something a little different. A few hours later I felt it again. About 1 am, I woke Mike and we started timing the contractions until they were just a few minutes apart and we called the doctor. We called our families from the delivery room at Mount Carmel East hospital about 8 o’clock in the morning to tell them that the baby was on his way! Around noon Mike went downstairs to eat lunch and the nurse said I should try some “test pushes.” She quickly stopped me and said that we should get Mike and Dr. Atwood back here soon! After 13 days of waiting past our due date, about 12 hours of labor and 40 minutes of pushing, Caleb Stephen was born at 1:24 pm on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. It was the same day as his Great Granny Joanne’s 75th birthday! We held him and cried and prayed. We thanked God for our healthy, whole, and beautiful little boy. We kept his name a secret throughout the pregnancy, so after our first moments as a family we called in Papaw to introduce him to his namesake, then Nana and Grandma & Grandpa Fee and the rest of our family. | Caleb was due to be born July 1, so my last day of work was scheduled that week and I went home to await the arrival of our little boy. The Heaters welcomed Emma on June 30 and the Allens met their little Audrey on July 3, so we thought for sure Caleb would come
11: Caleb Stephen July 14, 2010 7 lbs. 11 oz. 20.5 inches 1:24 pm
13: Going Home | The tiny bands around his ankles told everyone Caleb was our precious baby boy. We cut them off on Friday when got to bring him home. | Moments after Caleb was born, Mike sent out a text message sharing his name and first picture to our friends and family. | We carefully dressed Caleb in his "going home" baseball outfit, but he spit up on it as soon as we got him in the carseat for the first time!
16: P R E C I O U S
18: Cubby Before we knew him as Caleb, he was our little Cubby. So it only seemed right to let him snuggle with his daddy's old Cubby bear.
19: Hush Little Baby