Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Born Still & Peacefully

Jackson Erin Sustala was born very peacefully this morning at 6:49 am, weighing 1 pound, 10 ounces. He was 12.5 inches long. Bigger than we expected.

We were so blessed to spend 3 beautiful hours with him. Seeing him for the first time was the most painful experience of my life - and yet holding him in my arms was such a relief. Once he arrived, we found he'd had a cord accident - his cord was wrapped tightly around his neck twice as well as under his arm. His tiny feet were both very clubbed as well.

God made his presence felt in so many ways. The room was filled with nearly constant prayer and his arrival was as peaceful as I could have hoped for. God was so gracious to us throughout the entire process. The labor was fairly easy and the delivery very simple. I am in awe of His provision and love! We have felt so loved by our family and friends as well. I am so thankful for Ed - I am so blessed to spend my life with him. He has been amazing!

Leaving the hospital without our baby was difficult and I expect this week will be tough as I recover from birth and all that entails without a babe in my arms. Please continue to lift us up in prayer as we face this week and look ahead to the burial on Friday.

We know that God is so very good and we trust His plans for our family, even in our pain.


Anonymous said...

Ed & Angela~
I am so sorry for your loss and I am thankful that God's presence was with you and surrounding you. You will continue to be in our prayers. Your words give me hope and help me not to be afraid when our little Hannah is born. I am praying that God continues to help you grieve and mourn your loss in the weeks and months to come. We love you...

TxMommy said...

Angela -
I am a new commenter, and found your blog through a link from one of my faves just a few weeks ago. I was so saddened to hear about your loss, and have been praying for you constantly. I am so glad that you have such wonderful support in your life - you will surely need it in the days to come. Please know that you will continue to be in my prayers, and may God continue to bless you and your precious family.

Beth Rainey said...

Angela and Eddie,
You gave me the most precious gift; allowing me to be present and a part of this awful and 'God-awesome' event in your lives. I am amazed by your strength, devotion to each other, faith, trust and even your sense of humor during such a moment as this. I love you both dearly. Jordan, Jake, Jadyn and Jace bring such joy and sparkle to my life and I know that one day I'll be rolling around in Heaven's back yard with Jackson. He too will think I have wild hair! Love you all.

Greg and Joy Ryan said...

I am so sorry for your loss...