Chaia Joy Thompson joined the mustard family July 1 at 12:43 a.m. She weighed in at 7 lbs 11 oz and 21 inches. We came in to the hospital June 29 at 4 p.m. and Shaina went at it this induction, labor and delivery thing in various forms for 33 hours.
Its about 3:30 and the Thompson clan is whooped. But, I wanted to explain the name. First, names in the Bible are done with thought and meaning. Shaina's name comes from the Hebrew word for 'beautiful'. Her middle name is 'Joy' so she is Beautiful Joy.
With that as a bit of context, we landed on Chaia for this little lady. Chaia is the Hebrew word for LIFE. By itself, it has a good deal of symbolism. Shaina and I had given up on having kids on our own and had initiated the adoption process. Then out of nowhere, a dead circumstance came to life. And I found out last Christmas that Chaia was on her way.
The message of Life in the Bible is also prominent, among these, John 10:10 I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
We did not however have a clear cut middle name picked out (I was rooting for Agnes...lol). This labor process was an emotional and physical roller coaster and I found myself reading the Scriptures to find hope and encouragement when I was upset with how Shaina was doing physically. I stumbled across this familiar verse in James 1:2
"Whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete and lack nothing."
In the midst of trials and testing...It's nothing but Joy. Chaia Joy...Life of Joy. There is no greater prayer for this little bean, than to have joy and contentment in all things.
So couple James 1:2 with the reality that Shaina, in the midst of preeclampsia, high stress and low predictability, crushed childbirthing after 33 hours of not eating and barely sleeping. She is joy and if that trait is genetic I pray that Chaia gets that from her mom.
Chaia Joy Thompson. Welcome to the Family.
Good Night...Pictures to come tomorrow hopefully. She is a cute lil nugget.