I'm a granddad to another little girl!
Lucy Elize Page was born around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital. The proud parents are my daughter Jennifer and her husband Tim. Suzy and I were able to be there (in the waiting room) when Lucy came into the world. She's beautiful and doing great - just a little jaundice issue, but other than that she and Jennifer are doing fine.
The doctor put Jennifer on Pitocin early Tuesday to induce labor. Progress was slow throughout the day. Twelve hours or so later, Jenn was at about 4 cm dilated when Suzy and I decided we had time to run out for a sandwich at a local diner. We had no more sat down and ordered our food when Tim called to say, "Get back over here, Jenn's going to have a c-section!" So we left the diner and hurried back to the hospital in time to help gather up Jennifer's stuff and head to the waiting room. Apparently the baby's heartbeat indicated the possibility of trouble, so a c-section was the right course of action. In no time at all Jennifer was prepped and Lucy was delivered into the world without a hitch.
It was weird, but Jennifer seemed to be the only patient in the Women's Center that night. She and the baby got undivided and caring attention from her doctor and the nurses on duty. I was impressed.
Today everyone was resting up and recovering from the excitement of the night before. I'm so glad Suzy and I were able to be there to help Jennifer & Tim, and to welcome their daughter Lucy into the family.
Jennifer and Tim picked the name "Lucy" partly because of their affection for the Lucy character in C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. "Elize" was the name of my grandmother on my Dad's side, and it's also Jennifer's middle name.
The name Lucy is derived from "lux," which means light or radiance. I found that in the 4th century A.D. there was a Saint Lucy, the patron saint of the blind, for whom a festival of light is celebrated in some countries today.
Lucy Page, may the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," make his light shine in your heart to give you the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6). And in turn may you "let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).