Aed (pronounced ād) Andrew Church was born Sunday August 30th at 8:15pm in Dundee, Scotland. He weighed 7lbs 8 ounces and was 20½ inches long.
Corrie started having very weak contractions Friday the 28th, but they did not start in earnest until Sunday morning. By noon Sunday, Corrie was having regular sustained contractions 3 minutes apart; however, when we went to the hospital they found that she was still only 2cm dilated and suggested that she go home to continue laboring for awhile longer (they said we should come back to the hospital when Corrie “can’t take the pain anymore"). So, we went home and she decided to labor in a warm bath while watching Elf and, after that, Horton Hears a Who (although Corrie really didn't see any of Horton as her eyes were never open at that point.. but we can guarantee those movies will never be the same again ☺). By 5:30pm Sunday evening Corrie was having extended contractions almost on top of one another, at which point, we went to the hospital once again. We were admitted by 6:30pm; Corrie now being found to be 7cm dilated! Shortly thereafter, we were holding our little Aed in our arms (the ‘pushing stage’ of labor only lasted 25 minutes).
Aed is an old Gaelic name meaning ‘fire’. It is our prayer that our son, by the grace of God, will be a light in this dark world – that he would have a heart that burns for Jesus and his truth. We pray that he will be a refining fire in the hands of the Lord, discerning worth from waste, virtue from vice, truth from false.
Andrew is a fairly obvious choice, since our son will enjoy his first years of life with us here in St Andrews. Being born in another country is a unique claim and he will bear the name Andrew (along with the Apostle Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland) as a reminder of his starting place.
We’ve been enjoying our son for five days now, and while we have our moments of shock and awe as any new parents do, we are finding ourselves more in love with him all the time. We are praising the Lord for the safe delivery of our healthy boy and praying for the Lord’s nearness to him in all the years to come.
Some of our sweet boy's first moments.
Spending time with Mamma
Daddy is the best cuddler
Our little family