I’m on little sleep, but I am so happy right now. Obadiah Benjamin Agnew is here! He came at 3:51pm on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. He weighed 7 lbs 12 oz and was 20 1/2 inches long.

We woke up yesterday and Amanda was unsure of if we were in labor or not. I got out that book and diagnosed that we were in labor. She still didn’t believe me, so we called the doctor, and he told us to come into the office. At 7:45, we were told we were in fact in labor. But she wasn’t even feeling the contractions!

Around 10:00, they augmented her contractions to speed up the process. Amanda was great! I always knew Amanda had a mother’s heart, but yesterday I watched her turn into a mother before my eyes. She worked so selflessly to bring Obadiah here. She pushed a little less than one hour, and then he was here!

He sang for about the first three hours (I’ll be nice and say it was singing), and then he went right on to feeding with no problem. He was examined by the doctor and said he was a healthy boy – but Obie didn’t like being monitored too much – he decided to sprinkle on the doctor as soon as he took the diaper off. He has eaten well each time every three hours. He slept real good too – we had to keep waking him up to feed! We probably got 2-3 hours of sleep ourselves at different times.

He got circumcised this morning, and after watching that and watching my wife go through that whole ordeal yesterday, I am an emotional wreck. And I have a newfound respect for every mother in this world! I didn’t prepare for having to watch Amanda go through so much. She was fantastic. I can’t say how much this ordeal has made me love her so much more (I didn’t think that was possible)!

And then there was Jesus. How in the world do people go through something like this and not believe in a God?! It was the most life-changing thing I have ever witnessed. God still amazes me!

Obadiah is precious! I already love him so much, he is content right now…

Amanda

Obadiah

Obadiah

Obadiah

Amanda and Obadiah

Amanda and Obadiah

Amanda and Obadiah

Obadiah

Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.