Welcome Elias

As some of you may have seen from our friends comments, Elias Edward Lenz was officially born on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2007 at 8:42pm.  Kelli worked so freaking hard but even after 40 hours of laboring, she was laughing at how absurdly long it was taking.  He ended up being 9lbs 2oz, 20.5″ and has a huge head.  Kelli is so amazing, she was so strong and had a great attitude.  She had been praying for him to be born on earth day, but all day on the 21st she was trying to remind God that this isn’t what she meant… be careful what you pray for.

Kelli is recovering and will probably be able to come home tomorrow.  She is walking a little bit and did get to go see Eli earlier today, which was awesome.

Eli is still in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).  He is doing well, but still breathing around 100 times a minute.  He just managed to go off of oxygen a few hours ago and he is doing great.  There are times when his breathing does go down to the normal levels, but the averages are still pretty high.  I have been spending lots of time with him and even get to feed him through his gavage tube.

Kelli’s mom is staying with her this afternoon so I can come home and get some rest.

Here is Kelli feeding Eli for the first time. She was so excited to be able to hang out with him for a while.

Mom holding Eli at last.

Here we are hanging out together in the NICU.

Eli with Dad rocking in the NICU

Here is Eli’s temporary home.  They may move him over to a normal bassinet very soon, but this is where he spent his first two days on earth.

Eli’s temporary home

Overall, he has been very calm.  He looks around at everything and recognizes my voice, or at least looks at me when I talk to him.  I’ve been loving the time we’ve spent together, but have been sad that he hasn’t been able to hang out with his Mommy very much.

20 Comments »

  1. young chang-miller said,

    April 24, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Welcome Baby Elias! And way to go to Kelli and Nathan! =)

  2. Jon Boyd said,

    April 24, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Yes! Now _that’s_ what we’re talkin’ about! Hello, little fella! He looks awesome. We are so proud to know all three of you.

  3. Lydia said,

    April 24, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    at last! pictures! he looks sooooo cute! i’m so excited to meet him, and am very excited for you all.

  4. Melissa Griffin said,

    April 24, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    He’s beautiful! And Kelli, you are amazing. Praise be to our God.

  5. Glenn said,

    April 24, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Now that’s a good lookin’ kid! And at least on my monitor, his head looks normal, for what it’s worth. No need to be embarassed to take him out in public or anything.

    Well done, guys, well done.

  6. Tim Chang-Miller said,

    April 24, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    How cool?!? Way to go Kelli!!! Has your hand recovered yet Nathan?

    Congrats to you both on adding a new member to the web team! You’ll have to bring in Elias for show and tell.

  7. Bekah said,

    April 24, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    He is so beautiful! I’m proud of you guys and how great you’re handling everything. Thanks for the pictures! I can’t wait to talk to you, Kelli, but I’m giving you some time to rest up and recover before I call. I’m thinking of you three nonstop!

  8. kylene said,

    April 24, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    he’s so cute!!!! welcome, elias! we can no longer call you frodo…but you will always be your parents…precioussssssss. :)

    kelli – you are amazing! i hope you are resting up well.

    nathan – his head looks pretty cute if you ask me. :) not humongous at all. he just needs time to grow into it. ;)

    congrats again! we can’t wait to see you all around the office. :)

  9. bora said,

    April 24, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    Congratulations!!! He’s beautiful! Praise God for this gift of life to the both of you. I pray that everything goes well with the recovery and that Elias will be able to come home soon.

    YAY FOR BIG HEAD!

  10. Kara said,

    April 24, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    Congratulations! God’s richest blessings on all three of you!

    And I do believe his head looks huge – Kelli, don’t listen to Glenn on this one, you definitely deserve a lot of credit and sympathy as well as congratulations.

    I have some food for you, just let me know when I should bring it over.

    Eli has a wonderful name, and I can’t wait to meet him.

    Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer: A prayer for parents and child. Almighty God, giver of life and love, bless Kelli and Nathan. Grant them wisdom and devotion in the ordering of their common life, that each may be to the other a strength in need, a couselor in perplexity, a comfort in sorry, and a companion in joy. And so knit their wills together in your will and their spirits in your Spirit, that they may live together in love and peace all the days of their life. Eternal God, you have promised to be a father to a thousand generations of those who love and fear you: Bless Elias and preserve his life; receive him and enable him to receive you. We place your child Elias into your hands. Support him in his successes and in his failures, in his joys and in his sorrows. As he grows in age, may he grow in grace, and in the knowledge of his Savior Jesus Christ; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

    Amen.

  11. Cindy Bentz said,

    April 24, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    I’m so glad to see these pictures! Isaac says he wants to go see baby Eli and he thinks it’s a “cool” name. I’m still praying for you three. You’re in my thoughts often! Thanks for the updates!

  12. Aunt Gay & Uncle Jerry said,

    April 24, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    Congratulations Kelli and Nathan,
    Your son is beautiful!! Gosh, that little guy just didn’t want to be born! Great job Kelli. We are praying for a quick recovery so you could bring that little guy home soon. Love his name! Michael thinks he guessed “E”!
    All our love,
    Aunt Gay & Uncle Jerry

  13. carol and margaret nichols said,

    April 24, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS NATHAN, KELLI AND ELI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We are just thrilled for each of you! Hearts full of happiness here in Toledo! What an adventure you are off on! Enjoy! Eli you are one lucky, beautiful boy! Your parents are awesome and your Great Aunt Carol is beyond compare!!!!!!
    HOWDY ELI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to meet you!!!!!!!!! Love your Great-cousin,
    Margaret N.
    Nichols men send their love too!

  14. Grete said,

    April 24, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    Great name! and he’s so cute-which is saying alot for a 2-day-old. yay for an Earth day birthday. Kelli, you are so brave- all three of you are brave- for laboring (kelli), and supporting (nathan), and for breathing (elias). Can’t wait to meet him!

  15. Sky said,

    April 24, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    Kelli, I am so proud of you for having him on earth day!!! congratulations! Let us know how he is doing

  16. Ann Boyd said,

    April 24, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    Congratulations! Eli is beautiful. Way to go, Kelli! I hope you are eating some chocolate or champagne or whatever you want — you deserve it! We’ll keep praying for you guys.

    I love the cute sign you have on his bassinet-thingy!

  17. THE gracious aunt!!!! said,

    April 24, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    I LOVE MY EARTH DAY, SOON-TO-BE-TREE-HUGGIN, TAKIN-AFTER-HIS-FAVORITE-AUNT, GORGEOUS, BEAUTIFUL, JOY-FILLED, LOVEABLE, PERFECT, HANDSOME, CUTSIE, BABY-NOSED, BABY-FINGERED AND BABY-TOED, BLESSED AND GLORIOUS, GOD-FILLED NEPHEW!!!! He’s the most beautiful baby i’ve ever seen and i’m gonna steal him! not really, scary thought. but i love him i love him i love him i love him!!!! GOD IS GOOD!!!!! i love my sister and brother!!! You guys did so great! I hate so much that i couldn’t be there but i assumed you could do it without me anyway!!! i LOVE YOU ALL AND MY NEW NEPHEW!!!!!! You guys are beautiful tools of GOD! i love you i love you i love you!!! GOD bless your every steps!!! i love you! call me sometime! ;)—auntie em!

  18. Ann said,

    April 24, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    God’s richest blessings to all three of you – you have much to look forward to and enjoy together. I’m sooooo thrilled for ya – that is going to be one well-rounded (oops, not really referring to his big head!), God-fearing, active, handsome, courteous young lad!

    Love well and play hard!!!!

    Ann

  19. Kendy said,

    April 24, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! We are so happy for you. Kane hopes that Eli gets to come and play real soon. So happy for you. We pray for sleep, less worries and a healthy family. Keep the pictures coming.

    He looks like Nathan!

    Love,

    Adam, Kendy, Noah, & Kane

  20. Kuecker said,

    April 24, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    …what can I say, but my heart is overjoyed for you two! How beautiful he is! I’m looking forward to seeing you all!!!

    Kuecker

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