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I just returned home from a trip with my family to the Bay Area. My wife and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary and we got to meet our 3-week-old niece for the first time.

For 3 days, we spent the majority of our time with her and it was wonderful. I would hold her in my arms and get lost in feelings of love, amazement, and joy. It was like time would just stand still. I felt so lucky to be with her and share my love with this beautiful new life.

Spending so much time with her reminded me how precious and delicate new life is. There she was, all of 7 or 8 pounds, completely reliant on her mom and family to take care of her. My sister shared with me how busy the last few weeks have been for her and my brother in law, and reminded me how much focus and attention a newborn requires.

Right now, my niece is only sleeping a few hours at a time, feeding like crazy, and happy to give the family dirty diaper presents. My sister and brother-in-law are a great team and they take turns looking after her. Even my 9-year-old niece and 6-year-old nephew get it on the fun and look after her and share their love with her as well.

But you know what… My sister and brother-in-law wouldn’t trade it for anything and they are so thankful for each and every moment that they get to be with their new daughter. When it comes down to it, we are all so lucky for each and every moment that we get to spend with the people we love.

My kiddos are 11 and 7, so it’s been awhile since they arrived, and I’d forgotten just how amazing new life is, especially when it’s your family. Before I even met her in person, I was already so in love with my new niece, and my heart just melted the moment my sister placed her in my arms. I loved every moment I got to spend with her.

Here at WVMC, we celebrate and welcome new life, each and every day in our birthing center. We have amazing nurses, midwives, and physicians who are dedicated to bringing new life into this world and giving our community members a safe place to go through their journey.

I want to thank all of the birthing center nurses, midwives, and physicians around the world who are committed to bringing new life into this world. And thank you for helping my sister deliver her daughter safely into this world, and giving me the chance to be an uncle once again.

I also want to tell my sister that I love you and I’m so happy for you. You are amazing and your children are so lucky to have such a beautiful, dedicated, loving mom.

Cheers to New Life.