Sorry for the radio silence, but we’ve been trying to catch our breath. Quinn “The Queen” Elizabeth Cain finally made her royal debut on Nov. 27th, weighing in at 7.3lbs and 20in in length. Her favorite hobbies include but are not limited to: being really cute and passing gas.
Honestly, all I can say is that we are truly, incredibly grateful to be entrusted with the stewardship of this child. There was a time when we wondered if the Lord would ever give us a baby, and now that she’s here, all we can do is marvel at the gift. Thank you, Jesus!
And thank YOU! You’ve thrown showers. You’ve sent money and cards. You’ve gone above and beyond to make us feel loved even from across the sea. We’ve got a closet full of diapers, a dresser full of clothes, and a nursery full of baby stuff – we honestly haven’t had to buy a thing for our own child! When Riva’s parents arrived with two suitcases full of stuff from all of you, we had to find extra space for it all. We’re so thankful that our little girl will grow up with physical reminders all around her of how much she is loved, and how well her heavenly Father has provided for her.
BONUS: Many people want to know what it’s like to have a baby in Japan, and without going into all the gory details, I can tell you that we wouldn’t have had it any other way. We had to stay in the hospital for a week, but our room was nicer than any hotel I’ve ever stayed in. The food was better, too. Plus, everyone at the hospital was so kind and respectful. They taught us how to feed and bathe our baby, and provided an aroma-therapy massage after delivery. Our doctor got an English tutor just so she could communicate with us during labor. God provided an English speaking midwife who came to visit us during her breaks just to make sure we were doing ok. A missionary friend stayed with us during the entire labor and delivery to help interpret and explain some of the cultural nuances. Riva’s mom was able to be there for moral support too, and her parents have been doing dishes, laundry, and walking the dog since they landed. For those of you who are currently weighing your birthing options, I’d definitely consider a trip to Japan.