He is finally here! In case you have not yet heard, on Monday morning at 5:39am, we welcomed Nathaniel Elijah Percy into the world. He weighs 9 lbs 3 oz and is, in my unbiased fatherly opinion, as cute as a button. Nathaniel means “given of God”, and he is certainly a wonderful gift.
The little guy kept us waiting until the last possible moment. With Julianne’s pregnancy extending beyond 41 weeks, her doctor had scheduled an induction for 8am on Sunday. But, around 4am, Julianne woke me to tell me she thought the baby had decided to come on his own. Some of us just work better with a deadline.
After 28 hours of labour, little Nathaniel was born. Joining us in the room for the birth were Julianne’s mother, as well as our incredible doula, Angie, who provided hours of support and encouragement throughout the process.
Caleb and Micah have been thrilled to welcome their little brother into the family, showering him with love and taking very seriously their job of teaching him all about the world. When he first arrived at the hospital, Caleb walked up to Nathaniel, pointed to himself and said, “This is called a ‘kid'”. Micah is already making plans to teach him about all the essentials: baseball, outer space, and really big numbers like a million.
As we sat in the hospital room together, enjoying our first moments as a family of five, Micah turned to me and said, “Daddy, I think a baby being born is kind of like magic.” I completely agree.
It is hard to believe that I have entered the third and final trimester of growing our little Zambino inside me. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t a challenge being pregnant here, but overall things have gone smoothly and I continue to be amazed on a daily basis that this is really happening. I am so grateful for the unexpected chance to experience this all again and most importantly for a new life to be joining our family.
After much prayer and many discussions with doctors here in Macha and friends in the medical field back home, we have made the difficult decision to come back to Canada to give birth.
When we arrived at Macha, our plan was to give birth here. But like many parts of this adventure, things do not always go as planned. As we have processed the decision as a couple and with our leadership at BIC Canada, it has become clear that the wisest choice is for us to return to Canada for the delivery. Complications with our international insurance coverage and the fact that two key doctors will be away during the time around our due date have made our choice obvious, though not easy.
We plan to be in Canada by mid-June and will stay most of the summer. My due date is July 18th. Timing of our flight to Canada is determined by how late the airlines will let me fly while pregnant; our return to Zambia will depend on my recovery as well as how quickly we can get a passport for the baby.
Leaving our new community so soon after settling here will be hard. Our boys are enjoying school, and we are both just hitting our stride in our roles here. But even if the timing is not ideal, in the long run we believe this will feel like a blip in our total time here in Zambia. And what a blip it will be — welcoming the newest member of the Percy family into the world and (let’s be honest) putting smiles on the faces of some grandparents who thought it would be a lot longer before they saw their grandsons again.
We will keep you posted with more details as our return to Canada approaches. In the meantime, thank you so much for your prayers and continued support.