On Tuesday, March 22. 2017, my daughter-in-law Kieonah gave birth to my 3rd grandson, Staten James Allred. Staten was born at 10:57 PM, weighing 7 lbs 15 ounces, 21 1/4 inches long. His name was chosen for Staten Island, because my son Tyler met his wife Kieonah when they were both serving as missionaries for the LDS church in the New York New York North mission.
Kieonah had invited me to be in the room with her when she delivered the baby, and while I was honored that she asked, I really didn't think I wanted to be there. Her Mom would be there, Tyler would be there, and I just wasn't sure I should. But once her contractions started, I knew I couldn't leave. It was an amazing experience, watching this teeny little girl go through 15 hours of labor to bring my son's son into this world.
Every time a contraction started, she reached for Tyler's hand. And hour after hour, his hand was there for her.
My kids drove 6 hours to be there, and seeing them hold Ty's baby was a moment I will never forget.
Rogue was fascinated that there is someone littler than him. I think they will be good friends as they grow up.
Ken was amazing. He waited in this tiny waiting room all 15 hours, going out for food when Ty needed something. We are so blessed to have Ken in our lives.
And now I'm excited to watch my youngest child raise his own family.
Life is good :)