Caleb’s finally home

January 28, 2011, by Kyle

45 days, 3 hours, and some odd minutes after his birth, Caleb is finally home. Everything I have tried to write to describe our emotions and feelings about the magnitude of this moment has failed to convey the message…write something, delete. Write something else, delete. And repeat.

Pause. Breathe. And then it really hits me that he is here. Tearful joy for his presence here, gratitude to all those who cared for him over the course of the last 45 days, appreciation for the experience and the subsequent impact on my perspective, and love for this child who has so graciously entered the world and changed me for the better.

Right, so we are home with Caleb and what do any first time parents ask themselves…so now what? Well, after a little feeding, diaper change, pick out some new threads to wear, two hour nap on my chest, another feeding, followed by another diaper change…oh that’s right, we have a swing that should entertain him….So here he is, swinging for the first time, and what I presume will not be the last.

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18 Comments
  1. Kyla

    January 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm


    Welcome home little man! I cannot wait to meet you.

  2. Sarah

    January 29, 2011 at 1:52 am


    Carolyn & Kyle, what an amazing moment. I am so happy for you! Here’s to a great first day & many, many more–filled with moments, so equally amazing.

  3. The Gibsons

    January 29, 2011 at 10:45 am


    Welcome Home Mr Hodges! We are so excited for you and your new adventures!

  4. Ken

    January 29, 2011 at 10:56 am


    Welcome home Caleb! Congratulations! We can’t wait to meet you!

  5. Laurie Botsford

    January 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm


    What a happy, blessed moment.

  6. Keri

    January 30, 2011 at 8:09 am


    I can honestly say that there is only one reason Caleb has done so well…He has been blessed by God with the most wonderful, loving and devoted parents! He truly is one lucky little man. May God continue to bless the Hodges family.

  7. angela

    January 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm


    Your post brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy Caleb is finally home and you guys are able to really bond as a family. Just remember from this day forward your life will never be the same. As I have only been a mommy for a mere three years, I often stop and wonder how did I ever live life without my wonderful child. The swing will likely become one of your best friends and I am expecting a post sometime in the near future about that new mini van you are searching for! LOL Tons of love and kisses from all of us especially Matlyn. Can’t wait to see you guys and meet Mr. Caleb.

  8. Laura

    January 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm


    He’s a swinger!

  9. Lauren

    January 31, 2011 at 10:55 am


    Kyle–what a beautiful post! I love the video of Caleb swinging. He looks so alert and curious! Cannot wait to come over and witness the swing in person. God has truly worked miracles in this little guy. So happy for the both of you and your first weekend with Caleb!

  10. Alice Gibson

    January 31, 2011 at 11:02 am


    Thank you for sharing this journey. I feel blessed to be a part of it. Congratulations on this moment in time. He is so beautiful. God is good!

  11. Stephanie

    January 31, 2011 at 11:25 am


    Oh congratulations! So happy and excited for you! I’m looking forward to seeing some nursery pictures:)

  12. Ellen

    January 31, 2011 at 7:43 pm


    I am so glad to hear that Caleb is finally home! What a little trooper he is!

  13. cathy

    February 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm


    As a parent of 2 grown children, I can only imagine how you are feeling. And we never faced the early challenges that are in your way…
    Enjoy every minute with the 3 of you–unforgettable times…one day he will be 35–like our oldest—ugh..where did the years go?

    Tell Caleb–winter is ugh…he spent his first one tucked safely away in the warm depths of the hospital and his parents arms…..great survival techniques.
    Enjoy your time together–every minute……..love, cathy

  14. gina and ray

    February 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm


    Congratulations! Caleb looks so content at home surrounded by those who love him. Each day will be a miracle as he “awakens” to life around him. Enjoy!

  15. cathy

    February 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm


    Love the swinging video–thanks so much for sharing. Remembering our own kids in the swing (one loved it; one hated it!) I am guessing Caleb as a swing lover–a very good thing.
    Have prayed lots for Caleb’s good health and happiness–seems he is on his way. The Holy Spirit–SHE is amazing….
    Enjoy every minute–it goes so fast…………………

  16. mary beth

    February 2, 2011 at 10:00 pm


    what a cutie!! i can’t wait to meet him!!!
    …no words could ever match the joy a mom has in her heart for her little baby :)

  17. Jay

    February 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm


    Amazing. Just amazing. Can’t wait to meet him and see you guys again. Hopefully soon! God bless.

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