Thursday, May 1, 2014

About Our Alexander, Game of Thrones, and the Gospel

Our big little boy is two months old! He is big because he has grown almost 4 lbs (from 8 lbs 2 oz at birth to 12 lbs) and 3.25 in (from 20.5 to 23.75)! He holds his head very well and loves to be carried around, so that he can see the Big World. Alex is sleeping between 4.5 and 7 hrs at night (no set schedule yet, unfortunately!) and likes to eat every couple of hours. However, when he smiles at us, we forget all the sleepless nights!


On Tuesday, he got his first shot (DTaP), and he did not like it at all. Did you know that the shots are administered into the baby's hip? I surely didn't. 

Alex was cranky after the shot, and the only way I could keep him calm was feeding, cuddling, and letting him sleep in my arms. 

As we learn more about Alexander, we learn more about the Gospel. God's sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ for our sins always left me in awe, but nothing drove the point home as strongly as having our own son. When I look at Alex, I cannot bear the thought of something happening to him. Sacrificing him for anything or anyone is out of the question.

I have also become very sensitive to movie scenes involving babies. In the last, 4th, episode of the new season of Game of Thrones, a newborn baby boy is taken into the woods as a "gift to the gods." I could not watch it without tears. The baby was cooing just like our boy! The Watch mutineers gave the baby away as a sacrifice for the "White Walkers" to spare them.

The Lord God gave His Son as a sacrifice, so that we could be spared. Wow! I would rather sacrifice myself than give away my baby, as I am sure most of the parents would. And this makes God's sacrifice so much more meaningful. He paid the highest possible price to have a relationship with us, His undeserving creation, and understanding this fact makes me cry as well, but this time, in gratitude and humbleness.

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