Soleil Shines a New Light, Thank Yous

Soleil Is a Halloween Baby

Soleil Maya Livingston joined us this morning at 3:31 a.m. The parents thought a blog was in order to wish her a very warm welcome.

Before waxing poetic, we want to thank the great people who wished Soleil a warm arrival today, and congratulated Caitlin and I. So many people reached out to us on the interwebs. It was amazing! Hundreds, from Norway to Argentina, and that was just incredible. It literally brought tears to our eyes seeing all of the responses. Totally unexpected. Thank you so much.

Caitlin and Soleil are both doing great! The baby came in at 6 lbs, 10 oz, one week before her due date of November 4. October 29 also happens to be Soleil’s maternal grandmother Jane’s birthday, and her paternal grandparents Tom and Maxine’s anniversary. With so many things to celebrate, October 29, will be a golden day across our family for many years.

A New Light

Soleil Maya Livingston

Ike Pigott wrote an interesting thing on my Facebook wall today, ” I eventually got tired of all the people who said ‘Ha! Your life is going to change.’ The truth is, your life is going to *start.* And you now know exactly why.” Just below his comment my sister said something similar, every time a baby is born, a parent is also born.

On a personal note, I so understand this now. And yeah, there is nothing that anyone can say that prepares you for holding your child in your arms for the first time, taking care of it, holding it, keeping it warm. It breaks a seal in your soul, and a new kind of indescribable love, the greatest love, flows freely from the depths of your being.

It’s amazing. It was an emotional day, and I think probably the greatest day of my life yet.

Both of us are so grateful for Soleil’s presence in our lives. And we want to thank all of you again for your support.

Love,

Caitlin and Geoff

17 Replies to “Soleil Shines a New Light, Thank Yous”

  1. Welcome to your new life, Geoff and Caitlin.

    You’re going to learn more about the world through your children’s eyes than you ever knew possible.

    And welcome to OUR lives, Soleil. It’s truly a dawn.

  2. So thrilled for y’all! She is absolutely beautiful! I love that she has graced your family with another reason to celebrate the 29th…what a very special thing that she should carry on the tradition for your family! Congratulations and best wishes for every blessing in this new season in your life!

  3. Awwww I am so happy for you……..There is nothing like the love you feel for your child. Its an amazing feeling and it does not go away, it just just continues to grow. Enjoy……

    Love all three of you.

  4. This post gave me chills. So thrllled for you. What joy :) Just the beginning.

    Soleil is gorgeous and the name is wonderful! I am remembering sweet smelling babies who are delicious and edible. Nothing like an infant to nuzzle into your neck.

    Couldn’t be more thrilled for you.

    Enjoy getting to know each other…

  5. Yes, enjoy.

    Not a day goes by where I do not wonder at the wonder of my son, Joseph. I kiss him goodnight, I watch him sleep and hope he never grows up.

    Of course, he will.

    Cherish these years. She will always be your baby girl, even at 45.

    Best,

    Shaun

    PS: now you will start to understand the power “mommy bloggers” have !

  6. You now truly get the old saying that having children is like having your heart get up and walk around outside your body. :)
    Thank you so much for sharing these profound moments of joy with us!
    It gets better and better each day Geoff – even during the rough spots. And yes, there are rough spots – but you have a network of friends online that will be there to celebrate, commiserate (especially the sleep deprivation bit!) and help out when something “new to you” pops up.
    Congratulations again and again.
    And welcome to your beautiful daughter!

  7. Such a wonderful, life-changing moment – so happy for you and Caitlyn!
    I remembered the expansion of my heart when we had our first. Then, the perplexity when we were expecting our second – could I possibly love that one just as much? The answer was clear as soon as he showed up. Your love isn’t divided, it’s multiplied…

  8. Wow! Congratulations to you all. She is so beautifun and I love the name. Enjoy this new adventure, my friend!

    Lots of love,
    Aleks

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