© 2014 Aaron Atkinson

Wonderful, Perfect, Finn

After a quick, eleven minute push from Mom, our sweet baby boy joined us at 2:16 a.m. on Sunday, December 21, 2014. At 20 inches long, 7 pounds and 12 ounces, and sporting a full head of dark hair, he was perfect from the moment he was born and meeting him was love at first sight.

Finn decided to come on his own, a mere two days before his due date. We’re quite certain that he wanted to be comfortably settled in at home prior to his first visit from Santa. By coming on the 21st, he joined us on the winter solstice, his great-grandpa’s favorite day of the year. To his great-‘Paka Tom’, the shortest, darkest day of the year meant that they’d only get longer and brighter from here on out, and he liked knowing that no matter how long and cold winter became, the darkest day was behind him. We feel the same way about our new lives with little Finn – because of him, there are brighter days ahead.

One final note. In the time leading up to Finn’s birth, the wall-mounted television in the hospital delivery room was on. We turned off the sound, but used the soft glow to illuminate the dark and peaceful room throughout the evening. When things erupted into a frenzy of activity, lights and excitement as nurses and the doctor prepared for Finn’s arrival, that television stayed on, showing a picture that no one was watching. Once he’d been born, cleaned and left to cuddle up with Mom, I glanced back up at that television. It was showing an old, black and white Christmas favorite – It’s a Wonderful Life.

It couldn’t have been more perfect or more fitting.

It’s a wonderful life, indeed.


  1. Gunner
    Posted December 24, 2014 at 12:04 am | #

    It is a wonderful wife, and it’s going to be so much better now that Finn is here to share it with you.

    • Janet
      Posted December 24, 2014 at 12:31 am | #

      Being a parent is such a blessing! It makes life all the more wonderful!

  2. Brenda Kice
    Posted December 24, 2014 at 2:29 am | #

    Congrats to you and Laura – I’m so happy for you.

  3. Denise Mullins
    Posted December 24, 2014 at 3:53 am | #

    congrats to the new mom and dad. Finn is absolutely perfect! Merry Christmas! Enjoy your forever gift!

  4. Aaron Atkinson
    Posted December 30, 2014 at 11:20 pm | #

    Thanks everyone. 10 days in and he’s still wonderful and perfect!

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