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January 28, 2009
My First Meeting With Coleman

My First Meeting With Coleman

Ladies and gentlemen, weighing in at 8 lbs. 0 oz. and 20 inches long with a reach that extends right into our hearts get up on your feet and welcome Coooooleman Jason Hall!

Kolette’s water broke at five o’clock Monday morning and at 4:50 AM on the 27th of January, just shy of 24 hours later, Cole joined our family. Grandma and Grandpa Coleman, Grandma and Grandpa Hall, and Aunt Kara waited anxiously right outside the door.

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Me "Resting" at 1:00am

From left to right (Grandpa Hall, Jason, Grandma Hall, Kolette, Aunt Kara, Grandma Coleman)

From left to right (Grandpa Hall, Jason, Grandma Hall, Kolette, Aunt Kara, Grandma Coleman)

Although we took more of a tortoise (slow and steady) approach, everything went smooth and easy. I think Kolette’s favorite word is epidural. The doctor and nurses were great and the whole experience was everything we could have hoped for.

I can truly say without any hyperbole that it was one of the seminal moments of my life. The doctor looked over in the middle of the birth to see how I was doing. I’m not sure he expected to see my face red with eyes filled with tears. Once the baby was born, the doctor finished up with Kolette and I went to the baby warmer in the room as they cleaned Cole up.

They swaddled him in a blanket and placed him in my arms. It truly is an amazing thing to look in someone’s eyes for the first time and know that you lay down in front of a train for him. I expected to love him and I expected my heart to be full. But I never expected there to be such an enormous difference between my expectations and the true feelings of my heart.

Me & My Boy

Me & My Boy

He is beautiful and perfect, sweet and tender–exactly the way he should be (totally unbiased opinion). We are so grateful for a healthy, well little boy.

In addition, it is difficult for me to express my gratitude for so many who care so much about this addition to our family. There are few people whose entrance to the world is overseen by people from Australia to Norway to Canada through the States and into the Islands. He is a lucky boy to have each of you in his corner.

Finally, Kolette is a Rockstar! She has amazed me over and over in my life, but watching her for those 24 hours between her water breaking and giving birth is something I will never forget. Once the doctor was finished and Coleman was placed in her arms it was my privilege to see a vision of a mother without equal. She is my best friend and my hero. I am so grateful to be a part of her life.

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The "New & Improved" Hall Family

We’ll keep you in the loop as we continue through this adventure called Coleman.

I am a lucky, lucky man.

Jh-

Coleman Jason Hall

Coleman Jason Hall

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100 comments

  1. Oh Jason! He’s just DARLING! The three of you look absolutely WONDERFUL together!


  2. Wow and congradulations! Good luck on this wild rollercoaster ride called parent hood!


  3. Congratulations to both of you! I’ve been checking your blog every chance I get for an update…it is amazing how interested and vested a stranger can become in waiting for the happy news.

    Enjoy every day!


  4. Glad to hear the news. I kept checking and checking. You look wonderful holding your son and Kolette is a beautiful mom. Congratulations!


  5. Ok, you made me cry.. You and Kolette are so inspirational and deserve such Great Happiness. Coleman is such a BEAUTIFUL little boy, Congratulations on parenthood.


  6. Congrats!!! Wow, isn’t he the most beautiful baby you have ever seen!! God is very Good!!!


  7. CONGRATULATIONS! You three look stunning together. What a blessing it is to have children! Being a parents is the hardest job, but it is what life is all about. Welcome to the club and we’re so happy things are well for you 3. Enjoy the sweet spirit a new little one brings. It is one of the best experiences!


  8. Jason – It has been an unusual honor to watch from the cyber windows into a world I wouldn’t normally be permitted to watch. I’ve followed a bit of your amazing earthly journey in various forums — how wonderful to see these pictures today of you and your son. Congratulations! The veil parted in your world and a part of eternity came, for a season, into the Hall home. May he bring to you all the joys and dream Father in Heaven has in store for you and Kolette! God bless you both and little Cole.


  9. Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy, Coleman!
    I stumbled across Kolette’s blog, then your link and have been moved by your journey to fatherhood.

    Enjoy and treasure your new blessing!

    Kelly (agreeing that epidural’s are wonderful!)


  10. Congratulations to the Hall clan! Cole’s just gorgeous and I’m positively delighted for you both.


  11. Congratulations! You make a beautiful family and we are so excited for you. Enjoy!


  12. Congrats to you all – so happy that all went well!! So exciting for you all – he is perfect. Nothing like a little man in the house.


  13. CONGRATULATIONS to you all. It has been such a privilege to share these special moments with you. Reading of Cole’s arrival reminded me of my own childs delivery nearly 11 years ago. It is a wonderful privilege to be a parent and to have such an influence on another human being. It is tryly amazing how much love and wonder one heart can sustain.

    God Bless you all – he is an absolutely beautiful boy!
    Carmel (from NZ)


  14. He is darling! I am so happy for you and can’t wait to meet Coleman in person!


  15. I have been anxious to check your blog for an update all day! I am so, so happy Coleman is here safe and sound and that Kollette is doing well. Congratulations!

    Reading your post reminded me of the arrival of each one of my three daughters. Such a wonderful experience, my heart is full of such gratitude for each of them in our family. Now we are six weeks away from the birth of our fourth child, our son. My husband has always been so completely over the moon about our girls, but I can sense his anticipation, love and excitement at the pending arrival of our little boy. They already have such a beautiful connection.

    Enjoy every single precious moment, moment to moment. I look forward to hearing about your new Hall Family Adventures! Congrats again!!


  16. What an amazing little guy. Three gazillion cheers to the new parents.


  17. Bless you and your family, You are all beautiful. GOd has blessed you with this light called Coleman and you will watch him with wonder and amazement every day. When I found out I was pregnant with Logan, it was with fright and wonder that I delivered a boy whom I was told i would never be able to have. This is truley a moment in your life that WE ALL feel blessed to be a part of.


  18. I have been checking like crazy, telling myself it’s a first baby and they take time. I am SOOO happy for you both. He is absolutely adorable.


  19. I just recently found your websites and am so happy that I did so. I have been so inspired by you already. And I am glad to add my sincere congratulations on the new addition to your family! God Bless!


  20. Beautiful and healthly — thats all anyone wants !
    God Bless you and new your “addition”


  21. Congratulations! He is so adorable!! I couldn’t be happier for you both. You are such amazing people and you so deserve this wonderful blessing in your life! I am really enjoying both your blogs and following your wonderful story of Coleman. Enjoy every minute, they grow up so fast!


  22. HE IS BEAUTIFUL!! Congratulations to you both! Now not only are you an inspiration to all of us, but you have a little guy to impart all of your wisdom, wonderful stories and love to! I know you will be the BEST parents! Enjoy every moment with both of them!

    Sara


  23. Congratulations to all three of you! I had the pleasure of sharing your joint class at Creative Escape last year. You and Kolette both touched my life and my heart. I am so happy to hear of your sons safe delivery. Enjoy!

    Monica


  24. He is a beautiful, beautiful baby boy. Congratulations to both you and Kolette. Such a wonderful addition to the Hall family. He is absolutely adorable. The picture of the three of you is priceless!! Hugs to you all.


  25. First, Cole is absolutely beautiful — Congratulations to you both! I anxiously waited yesterday for news — and was moved to tears (of joy!) with this post. Thanks for sharing Cole, and your heart and soul with us out here in cyber space… All the very best to you all and we “expect” to see lots of photos in the months and years ahead … (grin)


  26. Yeah! Thanks for the pictures and the wonderful feelings you’ve shared. Its been a journey, I know, but you’re only just started the next leg! Enjoy every minute, its amazing.


  27. Your description of meeting Cole took me back 12 and 8 years respectively. It is amazing that what an incredible little soul can do for another. God Bless and enjoy every moment.


  28. Oh my, my my….wow is all I can say….he is perfect in everyway! Love those full cheeks! Congratulations to all of you!
    Jeana


  29. Oh my goodness what beautiful pictures! I’m sure that Kolette has many plans for those. Just absolutely amazing. Tears came to my eyes when you said that you were teary eyed during the birth because during the birth of all five of our children my husband got the same way so in a way you just helped me relive those days, thank you.


  30. He is absolutely darling!!!!!!!! Congratulations and welcome to the best part of your life!


  31. Congratulations, he is just beautiful! So happy for all of you!


  32. Congratulations! You are amazing, and this is truly a miracle. You are both going to be amazing parents.


  33. Aww, I am so happy for you ALL! Coleman is very lucky to have two outstanding people to call Mom and Dad and he is such a miracle, as you two truly understand. He’s adorable (and that is an unbiased opinion).


  34. Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you both. He is simply beautiful! Welcome, little Cole, into this world.


  35. It is heartwarming to hear your pride as a father. But I am truly touched by the way you describe and honor Kolette. Your relationship with each other is a joy to witness.


  36. WooHooooooo!!!! I am SO excited for you!! Reading your post has brought tears to my eyes…tears of joy! The three of you make an absolutely BEAUTIFUL family. Can’t wait to follow your adventure!
    Hugs and kisses,
    Debi


  37. Congratulations! I am so happy for your both. What a miraculous thing!


  38. That is one beautiful baby! So happy for all of you, many prayers being said that every blessing will be yours on your adventures into parenthood!


  39. Oh, he is so adorable! Enjoy this time!


  40. oh congrats jason, kolette and coleman
    enjoy being a family and LOVE your time together!
    i’m so pleased that it went well for you …. i have my very own ‘took his own time, day and a half to get here, 17 hours active labour baby (now 23 months) and he was the most placid baby…. good things come to those who wait i guess …. here’s hoping your man is a cruisey dude for you both,
    julie from new zealand


  41. Congratulations Kolette and Jason and welcome to the world baby Coleman! So excited for all of you! Coleman you have some fine parents!
    Pam


  42. What a beautiful boy! You have been truly blessed and what fun you have to look forward to. My son will be 18 in a few months. It’s a cliche but oh so true…it REALLY does go by fast! Hold him ALL THE TIME! When he’s 6ft tall and 180lbs you’ll wish you could still carry him around. No matter what anyone tells you, it’s IMPOSSIBLE to “spoil” a baby with love. Enjoy every single day. You will love in a way you never knew possible. THIS is what it’s all about!


  43. Congratulations! … He’s going to have a lot of “Uncles” and “Aunties” … and he is really lucky to be a part of your family!


  44. Welcome to the world, little Cole! And, welcome to the night shift, Jason & Kolette! It is a wild ride, and worth every moment!

    Jason, those are such incredible emotions, and you have an extraordinary talent for putting them into words.

    Much love to the three of you.


  45. Congratulations!


  46. Congratulations. I have been checking your blog waitng for the happy news. Welcome to parenthood. I know you two will be wonderful parents.
    Sharon


  47. Congratulations! He is a very handsome and lucky lil boy 🙂


  48. He is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations to you both on your new son. You are both such an inspiration and I enjoy reading both of your blogs. Cole is very lucky to have such loving parents.


  49. Nau mai, e tama, ki te ao tūroa (Maori)
    Welcome to your new baby boy (english translation)

    Congratulations Kolette and Jason.
    Raewyn (New Zealand)


  50. Happy Dancing! Happy Dancing!
    No matter how many billions of times we the human species has done this, each time the creation and safe arrival of a new life is a MIRACLE.

    I am so happy for the three of you!

    Congradulations!!


  51. He’s gorgeous!!!!!! I’m so excited for you all and your entire family!!!! Congratulations! Thanks so much for sharing your pictures and your story.


  52. Congrats! I am so happy for all of you. It is an amazing experience isn’t it! He is so beautiful. You are truly blessed, and I am blessed for knowing you both. I hope to one day meet that little man! Give Ko a hug from me and Kenny and enjoy every minute, smell and smile, it goes fast!


  53. Congratulations, you guys will be such great parents!


  54. WOW! I have been wondering and think of your family ever since Kolette’s post that morning. I am SO VERY HAPPY for you. I have tears in MY
    eyes as I read and feel the love and devotion you have for the two of them. And you are correct Jason, he has each of us in his corner-some you may never even meet (though I’m sure God has intention’s of crossing OUR paths :). It truly is more amazing than you can ever imagine. Each day you will think you couldn’t POSSIBLY love him any more-and then you do.

    May the Lord continue to bless you and your family and enrich your lives the way you deserve.


  55. yippee, yahoo!!!! I am thrilled. He is a doll. Pretty boy!!! Wow, what a blessing huh? I mean what a grand entrance to all the obstacles in your life.
    What an amazement! you will have add little Cole as part of your inspirational speeches around the world.
    Happyness and prayers for you always!
    Oh now I can’t wait to go shopping!!!


  56. Kolette and Jason….

    Congratulations on your new little baby! Your little one truly has an amazing set of parents…you are both such an inspiration to so many!

    God bless the three of you as you begin your new journey together!!

    Julie


  57. I was so thrilled to see your posting. I have been without power since Monday afternoon and have been anxious to see the new, adorable, addition to the Hall family. Congratulations to you both, you deserve this moment.


  58. Oh congratulations! And now the Halls are Three! Cole is beautiful, what a sweetheart! I checked the blogs several times since reading Kolette’s first post and I was thinking of you all and sending prayers and good thoughts your way the whole time. Thank you for letting all of us cyberfriends share your joy and excitement and feel a part of such a blessed event in your lives. Now go try to sleep a bit! XX’s


  59. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! He’s so cute! Now, rest and enjoy!


  60. He is beautiful- just perfect. Bless you and your new family and congratulations.

    You both have incredible blogs and are such an inspiration.

    XOXO
    Sara


  61. I am so thrilled for all of you and of course Coleman is just gorgeous. I feel like I just recently met you through Big Picture Scrapbooking but it seems like I’ve known you for a while. I wish the 3 of you the best of everything!

    Grandma Shelley


  62. AWESOME – congrats you guys 🙂


  63. I’m reading your post in tears. You two deserve this happiness so very much. Thanks for keeping us updated and for the pictures of your gorgeous, gorgeous son!


  64. Congratulations Kolette and Jason. He is adorable. I am more than thrilled for your family. What a blessing, a miracle Cole is. Your faith, and courage in difficult times strengthen me. I am so happy for you. He is beautiful. Congratulations. Thanks for sharing.


  65. I teared up just reading your update. He is beautiful, Jason. Absolutely beautiful and perfect.


  66. Congratulations to you both. He is perfect.


  67. Kolette and Jason
    Your post was so hard to read through the flood of tears and emotion I feel for your family! You have inspired me beyond measure and added so very much to my daily life with the glimpses into your inspiration journey through life, strife and parenthood. Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your lives and giving us so much hope and evidence that there really is complete beauty in this world. That is one handsome boy!


  68. He is adorable. Congratulations to you both!


  69. Congratulations Kolette and Jason! He looks just beautiful!


  70. Every birth is very special and beautiful, but the birth of Cole is very,very,very special and beautiful.
    Congratulations for you all and enjoy this very great moment.
    Love José and Jan


  71. Oh my goodness, Cole is a BEAUTIFUL BABY!!! And I love the smiles on all of your faces, the joy is just beaming! I hope we share the same joy one day, your story definitely warms my heart, thank you for sharing it!


  72. Congratulations!
    8lbs and 3 weeks early?????? Good job you weren’t overdue Kolette!
    He really is beautiful. Such perfect skin and kissable cheeks.
    I’m happy for you both.


  73. Wow! He’s gorgeous! Congratulations on becoming a dad! I am so happy for both you and Kolette. I look forward to seeing him grow up on your blog and maybe one day meeting him in person!


  74. Oh so many congratulations to both of you – and welcome to the world little cole xoxox
    I actually have little tears welling up at the thought of how much joy you must have.
    I’m remembering when my dd was born 7 and half years ago and echoing what so many other people have said – cherish EVERY moment (not that you need telling that lol) because TIME will never pass in the same way again!! You will wonder what you did to fill the time pre cole lol!
    Happy nappy changing xoxox!


  75. Many many MANY congratulations to you both. He is truly beautiful and you both deserves such happiness. Enjoy your first few days and your whole future with your new bundle of joy. I’m so happy for you.

    Katy 🙂


  76. Congratulations to both you and Kolette – I couldn’t wait to come down this morning and check to see how it went. What a beautiful little boy you’ve been blessed with! This makes me smile, makes me cry, and reaffirms yet again what wonderful miracles God blesses us with.

    Traci


  77. Congratulations! He’s perfect. I have 3 little boys and they are so much fun! Thanks for the BPS class. I am a little behind, but really enjoying it. You two are inspirational.


  78. Dear Kolette and Jason,
    congratulations, Cole looks wonderful. Enjoy each other and the little miracle.


  79. Cole is the most AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL, HANDSOME, child I have ever seen! Especially after 24 hours of labor! GOOD JOB all of you!!

    Many, many, THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of BLESSINGS and good wishes!
    Chris


  80. Totally crying very happy tears here for you and Kolette and baby Coleman. What a beautiful family. Congratulations!


  81. HE IS ADOREABLE!! Congratulations on this beautiful journey of parenthood. Jason, I love your description of Coleman’s birth experience. You get it. Have a wonderful week of firsts…. Make sure anyone who visits you at home brings a dinner for the freezer. Trust me. I can’t wait for your blog stories this first year. I see a book about this in your future! Tell Kolette she did an awesome job too.


  82. He is a beautiful boy and so lucky to have such fantastic parents! Sending you all much love!


  83. Dear Mom and Dad – Congratulations to the whole Hall clan. Your words brought tears to my eyes. I know this journey was long and hard and the outcome is a miracle. Prayers to the family. CindyML


  84. Kolette & Jason, he is a beautiful, healthy baby boy, Congraulations ! Your life will never be the same now, reading your post took me back to when my son was born 16 years ago, the most incredible event of my life !


  85. Such a miracle, such wonderful news! Congratulations from a fan in South Africa!


  86. Congratulations! He is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your journey…


  87. Coleman is beautiful and definitely a miracle. Thank you for sharing this special moment with us.


  88. Joy to the Halls!!! May the great adventure begin! We are way beyond happy for you all. Coleman is so lucky to have come to your home.


  89. Congratulations from another LWC student! I’m thrilled for you both and hope you are enjoying your precious gift from God! He’s adorable!! Take time to be a family and don’t worry about anything else!!


  90. What a beautiful little boy and what a beautiful family. You both just shine with happiness. I’m so glad he is here. What a blessing you two are to us. A great example of determination and courage. I’m so happy for you.


  91. Mmm…new baby smell! My favorite. Enjoy!! (from a CE08 attendee) 😉


  92. he.is.perfect! CONGRATULATIONS New & Improved Hall family!


  93. Congratulations!! Hold him close and enjoy each and every moment…time goes by much too quickly!!

    Hugs,
    Jenny in MAine


  94. He is perfect! There is nothing sweeter than a new child! You both will never be the same! Congrats!


  95. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you!

    Kim in Canada
    Student of ALWC


  96. WOW! MANY CONGRATULATIONS! He is absolutely adorable, so very happy for you all. Take care. Sue


  97. CONGRATS JASON!! Didn’t know you had a blog!? We are so pumped for you, kolette and Coleman. Gabe can’t wait to come meet his best friend. Dayna does a blog with quite a few pictures of Gabe you’re welcome to check out. It’s NDchecketts.blogspot.com.

    Love you brother,

    Nate


  98. Jason, What a wonderful moment for you and your wife. I just wanted to let you know how inspiring your story is and what an incredible story you both have together as a couple. What a wonderful day this is for you. Also your little one and I share a birthday!! I was born 40 yrs ago on this day!! Neat!


  99. Jason & Kolette ~
    what a beautiful little piece of perfection you have there! Congratulations to you both, and to your entire family as well. As a new mom as of 9 months ago, having a baby has been the best, most gratifying, life-changing, reason-why-I’m-here event I could ever hope for. You & Kolette will be inspiring parents & I can’t wait to sit down & read your thoughts on parenthood!


  100. I´m a little late but never the less: CONGRATS!!! Your little man looks adorable and I´m sure he has the best parents! Sending good thoughts to your family!



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