Aug 20, 2009

Sophia Emily, How Do You Like the World So Far?

by Stephanie Abney

This is Sophia Emily Shifflet, (our oldest daughter's 5th child) born just three days (+ a few hours) ago. She is our 15th grandchild and she is PERFECT!!! The doctor's worried she would come early or that there might be complications, etc. But she made it to 38 1/2 weeks (at a healthy 8 lbs. 10 oz; 20 in. long) and she is beautiful and alert. This picture was taken when she was less than 48 hours old.

There is something about newborns that is utterly fascinating. They seem to peer right into your heart. And then they look right past you as if they SEE someone beyond you and my guess is that they do!! I'm sure it is because they are so fresh from their Heavenly Father. If they could speak to us in words, can you even imagine what they might have to say?

One of my favorite songs is a sweet little ballad by Barbra Streisand called, "Jenny Rebecca." I don't know if anyone else is familiar with it (she sang it over 40 years ago) but the lyrics are so sweet. I can just picture a pretty little girl doing all the things the song speaks of... just for fun, I thought I would share it with you here. I'm sorry that I don't know who wrote it (I looked online but couldn't find it ~ feel free to enlighten me):

Jenny Rebecca, four days old
How do you like the world so far?
Jenny Rebecca, four days old
What a lucky, lucky, lucky Lucky girl you are
For you have swings to be swung on
Trees to be climbed up
Days to be young on
Toys you can wind up
Grass to be lying on
Sun up above
Pillows for crying on
When you're in love
Ponies for riding
Wind in your hair
Slides to be sliding on
Leaves in the air
Dogs to be caring for
Love to be giving
Dreams to be daring for
Long as you're living
Yes, you have Dreams to be daring for
Long as you're living
Jenny Rebecca, four days old
What a lucky, lucky, lucky Lucky girl you are...

My precious little Sophia Emily, how do you like the world so far?


  1. I look at those precious little bodies filled with spirits that have been around for who knows how long and wish they could speak to me and tell me all they remember and still see from the pre existence. Congrats. She's lovely with a beautiful name.

  2. She's beautiful...I always think of a conduit from heaven being open for just a bit after a newborn arrives. Congratulations. (And I love the lyrics--thanks for sharing.)

  3. Beautiful baby!!! Congrats Grandma. Sure do miss working with you already! Hope all is goinig well.

  4. Oh my goodness, Stephanie! She is so cute...and...I know that song! It is on the record album "My Name Is Barbara"...and I used to play that album over and over. I have sung that song to all my children and grandchildren, only I couldn't remember all the words. The album is long gone. Thanks for the memories!


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