Wonderful Inconvenience

Four years ago today I wrote the following:

4pm: Phone rings.

Kristian: “Hello?”

Rachel: “Hi, it’s me. I think I’m in labour”

Kristian: “What, now?!”

Rachel: “Yes, now.”

Kristian: “But it can’t be now. It’s two weeks early! We have to move house on the weekend and we’re still not packed and…. this is really inconvenient. It’s not supposed to be happening now!”

Rachel: “I know! But it’s happening!”

Kristian: “ok…. I’ll meet you at home in 30 minutes.”

6pm: Arrive at the hospital with bags in tow, still thinking it may be a false alarm.

6:30pm: Nope….. it’s the real deal. Already 5cm’s dilated.

7:15pm: Water breaks….contractions big time.

9pm: Midwife gives all clear to start pushing.

10:10pm: Little head pops out. (“pops” is hardly the right word. It was well and truly pushed, hard)

10:24pm: Cody Israel Anderson takes his first breath.

Tonight I thanked God that I am not a woman. I have always respected women…. but tonight “respect” has been re-defined. My wife is amazing and I am so unbelievably in awe of what she has just accomplished. So while she is sleeping I am bouncing off the walls.

It’s been a good week…. I saw U2 three times in Sydney with the best seats in the house…the elipse…. I bought a new guitar and now….. now I have a son.

It doesn’t get any better than this.

So welcome to the world my wonderful little inconvenience.

Your Daddy loves you very much.

This photo was taken a few days after Cody was born…

This is Cody today…

Everyday I thank God for this boy. How can I not fight when I have this to live for?


~ by Kristian Anderson on November 22, 2010.

35 Responses to “Wonderful Inconvenience”

  1. What a wonderful memory, thank you for sharing it! Your little boy looks so much like his Dad!

  2. Bloody great story mate.

    Keep fighting!!!!!

  3. He looks full of Jesus! Aren’t you so blessed! Bill & Kari

  4. Children are God’s blessings and each birth is a miracle.

  5. BEAUTIFUL Kris….. remember the night well was glad to be apart of your special evening. Cody is such a gem beautiful handsome caring little man who will do great things. we LOVE him xx

  6. I have a boy who is 2.5 years old and I have both liver and bowel cancer. Yes he is worth fighting for till the end.

  7. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!!! Beautiful son!!

  8. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful(inconvenience) day with us.
    Our children are a joy and worth fighting anything for them.
    Thinking of you and your beautiful family.

  9. A marvelous, wonderful, amazing and beautiful little inconvenience. You are truly blessed and in the years to come you will be thrilled to watch him grow physically and mentally. I’m praying for you…..and them 🙂
    the Grandma from America with non hodkgins lymphoma.

  10. He is a beautiful inconvenience and truly blessed to have such a wonderful family.

  11. Fight fight fight fight fight
    for them, we NEVER STOP

    You are amazing – I wish I had half your spirit

  12. I remember the early afternoon that I gave birth to my daughter. It is the single greatest accomplishment of my life and I am thankful every day for her. Be strong, keep fighting.

  13. What can compare to the miracle of holding your little one as they snuggle their little heads into your neck. It truly is a gift of love……..Gods own hand reaching down to us. I love your pics and comments they are just beautiful….And so yours and Rachels seed and the seed of those before you lives on in this precious life, Bless you both we are thinking of you constantly.

  14. Blessings!!

    Lots of blessings in the past, lots of blessings at present and lots of blessings waiting for you and your family in future.

    Trust in this!! “Even if ye have faith as small as a mustard seed, God will answer your prayers…”

  15. beautiful…be strong.

  16. The photo of the baby sleeping on your chest made me smile. I have photos of my husband in the same position with all three of our sons~~though in most my husband is sleeping too 🙂

    I just have that gut feeling that you are going to be fine…though this is a very difficult time…you will come out of this with a new love and perspective, and down the road quite a bit you will be able to take a photo of you like this………holding HIS child. No, I am not a crazy woman, but I am usually right 🙂

  17. I keep checking back in to see how you are doing. You are in His hands and in our prayers. You and your beautiful family.

  18. I’m looking in from time to time and sending you love and support. God bless!

  19. Kristian, how are you? My husband and I continue to think about you and pray for you and your family. Be strong!

  20. I have just heard about your Oprah experience. God bless you and your family xx

  21. Kristian and Rachel…..I hadn’t really made too big a deal of Oprah coming to Sydney….but now I’m so thankful that she did and that you were both blessed beyond anything (except for the total healing we’re all still praying madly for).
    In fact, I’m sitting here at my desk (in an Oncology Clinic at St Vinnie’s (yes the same hospital where you had your recent surgery – but I specialise in breast cancer)) and I’m silently wiping away tears hoping I can get myself under control before my next patient arrives.
    Thank God that you now can focus on spending time together as a family and getting through all the treatment without having to think about $$$ for a while!!
    Am continuing to pray for you and your precious family!!
    How awesome and amazing is our God!!
    Much love, Michey xx

  22. Kristian, I am so stoked for you!! god came to you via Oprah… Now keep fighting!!

  23. I know money isn’t everything, but I’m sure it will be a great help and the time you will be able to spend with Rachel – well, you cannot put a price on that. Thank you Oprah and thank you God.

  24. I just watched the news and could not be more happy for you and your family! May this be one of many blessings coming your way. Health, happiness and may 2011 be the year you beat this! That is our wish for you.

  25. and the blessings will start to flow …. truly believing that for you all, this is only the beginning!

  26. I think you are an amazing and generous man.

  27. Kritian what an amazing family you have.God will use anything to get our attention.I can see your attention on what really matters was alive and well before this challenge. I think you could tythe or hand the challenge back over to God as you dont need it.Have you ever read the poem by Charles Dillot Freeman called “I am there”?

    God uses people to keep us focused on living.He used your story to touch Oprah.He used Oprah to touch the world with it.Keep the faith you wonderful kind hearted people and know that because you lived…the world was touched…and God is watching us….May he lift this challenge fron you soon.If he can bring Oprah to Australia and you to her heart , for her gift to bless your life ..he can do anything.Trust and trust yourself that your life does matter and you have been heard…all over the world! Love to you all!

  28. Hi Kristian,

    Wasn’t sure ow to contact you. So will do so this way. My partner, 42, was diagnosed with stage IV bowel cancer at the end of August and was not given a good prognosis as it had extensively spread in the liver. She was on chemo for 5 sessions and showed improvement in her tumour markers, so the oncologists referred her to some surgeons at RPA to see if anything could be done. Last Friday they operated and removed 70% of her liver(which contained tumours) and the bowel tumour and she is doing really well post op. Part of her left lobe of the liver was clear of any liver mets prior to the op.

    So they are now say they have cured the cancer. She will go back on chemo just to be sure any small mets that weren’t seen are treated but things are looking really good. Yeh, I’m not sure of your situation but just as an option as they said this is a very new operation they were doing.

    You can contact me on the e-mail provided and i can give you my details to contact for info if you want. But I know what it’s like trying to look for any options for cure.

    Hope all is going well with your treatment and if you have any questions feel free to contact me.

    Sorry I couldn’t find a better way to contact you.


  29. Just read about your blessing from Oprah! Made my day to hear that you have touched her life and in return she has touched yours.

    Matthew 6:33
    But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousnes, and all these things shall be given unto you.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Kris.

    Michelle in NZ

  30. The Lord provides! Rest in Him and His goodness. Thank you Oprah. Praying for our friends! Bill & Kari

  31. Kristian, I don’t know you and I’ve never met you but first your video to your wife moved me to tears and then your video and appearance at Oprah had me choking up. And to be honest, I’m not really the crying type! I’m so glad that you, your amazing wife and your beautiful children can now fight this battle together, without financial stress. I want you to know that complete strangers are rooting for you and wish you all the very best. You may not realise it, but you’re inspirational. Stay strong and go smash that disease! Have a wonderful Xmas.

  32. I so hope that you are healing every day and that we hear some great news from you soon. We are all thinking about you and hope the best.

  33. hi. sometimes we meet people for a reason, i believe this. we have many things in commen 1. the love for my husband . 2 . my husband and i our favorite video is love actually i think because” we get it” 3. we both have 2 beautiful children 4. cancer ,it has struck down on my little princess on her 4th birthday. so yes thats what we have in common the important part is how i came across you. I was looking for the song “marry me” on you tube because i just recentley fell in love with it. and there was you and your video to your wife. ( i even posted it on my facebook page)you sent my heart leaping reminding me of the love my husband and i also have been so luckey to have found but in the last 13 months of fighting cancer with our daughter we havent had time for. seeing your children in the video reminded me of how precious they are and again you lifted my spirits to allow me to sit back and look at my own 2 kids and be able to enjoy them. i have spent the last 13 months with my stomach in nots in and out of the hospital watching my innocent 4 year old have so much intense chemo, wathching my husband who is a dr struggle with not being able to fix this for her and us, and watching my son who is 3 be left behind with babysitters and family members as i travel 2 hours each week for her treatments. your blog is amazing i hope you make it into a book. your words are so touching you provide the light with the dark many people cant do that. i just want you and your family to know that my family in ontario canada is now also praying for yours, please keep blogging . our daugter has leaukemia . please pray for us too. im a terrible writter and speller sorry but i just needed to connect with you.

  34. merry christmas, hope u and your family are ok!!!

  35. It is Christmas Eve in Australia now and I have been checking your web page, I am hoping that no new is good news. I wish you and your family and very Merry Christmas and a miricle for the New Year. Stay strong.

    Best Regards from Vancouver Island, Canada

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