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The Third!

I knew a few days in advance that we’d meet baby S, named after his Daddy and his Daddy’s Daddy, on Thursday so I had plenty of time to prepare. Mom kept me updated and I headed out as planned. Still, birth is unpredictable, even when it’s planned! And things quickly went from manageable to very painful for Mom! I knew she was holding off on the epidural for my arrival and I hurried to get there quickly.

Mom is such a beautiful, joyful spirit. When I met her, I just fell in love with her amazing attitude. She radiated love for her little boy. I don’t know what I was expecting (except that I know how well I would handle the level of pain she was in) but I should not have been surprised to see Mom breathing through each contraction, relaxing through them, riding the wave like a pro and filling the room with her smiles and laughter in between. I was so impressed!

Soon enough (although probably none too soon for Mom!) pain relief arrived and the atmosphere at this birth could be described as nothing less than a party! This Mom and Dad are blessed to be supported by a huge family network and they all arrived to wait out baby S’s arrival. It’s easy to see where these two get their good nature and fabulous personalities! The family partied for hours in the waiting room full of hope and excitement. They drifted in and out of Mom’s room, visiting when it felt appropriate and letting her rest when she needed it. A baby has never been so completely (and literally!) surrounded by the love of an extended family at birth, I don’t think! It was beautiful.

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This is about half of those who were present!

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Caught 'owling' in the waiting room!

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Everyone signed a gift for baby S!

The hours ticked by and Mom made progress but baby S was growing weary and was ready to be born via cesarean birth. Not the outcome they were hoping for, Mom and Dad didn’t let this news bring them down for long. They’re great attitudes pulled them through and onward they went to meet their sweet baby boy!

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Off to the OR!

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Waiting with camera ready to meet his son!

Soon enough, Daddy was rolling baby S down the hall to meet his anxious family! There were many tears shed – I will skip posting those photos for to protect the innocent:)

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Heeeere comes baby!

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There's a baby in there, somewhere!

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All but two of these folks were part of S's family, watching S. perform in the nursery :)

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Much loved, joyfully welcomed!

 

I’m so proud of this family for rolling with the punches and taking life moment by moment. Their attitude is an attitude many people can learn from and one that will serve them well as parents – now that life will never be predictable again:)Congrats to the family – and the extended family! And welcome to the world, baby S., a blessing and a gift to the world!

 

 

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