Sunday, December 19, 2010

In Love

I'm in love for the second time in my life.


In love with precious little feet.





And a sweet rosy mouth.





And fuzzy little baby ears.





And tiny hands (with Daddy's fingernails!).





And precious sleepy eyes.





Oh yes, I'm in love!


Little did we think that our precious one -- who was due to arrive on Christmas Eve (and that was ten days earlier than his original due date) -- would surprise us by arriving over a week "early." So little did we think this, we were convinced that the first six or seven hours of labor were just Braxton Hicks.

I am so grateful to God for a safe, healthy, and natural delivery -- only two and a half hours of labor in the hospital, the other 9-or-so hours at home. I had hoped and prayed for a natural, drug-free birth, but I knew that whatever happened would be God's plan. I am so grateful that He granted me that desire! Thanks to my indescribably wonderful husband, relaxed OB, and a handful of fabulous labor and delivery nurses, the whole experience was such a blessing. And at the end of it, we were handed a 7 lb. 4 oz. bundle of wonder and joy.

So here we are, safely home, enjoying our firstborn son and trying to catch up on sleep!

God is so good.

51 comments :

  1. Congratulations! He's absolutely adorable, Shannon! :-) What a blessing from heaven! I would like to know though, what's his name?

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  2. Many, many congratulations from a long-time lurker (first time commenter)!

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  3. Oh PTL! I have been wondering about you! What a blessing to have him arrive safe and sound! A natural birth is such a beautiful thing! Hope you have fast healing! :o) Enjoy the moments my dear they pass so quickly! :o)

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  4. So handsome! Congratulations!

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  5. congrats!!! he is so cute

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  6. Congratulations, Shannon! What a precious gift!

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  7. He is beautiful and wonderful and I am so happy that you are safely delivered! Congratulations!!!

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  8. Oh, I was so not expecting to see this post yet!!!! Congratulations to you and may God bless this sweet boy mightily!

    What a wonderful Christmas gift :-)

    Lots of love,
    Sommer

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  9. Congratulations!!! What a joy!! He is so precious!!! What a blessing from the Lord. Yes, we serve a mighty and always-good God!!!

    Love,
    Luci

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  10. Congratulations Shannon!!! What an exquisite Christmas gift! Your son is beautiful!

    Can't wait to find out his name!

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  11. Praising God, with you, for this precious gift, and praying that you will know His enabling, peace and joy in the days and years ahead as you watch your son grow and learn all that you will teach him. The fun is just beginning!

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  12. Congratulations!!! We are so excited for you!!
    Blessings,
    Lauren and Mrs. Hope

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  13. Oh what a beautiful grandson we have! I am so grateful that we got to hold Precious One just hours after his birth! Praise God for His favor and we look forward to making lots of memories with him and his parents too! Incredible photography!

    Mum

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  14. My biggest congratulations! He's adorable!!!

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  15. Awww, congratulations! May the Lord bless you immensely as new parents!
    Many Blessings,
    Grace
    gracesgardenwalk.blogspot.com

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  16. Oh, what a wonderful blessing! Babies are such a delight, even when they come with sleepless nights and hair-pulling days! Enjoy this precious time - it passes all too fast! :)

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  17. Congratulations Shannon! I hope you are able to rest at this busy time of year and enjoy your new son. Every blessing xxxxx

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  18. So excited to see your new gorgeous little son and to hear that all went well! Praying that the Lord will bless you both as you raise your son in the Lord!
    Many blessings,
    Abbie

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  19. Congratulations!!!! I'm so excited that you got an early Christmas present! The "in love" feeling only gets more profound - especially when he can smile at you! <3

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  20. Congratulations from another first-time commenter! :)

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  21. Oh I knew it!! :) All weekend I was wondering, but was so busy sewing I didn't get on the computer at all! Congratulations dear, what a handsome little man! And those "baby chubs" are SO sweet!! I to am excited to learn his name. :)

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  22. Oh Shanon! Blessings my dear one! He is soo cute and adorable! :D I was thinking of you just the other day and trying to remember when your due date was. ;) HeHe! So glad things went well and just the way you wanted them. :) I am soo happy for you my dear and for your hubbie too. Enjoy resting and holding your new little one! :D

    Love and Hugs! God Bless and Merry Christmas!
    ~Rachel~

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  23. congrats Shannon! May the Lord continue to bless you and your family in this time immensely! What a wonderful blessing of a beatiful boy!

    In Christ,
    rebecca

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  24. Shannon, I am so happy for you! Thanks for letting us know of the birth of your precious son! What a great Christmas present from God. :) He is adorable and sweet.

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  25. Congratulations Shannon! He is absolutely beautiful. : ) What an amazing Christmas blessing. May the LORD bless you and your fmaily!

    In Jesus,
    Sarah

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  26. Congratulations! Those pictures are absolutely beautiful.

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  27. Congratulations, Shannon (and Pablo!)!!!

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  28. Congratulations! He's a precious baby...so adorable!

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  29. Congratulations! He is beautiful! I could almost envy you for having an adorable baby to cuddle – what a lovely early Christmas present!

    Blessings,
    Anna

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  30. I can't wait to see him, Shannon! He looks so precious!

    Love,
    Jane Ellen

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  31. Congratulations, Shannon!!! What a precious gift from the Lord! May the Lord bless your little one abundantly! What is your precious one's name?

    Blessings!
    Elizabeth

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  32. Congratulations Shannon and Pablo!!!! He's adorable!!!

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  33. Congratulations!!! He is so cute, and how adorable with all that sweet, dark hair!! =) You are so blessed!

    -Carrie

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  34. AAAAAAAHHHHH! You had him! You had him! I've been checking several days a week wondering when it was going to happen! CONGRATS! He is adorable! Thank you for posting pictures, I love pics of newborns. :)

    ~Vicki

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  35. Congratulations!! What a precious Christmas gift!

    May you have a joyous Christmas to remember.

    Mrs. Cote

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  36. Shannon, I'm SO happy for you! Take a good care of you and congratulations!!!!

    Anne-Julie

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  37. What a sweet bundle of joy, just in time for Christmas! So happy for you!!

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  38. Congratulations!!! I've been readng your blog for about a year now, but I just havnen't ever commented. Your little one is so handsome!
    -Ashton

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  39. Congratulations! Glad it was a non-eventful labor an delivery! May the LORD bless you and your family this Christmas!
    Wendy

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  40. Congratulations!!! What a precious and adorable little boy!! I'm happy to hear that everything went so well! What a wonderful Christmas present! And I must say I'm very curious to hear what his name is going to be... :)

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  41. Was it the 19th or the 18th? My first sister was born fourteen years ago on the 18th of December. I was only four and a half, but I remember getting the news!

    Merry Christmas!

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  42. Dear Shannon, congratulations on motherhood. Fuzzy baby ear are the best, are they not? I am so glad everything went well for you and God blessed you with the beautiful birth you desired.
    I'm so happy for you,
    Hannah

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  43. Congratulations! He is so precious! What a joy!

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  44. Thank you all so much for your sweet comments! We are loving our early Christmas present :-)

    Alas, I must disappoint those of you who are eager to know his name -- Pablo and I have decided that we don't want to publish it on the Internet, so he'll be going under an "alias." So sorry!

    I'm simply overwhelmed by your thoughtful words and encouragement! Thank you!

    Blessings,
    Shannon

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  45. Praise God!! What a wonderful blessing!!! Congratulations!!!!!! Beautiful, beautiful baby!

    Betsy

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  46. HE is so precious and cute and squishy. Congrats to you both! Enjoy every minute of him, they grow so fast. My oldest of seven is 12 already! *sigh*

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  47. He is precious, Shannon! Sweet hugs for that little man coming your way!

    -Laura Lee

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  48. Congratulations to you both! What a sweet, handsome young man.

    Enjoy God's blessing!

    Carol.....you need to let those of us at the S&S know you had him. ;)

    Carol

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  49. Congratulations!! What a beautiful baby!

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