Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Special Delivery

At long last, he's here -- this little love of ours, this long awaited baby boy. Our ray of sunshine after the storm





Sixteen days early, just like his sister. But the biggest of our babies at 7 lb 13 oz and 21 1/2 inches. He is sweet and kissable, and oh! that newborn smell!

There are so many things I am grateful for -- a straightforward, 5 hour labor; a wonderful labor and delivery nurse and my laid back OBGYN; a husband who can make me laugh through contractions (him, watching the contraction monitor: "Wow, that's a big one!" As if I needed to be informed...); a natural, complication-free birth; and most of all, a healthy baby.

He is adored by his siblings (and his parents!), and has settled in to our family beautifully -- i.e., he can sleep through Little Man and Rosa's rabble rousing. Hopefully that will last past the newborn stage!




I marvel at this tiny life that God has entrusted to our care. So much healing, so much joy in such a tiny package. 

And now we finish packing up our worldly goods (of which there are too many, despite my extensive decluttering!). My efforts to "take it easy" in the middle of our first big move are not entirely successful, despite my husband's selfless care and constant reminders to not overdo it. Fortunately, this has been my swiftest recovery thus far. Still, I think the long drive will actually be a rest after this week's busy-ness! Thank goodness our newest addition is very happy in his car seat... so far. Speaking of that new addition, I'm thinking he'll go by "Laddie" in this little Internet space of mine. 

Thank you ever so much, those of you who have prayed with and for us over the past year and more -- when we count our blessings, we count you! 


28 comments:

  1. Minnesotan Gal3/10/2015 12:02 PM

    Congratulations!! :)

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  2. Congratulations!! Babies are so sweet!

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    1. Thank you, Diane! And I certainly agree. :-)

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  3. Congrats!!! I'm so happy for you guys. And I have to agree with your OBGYN being wonderfully laid back. What a precious gift from God.

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    1. Thank you, Hannah! We are certainly not taking this gift for granted.

      Blessings,
      Shannon

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  4. Oh, Shannon! I'm so happy for you and your sweet family! What precious little fingers and toes! I'm so glad everything went well with the labor and birth. Praise the Lord! I remember moving when Lavinia was a month old; it was certainly a challenge but God gave me the strength! I know He will do the same for you! Much love, Laura

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    1. Laura,

      Thank you for your sweet words and encouragement! You are so right about God giving strength where it's needed -- I know He always does, but it's especially apparent when I'm aware of just how much I need it.

      Blessings,
      Shannon

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  5. So glad for your new blessing! May God give you the grace to bring this one up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord as your others. I am thankful for His mercy!

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    1. Thank you! I pray that this little fellow will one day be a mighty man of God.

      Blessings,
      Shannon

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  6. Congratulations Shannon! So happy for you! -Alyssa

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  7. So, so adorable. Very happy for you all. God bless you in your move!

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    1. Thank you, Laura Elizabeth! We're a bit smitten. :-)

      Blessings,
      Shannon

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  8. So sweet!! Congrats! :)

    New life entering this world is always a joyous blessing. My sister and her husband are expecting a baby girl soon. Can't wait for my first little niece after two nephews.

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    1. Thank you! You must be so excited to have a niece coming soon -- I hope all goes well for your sister!

      Blessings,
      Shannon

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  9. I am so happy for you Shannon!! So grateful to hear that the LORD blessed you with a good delivery. I love the photos of your sweet little one. I pray that your move will go smoothly. May the LORD bless and keep you and your family!!

    -Sarah

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! Our plans kind of hinged on "no complications," so I'm especially grateful that everything went smoothly. We appreciate the prayers and well wishes!

      Blessings,
      Shannon

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  10. How wonderful! Congratulations! Wishing you all lots of love, luck and happiness.
    Also wishing you well on your drive to your new home. Packing up can be tiring and
    stressful. Though all of the hard work paid off with a new baby and new home.
    Are you also moving your furniture with you? I have a friend who married a naval
    Officer and their new home was furnished.
    Good luck and happy travel!
    Irene

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    1. Thank you so much, Irene! I'm trying to soak up this newborn stage -- it lasts such a short time! I've been packing for over a month now (started with our books, since there was no way we'd need them all before our move!), so at least some of it was already done. It is a bit tiring, but I think the end is in sight. I know it will all get done, at any rate! :-) We are taking our furniture, though we're leaving behind many of our "temporary/newlywed" pieces.

      Thank you again for your kind words!

      Blessings,
      Shannon

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  11. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! I'm glad everything went well with your labor and delivery. He is precious. Thanks for keeping us posted. :)

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  12. Thank you, Jen! :-)

    Blessings,
    Shannon

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  13. I've been away from the internets and just saw this. Congratulations!!!! I'm so happy for you and your family.

    God bless and keep you always,
    Yucchi

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    1. Thank you, Yucchi! We are definitely enjoying our new addition! :-)

      Blessings,
      Shannon

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  14. Congratulations! And good to hear that you've made your big move - hope you settle in well :-) xx

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    1. Thank you, Rachel! We are indeed settling in well -- just a few boxes to go (though there's still a fair bit of organizing to do :-). We love our new home!

      Blessings,
      Shannon

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  15. Congratulations, Shannon! I'm late to the party, but I pop in every so often to catch up. :)
    I'm thankful to hear all has gone well and healing has taken place. I am delighted to see all your lovely projects you have been working on, they are an inspiration to me!

    We just had our 3rd grandson and I'm back to sewing little people clothing, along with maternity and nursing. I enjoy very much viewing all your creations.

    Blessings to you,

    Carol

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    1. Carol,

      It was so lovely to hear from you! Thank you for your kind words! It seems an age since we first "met" on the Sense and Sensibility forums -- Olivia has grown up so much since then. :-)

      Congrats on the new grandson! It's always lovely having little ones to sew for.

      Thanks again for stopping by!

      Blessings,
      Shannon

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