Monday, January 19, 2009

The arrival of little Miss T

I have just finished nursing my little one, and since both she and my husband are now asleep, I thought it's a good time to write a few words about our dear daughter's arrival. Those of you who might not be interested in birth stories (like the occassional gentleman) are welcome to skip this.

I woke up in the middle of the night between Tuesday and Wednesday with pretty intense regular contractions which were already five minutes apart, so we got dressed, ate quickly and drove to the hospital we decided on earlier. We both wondered whether we should stay home for a while longer, but since it was our first time around we decided not to take a chance.

To my disappointment, I was told I'm only 1.5 cm dilated and we were sent to take a walk and come back after two hours. I progressed to 3 cm, but then we were stuck. After 3, 4, 5 hours there was still no progress, and I also began to feel my contractions becoming weaker. The doctors began pressuring me to induce, the main idea behind which was, "why not? It's about time!"

We said we're going to watch and wait, thank you very much, and left. We were both pretty sure that it's the stress of an unfamiliar environment and the mental pressure of "not being on schedule" that's halting the progress. By this point we had a sleepless night behind us and were much too tired to go home. I was exhausted, and gladly agreed to stay with my in-laws, who live nearby, and rest.

Throughout the evening, my contractions began picking up strength again, and this time we weren't in such a hurry to leave the quiet and privacy of our room. We prayed together, and around midnight, my waters broke, which meant it's time to go. Since we were a bit disappointed in the first hospital, and had one nearer, we thought we'd just try there. I'm so very happy we did.

I was relieved to hear I progressed to 5 cm, and was sent into delivery room immediately. The entire birth was guided by a wonderful certified nurse/midwife. The only time a doctor came in to see me was to draw some blood and offer an epidural, which I declined. I walked around a lot and breathed through each contraction. I couldn't put my prayers into words, but my husband recited psalms to me the entire time, and I drew the letters of the Lord's name in my mind's eye. I also took long warm showers, which did wonders to help me relax. From time to time, I was requested to do monitoring, which I was able to do while using the birthing ball - something I never did before, and was pleasantly surprised to learn how simple and helpful it is.

After three or four hours, I began to be concerned because despite what I expected, my contractions didn't intensify. I wondered how long I can keep going - but then an examination showed we're already at 9 cm! I was thrilled and continued walking and jumping up and down on the birthing ball. Less than an hour later, I went into the shower again, and at that moment I felt as though I need to push. The painful contractions I felt earlier were gone. I was told to come out immediately, and another check showed what I already knew - I was fully dilated, and ready to welcome the baby.

For the first time, I climbed up onto the bed, and believe it or not, fell asleep for a few minutes. After two sleepless nights, I'm sure you understand. I conserved my strength and only pushed when I felt the need to. It took less than an hour from that point until I finally had our sweet, beautiful, precious, long awaited child in my arms. I have no words to describe that moment. I couldn't believe it, but there she was, our beloved baby. It was Thursday, 5:55 in the morning.

Giving birth to little Miss T was a glorious, wonderful experience, which taught me that my body was made for this and can do this. I'm so very, very, very thrilled we let the baby take her time and went through this without any interventions or drugs. The simplest things, such as warm water and sincere prayer, were most helpful. No, it wasn't painless, and yes, it was hard work, but I knew that each moment is bringing me closer to holding my baby, and I'd go through it all again in a heartbeat.

We returned home yesterday, and it's wonderful to be back. Thank you for all your kind wishes and congratulations.

And what about the name? We still haven't officially decided on that one, but I will certainly let you know when we do.

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Rina said...

Wow, Anna, that's incredible! Mazal Tov! I am SO excited and happy for you! Your little girl is just precious, thank you for sharing her with us. CONGRATULATIONS and God bless you!

Laura H. said...

Let me be one of the first to congradulate you on your new daughter. God bless you!

Laura Hines

Kate said...

Oh! It sounds so wonderful! It makes me excited to have another! I am one of those weird people who enjoys labor, simply because of the reward!
Congrats, May the Lord bless you abundantly!

Thia said...

She is absolutely beautiful! Many congratulations. What a wonderful birth as well.

Original L said...

How cool! Congratulations. I just discovered your blog a few days ago and what a thrill to hear about the new baby.

Jessica said...

Congratulations!!! I was praying for you this week and am glad to hear that everything went well!
God bless,

Lauren Christine said...

I am so happy to hear your story!! What an encouragement. I am four months pregnant, and it seems all I hear are stories of medical interventions. What a blessing to hear yours!! And your daughter is a beautiful blessing from God!

AnneK said...

Aww! She is so adorable!!! It was nice to read your birth story and it was a blessing indeed that everything went well. Take care and enjoy your little one.

Brianna said...

Your daughter is beautiful, and this is the most lovely and peaceful birth story I've ever read (and I've read a lot!). Your faith and joy in the Lord and your child shine through. I'm infertile (but am adopting) and I enjoy being able to share a little in the experience of birth by reading about other womens' experiences. Thanks for sharing.

Bonnie said...

She is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations again! You and baby get some rest and enjoy each other in these first wonderful days together. Thanks for the update and the picture!

Tereza said...

what a beautiful birth story!
enjoy your new bundle of joy!
My baby is 6m and a delight!

Dani said...

What a wonderful birth story. So glad your little one made it and is healthy. Enjoy her to the fullest!

Emily G. said...

Anna, your daughter is BEAUTIFUL! You must be so in love. Thanks so much for sharing your story and her photo. The birth sounded wonderful. I hope my own experience (any day now!) will be as good.

~Emily

Rhonda Jean said...

Awww Anna, she is so beautiful. My warmest congratulations to you and Yitzhak on her birth.

Jody said...

She's so beautiful!!!! Congratulations. Sounds like you did a wonderful job and had a good experience with her birth.
May God continue to bless you all!

Rebekka said...

Congratulations! She's so beautiful!

Jan Hatchett said...

Oh Anna!
Blessings upon blessings for your growing family! Please always follow your maternal instincts. As you learned during labor and delivery, they will serve you well!

I must admit a small twinge of jealousy at seeing your perfect little girl. I have two boys (who I adore) but would love a daughter as well. Perhaps God will provide.
Jan

Leigh said...

Anna, I am so happy for you!!!!!! Thank you for sharing your story of your precious daughter's birth. I can't wait to hear more about her as she grows.

Leigh

jms said...

Anna, she's beautiful--mazel tov!

Elusive Wapiti said...

Midwives rule. My youngest wapiti was delivered by a nurse midwife; she was way better than either of the MDs that delivered my first two children by the PEW.

And congrats about not using drugs. As a former medic, I can tell you that one drug intervention leads to another. Simply letting God's engineering work the way it's supposed to is superior IMHO to any chemical meddling that we humans may devise.

Cute picture. Congratulations again Mrs Anna! I'm happy for and proud of you!

Lanita said...

Oh, Anna, Miss T is sooooooo beautiful!! I could almost smell her baby smells in the photo. I would love to be able to cuddle that little one. I know you are enjoying her and will never be able to look at her enough.

Naomi Rebecca said...

Beautiful birth story. :)

Thank you for taking the time to share. She's a gorgeous little girl.

Evelyn said...

Congratulations - she is beautiful!!

Charli said...

Oh my gosh she's absolutely beautiful! Congratulations! xx

S. Belle said...

Congratulations again, Anna. I'm so happy for you. I'm glad that you held strong and waited for your baby to come, and not succumb to pressure to induce.

I wish I had had your strength when I had my first. I wish I had been more patient and had the strength to wait to have a vaginal birth like I so wanted.

Thank you for sharing your story.

Fruit of her hands said...

Anna and Family~ Your daughter is just beautiful...I loved reading your story. How precious for your husband to be be praying Psalms over you. I am so happy for all of you. Glad to hear that you are home and enjoying your new addition to your family.
Blessings,Joann

Untypically Jia said...

Oh Anna she's beautiful! Looks so much like her Mother! Peaceful looking and sweet. So happy for you all!

elena rulli said...

Congratulations, she's the sweetest baby I've ever seen!!! I wish you and your precious family love and happiness!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog! Each of your posts is inspiring and interesting. I am so happy for you and your husband. Your daughter is so beautiful!

Marianne said...

She is just perfect! Congratulations to you and your family, Mrs. Anna.

Rachel said...

Congratulations! She is so lovely, in that pink new baby way...that makes one want to pick them up and smell the warm sweetness of that fuzzy wee baby head.. :-)

I am grateful that you were able to have a relatively intervention free delivery. And while it might be in vain for the moment, I do hope that you will be able to catch up on your sleep sometime soon.

Snuggle wee one for us!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Anna!
What a beautiful baby girl! Perhaps you will humor us with a family picture so that we can see if she looks more like you or your husband?!? What a beautiful story.
Congratulations,
Bethany

Heather said...

Anna~ Congratulations to you and your Husband on your new family. Your daughter is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! I am so glad that your labor and delivery went smoothly and that you and your daughter and both safe.

Anna said...

She's gorgeous! She looks so much like you! Congratulations!!!!

Susan B said...

Dear Anna,
How exciting for you! She is so beautiful!! Thank you for sharing her picture, and her birth story. It sounds as if the second hospital really met your needs.
My oldest daughter was delivered by a wonderful nurse/midwife all those years ago. Both my daughters were born naturally (without any kind of medication). I'm so glad that everything went well for you. Congratulations to you and your husband!!

Sasha said...

Your girl is so beautiful!She looks just like you and your husband together!!!So sweet!!!I'm very happy for you and today I cried from happiness again and I began to think about having our own children!

Lily Among Thorns said...

oh my she is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations on your sweet little baby girl! Such a wonderful birth story too. Congrats again!

may said...

Congratulations and welcome to the lovely little Miss T! I wish you and your family all the happiness in the world.

Shannon said...

She is just beautiful! Such a blessing!
Welcome to the world little Miss T!

Susan said...

What a sweet baby girl you have; she's beautiful.
I am happy to hear all went well.
Now, go and get some rest too.

Alycia said...

She is beautiful, Anna, and you did a spectacular job! I loved reading your birth story, and I highly recommend buying a birth ball to have around the house. I wouldn't dream of laboring without one (I home birth), and it is divine to sit on one during the last couple of months of pregnancy. Many blessings to your sweet little family!

Civilla said...

Your little girl is so pretty, and I'm glad that your birthing experience was a postitive one.

Gombojav Tribe said...

*high-five*

Good job, Mama! I knew you could do it!!!!

Can't wait to see more picture and hear her name!!

Love and Blessings,
Daja

The Editrix said...

She is so beautiful, just like her mother! I can really see the resemblance between the two of you! :-)

I'm so glad to hear the birth went well.

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. T! Enjoy the first few days with your precious daughter - even though you must both be exhausted! :D I always feel that the first days with a newborn are incredibly special - this priceless gift, straight from God's hands. . .

She is gorgeous, and I'm so excited and happy for you and all of your family - you must all be so thrilled! :-)

Rebecca Grider said...

Obviously your patience and your serenity helped, she looks so peaceful and relaxed. Most newborns look a little "squishy" and red; Little Miss T looks perfect. My best to you and your family.

Sharon said...

She is SO sweet and cute! Congratulations again!

a woman found said...

What a beautiful birth story!!! Awesome!

Glad to hear you each are doing well.

Sheila

Emma said...

Such a beautiful precious girl! Congratulations to you both and God bless!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Anna!!!! She is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! And your birth story is beautiful! So glad that you chose to keep to a natural birth...isn't it so rewarding?!
Would you mind sharing how big and long the baby is?? ;-)

God bless!
Samantha

Katy said...

She is so very beautiful, she looks so like you! I'm glad you were able to have such a good birthing experience. Congratulations to you both.

Terry said...

Oh my goodness Anna! She's just beautiful! Congratulations!

Love,

Terry

A Dose of Joy said...

What a lovely baby, congratulations, Anna.

Shannon said...

Hi Anna,
How about Magda? You said once that you wanted to name a daughter after your grandmother? It is a unique name! Again, Congratulations!

Kaitlyn said...

What a pretty baby! Congratulations and my God bless your growing family.

Ways of Zion said...

Mazel Tov, how wonderful and blessed you are! So happy to hear of her safe arrival.

Just so thrilled to hear!

All things bright and beautiful... said...

Anna - I am so pleased for you - I hope you don't mind- I included you in our church's morning prayer this morning - we gave thanks for a safe delivery.
God bless.

Miriam said...

Mazal Tov!!! She is *so* beautiful! Best wishes for you and your family.

Ruth said...

Thank you for sharing your Birth Story with us. I know it might not be to everyones taste but I thought it was an inspiring story of strength, support and full reliance on the Lord. How wonderful that you had a completely natural birth without interventions or drugs.

A single woman myself, (and I sincerely wish to, God willing, have a husband and children one day) I find many women tell me gruesome horror stories of births almost in an attempt to put me off. I know labour is not easy or at times, uncomplicated but I found your story inspiring and beautiful for concentrating on the wonderful result of giving birth. Too many times do women look back bitterly at the pain, regretting their sacrifice. They seem to forget the best thing about all this - at the end of the day you get to take home a darling baby!

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

She's beautiful!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Welcome to the world, Little Miss T!

Many blessings to your precious new family...

Kim said...

Oh wow, she is absolutely beautiful and looks so healthy!! What a wonderful birth story too. Congratulations!! :)

Ann'Re @ Home said...

Isn't God so good? She is lovely! Thanks for sharing your wonderful birth story. God bless and continue to grow your little family!

Sabrina in Ky said...

What a precious blessing! I have prayed for you all week, so glad to know everything is going well.
Sabrina in Ky

Tracy said...

Anna! She's gorgeous! She has your mouth, I think. You must be so overwhelmed with joy at this moment. Congratulations!

Erin said...

Anna, she is beautiful. Many, many blessings on you, Yitzhak, and little miss T!

Jaime said...

what a wonderful story!! i'm so glad you were able to have the birth you hoped for!!

she is absolutely beautiful!! can't wait to hear her name! :)

The Bitten Apple said...

She is so beautiful! Congratulations, Anna!

Rose said...

How sweet Miss T is. Take care of yourself Anna. Rose

thecurryseven said...

Coming out of lurkdom to say, Congratulations!!!! Your baby girl is beautiful. And good for you for not letting the hospital talk you into to what you didn't want.

Serena said...

Oh my goodness, she could not be any cuter! She is absolutely adorable!!!!!!!

Your birth story is wonderful! I found that warm water and prayer were what got me through labor, too. And, when it was time to push, I probably could have taken a mini-nap, too. It's amazing how the pain just leaves at that point.

Congratulations, many times over! God bless you!

Canadian said...

What a beautiful little girl! You must be so happy.

Anonymous said...

She is beautiful!! Congratulations to you and your husband.


Teri

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Mrs and Mr T!!! What a beautiful baby she is!

Anna

Blue Castle said...

Congratulations! She's really a very beautiful baby. I'm so glad you had such a good birthing experience. Good job following your instincts and standing up for the birth you wanted to have. God bless you and I hope you get plenty of rest. :)

Jenny said...

Anna, she looks jut like you! She is beautiful. Well done.

Courtney said...

CONGRATS!! She is one of the best looking babies ive seen yet.

Miss Serenity said...

Wow!!! Congratulations, Mrs. T! I've been reading your blog off and on since you first posted about being pregnant, and am so exited to hear your joyful news! Praise God!

Serenity

Amber said...

CONGRATS Mr. and Mrs. T! You have a very pretty and precious daughter there. May she grow to be a woman after Gods heart. May he give you wisdom and guidance to raise her for the Lord. Children are such a blessing.!Go take a nap! Get all the rest you can and enjoy these special days!

Amber

Everly Pleasant said...

It's unbelievable, after watching and waiting for so long, to see her in a picture- a real baby asleep in pajamas!
Congratulations again. She's beautiful! I can't wait to hear her name.
Everly

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful birth! congratulations on everything! I can't wait to learn her name.

Shannon

Alysa said...

Oh Anna, she is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing that. I'm sitting here, almost in tears. Thank you so much for sharing such a positive outlook in childbirth.

May the Lord always bless you and your little one!

HisBeloved said...

Congratulations! My own daughter was born on a Thursday, almost exactly a year ago. Blessings and enjoy your time with your new little one. :D

Sue said...

She is absolutely beautiful -- so feminine! Your birth story is one of the most peaceful I have ever heard (read). Thank you for sharing that with all of us.

mumblingmonkey said...

Welcome beautiful Miss T!
She reminds me a lot of you in looks, Anna, based on your pictures. :)

pearlsoftruth said...

Thank you for sharing a photo of your beautiful baby girl.

And, it was a perfect birth story. You stuck by your guns, and it paid off... your husband must be so proud of you, also.

Have you changed your mind on the name? You mentioned earlier that you and Mr T had one picked out from the start of your pregnancy...

In any case, I know you will chose the name just right for little Miss T!

I look forward to many posts about the joys of your parenthood...

Amanda
(Aust).

Sherry said...

She is gorgeous! Such a blessing! I'm so glad you were able to give natural birth without any medical intervention. God bless the midwives!

Elisabeth said...

She's beautiful, Anna! She looks like you. :)

Sommer said...

This is my first time to your blog. I would love to give congratulations on the birth of your dear little one! She is beautiful!

May the Lord bless you and yours!

Blessings,
Sommer

J in VA said...

What a beautiful story !!

Out Back said...

Congratulations on the safe arrival of your sweet baby girl. She looks absolutely gorgeous.

Tania

Kristin said...

Congrats! She is so precious :)

Kacie said...

Beautiful! I'm so glad you had a good birth experience. You did it! Hooray!

I hope you and your little family are doing well.

shanie81 said...

she is stunning. congratulations!

Samaria said...

Ooohhh! She is sooo beautiful! Congratulations to you and your DH; you two made such a gorgeous little girl.

Anonymous said...

Anna, your daughter is simply precious! You must be over-joyed!

Jen in OK

Elizabeth Joy said...

Wonderful! Just like it is supposed to happen. I'm so happy for you and your husband and sweet baby. Enjoy every precious moment.

löthianne said...

Congratulations Anna!! She is so beautiful!! Blessings!

Liz said...

Congratulations!! She is absolutely perfect!!!!

Lady M said...

A collective cry of "oooo, she is soooo cute" went up from my children and I!

I am so glad to hear that labor and delivery went well (I concur with the warm water - worked beautifully on my back labor with my oldest!).

She is simply beautiful!

Congratulations!

Mrs. Parunak said...

Wonderful birth story! It is SO GREAT that you and your husband did not push things but let your baby come in the Lord's timing.

And what a precious, beautiful reward at the end! Congratulations!

lady jane said...

Little MissT is breathtakingly beautiful.

Sweet blessings and tender embraces,
Jane

Anonymous said...

She is one of the most beautiful babies I have EVER seen-besides my own 4;)
God's wonderful blesing to you and thankyou for all the encouragemnet you write!!
SO glad to hear the birth went smoothly and natural!!

Carol said...

Thank you for sharing the picture of your precious daughter and the story of her birth. She is beautiful.

Mrs. Lindblom said...

Congratulations! She is BEAUTIFUL!

Amanda said...

Congrats to you and your husband! She is gorgeous!

TheRetroHousewife said...

Anna

She is just gorgeous! I'm glad that labor wasn't all of the horror stories you've heard about the last nine months!

Jenny

Tiffany said...

She's beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your story!

Tiffany

motherofmany said...

She's scruptious. ;)

Angela said...

Congratulations on your little blessing. She is absolutely beautiful.

Michelle said...

OH! Anna - she is absolutely beautiful!
Congratulations : )

colourdujour said...

She's beautiful and how blessed she is to have you and your husband as her parents.

Andrea said...

Such a tiny treasure!

I see a lot of babies in the run of a day, and I am just marvelling at how exquisitely well-defined Miss T's little features are. Not that chubby chipmunk cheeks aren't precious too (and I am sure hers will come along soon enough!) but I find it's so fascinating to see the little person looking out from that perfect wee face!

I am so glad that your birth experience was what you had been hoping for, Anna. I am just rejoicing with you right now-- what an incomparable little delight she must be to both of you. Many blessings on your beautiful family :)

Miss Rose Virginia said...

Oh, she is just beautiful! I've heard that about doctors in certain hospitals who want to hurry things along. It's so sad. But I'm glad you found a hospital that was more in tune to your needs.

God bless your new little baby, and good luck with name-choosing!

Neuropoet said...

She's just beautiful, Anna... I'm in awe... Congratulations to all of you - I would love to see a picture of the three of you as a family -- or maybe even one with your mom and grandma - get all the generations in there!! I can't wait to hear what you decide for a name... she deserves a special one! :) She is blessed to have you for a mommy...

Thank you for sharing your birth story - it brought back memories of my youngest's birth - I had a midwife too, and it was a wonderful experience... I would love it if God blessed me with another birth experience someday...

Peace to you all - your little girl is the picture of peace in this photo...
~Jenny

Beth said...

Little Miss T. is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us about her birth. Please be sure to take good care of yourself, too!

Kari said...

Congratulations - she's absolutely beautiful!

Kristin-Homemaker@Heart said...

oh, she is beautiful and looks so peaceful!
Congrats!

Tracey McBride said...

God Bless you and your beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your miracle with all of us.
Warmly,
Tracey

Serenity Now said...

oh, she's so perfect! Congratulations to you all, what a wonderful time. I get teary just thinking about it :) Enjoy every single moment!

Ewokgirl said...

She's lovely. Again, congratulations!

Anonymous said...

She's beautiful !! Congratulations !!

Sincerely
Cristina

Rachele said...

Dear Anna,

I'm am so happy for you. Reading the stories of your life this past year and a half or so has been so exciting. Your birth story is beautiful and shows that the resolve to carry the Lord's peace in your heart carried you and baby safely through labor. Congratulations to you and your husband on the birth of your firstborn!

Peace,
Rachele

Ace said...

Oh Enjoy her and take in that sweet newborn smell, they only have it for a short time.

I am so glad all went well!

What a great husband!

AND SHE IS BEAUTIFUL Just like her Mama!

Many Blessings :)
Ace

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I've been praying for you since I read one of your articles on Ladies Against Feminism. Since your husband was reading Psalms to you during labor, how about the name Selah for you little one?

KLS

Kelli said...

Congratulations to you and your husband! What a beautiful and precious new baby!
~Kelli

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. & Mrs. T,
Your daughter is lovely! CONGRATULATIONS. Isn't the Lord wonderful in providentially providing a 2nd, more hospitable hospital!!?!!May the blessings of the fruit of your womb be many, and healthy, and grow up to love and honor God.
Blessings,
~Evelyn Mae

Anonymous said...

Mazal Tov!

She is such a little beauty! All my best wishes and prayers for you at this time!

Erin

Anonymous said...

What a precious girl! Once again congrats to you and your husband. You have been truly blessed.

Anonymous said...

I do not have a blog but I read yours often--congratulations!! She is so beautiful and may God bless you all in the new extended family!--Ramona

Lara Gisela said...

Many congratulations Anna! Beautiful story and she is adorable. May God bless your family.
Lara

Sarah K said...

Many congratulations, she is beautiful and looks wonderfully snug and cuddly. Thank you for sharing your birth story with us.

Ivy in the Kitchen said...

I'm a long time follower and first time commmenter of your blog. I just wanted to say congratulations! Your daughter is so beautiful and I wish the best for you and your family!

-Ms. H

MamaF said...

She is so precious ! Such a blessing and a joy !
Again my best and sincere wishes.
Flavia

Nea said...

congratulations, mother :)!

I didn't have time to read the birth story yet, but your little princess is so cute. Lucky you.

Elizabeth said...

Anna! *Hug!* Your daughter is BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for sharing the story of her birth and a picture of her - sweet and precious as she is!

caro said...

She is so sweet!! Congratulations!! Blessings

Jen S. said...

What a peaceful and beautiful entry to the world your daughter had, I'm so glad for her and you that you did decline the induction and took your time. Your story was beautiful. Congratulations and blssing to you and your family.

KTHunter said...

She is so very beautiful. Congratulations!

CappuccinoLife said...

Congratulations!! She is lovely!

I am so, so happy to read such a beautiful, wonderful birth story.

Buffy said...

I was wondering if she had officially joined you! Many congratulations, she looks lovely.

Your birth story is very interesting and I am sure is also reassuring for anyone contemplating giving birth for the first time.

It sounds like your husband was a brick throughout too.

Looking forward to hearing more about your new family.

Bailey said...

I'm so happy for you!! What a sweet, precious little baby.

MamaOlive said...

What a beautiful birth story! Congratulations.

Holly said...

What a beautiful daughter you have been blessed with. Thank you for sharing pictures and your wonderful story, it is such an encouragement.

Mary said...

Dear Anna and Yitzhak,
Congratulations on the birth of your dear little girl. Thanks, Anna for sharing your birth story (I'm so glad that it went well. I've been praying for you. )and for posting a photo. She has such a sweet little face and I know that you are both marveling at this beautiful gift from God.Be blessed as your enjoy these precious moments with her.

Blessings,

Mary

Newberry Gal said...

Blessings to you and your family. My daughter just turned one year.

Emile said...

Dear Anna,

I am sooo happy to hear that you had the wonderful & peaceful birth that you wanted! Your daughter is beautiful - Congratulations!!

Emile

Susan said...

What a precious little darling! May the Lord bless you, your husband, and little Miss T!

Walters Inc said...

Congratulations! She looks so delightful and beautiful! What a blessing. Great work using the birthing ball, those are a wonderful tool!

Penny McK said...

Congratulations to you and your husband! Children are an heritage of the Lord! She is beautiful. I am sure that you are basking in the precious joys of being a mother. Cherish those first four weeks. They lose the 'newborn' look after the first month, and then they don't seem quite so helpless. (From the mother of five joys who are now all grown).

Mrs. Leslie G said...

Mazel Tov, Mrs. Anna T. and Mr T.!! She is so beautiful. Seeing her soft smooth skin brings back such wonderful memeories of my beloved daughters. Cherish every moment, as it really does go fast. Try to keep nursing as long as you can (for a few years if possible), it's Hashem's way of giving Ima (and baby) relaxation time, and not doing too much. Thank you for sharing your life with us all over the world! Mrs. G

Coffee Catholic said...

HOW WONDERFUL!! And what a sweet little girl you have!

I'm so glad that your birth was straightforward and you didn't need drugs.

I'd type more but I have a baby in one arm hahaha! GOD BLESS!

Lillian the Ponderer said...

Oh, your daughter is just beautiful, congratulations once again.

Lynette said...

Congratulations on the birth of your daughter, Anna! She's beautiful! May the Lord bless your family :)

Anna Naomi said...

She looks so sweet and peaceful! Congratulations on the birth of your darling baby girl! Enjoy her. =)

Wilde Family said...

Anna,

I was happy to read your birth story. i gave birth to our fifth child -also a girl two months ago and my birth experience seemed to be similar to yours. it is lovely to have supportive husbands and peaceful births in the midst of the hard work of labour. Your little girl is such a beauty. Our family rejoices with yours over such a blessing.

Anonymous said...

Anna,
She is beautiful! Congratulations!
Ruthie from California

xoxo, Chloe said...

She is beautiful!

Julia said...

Congratulations!!! She is very pretty, especially for a newborn baby.

Lydia said...

What a beautiful little miss!

Katie S. said...

Oh, Anna she's soooo beautiful!! Thank you for shareing the story of the birth of your sweet little princess! I can't wait to find out what her name is! ((((hugs))))

tales_from_the_crib said...

Congratulations, again, Anna. She's got such lovely coloring and hair, my babies are/were all tending toward the "bald" end of the spectrum, so I'm always amazed by how pretty little babies with hair look.

Anonymous said...

Your daughter is so beautiful! What a radiant baby. Congratulations again for you and your entire family for this precious blessing. I hope you, Yitzhak and the baby are doing well and having fun together! Your birthing story is so calming.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

W

Tammy said...

What a perfectly lovely little baby girl! Such a sweet gift from the Lord. I am so glad the birth went well. God's blessings on each of you!

Sammy said...

Mazel Tov!

She is really, really beautiful.

Anonymous said...

She is beautiful!!! Keerp us up-dated. Keep resting!!

Renee

Tracy said...

She is adorable!! My 8 year dughter said your little on looks like a baby Sarah!! Enjoy your sweet little one!

Zoe said...

MissT is a pretty baby! I just want to hug her.

Karen said...

Wow! Congratulations! She is so beautiful! You did a great job!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you had a wonderful and safe delivery. Your little one is just beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the birth of your baby and that you got the natural birth you desired. That doesn't often happen.

Lara said...

What a beautiful blessing, Anna. And thank you for sharing you birth story--I found it to be such an encouragement in my last month of pregnancy. Enjoy these sweet days with your little one and this new little family you have become!

Anonymous said...

congrats too U and your family! I am so happy for U. Your daughter is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

She's lovely!!!! :o)

Brenda

Dragon Petals said...

She is just lovely. Congratulations.

Susie said...

She is absolutely lovely. Congrats!

Adina said...

Mazel Tov!!! May Hashem bless you and your precious family. Thanks for letting us be a part of your news.

Elijah's Mommy said...

Congratulations! Your little girl is absolutly beautiful!

I was excited to see her birthday is the same as our little boy's! Our son was born later the same day as your precious girl!

I'm glad that you and baby are doing well.

Anonymous said...

She is beautiful Anna, and she is a lucky little girl to have been born to such a lovely mummy!
God bless you both.

Anonymous said...

She is beautiful. Many, many blessings to you.
amanda

Crystal Joy said...

Dear Anna,
Thank you so much for this beautiful, encouraging blog. I am also a new wife with a baby due in June. I very much appreciate your passion for the beauty and simplicity of homekeeping, wifehood, and motherhood. This post made me cry and I'm just so proud of you even though I've never met you!
Heartfelt appreciation,
Crystal

erica said...

she is beautiful!! praise be to God, blessing to your family!

Jeannine said...

Congratulations, Anna and Mr. T! What a beautiful little girl, and what a delightful birth story. Many blessings to you and your precious little family.

Sarah Jane said...

Many, many congratulations on the birth of your little girl. She is absolutely beautiful!!! What a wonderful, beautiful blessing from our dear Father!

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I once read a quote that went something like, "Babies are proof that God wants life to go on".

She is certainly beautiful and will be such a blessing to you.

Adelaide said...

Congratulations! She's beautiful, and she looks so much like you.

Máire Bacun said...

Congratulations and many prayers for you and yours!

You probably won't have any time soon to answer this but...:
Are there any particular Jewish customs for the birth of a daughter, or for babies in general (other than the circumcision for boys)?

Has said...

Congratulations, and well done!

If you have time, I'd love your comment on whether you think it is physical activity or rest that best brings on labour. I was told that recent research suggests that being active actually slows labour, and your birth story suggests that too.

Take care, get lots of rest! Remember the rule for one's first newborn - when she sleeps, so do you!

American Maiden said...

Congratulations and may you be blessed with many more!!

Rosemary said...

Congratulations Anna! Your dear daughter is so beautiful!

Jordin said...

Congratulations, Anna and Mr. T! She is a BEAUTIFUL girl! :)

jacqueline said...

Dear Anna,
She is sooooo beautiful!!

I am sure you most be absolutely smitten with your little miss!

What a lovely babe!

Sincere blessings to you and your family!
Jacqueline

Mrs. L said...

How WONDERFUL! Congratulations to you and your family!! Take care and God Bless!:)

Mardi said...

Congratulations!!! She is beautiful!!! I am glad the delivery went well!! God is so good!!

Elim said...

As a long time lurker, first time commenter, I'd like to say a big congrats to you and your husband on the arrival of your little one. Blessings, Rebecca

Otter Mom said...

She is absolutely lovely! Congratulations and God Bless you and your family. And get some rest whenever you can, the best advice I ever got was to nap when the baby napped.

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Asia said...

congrats to you, lil one is so cute!!!

Mrs. Hart said...

There is absolutely nothing on earth to compare with a newborn baby. Seeing Miss T. brings back so many memories of my own seven newborns.

My best advice is to enjoy every moment of every day. Time truly does pass too quickly. My "baby" is now twelve years old.
Blessings!
Mrs. Hart

Jessica said...

Your baby girl is so precious and beautiful!:-) I just found out 2 days ago that we are expecting our second baby, so I really enjoyed reading your birth story. :-)

Anonymous said...

God bless you Anna! What a sweet little girl! I wish you and your husband much happiness with your BEAUTIFUL child!
-Narobi in Texas

angiejmq said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful baby! God Bless.

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