May I Introduce You?


We're so so happy to share with you our newest blessing!


Introducing our sweet Benedict Raphael
"Blessed Healing of God"
Born Friday evening May 22 at 8:08 p.m.
7 pounds 1 ounce, 19 inches

Footling breech vaginally birthed (no, really).  

This whole pregnancy I had a different feeling about this birth.  I couldn't place my finger on it so we just planned as best we could for normal but I guess there really was something to that.

We ended up birthing at the hospital after finding out the day before that he had unexpectedly flipped breech.  It's a pretty crazy whirlwind of a story infused with God's grace and provision and heaps of His peace.  We arrived at the hospital at 7:54 and he was born at 8:08.  I'll share the whole story soon, I hope!  We were able to be home by the next afternoon and are trying to soak up this precious time.  The older brothers are in love.  

Thank you so very much for all the love and prayers.  What could have been a very scary situation was just saturated with His goodness and I know much of that is due to all of your sweet prayers (as well as the expertise and care of my amazing midwife, her assistant, and several other wonderful people).  I didn't forget to pray for you, too.

For now, we nurse and rest and nurse and gaze and nurse and change and nurse and eat and nurse and snuggle and nurse...










37 comments

  1. Congratulations!! And vaginal footling breech...can't wait to read that story!!!

    He is beautiful! I love the name,

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  2. Congratulations!!! He is so handsome. And yes, it is totally appropriate that a doula have a story like this to tell over and over again. I am very much looking forward to the details. :)

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  3. Yay, congratulations!!! I saw the hospital blanket in the picture and thought "Hmmm... Did they end up at the hospital?" So excited to read the story!

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  4. He is beautiful, just like all your other boys! Congratulations on his birth :)

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  6. Oh well done! What beautiful pictures of all the children and looking forward to hearing the story. Congratulations!

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  7. He is perfect. Looking forward to his birth story. Enjoy your nursing and resting!! Welcome to the big world Benedict.

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  8. Congratulations, Mary! How lovely! And what a birth that must have been!

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  9. So happy for all of you!!! He's so beautiful and I love his name!

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  10. So happy for all of you!!! He's so beautiful and I love his name!

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  11. Sii Benedetto!!

    Looks like someone was really keen on making the difference!!!

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  12. Congrats! What a beautiful boy and a beautiful name! Glad you are all safe and sound.

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  13. Oh my goodness! Congratulations! Another handsome boy!!!! :-)

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  14. Congratulations!! He's so beautiful! I love the name, too! So happy for you all! Looking forward to hearing about your birth story. Enjoy this sweet family bonding time together.

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  15. he's gorgeous, and I love his name! (And I'm so glad it all went well!)

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  16. Congratulations! He is darling. And his brothers look over-the-moon! I hope you recovery quickly.

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  17. Congratulations!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the name!!!! Have had both names on my lists. Oh my a footling breech!! Praise Be to the Lord that all went well, and 15 min at the hospital! Imagining you were in heavy labour travelling too, oh my.

    Look forward to hearing your story, for now snuggle and love. Congratulations and love xxxxx

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  18. Beautiful baby! Can't wait for the full story. Congratulations! God bless your family.

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  19. How exciting for you all! Glad to hear it all worked out!

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  20. Congratulations! I'm looking forward to the details . . .

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  21. He is beautiful. And wow - I can't wait to hear the rest of the story.

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  22. Yay! I wondered if baby was here. :). Congratulations! And im with everybody else - I can't wait to hear the story

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  23. Yay! I wondered if baby was here. :). Congratulations! And im with everybody else - I can't wait to hear the story

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  24. Congratulations, Mary! He is beautiful!!

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  25. Congratulations!!! Deo Gratias!!!
    He's so beautiful, and I lovelovelove his beautiful name!!! I'm so happy for all of you! God bless your growing, blessed happy band of brothers!! Love the brother shots!

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  26. He is beautiful! Many congrats and blessings!

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  27. Congratulations on your newest boy! Can't wait to read his story!

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  28. Glory to God! Benedict is absolutely precious. He's so blessed to be born into a family with 4 sweet big brothers to love him. I bet they are thrilled! I can't wait to hear this amazing birth story. Enjoy your newborn bonding time :)

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  29. Wow!!! I guess Ben had to make sure his life started out with a bang! I can't wait to hear how it all happened, glad it worked out ok! He's a doll :)

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  30. Love the name and Benedict is adorable!! Patiently waiting for that birth story...:)

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  31. Wow, wow and wow! God is good---all the time! Deo gratias and congratulations on the birth of your beautiful son. I'm just back in town after having the privilege of attending the priestly ordination of 8 young men, Dominica fathers, at the church of St. Dominic in Washington, D.C.---on May 22! If you have a Dominican parish nearby perhaps one day Benjamin Raphael will meet one of them (-: That day was also the anniversary of my baptism, so a special day for me, and I'm certain St. Rita was interceding for you all! Continued prayers and God bless! (As a hospital nurse, sure hope your unanticipated hospital stay was a good one!)

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  32. Congratulations!! He is perfect!

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