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Friday, May 18, 2012

Ellen Cecilia

It's a girl!

Our daughter Nell arrived on Tuesday, May 15, at 8:17 pm.  She weighed 8 pounds even, and measured 19.5 inches long.

She was born perfectly pink and with a full head of dark hair.  

Her Mom cried with relief and joy.  Her Dad cut her umbilical cord.

We named her Ellen, which means "light," and Cecilia, after the patron saint of musicians and church music.

We thanked God for her.

And we went home the next afternoon as a family of three.

My dear friend Story was with us, too, from Sunday afternoon through Thursday afternoon.  She was invaluable in her support and encouragement as a friend, her experience and knowledge as a nurse midwife, and the way she took care of us so well in the days after Nell's birth.

{Story's six-month-old daughter Mercy was there for all of it, too!}

We now spend all our time baby-gazing around here, certain that no baby has ever been more beautiful.

No other baby in the world has ever yawned so hugely, or sneezed so cutely, or hiccuped so charmingly, or rested her chin on her hand in that particularly adorable manner.

We're so glad to have our daughter Nell, and already we can't imagine our lives without her.


  1. Grandma11:18 AM

    Welcome, Nell! We're so glad you're here! And I get to meet you in just 16 hours!

  2. I just sobbed seeing this (preggo hormones are WILD over here)! Oh goodness.... congrats on your perfect baby girl!!!

  3. Wow! Congratulations, she's beautiful!

  4. yay! Are you going to post a birth story?

  5. Congratulations, Sarah! What a beautiful name for your beautiful girl!

  6. She's beautiful!! And I love her name and her lovely dark hair too. Thanks so much for posting the pictures!

  7. Love these first pictures of you all as a family! Thanks for sharing. We are so excited for you :)

  8. Congratulations! She is beautiful!

  9. Wow! Congratulations! She is absolutely wonderful, so cute, so perfect. I love her already! You all look great. Good job mom.

  10. I'm one of those annoying people who already needs more up-to-date photos. I can't imagine what you're doing over there that you can't provide up-to-the-minute coverage!

  11. Congratulations, Sarah!!
    I am so excited for all of you. Ellen is one lucky girl to have you and Nathan for parents. She is absolutely beautiful!

  12. You're right-- she IS a gorgeous baby! Well done you two!! That picture of her looking at Nathan is just about the most precious thing ever. Thank you for sharing these pictures, and welcome to the world, little Nell! Hope all is going well and that you are resting comfortably!

  13. Anonymous9:37 PM

    I have to keep looking at these photos. Nell is so adorable! Hope she had a great one week birthday. Miss you all.