{pretty, happy, funny, real} ~ new baby edition!

by | Dec 23, 2011 | Precious Moments: 07, Pregnancy | 27 comments

Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life.

Since I announced this pregnancy in a {pretty, happy, funny, real} post, I thought it would be fun to share a few more pictures of our little guy’s birth for this week’s post.  

I was out looking for some pretty red ornaments to add to our Christmas tree this past Sunday afternoon when the first really strong contractions hit while at the store.   They weren’t very frequent, but by the time we were praying our family rosary I thought it might be a good idea to go to the hospital to be checked.   Captain took this picture in front of our tree at about 9pm on December 18th, just before we headed to hospital. 


After a very long night (I was only at 3cm when I arrived to the hospital and had only progressed to 6cm by 4am), our sweet little guy arrived (very quickly) at 5:02 am.   At 4:45 the doctor suggested that I try and take a na, since I probably had at least a couple more hours.  I asked if she really thought it would really be that much longer.   She checked and sure enough I was at 9cm.  The next contraction made 9 1/2, and the following I was at 10.  One more contraction later he was born.  I did have to stop pushing for a few seconds so she could unwrap the cord from his neck, but it was that quick!  Hubby took this picture just after they handed him to me.  I was very happy to have the delivery behind me and to be holding our healthy baby boy! 

December 19th

December 20th

December 21st

I had hoped that I would be able to come home the following day, but due to the group b strep, I needed to stay at the hospital for 48 hours.  It was really a blessing since this recovery has been one of the hardest, even if the delivery was one of the easiest.  In my case the recoveries really do get harder each time…  However, I did enjoy the wonderful room service! 😉 

“Bye, bye hospital!”

First visits from very excited older siblings, and our first family picture.  
Just try and overlook the fact that my girls need their hair done and I look like I haven’t slept in 36+ hours for some reason! 😉

Visit Like Mother, Like Daughter for more pictures of contentment!

P.S. Kelly in WI, please send me an email so I can get you your prize for winning our Baby Pool! Congratulations!!


  1. Sarah

    These all made me smile 🙂 Thank you for sharing some of your first days with us. Precious. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!

  2. Christina

    Congratulations! Is truly a beautiful baby! Wishing you and your family a Blessed Christmas! Thanks for your blog! I love following it and get so many great ideas from it. It's my favorite!

  3. Lena

    Prayers for a blessed & joyfilled Christmas with your newest edition.

    I love the pic that your DH took of you and baby–true beauty!

    Pax Christi,

  4. Kimberly Lottman

    He is just BEAUTIFUL, Jessica. He looks very alert! :0) I am sure you are glad to be back at home with your family, and especially for Christmas.

  5. Janice Nelson

    Congratulations! Your family looks like mine – when we had 6 kids, it was a tie (3 boys, 3 girls) but we had a girl to break the tie, not a boy like you. I'm expecting my 8th next month, and it's another girl! So happy to see such a beautiful family, and I'm thankful that baby and you are healthy!

  6. Nicole

    Beautiful pictures! Baby's beautiful, family looks happy, and you look great even though you were up so long. 🙂 That dinner looked like 5 stars. I don't remember one of my trays ever looking that good! Rest and have a wonderful Christmas.

  7. missy

    What beautiful pictures..thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

  8. Lori N from MN

    Merry Christmas!! Beautiful pictures of your wonderful family, and congratulations!!!

    Prayers for a blessed Christmas Season.

    Joy to the World and Joy to You!!

  9. CeAnne

    Congrats again, a beautiful family and many blessings from God you have! It will be a very blessed Christmas for sure!

  10. Anonymous

    Many congratulations to all the family! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. What a delightful gift your little man is!

    May you have a blessed Christmastide and a prosperous New Year,

    Marion & family

  11. Sara

    You definitely look like you're in labor in that top picture—but still very pretty. And you look fantastic in that 2nd picture! Perfect shot of a new mother. Merry Christmas, Jessica—I'm so happy for you and your family.

  12. penelope

    Beautiful! Thank you so much for taking a little time to share! Congratulations again and have a Blessed Christmas!

  13. Leila

    Well, let me just say that you look FABULOUS in all of those pictures. And everyone's girls look like they should have had their hair brushed in the coming home photos — wonder why?? 🙂
    The baby is so beautiful! Congratulations!
    Merry Christmas!

  14. fadfd

    Love it!

    Have a Merry Christmas!

  15. Mom2Seven

    Oh, I smiled all through this post! I think your girls look adorable a little mussed up! All nine of you are gorgeous!!

    Merry Christmas! Annita +JMJ+

  16. Grace

    Congratulations to all of you! He's a beautiful baby boy, and I love his name.:) Christmas Blessings from our home to yours…Our Field of Little Flowers.

  17. Kelly

    OMGoodness!!!! Love the family pics! And you and your daughters are gorgeous even when not at your most "put together". 🙂 That one with your little guy with his hand up saying good-bye is SO cute. Love, love, love.

  18. Patty

    So precious! Congratulations. What a beautiful Christmas gift he is 🙂

  19. Cathy

    Wonderful pics – Thanks for sharing. And, by the way, you are entirely too gorgeous after hours of labor 🙂 Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas ~

  20. Erin

    beautiful baby boy!! and wow, i want that kind of hospital food next time i'm in a hospital… that actually looks really yummy!!

  21. Marianne

    So precious! He is adorable, just like all your children. Congratulations and blessings for Christmas and the New Year!

  22. Vallimasoos

    CONGRATULATIONS!!You have such a beautiful family!

  23. mel

    Merry Christmas, you look beautiful dah-ling. 🙂 Love the pics. We are expecting a baby in May, your pics have been fun for us all to see!

  24. Karla in MN

    I love all of the pictures, thank you SO much for sharing! He is so adorable and I am so happy for you all. Have a very Blessed and Merry Christmas!

  25. sarah

    Oh wow what a wonderful Christmas present! Congratulations! I received a new nephew for Christmas. 🙂

  26. Anonymous

    you are all so beautiful and seeing these pictures just makes me so happy for you. May 2012 bring you much joy, blessings from a reader in Europe


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