7.22.2013

July 16th

Our son has arrived. I went into labor last Monday at dawn. He was born 36 hours later; Tuesday evening. He was born at the hospital, not at home as we planned. But he arrived in blessedly good health and without the use of any drugs or interventions. 

We have named him Leland. Which means he of the meadowland,  which I think is rather apt.

He is so achingly sweet and we are so devastatingly humbled by our love for him.


75 comments:

  1. Oh my, congratulations to you and your husband -- and what a long labor that was! A very very beautiful trio you three already are :)

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  2. I just got home from vacation and first thing I did home when I turned on the computer was checking your blog. No news. Then i went to my blog reader to discover that you had just posted this in the same minute.

    I am very happy for you three - congratulations!

    I hope you have a quick recovery and a great time knowing each other. Enjou!!

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  3. Congratulations Kate and Nick! What wonderful news and what a beautiful baby boy. What a beautiful name too. I'd been anxiously checking your blog every day to hear the news. Many good wishes from Cornell.

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  4. Congratulations Kate! Wishing you all the best as you settle in as a family of three.

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  5. Many congratulations from Woodstock, Oxfordshire xx

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  6. wishing you a big congrats on all the amazing hard beautiful rich work you did you grow and birth your baby!! be proud of this. care for yourself. nurture yourself in these days. your family looks healthy and happy. what a thrilling time!! love to all three!!

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  7. Kate, this made me tear up and I don't actually know you! I am a long time blog follower, and I am so happy to see you arrive to this stage in your life. Congratulations to you and your sweet, sweet family. So glad everyone is happy and healthy!

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  8. Hooooray!! Congratulations, what a beautiful thing.

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  9. Congratulations! He is beautiful and you look fantastic! I love the name also....:) You have just entered into the greatest years of your life...:)

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  10. Congrats! My son's name is Leland also. It's a good strong name. What a blessing a joy he will be to your family.

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  11. Wonderful news!! Congratulations to all three of you. :-)

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  12. Wishing you happiness and good health! Congratulations, and welcome to the world little Leland.

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  13. Congratulations on your beautiful little man. Wonderful name. :)

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  14. Congratulations and welcome to the world little Leland :)
    I'm so happy to know that you are all well!
    Lots of love from France,

    SL

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  15. Congratulations from Ventura, California xoox

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  16. Welcome Leland-what a gorgeous family picture. I've been checking like I'm related to you!! Happy to know that your sweet babe is here

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  17. I love it! Love his name! I kept checking back...had a feeling... Happy for you guys!

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  18. Congratulations :-))) and all the best for your baby xxx

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  19. so happy for you! Beautiful name.

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  20. Welcome baby Leland, and congratulations Mama and Papa!!!!!!!!

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  21. Oh, so happy for all of you. I was getting tired of looking at baby pigs so I'm so glad to see a real baby! Looking forward to watching him grow. Blessings to you all.

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  22. Checked my Blogger and squealed as soon as I saw this post. Congratulations to your little family! Love the name!

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  23. Congrats! Love the name, my son is named Leland as well after my grandfather.

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  24. Congratulations on your new addition! Savor every moment and don't forget to smell his little head every chance you get (go ahead, do it...if you haven't already...baby head smells like magic)!

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  25. Congratulations! What a beautiful name :)

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  26. I totally teared up reading this post and couldn't help but remember the lyrics from the 10,000 Maniacs song:

    These are days, you'll remember
    Never before and never since, I promise
    Will the whole world be warm as this and as you feel it
    You'll know it's true that you are blessed and lucky
    It's true that you are touched by something
    That will grow and bloom in you.

    He is just perfect. Everyday will be a new adventure. Have fun getting to know your sweet boy. Much love from Dickerson, Maryland.

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  27. Congrats with your new Blessing!

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  28. Congratulations Kate and Nick! So happy for you both!

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  29. Congratulations. What a perfect little family you look and his name is just so right.

    Wishing him the farmers blessing - a long life with folks that will always be there for him, land to nurture and sunshine shining on his crops and animals.

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  30. Félicitations!
    besos from Paris:)

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  31. Congratulations! What a beautiful, beautiful picture! Can't wait to hear more about Leland via your blog... I'm wishing you a peaceful time to get to know him and find your rhythm as a family of three!

    Fine

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  32. Congratulations!!! Very happy for you!

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  33. Congratulations!!! So happy that your son is here safe and sound!!! You three make a beautiful family!!!
    I look forward to watching Leland growing up on your blog... What a blessing...

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  34. Congratulations, so happy for you!
    Love from sweden/
    finafrun.se

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  35. Congratulations ! I'm so happy for you ! I wish you a happy and peaceful family life !
    delphine andre

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  36. Congratulations! From a long time lurker in Australia

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  37. Congrats! He is beautiful. Blogland is so odd, a place where you read about other peoples lives and sometimes feel like you are part of it. Just the other day my sister (she reads your blog too) and I were talking about you and guessing your silence meant baby had arrived. Wishing all the best.

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  38. Congratulations on the birth of your son! Raising little boys is so much fun. I hope you are able to relax and enjoy this very special and all too brief time. Best wishes to you and your family from Massachusetts-

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  39. Yay congratulations. I think I was more excited waiting for this news than waiting for the Royal baby yesterday. Well done to you both, he looks lovely.

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

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  40. What a wonderful blessing! I love how his name is so fitting. Prayers to y'all as a family.

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  41. Congratulations! I've loved reading your story, farm, babies....what a fun and crazy adventure. :) Enjoy!

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  42. What a beautiful blessing!! My first labor was also 36 hours, like your, but my second was just 2! (Just in case you decide to have another some day.)
    I love the name you have given him,enjoy.

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  43. Congratulations! Can't wait to hear about all your adventures together!

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  44. Congratulations for your little cute Mister!

    Love Gisela
    xox

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  45. Hurray!!! I love the name you chose!

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  46. congratulations. and what a lovely name for your son.

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  47. Congratulations from Oregon!

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  48. Congratulations to you all x

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  49. congratulations! how wonderful!

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  50. Congratulations, so happy for you!
    Katerina ff
    Greece

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  51. You 3 look so wonderfully happy! So much joy and love is sure to follow. Congratulations to you both.

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  52. So lovely, congratulations!

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  53. I've been waiting for this post! I love the picture you chose to use for the blog announcement. He is wonderful, congratulations! His name is perfect, too. Enjoy these crazy-hazy-beautiful newborn days!

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  54. Nice work Mama! Enjoy all that sweet cuddle time and smells. And good luck with breastfeeding! It can be challenging at first, but there are many amazing people to help if you need it. Welcome to the wonderful world of motherhood.

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  55. Nice work Mama! Enjoy all that sweet cuddle time and smells. And good luck with breastfeeding! It can be challenging at first, but there are many amazing people to help if you need it. Welcome to the wonderful world of motherhood.

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  56. congratulations! glad everyone is happy and healthy, and you look so beautiful together like that!

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  57. Congratulations, I am, so happy for you <3

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  58. Congratulations!!! welcome to Leland!

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  59. Congratulations Kate! You all look so happy :)

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  60. Congratulations! He is perfect and you look wonderful!

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  61. So many congratulations to you and yours!

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  62. WOnderful news and photo- congrats and happy parenting ;)

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  63. beau petit garcon! felicitation!!!je vous souhaites beaucoup de bonheur

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  64. Congrats! I'd love to hear your birth story, should you reach a point where you feel like sharing it :)

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  65. Beautiful, all of you. Thanks for sharing.

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  66. Beautiful, Beautiful, congratulations! A wonderful name and a beautiful home, I look forward to reading more stories about your farm and family.

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