Monday, September 14, 2009

beautiful day

Our baby boy was born at 11:28 a.m. today!

Carmen's contractions began at about 3:30 a.m. She labored hard and then pushed for about 35 minutes. She was an absolute warrior: focused and strong. I am so proud of her.

Both mom and baby are doing well. We are so grateful for his health. He's slept most of the afternoon and is nursing well.

We're sleeping on his name and will joyfully announce it in the morning.

Thank you for praying for us and cheering us on. It was an absolutely beautiful day.






21 comments:

www.sixhennings.com said...

Beautiful day and a beautiful post...We love you guys and are celebrating. I am so proud of Carmen and all of you. We are looking forward to hearing his name. I know it will be perfect.

Love, Steve and Angela and kids

Anonymous said...

Wow! We love him already and are so haopy to hear this news! The Linville Family

Stephen said...

We haven't met him yet, but love him just as much as the rest of you! We pray you have a great first night together and thank God for His wonderful grace!

Niamh said...

Congrats again! He is beautiful. Well done Carmen, rest easy now.

Tami said...

Congratulations to ALL FIVE of you!! I heard the great news today, so I checked in. The pictures are all so beautiful... they seem to really tell the story.

Happy healing and resting... we'll be praying for all of you. :0)

Love,

The Grays

Auntie Angie said...

Congratulations! We can't wait to meet him. Eventhough I wasn't able to be there Carmen...my heart was with you. You are AMAZING! He is beautiful, I think he has Nathan's nose! =) We love you guys, and hope for a restful night. Peace be with you. Love, Angie,Patrick and Ethan

The Beidler's said...

Hooray! It looks like it was an amazing day. I'm so glad you got to experience it together. Congratulations on your sweet boy. Good job carm. So much love to you all.

sarah hornacek said...

a beautiful day indeed! so proud of you carmen...can't wait to hear your birth story. love you guys! he is precious!

-the hornacek family

Anonymous said...

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Such joyous news! I love you and can hardly wait to see him. I know heaven is rejoicing!
Love,
La Dona

Jennifer said...

Praise Jesus!
Welcome little man!

xoxo, The Ferraras

Cyn said...

Absolutely beautiful! Carmen just has such a grace about her. I love the pictures. I didn't realize you were home birthing, how exciting!

What an amazing day!!

little peeps said...

no words...
LOVE the pictures! Thought of you ALL day long. Can not wait to see him. Carm, you're a champ!

Lisa said...

Awesome!! Way to go Carmen! And Nate, and Sienna and Isaiah! Good job baby Oates! So happy to see a glimpse into the amazing birthing day! Love you all so much,

Lisa and the Lebo Fam

Rebecca Unfried said...

Beautiful! So glad to hear that everything went well and that baby is healthy. Looking forward to meeting baby Oates!! Love you guys! Love, Josh, Rebecca, Aaron and Jonah

Megan Webb said...

Yay! We are so excited for all of you. We will be praying that Carmen will be able to get some rest and that God will renew her strength.

-Megan and Steven

Anonymous said...

I don't know anyone who has given birth at home other than from my Mom's generation. I can only imagine the specialness of it all. A lasting beautiful experience for all of you. We are so incredibly excited for you and thank you for letting us be part of your special day. Can't wait to see him in person. Jeff and I are trying to guess his name.
Patty Christensen

Stanphill Family said...

Looks like a beautiful and peace-filled day. We are celebrating the new member of our family. Welcome little man. (I think he looks a little like Papa Ron!) Good job Carmen. Such a huge job now over. Time to enjoy. We love you guys.

Amber said...

Congratulations! He is beautiful! I am so happy for your guys and pray that as you transition into a family of five, everything goes so smoothly and God's grace and love is evident to all!

Patrick said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful baby and family! We look forward to meeting him and giving you all a big hug!

love,
Cara, Patrick and Jae

Meghan Hein said...

Congratulations Oates family on the new arrival. We're so happy for you!!!
The Heins

Anonymous said...

So glad he arrived and all safe and sound and now you are able to hold your super sweet baby boy. Good job Carmen on being on the other side. Love, love, love the pictures! Hooray for babies. Love, Bethany and the Erickson Fam.