Tuesday, July 24, 2012

He's Here!

Stephen Gilliatt Anderson was born today on his Dad's 31st birthday, measuring 21 inches and weighing 8 lbs. 




The labor was long, which made it a bit frustrating, but not too bad as far as pain. Relatively speaking :) 


We had agreed all along to name the baby after dad if it was born on this exact birthday. Not only do they share a birthday, but they were also born at almost the same time of day (only 15 minutes off!).


We chose the middle name after the main character in "Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo, the book my husband was reading out loud to me during the marathon labor. 


After the birth, my midwife and her students not only cleaned the entire house and kitchen, but also stayed to frost the birthday cake, and join us for dinner. 


We are all well, I just feel tired from the usual blood loss. Many thanks for the congratulations, prayers, and well-wishes. More details to come when I get a chance to write the birth story.

48 comments:

  1. Again, CONGRATULATIONS! And a very Happy Birthday Pastor Anderson!

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  2. Congratulations on you little boy! He is so sweet! How precious that dad and baby share there birthday!

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  3. Congratulations! He's beautiful! What a birthday gift!

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  4. Congrats! As an aside I'd love to know the stories behind the other kids names sometime. I love baby names and how they are chosen.

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  5. Congrats. He's soooo beautiful and perfect!!! You are BLESSED! So glad everything went well. What a special treat that he was born on your husbands bday. Love his name and how you chose it :)
    Congrats again!

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  6. That's such a great birthday present ! The new baby boy looks super cute and the other children look very happy ! I love Solomon's smile.

    Congratulations especially to you, and to the family !

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  7. Congratulations and many blessings!

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  8. Praise the Lord for this wonderful blessing! Congratulations!! Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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  9. Congratulations.
    Welcome to the world Stephen and happy birthday to Dad!

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  10. Congratulations and thanks to God for the safe arrival of Stephen. Praying for a speedy recovery for you from labour.
    Love Lucy

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  11. Congratulations! So glad everything went well. Did you have another name picked out if it didn't happen on that day (remembering your post a few weeks back with the hints)?

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  12. Congratulations!!! That is so wonderful how Dad and Baby share the birthday. Pray you are feeling better quickly - and can get lots of rest.
    Blessings,
    Patti

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  13. Thank you for sharing photos! He's darling! And the picture of Solomon with Stephan, you can just see the joy radiating from him!
    I'm looking forward to reading the birth story when you get to it but for now rest and enjoy your new baby!

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  14. Oh!! This just made my day, CONGRATULATIONS!! How exciting. That is so neat a son on his bday named after him.I pray for a quick recovery for you. Can't wait to hear the birth story! Sigh...I am still very pregnant.

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  15. Congratulations on such a special gift. :) We are rejoicing with you on the safe arrival of little Stephen. To God be the glory great things He hath done. We look forward to your birth story.

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  16. Congratulations to you and your family on your bouncing baby boy!!

    I wish you a quick recovery.

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  17. another beautiful Anderson. Congrats to you and Pastor Anderson both.

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  18. God gives the best birthday gifts :)!! Congratulations to you all :).

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  19. Congratulations! He's beautiful! Hope you feel better soon. :)

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  20. Oh this post made me tear up! I'm so happy for your entire family! I'm sure Pastor Anderson was so excited to have him born on his birthday. I'm also very excited to hear the birth story but take your time and get some rest mommy!

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  21. Congrats on the birth of your precious son. Take care of yourself and enjoy the newest member of your family. Clare

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  22. Congratulations! He is so beautiful. Thank you again for sharing with us as always you are in our prayers.

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  23. Congratulations! I hadn't checked your blog in a while and I thought to myself "I bet she had that baby!" Lo and behold - there he is!! He looks so alert, too!

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  24. Congratulations! What a wonderful blessing!

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  25. He's so sweet! Congratulations!

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  26. That's a great birthday present. Happy birthday to both Stephens!

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  27. Congratulations and praise the Lord! He is precious.

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  28. Congratulations on your beautiful new son.He's another precious gift from God.

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  29. Congratulations Mrs. Anderson!!! How exciting! :D

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  30. Oh my goodness, he is beautiful! Truly fearfully and wonderfully made. Congratulations and blessings to the entire family!
    Deb

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  31. Oh wonderful!!! That is so exciting!!! You went early. He is precious and beautiful. How fun to share b-day!!!! I am about ready here too. SO happy for you all. COngratulations and enjoy. Get rest and don't over-do!!! Much Love to you all.

    THe Argons

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  32. Congratulations!!! He is beautiful! What a wonderful birthday present!

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  33. Congratulations! He is such a doll!

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  34. Congratulations!!! I was so happy when I pulled up your blog and saw that precious baby boy. Can't wait to hear the birth story!

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  35. Congratulations! Glad all is well. :)

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  36. Wow - congratulations! I wasn't expecting to see this just yet...What a precious miracle every child is, and really, I know it's such a cliche, but time really flies. I started reading your blog not long before Anna was born and remember your birth story with her...Hope there were no scares with this one!!! Can't believe she's already a year and a half!

    Also, I have to know what you're going to do now that you have two kids whose name starts with "S." I thought you had a strict policy of not sharing first letters of the names :-)

    Looking forward to the birth story once you get some rest!!! Enjoy your growing family.

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  37. L & Family from AustraliaJuly 26, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    He is beautiful, congratulations.

    I am very much looking forward to reading your birth story. How involved were to older kids? I'd love to hear their perspectives.

    Wishing Stephen a life of joy.

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  38. Congratulations!!!What a gorgeous little boy.I am so happy for you guys! God has blessed you richly.

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  39. Congratulations, I am very happy for you and your family at the birth of your new son :o)

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  40. Congratulations!!! So happy for you! He is precious!

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  41. Great that the birth turned out fine, I was a bit worried and prayed quite a lot during the last weeks, hoping everything would turn out good. So many children! I can't even imagine how it must be with 7 kids. I can remember Annas birthstory and can't believe time has passed so quick. Wishing you a good recovery and your energies to kick in quick so that you can cope with this additional bundle of joy.

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  42. Congratulations to all of you!!! Can't wait for the birth story...no rush though. Enjoy your baby because it goes soooooooooooo fast! :) Blessings!

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  43. He is absolutely adorable! CONGRATS!! I am so happy for you. I love the name as well. Can't wait for the birth story :-) Thanks for allowing us to be part of your lives!

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  44. Congratulations!!!!

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  45. Congratulations on you little boy! Love his name.

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  46. I'll just yell this cross country: CONGRATULATIONS!!

    I was just sneaking on before going to bed when I found out the big news! How wonderful: every child is God's hope for a more beautiful world.

    I have the same question as The_Canuck in my search for a guess! I think you'll have to go with "G" unless you think of naming...hm...too late for me to think clock-time and early-to think for you baby-time, but Gabriel or...surely Grace is a biblical name? ;)

    Well, I came to say I was praying for your labour and your little one, now I can just say for you and for little Stephen Gilliatt and his lovely brothers and sisters.

    As they say here: Never in my pea pickinist dreams would he be born on his Daddy's birthday! (Are the sparklers for Stephen?)

    Also, (erase if you may, Zsuzsanna) THERE is your answer, anon from 'why do you call your husband your husband?' Because now its her husband's and her child's! (Though I note the spelling difference, Stephen's and Steven's mail-carriers thank you ;)

    May God bless new Mom, new Dad, and the spectacular seven!

    Mindy

    P.S. I was coming here to give you some heat/pregnancy encouragement: an article about an Olympian that was 8 months pregnant(yes, that's 8, not a typo)

    http://news.yahoo.com/pregnant-olympic-shooter-medal-may-heartbeat-away-182230642.html?esi=1

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  47. Congrats zsuzsa!!! glad all is well.
    -Ashley McMurray

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