Thursday, February 21, 2013

Welcoming Dash: A Birth Story

Well, I'm just going to start typing.  Because you have to begin somewhere.  Writing a birth story three years after writing the birth story is interesting.  My, how we change over time.  And yet really, I'm still the same girl.  The one who started dreaming of being a mama when she was barely big enough to hold a baby.  The one who held giant spaces in her heart reserved for three beautiful children, and she didn't even know it.  The one who possesed a multitude of strengths that would stretch and grow throughout the years, guiding her through challenges, pulling her toward victories, and always always pushing her towards a greater love.

First, I'll preface this by saying that writing the stories of my babies' welcomings is done freely.  I didn't reread or edit my girls' before posting, and this will follow suit.  I write.  I write and I write and I write, and whatever falls onto this screen gets published.  Love and honesty without censoring is how I like my kids' birth stories to be preserved. A bit has changed on this blog since I wrote Nella's birth story.  More readers, more hearts, more stories, more scrutiny, more perceptions, but I'd like to believe--and I do--ultimately...more love.  For our families and our children and our unique journeys.  I think that's all I have to say about that.

There are scribbles of precious unshared moments from my children's births that are hidden in baby books, and there are parts of these chapters--also precious--that I share.  It is a common thread that runs through the tapestry of motherhood--all kinds of mamas, hundreds of thousands of unique and beautiful children, miles of earth that separate us, cultures and beliefs and families that identify us--but each of our children has a story of how they were welcomed.

This is Dashel's.

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A Little Story to Begin 
Last year, Brett's Grandma Betty passed away on May 25th.  She didn't say much the last couple days before she died, but she had a few moments where she asked some interesting questions, according to Brett's dad.  "Who are the people in the mirror?" was one.  And another..."Who's the baby?" 
Brett's dad asked "What baby?," and all she replied was, "There's a baby."  A month later, we found out we were expecting.  Grandma Betty would have celebrated her 91st birthday last week, on February 13th.  She always wished she was born a day later...on Valentine's Day. 

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I felt a deep desire for this baby shortly after Nella was born.  I wanted this baby for Nella, for Lainey, for us, for a lot of reasons really.  But it didn't happen like I planned (hello life lesson #242--I think I'm finally gettin' this one).  A couple miscarriages and then crickets for almost a year--until I self-therapy'ed myself into a very good place of peace and acceptance and moving on.  I was thankful for my two girls and so very aware that we can't control a lot of things in life...but we can be happy.  If it happened, it happened.

And then we went on the best vacation of our lives last year--a road trip to Michigan where Wanderlust and Relaxation traded hands at the wheel and drove the ship together for three weeks.  I felt so presently aware of how much my family makes me happy.  Even in the car, after seven hours of driving when the girls were shot, there was us.  And for three weeks the four of us were together, walking the busy streets of Chicago, scouring Lake Michigan for smooth stones, fishing from the edge of the dock by our cottage.  I had no idea that the four of us was really five of us until I snuck into the tiny bathroom of Glenn's grocery store in Lewiston, Michigan to take a pregnancy test.  When I screamed, the four cousins who were standing outside started banging on the door. When I let them in, we tightly huddled, shared a group hug, jumped up and down and took a picture in the blurry mirror above the dirty sink.  We called the baby "Squirt" because we went back to the cottage for a toast, and among the clinks of Coors Light glass bottles, there was a tinny tap of one soda can, my Squirt.

I waited until we heard a heartbeat, until we made it through a couple of "this one's going to make it" ultrasounds before I let it sink in.  And while I thought I wanted another girl because girls are what I know, I had no idea that what I really wanted was a boy.  Sometimes you don't know you want these things until fate picks them for you.  And then you're thankful that you don't get to make all your own choices because that would be kind of selfish and boring, and you'd never get to experience your secret wants--the ones only fate knows.

A boy.  My son.

My water broke last Thursday morning.  I went in for a quick appointment to check on everything and was sent straight to the hospital with nothing but my purse.  That's what Heidis are for.  They pick up husbands and baby bags and cameras and everything you need for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. 

I spent an hour alone in the birth room before anyone arrived.  We chose a different hospital for this birth--a half hour away and close to the Isles of Capri.  I loved the peaceful environment, the view, and that calm hour I spent alone with the comforting sound of my boy's heart, transmitted in a constant stream of ba-bum, ba-bum, ba-bum from the monitors strapped around my very large middle.  I wasn't nervous or scared or anxious, just present. 

One of my favorite things from all my births?  The warming bed--the tiny diaper and bulb syringe and stretchy striped hat that's laid out for my baby--the one who's still inside me.  There's always this gripping moment of reality when I see those three items.  They represent the transformation that's about to happen--that the baby I've dreamed of and felt move and imagined holding is moments away from being real, from being placed in that diaper and dressed in that hat and placed in my arms.  That realization has made me cry for all three births.  "Send me a picture of the empty crib," my sister texted.  It's important, that moment.

Brett and Heidi arrived along with a little surprise--Nella came too.  I got to hug her as my baby one last time before Brett ran her home to his mom for a nap.

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And then several hours of this incredibly significant time.  Baby prepares, Mama prepares.  Our room felt full of love--music and candles, favorite things from home, stories with friends and my husband who was very nervous and cautious.  I didn't realize until after Dash was born just how nervous he was this time. 

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Heidi feng shui'ed as Heidi does.  I ate popsicles.  Brett paced the room and constantly asked everyone if they needed anything. 

And the pain increased.  "Tell me if you want an epidural," the nurses said, and I made note of the fact that they estimated half an hour for the anesthesiologist's arrival.  I knew I'd probably want one eventually--I had one with the girls--but I also wanted to breathe through some contractions.  I wanted to feel as much of this birth, as crazy as that sounds, as I could. 

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Pre-drugs, your pain is monitored only by your own perception of contractions, on a scale of 1 to 10.  "That was a four," I started off reporting.  Then four built to five, five to six, and by seven, I had invented a brilliant pain management plan.  Instead of moaning or cursing, you yell celebrities' names--obscure ones--the more interesting, the better.  I admit I stole this from Steve Carell in Forty Year Old Virgin when he screamed "Kelly Clarkston" during a chest wax.  But I can honestly say, shouting "BOB HOPE!" and "FLORENCE HENDERSON!" pulled me through the dooziest of doozies.  And Heidi snapping "Oh my God, you can do better than that" makes you laugh; and when you laugh, Contraction-of-an-8 feels like Contraction-of-a-3. Which is good, contractionally speaking.

Somewhere near breaking point, we said that thing you say to make it feel better:  "Just think, he's going to be here soon, and everything's going to be perfect."  That's when I let myself honestly confront my fears.  I cried--not for long, but long enough. Because I remembered saying those same words moments before Nella was born.  And even though everything turned out fine--more than fine--I like to listen to these feelings and to fears and to everything that hums within.  My last birth and my present birth shared a bridge for a short moment, and I felt the depth of those beautiful moments again which is exactly what propelled me to the place I needed to be when they told me that my boy was ready to come out.

Oh, and the epidural?  I finally asked for one.  And got it.  But his head was too big and down too far, so it didn't work.  Even after two "refills" and a billion clicks of that clicky thing they give you to administer your own boost.  I actually think the clicky thing is for purely psychological reasons now because even when I knew it wouldn't give me anything, it felt really good to click the bejesus out of it during a bad contraction. 

So they say "You're ready.  Time to push."  And right now I can close my eyes and remember everything about what happens when they say that.  How the room suddenly shifts as nurses excitedly prepare; how the ligthing changes; how the faces of your friends suddenly express more love as if that's possible; how your husband holds your hand so tight, you can feel his fear through his grip, and if you've ever wondered how much he loves you, you have a pretty good idea by the way he looks at you; how you start crying and can't stop--a little bit because it hurts but a lot because you know that you're about to meet your baby and mere seconds separate you from one of the single greatest, most love-filled moments of your life. 

They told me to push.  And I did, crying "Am I supposed to feel all of this?" through all of it.  I remember holding Brett's hand so so tightly and feeling like he had such strong safe hands.  I remember him telling me I was doing a really good job.  I remember the pain.  I remember the comfort of my friends and hearing them cry and feeling lucky to share moments like this with people I love so very much.  I remember my doctor and her kindness, her gentle instructions and feeling safe and comfortable with her in charge.  And in hindsight, I'm glad the epidural didn't work so good.  Because I felt my son make his way into the world. 

Oh to go back and have that moment again.  The euphoric moment of seeing him held high, pink and perfect and crying.  Reaching out my arms in the most desperate grasp to hold him, and finally feeling the weight of his body and drawing him to my face where I could kiss him.  Skin to skin, we connected.  He cried one good hearty cry while I sobbed steadily but smiled.  Beamed.  I kissed his nose and made note that it was cold--colder than the rest of him.  And we fell in love, my son and me.

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*My friends Heidi and Laura once again captured our sweet first moments
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The nurses took him only for a moment, but my eyes didn't leave him.


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Dr. Clements, our wonderful doctor who helped bring this boy into the world


Brett asked about fifteen times "Is he okay? Are you sure? Is she okay? Are you sure?"  But I knew the moment he let go and breathed in the relief that everything was okay.  He was suddenly calm and elated while together, we welcomed our boy.

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Sweet Baby Dash.  He blink-blink-blinked just like the girls did, taking in the first lights and sounds of his new world.  He clearly responded to our voices, even stretching and reaching back towards Brett when Daddy hummed his first hello.  "Did you see that?" I asked Brett.  He was smiling radiantly.  "Yes."

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These moments?  I have them forever.  These are the ones I'll go back to both when things are rough and when life feels glorious.  When parenting is hard, when years replace days in separating me from the moment he arrived, when I don't have the answers and he's not tiny and I'm not the one and only thing he needs for survival, I'll remember what it felt like to be handed my son--how quickly and deeply that love began, and I'll find perspective hidden in these memories.

Later that evening, Brett returned home to our girls while I paid no heed to the things they tell you about resting that first night.  I can't sleep.  I want to stare at him and study everything about him.  I want to talk about babies and life and begin tallying up the hilarious moments during the birth that we knew would be shared later.  So Heidi and I whispered for hours by candlelight and Bon Iver and ate chocolates and roasted almonds while Dash got kissed and snuggled.

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I talked about how different it felt from Nella's birth--how nice it was not to be crying and scared and yet strangely, I admitted that part of me actually missed the memory of those painful, precious moments after her birth.  It's hard to explain. 

We finally slept a few hours, Dash's little cradle cart pulled perfectly parallel to my bed so that when I opened my eyes, I could see his face; I could reach over and touch the cold nose that I had kissed for the first time just hours before.

Everything felt so incredibly calm.  The evening, the next morning, the trail of visitors, Brett's voice on the phone when he called to take food orders and let me know the girls were on their way.  Calm and sunny--a giant picture window framed our room and poured a constant stream of sunshine throughout the day.

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one of my favorite photos from the hospital, taken by my friend Monica, from her phone

For both girls' births, there were so many specific things I had planned for and remember happening, and this time around I was in a happy haze, observant in a different way of the events around me.  Relaxed, receptive. 

I didn't cry when the girls met their brother but rather smiled and sat calmly on the bed, watching them, marveling at the fact that it seemed so meant to be--like he'd always been here and they'd always loved him.

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Babies who suck their fingers are funny

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*Thank you to my father-in-law who took all the beautiful photos of the girls welcoming their new brother
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Brett's dad who shares Dash's middle name

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Curious sisters watch his hearing test

Lainey and I shared some very special hours together in the hospital.  After a stream of visitors left, we decided to let Lainey stay alone with me and Dash for a little bit while Brett took Nella home for a nap.  I know she'll never forget those moments.  We veered from our nursing routine for one feeding to give her the opportunity of giving him a bottle, something she had talked about a lot before he was born.  Watching that?  Well, that one made me cry.  Such a quiet bonding experience between little brother and his second mama--a relationship that has captivated me this week in way I hadn't anticipated. 

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I love the hospital moments.  I love that for every second I'm there, it feels special, like a vacation--the one where a new baby is welcomed and mamahood is celebrated.  And being that this was my last mamahood hospital vacation, my heart was raw.  I remembered each of my children's stories--how they were welcomed, how the moments in that hospital were spent. 

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His coming home outfit, crocheted by my mama; and that's a yawn, not a cry

Saturday evening, as we packed up and gathered all the memory tokens from the room before we headed home, I held back tears and turned around once more before we left.  Room 11, added to the Hall of Fame.  I thanked the sacred space for the memories it delivered.  Another birth story written.  Another soul to love.  And he's ours to take home.

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I can't believe it's been a week.  I've succumbed to a few normal postpartum blues breakdowns this week--just wanting to stop time, wanting to go back to that day, wanting to preserve that memory as long as I can--hence the hospital bracelets still hugging my wrist and the playlist from his birth continuously repeated.  I am trying to balance my sentimental heart with the one that embraces reality and understands that the present is the most important time.  Not yearning for the past, not needlessly anticipating the future.  Just living right now, in this moment.

So, we're doing that.

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Something about the juxtaposition of a big strong teenage boy holding a tiny fragile one completely melts me.
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*Another favorite photo.  How inventive this girl is in finding ways to get to him.  Unlike another moment earlier this week, this one didn't involve a pointer stick between the crib slats.  Or Frosted Mini Wheats flung into his Moses Basket. 


You know, we've come a long way as women.  Our culture recognizes and celebrates our accomplishments, talents and unique gifts far more than it did fifty years ago.  Much good has come from voices for feminism.  And today, we talk a lot about recognizing and valuing our identity outside of motherhood.  I know that's important.  I have no doubt that if I didn't have children, I would have found fulfilment and happiness in other things and I wouldn't have been any less of a woman or lover or nurturer as I am today as the mother of three.

But I can also say that I am an independent woman who is completely and utterly in love with motherhood--so much that yes, my identity is and forever will be intertwined with this gift--being their mother.

How incredibly grateful I feel right now to be given our boy.  And what a treasure this week has been.

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So there you have it.
A birth story--more laid back, but then again, so is he.  Pretty chill, pretty calm.

The best thing about birth stories?

They are just the beginning. There is more to be written for our family, for our love, and for the life of our precious Dash, the sleepy boy who purrs when he dreams and cries in tiny, raspy, velociraptor squeaks.

It's as if he's always been here. 


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Casey said...

Beautiful beautiful beautiful. Congratulations! I feel so grateful to have found you site and to be allowed to hear such a beautiful momma's perspective. Thank you!

Michelle said...

I'm new to reading your blog and I'm so delighted I found it. Thank you for sharing such beauty and love. This post moved me to tears. Thank you again for sharing stories of motherhood, your family, your little loves. Welcome Dash!

Joedee Robinson said...

I'm not even close to finished with the story but just want to say...THE WARMING BED! YES! I stared at that with both of my labors! The visual of my inside baby being outside...just, yes. Agree agree agree. You captured that so well.

Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell said...

What a beautiful story! I thought your comments about how the hospital is such a sacred place were so interesting. I so wanted to have my daughter with a midwife and have a natural birth. Midwives are hard to come by in our area, so I ended up having to use a OBGYN and deliver in a hospital - a hospital that didn't necessarily have the same thoughts on birth that I did. I resented the whole time in the hospital - I could not wait to get out of there and get home. Get back to a space that was mine. Your comments made me rethink the whole thing. Maybe it isn't that bad. Maybe I should have celebrated all the joy that happened in that room instead of wishing I wasn't there. Thank you for making me think. And welcome to baby Dash.

Meg said...

Oh Kelle, he is so beautiful. The story of his birth seems perfectly fitting for him -- calm, sweet, filled with the perfect balance of memories and anticipation. What a lucky little one, to be surrounded and loved by your wonderful family. Congratulations to you and thank you so much for sharing these special moments!

Alison said...

So good. Thank you.

Jenny Perry Photography said...

I still haven't learned not to read your birth stories while I'm at work... because they make me ugly cry. Just stunning words that relay the love so vividly. He is one lucky little guy.

The Emotional Idealist said...

I should have known from the last two times not to read this in public!
Congrats again, and enjoy <3

mommacommaphd said...

What a wonderful story. I had tears in my eyes. You've done such a superb job of capturing the emotions I felt welcoming my two.

You also made me really want a third!

Jessica said...

Beautiful. So beautiful.

Patty said...

Such a beautiful story! He's gorgeous and I am so happy for your family!

llcasillas said...

this. was. beautiful.

Kate said...

Thank you so much for sharing - my heart is filled with love for your family and your beautiful Dash. Congratulations! !

Christie said...

Absolutely beautiful, and definately more love!!

Mary Ann said...

Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Noelle said...

So beautifully written and a perfect account of the miracle of birth. I was crying this morning as I read this, as it brought back so many emotions from the birth of my own daughter. I love the description of the first time you felt the weight of him on you. I remember that so vividly, and the feeling of her clammy skin on mine. It's amazing how deep and intense our senses are and how the world stands still at those moments. I still love feeling the weight of my daughter on my chest... and one day when she is grown, I know it will be one of the things I miss most.

Congrats to you Kelle. I love reading your blog and following along with the beautiful way that you do life with your lovely family.

c.darwin said...

Congratulations on another beautiful babe. And another beautiful story to preserve those precious memories.

Ms. Pollywog said...

I die. Love, love, love.

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Windy City Pin-up said...

I have three babies, two births both very traumatic. Reading beautiful, amazing birth stories like yours warms my heart and gives me hope. So wonderful, so happy. Enjoy sweet mama.

Angela said...

birth is just the most special celebration that i can think of. you were made to be a mama, kelle. your heart is so full of love to share and i thank you for sharing it with your readers. Dashel Omar Hampton is perfect in every way. xoxo

MJRSA said...

Welcome Dash! He is beautiful and looks like he has always belonged as well.

Thank you for sharing your story. I felt many of the same feelings when we delivered number three, only it was our little girl after two having two boys. Each of them is special. Each tugs at a different part of your heart, but they all have a way of pulling it all back together. Making your heart swell so much it feels like it could burst at any moment.

you capture your feelings well and express them in a way that is so relatable. Many good wishes to you and your family!

Tena said...

Wonderful. I want a third baby so badly, much as you did after your second and you knew you weren't done. That there was one more. Your birth story brought tears to my eyes. And, interestingly, my epidural(s) with my own son failed as spectacularly as yours did!

The Yarbrough's said...

Sooo sweet!!! What a precious little one God has blessed ya'll with!! God is so good!!!!

Paul and Tracy Vander Heide said...

What a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing it brought tears to my eyes..

Angela said...

Beautiful birth story...thank you for sharing it with us. There is nothing more amazing than the moment your child is born. My babies are now almost 6 & 8, but I sill think of the moments they were born often. Beautiful photos, as always. My favorite is Lainey holding the baby and Nella looking at her big sis. I get that a lot with my girls...the younger one watching and taking cues from her big sister on how to react to a situation. Love it. Congrats on the new addition to your lovely family.

Jillian22 said...

A beautiful birth story, Kelle. It gave me comfort to read, since my husband and I have been talking about having children (and I want them so badly, it hurts) but I am terrified of childbirth to the degree that it affects our plans. This gave me hope that maybe it is something I don't have to fear. Enjoy your wonderful "present" moments with Dash!

Kelly@TheAdornedAbode.com said...

Beautiful birth story, beautiful boy. Congratulations again to you all, and welcome baby Dash!

Caitlin Lewis said...

The most beautiful little story ever! Made my eyes well with tears and my lips tremble... as the older sister of 2 brothers, I remember the feeling of instant love exactly this way ~~ that kind of love never fades!

Abilew-who said...

Beautiful. Congratulations. I look forward to watching him grow here...

Jaime said...

Congratulations, he is adorable. I am due with my first any day now and I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for sharing!

Jenn Clark said...

Congratulations!

Such wonderful news and I'm beyond thrilled for your entire family. Hope lots of love and babysnuggles abound!

Kim, Living to Seas the Moment said...

tears rolled down my cheeks as I read this. Just a few days ago we welcomed a much longed for baby (8 years! & the first in the momma's family in 24 years!) into our circle of friends. You put into words so many of the emotions I believe we all feel when a baby bursts into our lives. Dash, what a MANLY name, is Dashing. What a beautiful surprise to have Nella drop by, your dad wearing his Poppa shirt thrilled me, L giving him a bottle, and those older brothers a perfect picture of Dash in the present and in the future. THANK you for sharing exactly what I feel about motherhood...it is WONDERFUL and perfectly ok to be a momma, even in our current day. Congrats to you and your family!

Jaime said...

Congratulations, he is adorable. I am due with my first any day now and I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for sharing!

KS Photography said...

Absolutely amazing, simple, wonderful, beautiful, sacred and just.....wonderful. So happy for you and your family. What a wonderful place for that sweet child of God to come.

jennhill said...

Long time reader, first time commenter. Several things:

(1)I'm a runner and love Kristen Armstrongs blog. This post and her recent post tie in beautifully:
http://milemarkers.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/luxury

"pain is a luxury"

(2)you and your beautiful birth stories inspired me to write my own and in large part, you and your blogging inspired me to blog for myself (so thank you so much for that gift)

http://runnerwifelawyermommy.blogspot.com/2012/11/nicholas-robert-birth-story.html

http://runnerwifelawyermommy.blogspot.com/2013/01/eliot-michael-birth-story.html

(3) Dash is so incredibly beautiful. I don't have a daughter so I can't compare the bond between different gendered kids but I will say, BRACE YOURSELF. The way boys love their mama's is downright mind blowing.

(4) Congratulations again. He is simply perfect. I am so incredibly happy for you, especially after the heartbreak you had experienced.

Nancy said...

Congrats. There is absolutely no more crazy strong-emotion filled time to me than the first little while with a tiny new person -- all fresh from some place so familiar, kind of bringing little glimpses of remembrance and homesickness. The panic and overwhelmingness that comes with establishing new routines, re-figuring out life, and worrying it might never get normal again; all mixed with the opposite and totally contradictory feelings of panic that life WILL go back to normal, that this tiny one won't stay new and helpless -- won't mold into the crook of your neck like that -- forever makes for some wonderful, ridiculous, crazy days. Congratulations again to you!

Lara H. said...

I loved his story and the photos. Thank you for sharing your sweet boy with us! Congratulations Hampton Family!

Andrea said...

I read on Instagram that someone said they cried when you hugged Nella as your baby for the last time. I totally did not expect to be crying your entire post! I love how you put so many emotions into words. You have a gift for writing for sure! This brought me back to my son's birth and the beauty of it all. I have two cherished daughters and like you I didn't think that I wanted a son but yes those words -my son- they are so special. Congrats to you and your family! Thanks for sharing!

Ashley said...

Well you've done it again, girl! You've made me cry!! BEAUTIFUL!

Mary Thomas said...

I LOVE that piece about feminism and identity. So thoughtful and beautiful. Well said, all of it. Love when you shoot from the hip.

Courtney said...

How very beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
This line really resonated with me, "I am trying to balance my sentimental heart with the one that embraces reality and understands that the present is the most important time."

Justine said...

What a beautiful story. I loved reading it.

2busy said...

Congratulations, your new baby boy is so beautiful. You have documented his birth well. He will love reading this later.

Angela Freehill Brown said...

so very lovely and heart-wrenching and real and full of bits of heaven and the divine, all at once.... He is perfect! So so very happy for you.... Thank you for sharing so much. You are a poet and a momma warrior and a true lover of life and all things beautiful. You remind me to notice and love and appreciate all the little things that make life spectacular! Congratulations to ALL of you!

Karen said...

Beautiful! I think my favorite photo is where Nella is reading to him!

meg bird said...

you make the most precious babies. your family is beautiful. congratulations.

Carmen said...

Oh, I am bawling right now. Those pictures just melted me! I adore the one of Lainey and Dash in your hospital bed. How precious! Thank you for sharing. Enjoy your new little one!

Sarah Jean said...

Oh, I'm sure you're too busy to read all these comments, but I think your honest, wonderful writing of Dash's birth story exudes love and can only bring us outside who follow your stories to fall a little more in love with your family. Congratulations.

dodgingacorns said...

Your birth story brought me right back to the birth of both of my children. Those moments that will never be forgotten, that you can feel in your heart and relive all the time. Thank you for sharing Dash's story with us. Congratulations again!

Elsha said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful story.

Mary Elizabeth Stewart said...

I'm 23 years old and have dreamed of being a mother for as long as I can remember. I'm absolutely in love with the thoughts of my own future babies and can't wait to experience it. Thank you for putting into words so beautifully Baby Dash's wonderful birth story. He's simply darling, Kelle! Congratulations on your beautiful family. Congratulations to you, for embracing motherhood and grasping its very essence.

Ryan Elizabeth said...

Be still my heart. You are such a beautiful writer Kelle. Thank you for sharing another amazing birth story. It made me smile and it brought me to tears as you took me back to my own daughters birth story and the wonderful moments that made it ours. I can feel your happiness and love through your words! Congrats on the arrival of your darling Dash! I can not wait to continue watching how he blesses your lives.

robin said...

Love, love, love this! Congrats

Mama Macfennell said...

Wow! Beautiful birth story and what beautiful children you have - precious

Bowen said...

I have been waiting for this! How beautiful. I have a little note book where I write down quotes that stand out to me... ones that make me say "I needed to hear that." I wrote down one from this post. So very thankful to have found your blog 3 years ago... so thankful to have to opportunity to be inspired by you and the mama that you are.

Jennifer said...

I love that "(s)he's always been here" part of a new baby.

Congratulations! He is such a sweet little smooshy cheeks! :-)

Lex Wisniewski said...

Oh my gosh, the shot of him and Lainey in the hospital bed made me cry.

And I so feel you on that feeling-him-born thing. I had my first with no epidural two months ago, and while it was completely excruciating, I so wanted to be completely present.

Emily, Bob, Etta & Mae said...

Here I sit at 39 weeks pregnant. With a boy. My first boy after my two little girls, ages 4 & 2. Crying because I so want him in my arms and with his sisters and for my dad to be here before he leaves Sunday night - baby arrival or no. Your writing is incredible. Your pictures are beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing!

Sara said...

Oh my...I have read your blog for a long while now, but never commented. The picture of Lainey and Dash in the hospital bed has to be the sweetest picture I have ever seen on any blog, ever. Lainey is already such a little mommy, and it is amazing to see the love those two sweet girls have for their baby brother. He is well loved! Congratulations, and thank you for sharing the story. It brought back many memories of my own three children's births!

Brittany said...

Congratulations, Kelle! He is so handsome! I LOVE the way he holds his little thumbs in his fist! The kid I nannied for & my own daughter hold their thumbs tucked under all their fingers but it's so cute how Dash just has the tip of his thumb tucked under! What a little cutie! Hope you and your family are blessed!

Jody said...

Oh that last photo!! you are such an inspiration as a Mom. And Bon Iver & chocolates? more delight on top of an already perfect moment. :))

Mama Dailey said...

I am 39wks1day pregnant. I have two girls-4 and 2. Expecting a boy. I can't stop crying after reading this story. I can't wait to share this joy. Thank you.

Michele Wright said...

I was so excited to read this! But I prepared myself this time. I read Nella's birth story at work and needless to say I was in tears and my co workers thought that I was a crazy mad woman sobbing at my desk. Another fabulous story. Thank you so much for sharing!

Heather said...

Thank you for sharing Dash's story. I know I was so excited to see on IG that you had him; and then I realized it was Valentine's Day. Exciting for sure! Congrats to your family of seven!

Shannon said...

A beautiful story! Thank you so much for sharing, Kelle, and I wish you a wonderful fourth trimester! :)

Claudia Flores said...

Your stories are so beautiful. Congratulations to you on your baby boy! I have two beautiful sons that came in two completely different ways (emergency c-sec at 31 weeks and an unscheduled c-sec due to going in to labor at 38 weeks). You have a wonderful family.

Rose said...

that thing you said about re-reading your birth stories when things are more distant and times might be tough ... that inspired me, thank you Kelle - I'm off to read my boys birth story from six years ago cos things are currently tough and I never thought of that as a tonic.

Enjoy falling in love! x x x

Rose said...

that thing you said about re-reading your birth stories when things are more distant and times might be tough ... that inspired me, thank you Kelle - I'm off to read my boys birth story from six years ago cos things are currently tough and I never thought of that as a tonic.

Enjoy falling in love! x x x

Amy said...

He is beautiful! Congratulations to you all! Reading this was perfect timing for me today. Like you, I have had a couple of miscarriages after my first baby (he's 4 now) and like you, went for a whole year of trying, like REALLY trying, before we got lucky totally on our own. I had made my peace with our situation, and then boom, it happened. I'm nearly out of my first trimester and had to smile when I read that you nicknamed him Squirt because that's what we've been calling our little baby too. It makes me feel like good things are ahead for us, too. Dash is a lucky little boy to have you as his mama, Kelle!

Sara said...

So beautiful. Welcome to the world, sweet Dash.

Aly said...

Congratulations on the newest beautiful addition to your family!
I love reading your posts. You are an incredible writer. Your writing is as beautiful as your pictures! Thanks for sharing.

Sarah said...

Thanks for sharing another birth story Kelle. Brought me right back to my daughters' birth days. Such an amazing time and memory. Beautiful photos and words as always. Congrats again!

Lindsay Y. said...

Congratulations - he is precious. And thank you for reminding me, after a rough morning my four at home, that being a mother is such a privilege. It's easy to forget that some women aren't afforded such gracious gifts in their lives and that no matter what hard things I am dealing with on a day to day basis, He entrusted four awesome little (loud) people to ME.

Kristi said...

Beautiful...I love your words and the pictures you have to capture such an incredibly powerful moment -- moments! -- that will remind you of this sweet little babe's first minutes in your arms. You are always a great reminder of 'enjoying the small things' in life...they all add up to pretty amazing things...motherhood is definetely one of the best! thanks for sharing your heart and your life...its a blessing! Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy! I have two little boys, who came from years of praying and struggle to conceive...and they are the biggest blessing in my life (along with their Daddy!) -- you will love having a little boy to add to your already beautiful family!

Nicole said...

You had me at hello! Congratulations. My 2 year 1/2 year gave our 6 week old salmon for dinner one night. It was a sweet and forceful gesture. Just the beginning.

lori said...

dash's birth story is absolutely beautiful. what an amazing write you are, kelle. i am 11 weeks pregnant with my first and reading this makes me SO excited for my baby's birthday. congrats to your sweet family!

Bunny said...

You are simply the BEST!!!

Gillian said...

Just beautiful - the words and the baby. Huge congratulations to you and your family. Dashel is gorgeous. x

Izzy said...

Oh gosh, what a beautiful story and what amazing pictures. I love the picture of Lainey in the hospital bed with Dash. I can feel her love for him. You have a beautiful family and I am so happy for you.

MOMOF2 said...

I feel like I want to write so much to you right now......
Loved it all!!!! Beautifully written!!! We have a 4 year old girl, a 2 year old boy, and one due in August. I do have to say, there is nothing better than my sweet, little boy. He melts my heart everyday!!!! Many Blessings to you and your family!

melissa said...

Oh my goodness, so touching Kelle. Thank you for sharing. I had so many tears in my eyes when you began with "a little story to begin". As precious and real as the rest of your story goes, how you began is the most endearing part of THIS story. What a blessing, then and now. "And then you're thankful that you don't get to make all your own choices...and you'd never get to experience your secret wants--the ones only fate knows." -I can relate but never could've worded it so richly. Love the way you ended with "the sleepy boy who purrs when he dreams and cries in tiny, raspy, velociraptor squeaks." Just love those parts of your story!! CONGRATULATIONS to all of you.
Much love from Tejas,
Melissa

Littlethingsblog said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your heart with us and this precious story. Thank you for your honesty and for being an inspiration.

The Fischer Family said...

So beautiful! All the photos brought tears to my eyes! I had an unintentional natural birth with my last too. But like you, I'm thankful that I felt him make his way into this world! It was an AMAZING experience, even if it's not what I wanted! Enjoy him, love him, cherish him! Boys are something very special! I have 3 (and the token princess)!! Congrats momma! And thanks for sharing him with us!

Kathryn said...

I cried just like I did reading Nella's birth story. You have a beautiful way with words. Congrats to your sweet family :)

TheLauraJane said...

Wellp. Now I'm crying. Thank you for that. Welcome Dash!

Bethany G said...

Sometimes I don't bother commenting because I feel like mine will just be one in a million. We all love you and think you're incredible.

But this time. This time I can't not comment. You wrote the words that were in my soul. You explained so perfectly how I felt when my baby was born. You made me cry because really this was perfect.
You are seriously the BEST writer. Even that seems like a understatement.

Jorie said...

I love how you all love. Congratulations on beautiful Dashel. Enjoy your new family of five

Deanna Jean said...

You have been blessed with another beautiful life. Congrats to you and your family.

Mary said...

your writing always makes me want to run and hold my kids even though they are 20 and 23 now. Thank you for sharing Dash with us. What a miracle.

Genia & Shaylon said...

You write so beautifully. I wish I would have captured my children's birth stories. Your pictures take me back. Oh what a wonderful and beautiful time. He's beautiful mama and you have a wonderful family. Take care of yourself.

Traci P said...

Thank you for sharing. Motherhood is such a miracle. Congratulations to you and your beautiful family. Welcome to the world sweet Dash!

Michele said...

Love your writing Kelle, it often brings tears to my eyes and this birth story was especially tender. Thank you for sharing these heart centered moments to remind us all of what really matters. The connection with grandma Betty and Dash is such a gift. Blessings!

Caryl said...

Love it. Your pictures are fantastic. I adore the picture of he and Lainey cuddled up on the hospital bed. I love the photo collage at the end. He is the perfect piece to your circle.
Best,
Caryl

khenrichs said...

He is just beautiful!! What a beautiful story and amazing pictures as always! So very happy for you and your family!

Our Family of Four said...

so beautiful. the way you write is just incredible. makes me cry. welcome sweet baby dash, you are perfect.

Jeanie said...

That was lovely.

cows315 said...

I'm a labor and delivery nurse so when I enjoy your birth stories I take special note of those moments during your delivery you remember the most. Like the warmer for the baby. It makes me wonder what other mom's take away from their experience. God Bless.

Love Meghan said...

your writing brings tears to my eyes; it's absolutely beautiful. it's even more meaningful having experienced giving birth and being able to relate to everything you describe in your story. congratulations, mama! dash is just perfect. :)

Christine Gottemoller said...

Congratulations! The pictures with the girls loving on Dash just melted my heart.

Keeley Barr said...

Whats in the hospital visitor bags? Curious for my own birth...
And your playlist?

Nikki said...

Congratulations! He's beautiful! You have a beautiful family.

carrie said...

Congrats on your beautiful boy! Thanks for sharing him with us!

Miss Pink said...

Just another beautiful piece of writing from you Kellie, and I cannot wait to watch on as Dash grows.
Your pictures really do speak a thousand words, the instant love for him is so apparent and like he has been here all along.

Abby said...

wow, you wrote this without re-reading and without editing? amazing.

simply breathtaking and totally gorgeous. you have a stunning family.

Erin said...

(((sigh))) just beautiful <3 makes me go back to the 4 most beautiful days of my life when I welcomed my 4 littles into this world.

Sharmaine said...

So beautiful kelle. Again, congratulations to you and your family. Love everything about this. Everything. And I love that we shared some similar moments.

I got pregnant in high school and we kept it a secret for awhile. When I was five months pregnant, my bf's mom dreamed of holding a healthy baby boy.

When I was having him, I waited until asking for the epidural and by the time I did, they said I would have already had my son before they get it prepared. No epidural for me!

Thank you for reminding me of these moments. Looking forward to hearing more about Dash!

Bethany said...

Congrats! Love that pic of Lainey and Dash curled up in the hospital.

I gotta admit that I'm still stumped on how to pronounce his full name, though. Is the "El" pronounced more like "bushel" or "rappel"?

Nicolette Gawthrop said...

enjoyed it so much. what a difference a year makes!!! this time last year you were awaiting the publication of your book! and now, such a precious addition to your life! i am truly truly truly just so very happy for you. and proud to call you a 'friend,' stranger ;)

Farmgirl Paints said...

just finally had time to sit down and savor this. so wishing i had the blog all those years ago when my big chick was born. i didn't even think to write a story, but this birth story is going to be such a gift to you and to them forever. just precious. btw he is one of the most beautiful babies i've ever seen. love to you momma.

Sabrina said...

Beautiful, just beautiful. So happy for you all! The photos brought a tear of happiness to my eye, though my absolute favorites are the black and white one of Lainey in the hospital bed with her arms around Dash and the very last one of him smiling. So totally cute, precious, and simply wonderful memories for you all to have of his birthday!

Elizabeth said...

So sweet! It brings me back to the birth of my son 9 months ago. I have loved watching my daughter (age 4) and son's relationship blossom. Enjoy your boy :)

Reenie said...

Kelle, congrats again to you and Brett. Dash is absolutely beautiful. Your birth beautiful. Heidi captured such precious first photos of you, Brett and Dash. The photos of Lainey and Dash.....oh goodness --I die!!! Love the touching photos of big brothers....and of course, with Nella.

I hope you are feeling well and getting rest.

What a beautiful family you and Brett have.
xo

Laurie Hoffman said...

I hope that if fate blesses me with a third new little life, this time I will be able to appreciate the chillness of it all too. I am so happy that you, Dashel, and fam are doing so well!

Betsy Brock said...

Congratulaions! Boys are wonderful! He's a beautiful baby. Thanks so much for sharing his birth with all of us! xo

Elizabeth Toney said...

Boys are most definately more chill than girls. I had a girl first, then boy. Wow what a difference. He is going to worship those girls though and give them hell.

Preparing for Peanut said...

Wonderful story, so honestly and well written. He is just beautiful and see the pictures of your girls interacting with him makes me hope our #2 is conceived soon...my son loves babies and I can't wait to see him with his little brother or sister.

While I loved my son's birth, it was so scary and chaotic. I have very few pictures of our birth experience. I hope next time I get more documentation time so I have fewer fuzzy memories. Your photos are fantastic.

Jessica K said...

I have been reading your blog since right after Nella's story. I have never commented before. I want to thank you for sharing not just your family with us, but your heart. Dash is adorable. Congrats to you, and the entire family.

[REBECCA]scheerer said...

Oh Kelle, how this takes me back two years, when, after Wyatt was born and was still in the NICU, I entered into the world of Down syndrome by the dim light of my computer screen, searching "Down syndrome birth." I found Nella's story and cried for hours, awaiting my son's eventual Ds diagnosis. The way you have crafted these stories is nothing short of pure. Thank you for sharing your journey. Sometimes I think it was meant just for me. i want you to know that, beyond naysayers, you have sent hope and joy through your words. I hope I am afforded the opportunity to have another child. And I look forward to that birth experience. My son was born on February 15th. A great month. Congrats and best wishes for you all!

toi said...

Just breathtaking! It's really makes me want another baby

theenglishgirl said...

Just beautiful, all of it, but especially Dash.

Congratulations again, your family look full of love.

Raelyn said...

Kelle....
Wait. You changed your comment "comment" in your comments box!! {Say that ten times fast!!} I love it!! ;)
Beautiful birth story, as always. It has touched my deepest emotions.... ;)
The part about Brett's Grandma Betty gave me chills!! ;)
And, shouting celebrities' names during contractions? Crack. Me. Up!! By the way? I love Steve Carrel!! ;)
--Raelyn

Tammie said...

D-Dynamic
A-Amazing
S-Stunning
H-Handsome
E-Extradinary
L-Lovable

O-Outstanding
M-Magnificent
A-Adorable
R-Remarkable

H-Happy
A-Angelface
M-Mom's Lil Man
P-Perfect
T-Tot
O-Outstanding
N-Newborn

D.O.H.= Perfection

medina family said...

Another beautiful birth story, coupled with the sweetest of pictures.

Enjoy your precious boy!

Little Nan said...

Gorgeous images, gorgeous words, a gorgeous little boy....thankyou for sharing your beautiful story....I cried all the way through it, it was gorgeous.
Enjoy many more beautiful moments x

idiosyncraticeye said...

Welcome little one! :)

Maria said...

So thrilled for you and your family. I have tears of joy for you (as usual!)

Kellie said...

This takes me back...24 and 16 years...thank you.

Charity Mack said...

Congratulations mother of three sweet blessings! What buckets of fun you will have! Thank you for the beautiful thoughts and photographs.

-Charity Mack

Bee Girl said...

What an amazing journey. So touching, so beautiful. Enjoy every moment.

Cathy said...

Such sweetness. Mine are 26 and almost 22. I wish I had had your sense of presence during their birth. Completely knocked out for my son's and so exhausted and pained during my daughter',s I just wanted it to end. I wish you all the happiness your sweet family can contain and thank you for sharing with us!

pasita said...

Capire tutto quello che scrivi è per me impossibile. ma le fotografie raccontano molto bene tutte le emozioni. quante lacrime di gioia guardando la tua meravigliosa famiglia. Grazie!!!!
Pat

Malu said...

As I told you, what a Valentine's gift you have got!!May God bless you and Dashel and the whole family. Congratulations!! God is love and He has given you a precious baby boy, now !!I am so happy for you.

Julie said...

such a lovely peace in this story. welcome dash!

Brittnie said...

You are such a wonderful writer. Such beautiful words here that you and your family will always treasure. Thank you for sharing your world and your heart.

mamarise.com said...

lovelovelove. the name. the photos. expecially the one of lainey and your new baby boy in bed. giving me goosebumps sort of sweet. thank you for your expertise in writing, you do it so well, and for your honesty and your joy. i love coming here and seeing what you are up to. i really do.

AMags said...

Dying here... what a beauty he is!

Donna said...

Congratulations on a beautiful boy! I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of your book! You uplift & inspire so many other people & you are at a place of peace & happiness which is where so many others strive to be, but never quite get there! I am so happy & grateful to have discovered your blog recently! Enjoy your angel son, Dash! :)

bobbiebrownphotography.com said...

I had been waiting and looking forward to this post! I totally get the part about that little cradle and hat waiting on the baby....I honestly think it got me through one of my girls births - just being able to look at it and know that soon there would be a baby in there..my baby. Goodness, I think I have baby fever now! Dash is absolutely precious.

Kelli Diane said...

This is beautiful. I hope to one day be half the mother you are. You truly do inspire me every day. Thank you.

Unknown said...

I love this story.
I love the picture where Nella is looking at her big sister as she is holding the new baby.
So sweet. So innocent.
Congratulations!!

Stoff-Elfchen said...

Congratulations to the birth of little Dash and all the best for you and your familiy!!

It's a wonderful post with lovely pictures... I am melting away...

I had to smile, because our "first home" (in two different hospitals with my two boys) had been the room "11", too!!! Okay, the second time it had been room "5411"... ;o)

It has been a magical time in this rooms: The first common day after the one very long and one very short nigth birth, this wonderful baby smell, the first night together in one bed, stroking, huddling together...

Thanks for sharing your birth story and your personally photos!

Love, Elfchen

Stoff-Elfchen said...

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Helen Parker said...

So happy for you, I have been following your blog from the UK for some time, beautiful pictures of a gorgeous family.
My second son, almost 3 years old, was born with a rare syndrome, that birth experience was tough.
I love the positivity of your blog, it's so inspiring.
Welcome to the world Dash!

Barbara said...

Beautiful story, beautiful new little soul.

Brooke said...

Mamahood hospital vacation is a perfect description...and your description about seeing the diaper and hat waiting for your soon to arrive baby---I remember thinking this exact same thing!!

HollyMarie said...

Eeeek!!! Congratulations!!! Love the name and loved the story. He's beautiful. :)

Karin said...

Congratulations on your new son and I love his name! We just welcomed our second child, a daughter, 3 weeks before you, and she is probably our last as well. I've enjoyed reading your blog since you published your story about Nella in Parents magazine. Good writing, lovely photos!

Jeanette said...

Oh My Gosh! That first photo looks like a one of those real life baby dolls. He is one lucky boy to have those sweet sister to love him. Thanks for sharing. Congrats to your beautiful family!

Anonymous said...

Dashel has a sweet, round peanut-face that I like very much! He's a real cutie!

Also, I love the birth story and am grateful it isn't as intense as THE birth story -- it is beautiful, none-the-less.

Congrats, again!

Gabrielle Klein said...

I just read Nella's story. A friend sent it to me. I didn't look at the date, and just read and commented. I was so excited to click on the main page of your blog and find this - another new addition to your beautiful family. Your girls are both healthy and loved, and I know that this new little one will be too. I wish you all the congratulations in the world, I really do. I wish I had read Nella's story earlier. But things come as they do, so no point in wishing for the past. I'm so, so unbelievably happy to see Nella, especially the pictures of her and Dash. I'm going to go back now and read more of your past posts, I'm excited to learn more about your family, so similar to mine. As always, thank you for posting your beautiful journey.

*Jess* said...

Your birth story made me cry. I could feel the love in that hospital room just as much as if I had been there myself. Thank you for sharing your heart with your readers. Welcome Dash :)

Melissa Reed said...

Beautiful birth story. I found myself nodding through tears in agreement with a lot of what you said. You have such a gift of using just the right words to exactly describe things. Congratulations, soak it up.

Janet said...

Thank you Kelle! Love your story and pics!!

Janiel said...

You are such a beautiful and talented writer. I could feel it all and it pulled hidden memories of my babies birth stories to the forefront of my mind. Beautiful and precious!

Janiel said...

You are such a beautiful and talented writer. I could feel it all and it pulled hidden memories of my babies birth stories to the forefront of my mind. Beautiful and precious!

Rachel Pond said...

All of your photos are so beautiful! The one with Dash and Laney in the hospital bed together is my favorite. Congratulations of your sweet little boy! Love his name!

Christina Berry said...

What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing your precious children with the world. You are a constant inspiration to me! <3

Nicole Bendt said...

As a 20 year old college student, I usually absolutely hate birth stories... I just don't get them and they're TMI most of the time.. but your's was absolutely beautiful. Love it. Thanks for sharing!

Jessie said...

You are an incredibly talented writer and just put into words what I can't about both my sons' births. Congratulations! I'm looking forward to more pictures of that sibling lovin'.

Brielle and Me: Our Journey said...

Precious story and pictures! I sat here with tears falling down my cheeks! What a blessing!

mimisandy said...

congratulations on your new little one...3rd babies do seem to be more chill,that was my experience. Thank you for sharing.

Kelly Sheehy said...

Congratulations! A beautiful story about the arrival of your beautiful boy! Gorgeous, gorgeous photos.

SH said...

These photos are completely beautiful!! And this story made me tear up!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

-Sheree
The Hartungs Blog
thehartungs.blogspot.ca

MG said...

Oh wow! Love it, love the pictures, love your birth story. Your babe is completely precious. (p.s. I thought I felt done after 4 but a few months later...I really want another!) Best of everything to you and yours.

Momma Of 2 TandK said...

Oh the tears that are pouring from my eyes!!!Welcome to the world Dash. What a blessing you are :) xx

isntsheloverlea said...

thank you for sharing this! it literally brought tears to my eyes! your son is beautiful, as are his sisters and mother. (and can't forget dad too!) he is so blessed to have so much love surrounding him! may GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!

yeagerfamily said...

Congratulations on a beautiful baby boy! The picture of Lainey holding him in the hospital bed just melted my heart. I do hope my girl gets to experience that one day too. Enjoy your precious family!

Amber

brigitte said...

Congratulations! such a beautiful birth story, i also had to hold back tears. such a perfect picture of the 3 of them in the hospital!

The Scarths said...

Beautiful little addition to your beautiful family.

Vlaďka said...

Hi,
Congratulation!!! Dashel is amazing and your family is big miracle for me :)LOVE YOU!
Have a nice day Vlaďka
xoxo

Annie said...

Beautiful. CONGRATULATIONS! Love reading Dashel's introduction to his world. What a loving, warm, caring world to enter! Lucky little boy to be so enjoyed by all.

allison said...

aw, kelle. thank you so much for sharing this. i have always been a quiet reader, drinking in your words that leave me feeling wonderfully humbled and in awe of the fact that i am awesomely chosen to be a woman and a mama. i am re-reading 'bloom' and just finished nella's birth story last night. and now after reading baby dash's, i just want to fly to naples and hug you- and tell you that i wish the world were full of people like you.
may God beautifully bless sweet baby dash and your family!

xoxo
allison

aubrey kinch said...

Thank you as always for extending this moment with us. It's things like this that bring joy and an overwhelming sense of peace knowing I too, will share these moments when that time comes.

Welcome, Dash.
You're already loved beyond means.

xx

Sewandthecity said...

Your little boy is beautiful...thank you for this amazing post!

A said...

Good job, mama :) As an infertility survivor and someone who is struggling with reconciling the deepest hope of conceiving #2 but not having an easy go at it, but also not feeling like I can take energy away from being a great wife and mother to dwell on it, I am intrigued by what you wrote: "a couple miscarriages and then crickets for almost a year--until I self-therapy'ed myself into a very good place of peace and acceptance and moving on. I was thankful for my two girls and so very aware that we can't control a lot of things in life...but we can be happy. If it happened, it happened."

I am wondering if you would ever write about this more, and what worked for self-therapying yourself ;-) (Especially per my post today, I am just about to embark on self-therapying!)

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

What a beautiful story!
Congratulations! He is perfect!

damona.mae said...

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful stories! I too wrote a similar story from when my son was born 11 weeks premature last August! Also a rough beginning, but a wonderful journey thus far. Your children are beautiful! Congratulations on your newest addition...boys are so amazing!

tammy said...

Congratulations. He's gorgeous.

Michelle said...

Congratulations on your new sweet bundle! I have enjoyed raw, truth-filled blog. Thank you for that!
I would love it you had a look at my blog, if time permits. I'm just a girl from Saskatchewan, Canada with a small blog that started as a 365 blog, which was completed twice. Now I'm onto life.
Enjoy your sweet children!
Michelle
www.thingsthatmatter-m.blogspot.ca

Tina said...

Kelle -

Your words about living in the moment struck a cord with me. Thank you so much for your honesty and sharing your life on this blog. I wrote a post about you - http://theduepners.blogspot.com/2013/02/words-to-live-by.html

I hope you don't mind. Your words were just to profound...to important...not to share.

Your family is so beautiful. I am so happy for you and your husband.

Thank you once again,

Tina

Amber Ellen said...

What a fantastic & emotional birth story!! I am so happy for you and your family, Kelle! Congratulations on your beautiful boy <3 I love your hospital photos.

Janita said...

Ah, Kelle.....finally got a chance to sit down and catch up on your story. BEAUTIFUL. Wow. Wow. Wow. I'm over the moon for you, if not a touch melancholy at the thought of never experiencig this again. That, and looking back, I regret not capturing the beauty of my precious moments in more detail. Various reasons for that, however I wish I could go back and do it all over again. Is that bad? I guess regrets wash over you from time to time, whether you like it or not. Thanks for sharing, hun. He's perfect. You're blessed. And the cool part? You know it. xo

Dr. Blondie said...

Beautiful story and gorgeous little man. Congratulations!

Alison said...

I haven't read your blog in what seems like years-- logged into blogger to update mine-- for work- blah-- and stumbled on this wonderful story riddle with sweet moments and photos. Thank you Kelle-- I bawled through Nella's story all those years ago, and now, Dash's. Mamma to mamma. You rock. BTW- little boys will melt you.

catie said...

oh, that b&w photo of lainey with dash just melts my heart. what a gorgeous moment, captured forever & ever ♥

April Vernon said...

Just now catching up. LOVE the pic of Lainey in the hospital bed snuggling Dash. Congrats once again.

Angela Zuill said...

Beautiful post Kelle. It took me right back to the day I had my Henry. And also left me with the craving for another day just like the one you described. Now look what you've done :)

Stephanie Suire said...

Beautifully written and such an intimate moment that you chose to share with us. As a momma of two who has declared our family is complete, this actually made me ache to hold another baby again.

Jolene said...

*Tears* Beautiful pictures and beautiful story.

I started reading your blog not long after Nella's birth and days after the birth of one of my own blessings. She was born on Feb. 16th. I had our surprise baby last Sept. My first homegrown boy.

Rest well, Kelle!

danielle said...

Thank you for sharing another beautiful birth story! It made me relive those moments 6 short months ago, of my "last baby" being born.
Welcome to the world Dash! You are loved!

Anonymous said...

I am Alysia a 27yrs old lady from Chile. Up until about a month ago I thought I was madly in love .... turn's out the guy just used me got me pregnant and walked out of my life, this is a guy i cannot even lose my eyes if i don't see him, it happen so fast that he is now everything to me. next month I was suppose to meet my parents because i have already told them about him. Things got complicated and i ran out of ideas until i met a friend on Facebook who advised me on how i could get my lover back and everything back to normal. i was given a lady spell cast email address priestessifaa@yahoo.com, i was advice to meet this lady if i ever want to be happy and get my lover back. I contacted this spell lady and she assured me of having him back in 2days, it sounds some how i was even more skeptical when i knew i has to come up with something, but my dear, 3days later my reply to the spell lady was unlimited thanks and happiness for her spell actually worked and brought Jakwel back to me as much as i expected. That spell lady Priestess Ifaa is a goddess. her spell is genuine. Our plans of meet my parents is still on and my baby is growing. I am honestly grateful for the best spell.....If you wanna talk to me, email me at morganalysia@ymail.com
Alysia

Anonymous said...

I am Alysia a 27yrs old lady from Chile. Up until about a month ago I thought I was madly in love .... turn's out the guy just used me got me pregnant and walked out of my life, this is a guy i cannot even lose my eyes if i don't see him, it happen so fast that he is now everything to me. next month I was suppose to meet my parents because i have already told them about him. Things got complicated and i ran out of ideas until i met a friend on Facebook who advised me on how i could get my lover back and everything back to normal. i was given a lady spell cast email address priestessifaa@yahoo.com, i was advice to meet this lady if i ever want to be happy and get my lover back. I contacted this spell lady and she assured me of having him back in 2days, it sounds some how i was even more skeptical when i knew i has to come up with something, but my dear, 3days later my reply to the spell lady was unlimited thanks and happiness for her spell actually worked and brought Jakwel back to me as much as i expected. That spell lady Priestess Ifaa is a goddess. her spell is genuine. Our plans of meet my parents is still on and my baby is growing. I am honestly grateful for the best spell.....If you wanna talk to me, email me at morganalysia@ymail.com
Alysia

Stefanie said...

What a small world. We have a family cabin in Michigan.

Jana said...

Congratulations! He is such a beautiful baby. We will be welcoming our 7th baby in June. Your birth story is so delicious! Thank you for sharing your beautiful moments.

Olivia Cole said...

Congratulations Kelle, and entire Hampton family! You have a beautiful, perfect boy, and a beautiful, perfect family. I cried and smiled reading his precious story, and my heart is full for you. Gorgeous photos, as always, and I adore Poppa's shirt! :)

Kate said...

Your girls have grown up so much since I last visited your blog! Congrats on the safe arrival of your gorgeous baby boy; those girls are going to be amazing big sisters by the look of it.

Samantha K. said...

I am just reading this (several weeks late, but at least I'm reading it) and I can't help but think of my own little one's birth. He's 15 months old now and I wish he were as tiny as your little Dash.

Thank you for sharing your story, your words, your family and your love. I always try to save your blog for last because I know that I will find the most heartfelt moments in your words.

Jaimie Lee Moore said...

Not even sure how I found your blog tonight, but I do know reading a few of your birthing stories may have just changed my life!
Congratulations on your new baby boy and your sweet, wonderful family.
Hoping to have a baby soon, although, we know there will be challenges along the way.
Nice to meet you... and thank you.

Rhoda said...

I have to say, he’s a very unique spell caster! His predictions are awesome and very accurate, it feels like he can actually see through your mind. A little pricey, but heck they are worth it and have never heard a spell worked like that before. He brought my husband back to me, I introduced him to my sister and he helped her win a lottery. What more can I say i’m very grateful to Ihumudumu Priest, he’s a true spell caster. You can rarely see his type, i have tried several others none is close to his pedigree…you can contact him for any kind of spell and be sure of your answers, ihumudumupriest@gmail.com. Vanessa

Ashley said...

Congratulations Kelle on a beautiful addition to your family. Dash is just precious. Thank you for sharing his birth story with us. I adore your writing. Enjoy every second with that sweet boy ; )

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