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Welcoming Jonah – A Birth Story

Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of being present when a new life was welcomed into a very loving family. I was covering for Tracy Armstrong, who was taking a well deserved vacation with her family, when this little guy decided to come four weeks early! I received the call at 4:41 am from Trevor to let me know that Gillian was entering into active labour… I was in my car by 4:50 at the hospital by 5:13… but I missed the actual birth by about 20 minutes! Jonah decided that he just couldn’t wait to meet everyone and arrived at 4:53! Definitely a fast delivery. This is his story, as seen through my eyes.

When I came into the room, Gillian was radiant as she rested with Jonah on her chest.

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Daddy checking him out.

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So much joy and happiness!

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Time for food.

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When I was choosing images to share today, I had such a hard time choosing. I was struck by just how much love there was in the room!

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Taking a moment to rest her eyes, in absolute contentment.

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Sharing the news with Gillian’s grandma… one more great grandchild to add to her family!

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A message of congratulations from Gillian’s dad.

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A visit with some of the midwives at Semiahmoo Midwifery, where Gillian is also a midwife.

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Time for daddy to get some skin to skin cuddles!

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So peaceful in his studying of daddy!

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I love how beautiful Gillian looks in this image. She’s radiating pure happiness!

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Resting peacefully…

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Getting all ready for big brother to come and meet him!

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Gillian was telling Jonah a story about how his brother called him Spadoodles before he was born… and to me, it looks like he’s smiling about it!

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Mateo was so excited to meet his baby brother!

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Big yawn… being born is hard work!

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Comparing hands 🙂

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Time for breakfast!

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And snuggles with grandma!

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Just relaxing…

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Checking out his brother!

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Time for a story.

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A beautiful family!

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I LOVE tiny baby feet!

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Here he is: Jonah Neil, born August 25th, 2015 at 4:53 am. He weighed 6lbs 3 oz and is 18.75 inches long! Welcome to the world little one!

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Gillian and Trevor, thank you so much for allowing me to share in this special moment in your lives. I trust that Jonah is thriving and you’ll all be able to go home soon! May life continue to surprise and delight you 🙂 With gratitude, Katrina.

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