A welcome surprise!

We are home and we are all doing well.
THANK YOU all for all of your prayers and well wishes!
The kids ADORE their new brother, especially Seamus… so many cute stories about his interaction with his new baby brother.

Some details:

(trust me – this will be the brief version — I will give the full story in a later post when I have more time)

~ His name is Declan Yeshua ___________ . Declan means “man of prayer” and Yeshua is the Hebrew form of Joshua/Jesus and means “the Lord saves”. The Lord has truly been with us and blessed us and carried us through the past couple of years (and, really, all of the years of our lives) that we thought it fitting for his name to signify that our children are really His.

~ The only reason I went to the hospital when I did was because I had some bloody show; I wasn’t having regular contractions (though they would appear regular a couple of times through the night). But it was good that I did because the contractions kicked in quickly and his heart rate kept dropping down to 60 BPM with every contraction; he was having some major “decels”. If I hadn’t already been at the hospital when that was happening it could have quickly become a dangerous situation. They gave me medicine to stop the contractions and the (AWESOME!) nurse worked to manually get rid of the little bit of my cervix that was left, got the doctor in the room, pushed once, he came out with the cord wrapped 2xs (!) around his neck. One more push and a vacuum suction and he was out. I still wasn’t completely dilated, but they had to get him out.

~ He weighs a tiny 5 lbs and 11 oz. And is 19″ long. By the time we left the hospital, he was 5 lbs and 5 oz. His diaper is the size of my palm. But his size is a blessing, because if he had been larger, the cord would have wrapped even more tightly around his neck.

Really, the Lord’s timing is so amazing. He was just under 3 weeks early, but I had prayed for a clear sign that it was time to go to the hospital. He gave that sign to me and my baby was safe from a potentially dangerous situation. Praise God!

(his one-eye-peek)


  1. Karla, he’s beautiful. Gid is good. Rest and enjoy :)

  2. Congratulations Karla, he is just beautiful!!!!


  3. The Flip Flop Mamma! says

    Oh my! I’m so glad everything went well!!! You are so blessed to have good doctors to get him out quickly! I’m still here, still pregnant!!! Going on 2 days overdue!!! Oh, and he’s gorgeous!!!

  4. Barbara H. says

    He is so cute!!! I am so glad the Lord had you at the hospital at just the right time!!

  5. enjoy your time with him and your other precious children! take of you too!

  6. Lynnae @ From Under the Clutter says

    He’s so precious! And I love how the Lord works! Congratulations!

  7. Oh. My. Goodness. He is beautiful. And what a relief that you went to the hospital when you did . . . God was truly protecting your son. Can’t wait to hear more. Thanks for posting.
    Lots of ((HUGS)) to you and Declan.

  8. stephanie@{Olive Tree} says

    So cute – and glad that everything went okay!!

  9. Barb @ A Chelsea Morning says

    Oh, he’s beautiful, Karla. I just ran over quickly to catch up and see how this last month was going for you and there he is. What a surprise!

    Congratulations to all of you. And hooray for moms who show up exactly when you need them and don’t even know it. :-)

  10. Megan (FriedOkra) says

    He’s a gorgeous little man! And I’m so happy he’s here safe and sound… Have a wonderful “babymoon,” Karla and keep those pictures coming!

  11. I havent come to see you and I feel so bad….he is soooooo sweer Karla….you are sooooo blessed. I’m so happy you and baby are well. I’m praying now for much needed rest for you both……..Congrats momma

  12. Beautiful, just beautiful.

    I’m so glad everything went safely. Your family has been in my thoughts lately!

  13. He is beautiful and perfect. I am so moved by him – congratulations to you and your family.

  14. He’s just beautiful. Praise God for His timing. Congratulations again.

  15. God is good!!! Thank you Jesus!!!

  16. Congratulations! He is beautiful and I really like the name – especially the meaning.

  17. Congratulations! He is too cute!

  18. Karla, congratulations! Welcome to the world, Declan! God has sent you to such an awesome family :-)

    May peace and joy fill your days! hugs,

  19. He’s so beautiful! Love how it all happened. God is so good.

  20. way to go mommy!!!!!! what a beautiful son you have been given. and i LOVE love love his name.

    shalom and love,

  21. He’s truly beautiful & a miracle for what could have been a tougher situation. Thanks so much for sharing the pix & the story. And what a beautiful name!

    You are so inspiring!

  22. What a beautiful boy! Congratulations!

  23. Congratulations! And welcome to the world on the outside baby Declan!

  24. carrie*postma says

    he is gorgeous! God had His mighty hand on you and Declan the whole time…PTL!!!

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