Wednesday, March 02, 2011

It's a girl!

Announcing the arrival of a baby girl born at home at 9:12 am! It was a surprise unassisted birth; the midwife arrived 5 minutes after she was born. She weighs 7 lbs 9 oz and is 21 1/4" long.

Birth story, super-short version:
Contractions started at 1 am. I made myself stay in bed and try to ignore them until 7 am. Two hours after I got up, I had a baby!
We've been nursing...
Cuddling skin-to-skin...
Getting to know each other...
And just relaxing.
Welcome earth-side, little one!
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139 comments:

  1. Awww! Congrats! She's beautiful! And she's here in time for your mother in law!

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  2. Congratulations!! All those photos are beautiful, especially the one of the new babylet and Zari.

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  3. She's perfect! No wonder Eric zoomed past me at 8:15 this morning!

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  4. Congratulations to you guys! She is beautiful! I can't wait to read the birth story.

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  5. Congratulations!! I've been waiting to hear the news. :)

    Beautiful family.

    I had a surprise unassisted birth with my second.

    Blessings,
    Stacy

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  6. I had a feeling ALL ALONG you would deliver on a Wednesday! I didn't want to tell you though cause that would jinx it :) Congratulations Rixa!

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  7. Congratulations to you and your family. She is gorgeous!

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  8. Wonderful! Congratulations! You all look blissed-out and beautiful.

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  9. Oh, wow! Congratulations! She is soooo beautiful!

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  10. Oh, boy!!! Many congratulations! And perfect timing!!! Sending much love,

    Diana

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  11. Congrats!!! she is absolutely beautiful and perfect!

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  12. Yay Congrats! And not "too big" for being "overdue" either!

    And her head is already rounding out! it's amazing how fast that happens.

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  13. Congrats!! She's absolutely adorable and she's got great timing to boot :)

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  14. Welcome little one!
    Great Birth Story Rixa!

    Hmmm love the "ignored" labor for six hours part! Would L O V E to hear details on that part of your labor...in time.
    Congratulations to Mama!
    Daddy, Dio and Zari too!

    Oh she looks sooo....new! pink, calm, big eyed, pure and purely beautiful.

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  15. congratulations! She is beautiful!

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  16. Oh, YAY!!! Congratulations!!! :) Enjoy the snuggles, and definitely take the relaxation time! :)

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  17. congratulations! looks like you're getting lots of quality time!

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  18. Congratulations! That's wonderful.

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  19. Hooray! She is beautiful, you look beautiful, just amazing!

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  20. Lisa in Canada3/2/11, 8:08 PM

    Yay, yay, yay!!! I'm so, so happy for you and your family, Rixa. And I can't wait to read the extended version of your birth story (and a name, too!).

    Happy babymooning! She's gorgeous!

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  21. SUPER congratulations :) what a fabulous strong woman you are! enjoy your babytime :)

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  22. Congratulations! Your baby is beautiful and so are you all. Love the photo of big sister and babe :-) what joy all round.
    That ability to ignore labour and let it happen is so intrinsic to an optimal birth, so admire that response of yours.
    ((((clink)))) here's to you and yours!!! <3

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  23. RIXA!!!! I knew it! she is so gorgeous! I love the pictures! I am so happy for you! AHHHHHHHHHH

    I love you guys so much, please feel the kissy kiss kiss from Michigan!


    xoxoxoxooxxoxo
    ps omg she is really really really cute!

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  24. Congratulations!!! She's gorgeous!

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  25. Congratulations! She is so beautiful - makes me cry every time seeing them so brand new:)

    Can't wait to hear the details!

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  26. Sary Stroll3/2/11, 8:32 PM

    I've kind've been a lurker for a while now, but just had to post -- CONGRATULATIONS! I am so in awe of you, everything you stand for & talk about, and I am so happy for you and your family! Enjoy your precious girl!

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  27. congrats!!!! so happy she's here!

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  28. Oh my heart swelled and my eyes teared up a little when I read this. Congratulations and good work! She is lovely.

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  29. Congratulations! She is beautiful. Love how she has her hands up by her head in that last shot.

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  30. Congrats! Enjoy that beautiful little girl :) and here's to a speedy recovery for you.

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  31. Congratulations!

    I love the picture of Zari and the new baby :)

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  32. Congrats!!! I am SOOO happy for you, she is PRECIOUS!! Can't wait to read the full story! How awesome! :)

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  33. beautiful! Congratulations! Way to go!

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  34. Good work Mamma. Soooo happy shes out!! Enjoy those special moment and rest! Much love.

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  35. Huge congrats!!!! She's just beautiful :) I think she looks like Dio!

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  36. Congratulations!!! Sending love!!

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  37. congratulations! she looks perfect, and quite a bit like her older siblings :) Enjoy your babymoon!

    p.s. can't wait to read the full birth story.

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  38. Aww, such lovely photos! Congratulations!

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  39. Gorgeous! Congrats, Rixa!

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  40. Just wanted to add my best wishes. She's just beautiful, and you're amazing!

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  41. how sweet and beautiful.... enjoy her <3

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  42. Congratulations! She is beautiful!!! Worth the wait indeed! :)

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  43. Congratulations, she is absolutely gorgeous! I had a surprise unassisted birth with my 2nd - my husband never thought he'd be catching a baby in our bathroom!

    There's something kind of awesome about knowing that you did that without help. Good job, Mama, enjoy the new little one.

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  44. Hooray! Congrats! So glad to hear everything went well. Love your blog.

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  45. Zari and her sister, that pic is to precious for words! Congratulations!

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  46. Congratulations! Enjoy each other. :)

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  47. She's gorgeous! Congratulations to you and your lovely family, Rixa.

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  48. Congratulations, Rixa! She's beautiful. Can't wait to read the whole story.

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  49. Good job mom!!!!!!! She is beautiful

    sisters! what a beautiful thing

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  50. Congratulations! I had a feeling that (a) you would have her today and (b) you were having a girl. I only hope I have that kind of intuition for my own kids.

    And I want to thank you for the pictures. I've been worrying for a long time that I will never be able to get pregnant and give birth (extensive family history of endometriosis is the cause of my fears). When I looked at the first picture in the post, something whispered to me, "Yes, this will be you."

    My husband also thought the picture was beautiful. I was actually afraid he would be squeamish about it, but he wasn't at all.

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  51. Oh I'm so glad she's here! And she's so beautiful! I love Zari's ecstatic facial expression!

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  52. Every time I logged onto my google reader I was waiting for your birth announcement! Congratulations! What a speedy birth, I look forward to reading the full version, but no rush, enjoy your baby moon.

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  53. So precious! Congratulations!

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  54. Congratulations! What a beauty! I love that picture of her and Zari.

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  55. Congratulations on your precious baby girl! I had a lovely unassisted birth with my last baby - at my midwife's house!

    Enjoy your tiny newborn richly!

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  56. Congratulations! She's beautiful.

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  57. Welcome earthside little girl! How exciting for your family! Enjoy your baby moon!

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  58. Wonderful! I've been lurking around here for a while but had to come out of hiding to tell you congratulations. Looking forward to hearing more about the surprise unassisted birth (I know I'm showing my non-enlightened, ignorant stripes by saying this, but: SCARY! Don't know how you did it! You're Wonder Woman!).

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  59. Congratulations! sounds like you had just the birth you needed :-)She is beautiful!

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  60. She's gorgeous, and you look great! Congratulations!

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  61. Congratulations to you all!! Welcome earth-side Sweet One!

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  62. Congratulations, Rixa! She's beautiful!

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  63. Congratulations to you and your beautiful family =D

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  64. Just beautiful!! Great job Rixa!! Look at those cheeks!!

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  65. Congratulations!! And thank you so much for taking us along on this journey and sharing your reflections and knowledge. I have loved reading it!! Welcome, little one!

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  66. oh so precious!!! she is so pink and squishy and new, i love it. congratulations!!! of course all babies are special, but how special for zari to have a sister! way to power one out rixa!
    hooray!!!!

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  67. Congratulations Rixa and Family! Welcome little one!

    Vicki

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  68. Sounds like the perfect birth! Undisturbed, but the midwife gets to help clean up ;) Congratulations!!!

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  69. Congratulations! I had tears in my eyes when I read the news. So happy for you guys. Glad all went well. Wonderful and empowering birth story - as all of yours. Enjoy those first precious moments, they fly by so fast!
    Nadja

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  70. congratulations!!! :) I'm so happy for you all...she definitely looks like a Rixa baby. xo

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  71. She is beautiful! Congratulations on your newest baby. I look forward to all of the details, but it sounds like it was great!

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  72. Congratulations, what a wonderful birth! That is one seriously adorable bundle of joy :)

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  73. Congratulations sweet mama! You did it!

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  74. I've lurked here for ages, but I had to come out and say Congratulations! I'm so glad she's here!

    Lynn

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  75. Congratulations, Freeze family!!

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  76. Congratulations to you all, such a wonderful blessing

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  77. Rixa she is so beautiful! My guess was a girl! Another unassisted birth how wonderful! Girls rule! Congrats Eric! More pics more pics! Can't wait for you to pick a name!

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  78. Congratulations!! So exciting! What a beautiful baby :-)

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  79. Congratulations!! May you enjoy your squishy babymoon!

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  80. Congratulations! She is so beautiful!

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  81. Regular lurker here, but I had to come out of the woodwork to say congratulations - she's absolutely beautiful! Enjoy that brand-new stage, it passes so quickly.

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  82. What a little sweetheart. Congratulations!

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  83. Congratulations! I was going to say "looking forward to the long version of the story", but it must not be too long!

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  84. She's so pink and beautiful, congratulations to you all! You're an inspiration :)

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  85. Yay! She came just in time! Congratulations to you and your family.

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  86. aww! Congratulations!!!

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  87. She is perfection! Well done and congratulations, Mama!

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  88. Congratulations. Beautiful work as always! Enjoy.

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  89. What an angel! So happy to hear the wonderful news... you'll always have a special place in our hearts.

    Jen from IL

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  90. Congratulations! She is beautiful!!

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  91. Congratulations! She's beautiful!

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  92. Congratulations Rixa!! She is the sweetest most perfect little baby! You look so relaxed and happy. Thanks for sharing this sacred moment in your life <3

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  93. I have never seen Zari look so happy. I have a feeling she was extra happy to have a sister

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  94. Congratulations! She's Cute!

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  95. Congrats! I can't wait to hear what interesting name you've chosen! She is so cute!

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  96. Congratulations!!! She is so beautiful and you look so serene!

    And guess what else? We share a birthday, how cool is that! :-)

    Fantastic job, you're amazing!! :-)

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  97. She's a beautiful baby! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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  98. congrats!!! ...that is wonderful news! :)

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  99. Yay! You look so happy! Contests!

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  100. Congratulations Rixa! I only just recently discovered your blog, but I (clearly along with many) have been excitedly waiting to hear of your new arrival.

    So glad to hear that you are both doing well. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures with us.

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  101. I'll add my congratulations to the many others posted! I'm glad all is well with you guys! Enjoy your bonding time. :)

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  102. Congratulations! I've been stalking my Google Reader for updates from you, hoping to see this very announcement!!!

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  103. Hooray, Hooray!

    Congratulations! We're so glad she's here!

    :)

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  104. So happy to hear/read/see the news! Congrats to the whole family. :-)

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  105. My sincerest congratulations!

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  106. Lots and lots and lots and LOTS of congratulations to you and your family! She is beautiful!

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  107. Congratulations! Looking forward to the extended birth story.

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  108. I keep coming back tp see her. And adore how her head is rounding and ... mmmmm.

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  109. How absolutely adorable! Congratulations.

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  110. I'm late because I took a day off the computer yesterday. Congratulations on your baby girl, Rixa!

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  111. Congratulations! She's lovely :) I can't wait to hear the long version! Hope you are resting well with a stack of books. Aimee

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  112. Now that how it is done! Beautiful job and heartfelt congratulations to you and you whole family!

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  113. Beautiful baby girl! Hope you will be sleeping better now-of course with interuptions:)
    Michelle

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  114. Many many congratulations! I too am looking forward with great and wonderous anticipation, to hear the birth story, long version!
    :)

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  115. Congrats!!! Get some rest and enjoy your new addition! Can't wait to read the full birth story:)

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  116. soooo excited for you! Congrats!!

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  117. i love the pic of zari. she looks so happy and bright eyed! she looks thrilled to be holding a baby! and im glad it's a girl! another friend for desirée!!!

    rebecca

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  118. Congrats from your cousin - I am glad everything went so smoothly. And now there are cousins in your family just 2 days apart.

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  119. Congrats, Rixa! Beautiful baby & family....Happy Babymoon!

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  120. Congratulations!!!! I've been reading your blog since you were about 30 weeks or so & have been checking it every day for the last two weeks. :)

    I love your site, you have some fantastic resources! I've reccomended it to several friends & nursing/doula students.

    Enjoy your new little one...I love how pink she is! :)

    -Allie

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  121. Congratulations, Rixa and family!!!!

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  122. Wonderful! So perfect, all the way around -- the timing and everything!

    I, too, LOVE the pic of Zari holding her new sister.

    Congratulations to all!

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  123. Congratulations! Just discovered you and I have to say...you've given me the itch again...

    Oh Darling!!! Can you come here for a moment? ;)

    Honey

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  124. Dang! I'm not online for 1 day and you manage to have the baby! She is absolutely beautiful. And the rest of the family looks positively glowing also. Congratulations!

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  125. I've been anxiously awaiting the news. I saw your birth announcement yesterday, but didn't get a chance to respond until today. Congratulations! You look gorgeous, and I'm so happy for all of you.

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  126. Congratulations! She's darling. Enjoy your babymoon. :)

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  127. Yes! Yes! Congratulations!!!!

    Oh, by the way, her big sister is freaking GORGEOUS! You make beautiful children.

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  128. Congratulations! I'm so happy that she is finally here!

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  129. Rixa,

    So happy for you! Congratulations :) Enjoy that sweet baby!

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  130. Belated congrats, Rixa! She is gorgeous-- the pic of Zari with her baby sister is so awesome. Enjoy-- off to read the birth story...

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