Friday, October 05, 2007

Clare Elizabeth

On Sunday, September 30, 2007, we had the honor of welcoming a new little girl into our family. Weighing in at a hefty 9 lbs 6 oz. and a lengthy 21 in., she is happy and healthy and a wonderful blessing to our family. Looking just like her sisters, but with the coloring of her brothers, it will be interesting to see a dark haired version of Theresa and Catherine. So without further delay ... here's Clare:

Clare Elizabeth Uhlenkott
Born: Sunday, September 30, 2007 at 11:04 am Pacific
Weight: 9 lbs. 6 oz
Length: 21 in.
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue (so far!)
Skin: Rosy

One of her first smiles

Just 2 hours old

Getting ready to be weighed

The apprentice and our midwife.

We were again blessed to have a wonderful home birth. Thanks to our wonderful midwives and the apprentice, as well as the prayers of so many family members and friends across the country, God truly blessed us with a safe and happy delivery. Our hearts are filled with gratitude!

Mommy and her 4 hr old beauty

Daddy and "Pinky"

The proud older brothers and sisters holding Clare for the first time:

The oldest (Theresa) and the youngest

Joseph and Clare

Catherine and Clare

John about to hold his sister for the first time

As you can tell, Clare's brothers and sisters were very excited to see her and hold her. After his turn with Clare, Joseph, overflowing with joy, went up to his mommy and said, "so happy, so happy" and then with a serious look at Mommy, asked, "When you have another one?" And without waiting for a reply, exclaimed with his hands held wide, "Lots more, lots more!" (Wish we had a video of that!)

Joseph asking Mommy

And to top it all off, we had another set of birthdays to celebrate as Joseph and Catherine turned 5! And they said that Clare was the best birthday present they could have received!

What a birthday!

John thought since he didn't get a cake, the ice cream was all his!

Finally, we want to thank everyone for their prayers throughout the pregnancy, labor, and delivery of little Clare. Also, thank you to all who have helped with our other children and have made meals for us. What would we do without all of you?! Thank you from all of us!