After 21+ hours of labor, my cousin Beth and her husband Marshall welcomed their little girl Chelsea Rae. She was born at 3:56 AM this on July 13th, which is also her grandfather’s 60th birthday. What a tremendous gift!

Chelsea weighs 8 pounds and 9 ounces and is 21.5 inches long.

Our Aunt Donna served as the birthing coach, and the doctors and nurses were raving about how wonderful she was. I am not surprised. A labor and delivery nurse herself, Aunt Donna has a totally calm and reassuring demeanor and knows how to explain everything so well. She was a great source of comfort to me when Katie came early and needed extra care because she knows exactly how to present information to reduce anxiety.

Chelsea Rae is our miracle girl. Our whole family was constantly updating itself with Beth’s progress yesterday and last night. Imagine a whole network of aunts, uncles, cousins, great-aunts, great-uncles, and even second cousins who all want you here. Our family love is a powerful force. Many of us have felt in this together, since even before Chelsea was conceived. Those were long years. She is a true miracle.

All children are miraculous, though, from the absolute moment of conception.

Newborn Chelsea Rae. I was up at 5:00 AM this morning to fit in my morning run before the mugginess really started, and this was the glorious picture that greeted me.

Aunt Donna and Chelsea

Definitely one of the most adorable babies I have ever, EVER seen. I want to gobble and kiss those cheeks a million times…

Chelsea, we are so ecstatic you are here! I cannot wait to celebrate this life with you.