Friday, October 30, 2009

Welcome to the World Caleb John :)











He's here! Our new son, Caleb John was born last night (October 29th) at 11:08 p.m. He was 8 lbs. 8 ozs. and 21 inches long. Everything went smoothly and it was a great labor and delivery.

It is wonderful to have him here and to finally get to see this sweet little boy that has already brought our family so much joy by just thinking about and talking about him. He has no idea all that our family has gone through this last year and we will have quite a story to tell him of the year that we had before he was born. He is such a blessing to us already! And, he is a blessed little guy to have Jacob, Abbey and Micah for his older siblings and Jim for his daddy! We can't wait to get home so we can be a family of 6! :)

The kids aren't able to come to the hospital to meet him as they aren't allowing any children visitors this time of year. It helped in making our decision because we weren't really sure if we would bring them up here anyways. Bringing Abbey into a germy hospital if we don't have to is something that we really weren't comfortable with. So, they will have to wait till we get home tomorrow to meet their new baby brother. Jim is with the kids today and he took some pictures of Caleb this morning before he left the hospital to show them. He said they were all really excited to see him :)

Today, Caleb is doing great. Nursing great and peeing and pooping a good amount (which always is reassuring with a new baby when nursing). He's a little warm snuggle bug! I too am feeling really good. It's always so nice to not be pregnant anymore after the last tough weeks of feeling huge and uncomfortable. And he was a big guy being smooshed in there! I'm happy for him too that he can move now :)

I also wanted to mention that one of my very closest friends, Kristina was my nurse in labor and delivery (as seen in picture with me below). We have been friends since 7th grade and we have kept in touch all these years. We had been in close contact lately as my due date approached and it worked out perfectly for her to be our nurse last night. She was so wonderful as she is very compassionate, kind, calm and knowledgeable in her field and exactly the kind of nurse that I needed. Not to mention she's fun to be around and so easy to talk to. Thank you Kristina for helping to make this experience so amazing for Jim and I.

And thank you all for praying for a safe delivery :) We are so blessed by all of you... and our new bundle of joy!

39 comments:

Bethany said...

Shelley, you look so tiny already after just giving birth! You look so pretty too! I loved hearing that your friend was able to be your nurse in labor and delivery. That must've been awesome. Enjoy these few days with some alone time with little Caleb. He is so blessed to call you Mommy!

Cindy Bailey said...

Aww what a little sweetheart. Welcome to the world Caleb John! Shelley you and Jim look like the happiest couple with your new bundle of joy.:) God Bless your family. Can't wait to see pics with his siblings. Congratulations to you all!!!~

ELISABETH said...

Congratulations!!! He's just beautiful. Many blessings on your family!

Anonymous said...

You look wonderful, glowing in your renewed motherhod! How adorable and great Caleb looks! Congrats to you & Jim! I know the kids must be so excited, tomorrow will be wonderful for all of you!
With love & prayers-
Angela Mitchell

Julie said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! He is adorable!!!!

Beth said...

Congrats Colbert family!!! What true Blessing and Joy!!

Caleb is SO adorable and his definetly resembles his siblings!! What a cutie!

Shelley, you look great and I am so happy that you had a wonderful labor and delivery!

God Bless you!!

Aggie said...

Absolutely precious! Congratulations and I am so thankful that you and Caleb are both doing so well. Praise God!

Aggie said...

Absolutely precious! Congratulations and I am so thankful that you and Caleb are both doing so well. Praise God!

Anonymous said...

So glad that everything went well with the delivery and that little Caleb is doing well...I'm so happy for you guys!
~Rachael

Kristin said...

CONGRATULATIONS! Caleb is a beautiful baby boy!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! WHAT A PERFECT AND BEAUTIFUL BABY BOY!!!!!

WE LOVE YOU ALL!!



the Ortega's

The Gammons Family said...

Congrats! I am going to call Amanda and let her know. Love the name.

Missy said...

Praise God to whom all things flow! Congrats!

G Family said...

CONGRATS Colbert Family!!! What a sweet baby boy!

Lisa said...

Congratulations to all of you! What a beautiful baby boy. Shelley, you look fantastic!

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daisy2biker said...

Welcome baby Caleb to a wonderful family! You guys looks so happy. I am sure the other kids are just so excited to meet him tomorrow. So happy for all of you! :)

April said...

Congratulations! He is so precious and you look fabulous! :)

Keri Bush said...

Beautiful! Congratulations!

Heather said...

Congratulations!!He is absolutely darling.New life ... there's nothing that compares.

dana said...

Congratulations!!! So thankful that Caleb is here safe and sound! What a blessing he is to your family...what a treasure!

May the Lord continue to carry your family day by day throughout the moments ahead!

Wow...so cool that he's here as I remember you emailing me 9 months ago. How far we've come!

Love,
Dana

Kara Grace said...

Oh!! I am SO happy for all of you! Caleb is such a beautiful baby boy.
He is her safe and sound...congradulations on this new family of 6!

Amber said...

Congratulations! He's beautiful! I have a Caleb too - born in June. :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Shelley! He is precious! What a perfect addition to your family! God Bless!

-Wendy Higley (Heiser)

TanyaMom23 said...

Congratulations to all of you on your newest addition... he's adorable!

Emma said...

Congratulations on the birth of Caleb John. So happy for your family! Keep the pictures coming...he is adorable.

Emma (Florida)

Sewconsult said...

Congratulations! What a joyful family! Praying for a wonderful future for all.
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

Jenny said...

Congratulations to all of you on the birth of your gorgeous little Caleb! He is so beautiful! Sending hugs from Down Under!

Andrea said...

Congratulations! What a sweet bundle of love God blessed you with. Praising Him for a smooth delivery and that all was well with Abbey and the boys.

Andrea

Kellie Svendsen said...

Shelley & Jim, He is just beautiful! Congratulations on the new lil addition!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Colbert family. So wonderful Caleb is finally here! Caleb is adorable, and Shelley, you look beautiful after just having that tiny little blessing! Jim, you look like a very proud Daddy in those pics! Praise God all went well. We are so happy for you all!
God Bless,
Petrowski Family (Leah from clinic)

Emily said...

Congratulations!!! Caleb is absolutely beautiful. God bless your sweet family!

Cindy Bailey said...

Shelley, I had to come take another peek at your beautiful baby boy! Thanks for sharing him with all of us who follow your family's blog.:) I think I see a little of his big sister in Caleb. Best of luck to you and your family of six!:) God Bless!~

Burkholders said...

Yeah! So glad to hear everything went smoothly. You look great and he is so adorable. I love Caleb's name and think it's goes wonderfully with the rest of the family like you said. (0: Hope you can get some rest. Have a terrific arrival home. How exciting to introduce another sibling to your kids. Love you guys.

Jenifer said...

Congrades he is so very cute...

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Jon said...

So sweet! Shelley, you look wonderful!

Misty Rice said...

Yea....congratulations and what a handsome little boy he is. A gift. A blessing.

God Bless.

Jenny said...

Congrats!! I am soo behind on reading blogs lately..I was going through and said...."hmmm, they have a new addition :)!!" Congrats and many blessings this Thanksgiving!