Friday, November 25, 2016

Elora Faye

Thanks for your patience, friends!  And for your prayers and for your always-so-thoughtful comments and encouragement. 

Yes, she's here!  And she's home.

Elora Faye newborn

Elora Faye Hauser was birthed at 11:55 pm on the 22nd.  She came into the world making some beautiful noises and breathing perfectly on her own.  For the first time I was able to enjoy that amazing alert newborn stage just after birth with no concerns for my baby or my own well being.  There are no words to say how grateful we are for her health.

 Elora Faye newborn

After 10 hours of induced labor, I was able to birth her naturally at our preferred hospital, MUSC.  There was only one part, when we heard a woman sobbing on the labor/delivery floor, that brought back painful memories of Eleni's birth.  Otherwise I was so focused, first on getting into a strong labor pattern and then on making it through when things heated up, that I wasn't scared.  Though, much of that is due to the angel of a midwife who has been handling my care for the past few months under the supervision of the maternal fetal medicine team at MUSC. 

After my history, I didn't think I wanted to work with a midwife, but Gretchen was just exactly what I needed.  She understood both sides - how we wanted to use all the testing and expertise of medicine to be 100% safe and that we wanted to pursue a natural, vaginal birth for an optimal outcome if it was medically indicated.  Both prenatally and at the birth itself, Gretchen had an uncanny sense of the words and information I needed to be empowered to navigate birth again.  My mother and I tried to hide our happy tears when Gretchen told us she has rearranged her schedule to be at my induction.  She stayed hours past her shift to be there for Elora's delivery, which just means so much.  Trust is so key for childbirth.  And sometimes, trusting the right person is everything.

By the way, I tried something new in this labor - nitrous oxide (aka laughing gas in a 50/50 concentration with oxygen) for pain relief.  My readers in Canada, Europe and Australia may be surprised to hear that nitrous oxide has been essentially unavailable in the US since the advent of the epidural.  It's making a comeback in 100's of leading US hospitals since it is a safe and affordable way of managing pain and anxiety in childbirth.  Nitrous oxide has a long history of use during labor worldwide with no known negative effects on baby and minimal-to-zero side effects on mom.  If you don't usually consider any drugs during childbirth, you may want to look into the safety and availability of this one.  I would use it again!

Elora Faye newborn

Ok, now, how about the baby?  We finally settled on Elora as a first name, in honor of her sister Eleni Laura.  It's very close to Eleni's first and middle name merged together, but different enough to our ears.  We usually choose a middle name to honor someone, so we had planned to use Eleni as a middle name, but as you know nothing came to us.  When we realized Elora as a first name would hold the same meaning, it was instantly our clear choice.  Faye is just pretty, and also Brandon's mother's middle name.  It's perfect!

Elora Faye newborn

Elora was born 7 pounds, 8 ounces and 19 3/4" long.  She had a slow start with breastfeeding, but has figured it out now.  Everything about her is amazing to me - the way her hands open, explore and grasp; her myriad facial expressions, so many pleasant; how she looks and looks around.  When brand new she was frequently gagging and struggling to swallow her spit up.  In just a few days she's progressed to manage that well, learned to latch and established a suck reflex, which was weak at birth.  So much in a few days!  All thanks to a healthy human brain.

Elora Faye newborn

We came home from the hospital on Thanksgiving evening and are enjoying our sleepy little one today.  Tomorrow we will celebrate Thanksgiving with extended family, all of us so very grateful this year for a precious new life.  And remembering Eleni always.  Always, always.

Happy belated Thanksgiving!



239 comments:

  1. Congratulations! I have been looking over and over again at your blogging site for news because I just wanted to hear the wonderful relieving news. I am so grateful all is well. She is a beautiful baby. I can only guess how great your relief must be. I am sure all of your readers feel just the same as I do.

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  2. So happy to see your precious little girl. I too have checked your blog several times each day, to be reassured all was well.
    I look forward to seeing this beauty grow into a strong healthy girl.
    Congratulations to your family.

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  3. And from Oz, so thrilled for you and your family, welcome Elora Faye. Doing a happy dance.

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  4. So happy for you and your family! I have been stalking your blog for the good news. Elora Faye is beautiful, enjoy your Thanksgiving!

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  5. Congratulations, Rachel, on a beautiful baby and on what sounds like a beautiful birth. Elora is gorgeous and I am glad you are both healthy. I used laughing gas for my recent natural birth as well and loved it! I am so glad it is an option for more American women. Enjoy these sweet early moments.

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  6. Welcome to the world baby girl 😊

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  7. She's beautiful, just like her siblings. Enjoy all those lovely newborn cuddles!

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  8. Congratulations on everything!!! Much love to all of your family!!

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  9. Congrats to your sweet and cute little Elora Faye! I'm wishing you a happy, happy life and lots of love and laughs!!!

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  10. A wonderful blessing and gift to your sweet family, as you are to her!
    Best wishes.
    Sharon

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  11. What a Thanksgiving to remember! Wonderful news!

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  12. Congratulations to all of you. I am so thrilled to hear this beautiful news!

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  13. Congrats to the entire family and the name is lovely - Happy Thanksgiving

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  14. Oh congrats! Such happy happy news! I don't have any good words, just happy!

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  15. Something in my eye whilst reading this. Congratulations to the whole family. <3

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  16. So happy for you and your family!

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  17. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! And Elora is a beautiful name, and very well chosen. Enjoy the special first days at home!

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  18. Many félicitations to you, Elora and your family! So glad the birth experience was so positive.

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  19. I just got your email. I am so happy. Elora is so adorable. I know you will enjoy every stage of her first few weeks with her loving mama and family.
    Oh Rachel, you know I am so happy. I love all of you so much.

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  20. So thrilled for you Rachel. Elora is beautiful, and such a blessing to many. Feeling very thankful...

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  21. Oh! She is perfect! So, so happy for you! Congratulations! <3

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  22. Congratulations!! She is so deliciously chubby!!

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  23. Wonderful news! Congratulations ❤️

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  24. Congratulations!!! God is good. I'm so happy for you and your family. Elora is a beautiful baby. Enjoy!

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  25. Congratulations to the entire family. Such wonderful news. I'm so happy for you. She is beautiful.

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  26. Congratulations to this super cute little lady! It's always a wonder to get the responsibility for such a sweet little persons. Enjoy the days! They are learning so much every day. We are just wondering every day about our little boy, who will be 12 weeks at Sunday.
    Greetings from Germany, Rike

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  27. So happy for you guys! Congratulations! The baby is beautiful and so is the name. I'm sure this baby is going to be very special in a new and different way

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  28. Such wonderful and joyous news! And being born so close to Thanksgiving seems just right too. Congratulations to you and your family...I am so happy for you. Looking forward to watching Elora grow up!!! Xo

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  29. I am thrilled for you and your family. Wonderful wonderful news.

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  30. She's beautiful, Rachel. Congratulations.

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  31. So much happiness for you and your family!

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  32. Congratulations! I'm so excited for you and your family. What a wonderful, Thanksgiving-time blessing!

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  33. Oh happy, happy day!!!! She is beautiful and I love her name :)
    Giving thanks that all is well and that you are both safe at home.
    Rest, joy and baby snuggles!

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  34. Congratulations! May you all be blessed by this new member of the family.

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  35. Oh Rachel! My heart is filled with joy and my lips with praises! God has truly blessed you with sweet Elora, and her name is perfect! I am so, so, so happy for your family.

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  36. Congratulations. I'm so happy that Elori is here safe and sound! Hugs to you all

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  37. Lovely photos - congratulations to you all:))

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  38. Welcome, beautiful Elora! I am so happy for you and your family!
    Thank you, Rachel, for taking the time to post. I'm sure I cannot be alone in eagerly awaiting your news!

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  39. Congrats! I had my little girl naturally on the 21st at 11:49 pm :)

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  40. Exciting! What a wonderful Thanksgiving present, Rachel : ) And I love the meaning of her name, as well as the name itself - lovely!

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  41. I am just thrilled to pieces for you!!!!!

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  42. Blessed be your newest family member and all of her family members!
    The happiest of Thanksgivings to you all!

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  43. Congratulations and she is beautiful!

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  44. Blessings on you all and welcome to the world Elora Faye. She is beyond gorgeous.

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  45. Welcome Elora Faye and congratulations to you all...... happy thanksgiving for all the right reasons x

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  46. I am so very happy for you...what a beautiful name and lasting tribute to Eleni...happy thanksgiving to all! Enjoy your little snuggle bunny!

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  47. Congratulations! She is beautiful :)

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  48. What a blessing! So Happy for you. Little Elora Faye is so precious - but I know that you will never forget little Eleni - she'll keep her own little special place in your hearts. Wishing you and your family many blessed memories and times with your new little one!

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  49. So very happy for you Rachel and family! Congratulations!!!

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  50. Wonderfully blessed, your family deserves such happiness. Welcome to the world Elora Faye!
    She is beautiful!

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  51. Congratulations! Such a lovely name for such a beautiful baby!

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  52. She's beautiful and the name is amazing. A fitting tribute to her angel sister. Congratulations.

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  53. What a perfect name and beautiful pictures!! Thanks for sharing the details. Congratulations, Rachel!

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  54. Yay! Congratulations, Mama! Let's hope everything else goes as smoothly!

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  55. Congratulations! So glad it all went well.

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  56. She is so beautiful! Much love to you all xx

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  57. So happy for you and your precious babe!

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  58. Wonderful to see this news!! Congratulations mama, Elora is beautiful!

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  59. What a beautiful baby girl! Congratulations to you and your family. She looks just like you!

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  60. What a blessing!! We rejoice with you in Elora's birth - truly a gift. I absolutely love her name, she'll grow to love it too, I am sure.

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  61. So so very glad and happy to hear your good news at last! Like so many others, I've been checking!! and praying. Glad that all went well for both of you - all of you as a family! Lovely name and how it does indeed remember precious Eleni. And of course I'm partial to Faye as it is my mother's name and my sister's middle name. Glad you're getting along well with the nursing and that you had a wonderful - perfect for you midwife. Icing on the birthday cake! Now enjoy!!!

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  62. I love her name, Elora. Faye. She's beautiful and I am so happy all went well. I wish they could of used nitrous oxide with my last birth! I think that it is great that there is something else available to help aid tihe birthing process. Best wishes.
    Leslie

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  63. I've been praying for days knowing she was to be here soon. She's beautiful!!!!! and her name is simply PERFECT!!! Welcome Home, Elnora!
    Much Love & Blessings

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  64. Words cannot express how happy I am for you!! Beautiful baby!

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  66. Rejoicing with you! Welcome to the world, Elora!

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  67. I have tears of relief and happiness for you and your beautiful family. A very happy Thanksgiving, for certain! Congratulations on your perfect little bundle of joy -- fabulous name choice!

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  68. Rachel, can't find the words. I am so happy for you and your family. I love her name and how it came about. Elora is a beauty, lovely pictures. As always, your post is very special and precious. And, we all will always remember Eleni.Always.Always. XXX

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  69. Congratulations!! Elora is just beautiful. I love that she is named after her sister Eleni. What a wonderful Thanksgiving gift!

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  70. Congratulations. She is simply darling.

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  71. So much to be thankful for, which will always include the memories of our precious loved ones. Thank you for sharing tender times with us, Rachel.

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  72. The look of such contentment on your face made me write for the first time-my heart is SINGING for you all. Such an amazing little one-absolutely gorgeous. My 3rd child was also born on 11.22 & I also came home on Thanksgiving Day. She is the light in our world. You are blessed. Happy holidays. Susan Riley

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  73. I am crying happy tears. Such great news :-).

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  74. Congratulations and best wishes. What a blessing on Thanksgiving.

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  75. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful event with us, your blog readers. Sending love to your entire family.

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  76. I'm so happy to hear you and baby are doing well! Glad you had a good birth experience your midwife sounds like a treasure! Best wishes.

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  77. Such happy news! Thanks for sharing those endearing moments and thoughts. Bless all of you!

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  78. Rachel,So happy for you and your family. What a beautiful baby girl! Happy Thanksgiving! Barbara R

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  79. I'm so happy it went well!

    Happy birthday Elora!

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  80. Congratulations on your lovely little girl, Elora and both you and her are doing well !!! beautiful baby . blessings to your whole family at this time of year when we are to remember what we are grateful for !!! Happy Thanksgiving~! from Iowa

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  81. Rachel, I'm so happy for you and your family-- Elora looks like she will be a perfect fit🤗🤗❤️️💐

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  82. Congrats on a safe arrival and a beautiful name. Enjoy.

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  83. Eleni is surely above smiling upon on her new little sister. Blessings on Elora and your family! Enjoy every moment!

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  84. She is so beautiful! Congratulations to your family.

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  85. Congratulations on your beautiful new baby. Her name is a wonderful way to honor her sister. Many blessingsto you and your family

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  86. So much happiness for you and your family. Welcome baby Elora! You must come and visit the lovely, picturesque village of Elora, Ontario, Canada sometime!!

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  87. What a delightful surprise to see you and Elora come across my Instagram feed just now. Giving thanks to our gracious God for you and your precious family. Rejoicing! ❤️

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  88. Oh wonderful news! Congratulations to you all. Beautiful baby with a beautiful name. What a special way to honour her sister ❤️️ Enjoy your time together.

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  89. Well done Mama and Elora! Congratulations and may God wrap you both in the blessings of health, love, and joy for years to come. SO VERY happy for you.

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  90. Congratulations! She is so sweet. I love her name too. I am thankful with you and your family!

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  91. Praying blessings for Elora and your family and a speedy recovery for you.

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  92. So, so happy for you and your family! Praise God!

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  93. Oh such absolutely good news !!!! I do have a bit of a confession - when I saw the title of your last post, prior to this - it read, "Welcome, Westwood Acres"... for a second I thought , oh dear, they named the little one Westwood Acres.... I quickly thought, now don't be critical, it's their decision if they want a child named Westwood, that's just fine... oh my, but you did make a much better choice after all !!!! perfect, name, baby, family, situation. Blessings on you all.

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  94. JOY! So very glad for you and yours.
    Neame

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  95. May the days ahead be filled with wonderment, happiness & peace. Congratulations!

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  96. God bless you and your beautiful family! I'm so happy for you all!

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  97. I'm thanking the lord for all your blessings.

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  98. Thank you for such a Beautiful post. I had been waiting to hear something and trying to figure out exactly when to expect some news. What a perfect little beauty.

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  99. Wonderful news! So happy for all of you. Welcome, Elora Faye!

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  100. Very, very, very happy for you and the family!!! I'm crying happy tears! Elora is so beautiful.

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  101. I am so happy for you and your family! This is such wonderful news to hear.

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  102. She is so beautiful!! I'm so happy for you.

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  103. She is so beautiful!! I'm so happy for you.

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  104. She's beautiful! I love her name and I'm so so happy for you. You will blink and she will be 6 months old soon!

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  105. Congratulations! She's so beautiful, as is her name. So happy for you that your delivery went so well, and that you had supportive medical staff.

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  106. Congratulations! So happy for you and your family. So glad everything just went fine. What a luck!!!

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  107. She is so incredibly precious.

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  108. Oh this is wonderful news! Thank you for sharing your beautiful experience. I am so glad that you had a wonderful midwife. She sounds like a kindred spirit.

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  109. Congratulations and happy thanksgiving.

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  110. Brought tears of joy! So happy for you and your family

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  111. Dear Rachel, you have been so much in my mind and I'm happy to tears to meet Elora Fay! She is so beautiful and cute snuggling in your arms! Thank you for sharing your experience and thoughts. Congratulations, I wish you all the happiness! x Teje

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  112. What wonderful news Rachel. Thank you for sharing xx

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  113. So glad to her the wonderful news I have stalked your blog to hear, so relieved for you all enjoy enjoy such a just reward for you Elora is blessed with her family Xxx

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  114. So very happy for you and your family. Lovely pictures. Enjoy your beautiful blessing.

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  115. So precious! She is so sweet and I imagine loving the attention. Blessings for your family!

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  116. I'm so thrilled for you all! It's a real answer to prayer and your midwife sounds like an angel. You've chosen a beautiful name. Wishing you much love and peace xx

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  117. So happy to hear your wonderful news, and that both Mama and baby are home and well. I'm glad the nitrous oxide was helpful for you. I tried it with my first and it didn't seem to do anything for me, although my husband was very enthusiastic in his testing of it for me. Hmm. I did find biting down on the mouthpiece was very good with each contraction though! :)
    Such happy news and beautiful photos, Rachel, wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend x x

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  118. Congratulations to your whole family!I can't even begin to imagine what a safe delivery means after all you have been through. Her name is a beautiful tribute to her gone but never forgotten big sister. Enjoy every moment (even the sleepless ones!) xxx

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  119. Rachel and family, congratulations on your wonderful news. Elora is beautiful and I love her names. Xxx

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  120. Genuinely choked up for you Rachel, I feel my heart might burst with joy! I'm going to come back and read your post when I have the time to take it all in! Congratulations xxxxxx perfect name choice xxxxxx

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  121. Congratulations Rachel, you have a beautiful baby and so glad everything went safe for you, my daughter used the gas and that
    helped so much, thought I was going to need it lol, it warms my heart
    that you have a beautiful baby in your arms for thanksgiving, all the best for you and your family.

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  122. So thankful everything went well for you. She is beautiful and hopefully the very normalcy of situations will aid in the healing that you and your family need.

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  123. Congratulations to you and your family. So happy to read that everything went well, and that a healthy baby girl has joined your family. Blessings on all of you.

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  124. Congratulations - I am so, so happy to hear this news! And, I know Eleni's love is surrounding you all! What a Thanksgiving o:)

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  125. She is beautiful. Congratulations and blessings to you and your family.

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  126. Congrats on a beautiful, healthy baby-and what a wonderful name-so pretty! Good luck and prayers, Susan

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  127. Congrats on your new family addition!

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  128. Congratulations Rachel. Beautiful baby, beautiful Mommy. fills my heart with warmth to read your post.

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  129. Congratulations! She is beautiful. And what a beautiful and meaningful name. Best wishes to your whole family!

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  130. Oh I'm so happy for you and your entire family.

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  131. So happy for you and your family! Elora Faye is beautiful! .

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  132. Praise God! So happy for you and your family for a safe delivery and healthy baby. She is just lovely.

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  133. The true meaning of Thanksgiving- many blessings!

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  134. So so happy for you and your family. God bless.

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  135. Elora is a blessing; she's beautiful.

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  136. She takes my breath away! Congratulations and you are so very blessed! Your face says it all!

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  137. Wonderful, happy news! Thanks be to God for this sweetheart! Elora is absolutely beautiful!

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  138. Bless your sweet family and Congratulations on your beautiful healthy baby girl.

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  139. I'm so happy for you!! Congratulations on your beautiful baby; her name is so lovely and perfect.

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  140. So much to be thankful for and such a meaningful day for her birth. All the best

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  141. She is beautiful, congrats to you and your family.

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  142. Huge congrats to you and your family! I'm happy that she is healthy and of course so adorable!

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  143. What joyful news. :) So much to be thankful for.

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  144. Congratulations to you all. What lovely news. :0) xx

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  145. God be praised. He has sent you another precious angel.

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  146. Congratulation ! you and Elora look beautiful and I wish you all the best. What a great thanksgiving you must be having, although 2 days later. Best wishes again, Marion

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  147. Your story is rich with love and meaning. Elora is wonderful. So are you.

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  148. Beautiful pictures, beautiful, healthy momma and baby! I too have watched your blog through the tears and triumph. Congratulations to you and your family! Have a blessed Thanksgiving. So much to be thankful for. I am thankful for you! I love your designs and inspiration.

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  149. What wonderful news! And what a beautiful daughter! All the best wishes for you and Elora.

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  150. Thrilled for you and your perfect baby girl!

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  151. Thrilled for you and your perfect baby girl!

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  152. Congratulations Rachel! What a exciting news. Me too, I've been patiently waiting for an update :)
    What a beautiful baby girl, what a beautiful name!
    All the best to You all. I am delighted for you. Lots of love.

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  153. What wonderful news that all went well and you are back at home with your new addition to the family! I'm so glad to hear you were able to use the Nitrous, it is a perfect method for most women for pain relieve, especially as it is regulated by the patient and no one else. I've had many patients be successful as your were using it when I was a labour/delivery nurse.

    She is a beauty, many happy wishes to all!

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  154. So happy for all of you...peace and love to all.

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  155. I am moved to tears. I love how you chose her name. Welcome to the world beautiful little one.

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  156. Oh!! God Bless!!! She is beautiful.

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  157. Wishing so much happiness for you and your family! Beautiful new baby!

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  158. Congratulations on your lovely little girl. My middle name is also Faye, and it's my mother's name. Wishing everyone much happiness.

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  159. Congratulations on the arrival of your beautiful girl. Wishing you all much joy and blessings.

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  160. How many ways can one say congratulations. So happy for you and your family. So happy. Blessings abound.

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  161. So happy for you and your family.

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  162. What a thrill!!! Congratulations to you and yours on the birth of your delightful treasure!

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  163. She is so, so beautiful! Congratulations to you and your family!

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  164. How wonderful for you & your family! It's lovely you share so much with us out in cyberland. What a joy to have a new baby - enjoy all the moments!

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  165. Congratulations! She is so pretty. You are truly blessed. Rest now and we will see you blogging again soon ... no hurry though. Rest!

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  166. Congratulations, she is just beautiful, my 1st daughter was born on that day to and weight was the same, Jackie is 33 now. Have fun.

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  167. Congratulations, what a wonderful baby. So happy for you and your family that you tried again and now have a healthy little baby girl.

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  168. Congratulations on your beautiful little baby girl! I am smiling from ear to ear looking at the wonderful pictures....

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  169. Many, many sweet congratulations to you and your family. She is beautiful:)

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  170. Oh she is so beautiful. I love the name!! I am so happy for all of you and your healthy little one!!!

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  171. Such Wonderful News this post. She is beautiful like her mother. Congratulations!

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  172. Happy for you and your family -- congratulations!

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  173. Oh my, but she is beautiful! Congratulations on the birth of your healthy little lady. I love your name choice; what a beautiful way to honor her big sister.

    May the Good Lord be praised for this wondrous gift. Enjoy your babymoon!

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  174. congratulations! and happy happy news. i am so happy for all ofyou. (my youngest grandaughter is Elara-)-beautiful name for a beautiful new baby. ENJOY! you got this!
    sara

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  175. Such beautiful news. Congratulations to all.

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  176. Congrats! All the best to your whole family! So happy for you!

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  177. Congratulations! Glad to hear that you're all healthy and happy.

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  178. So happy for you-congratulations!

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  179. Congratulations to you! Such a beautiful little girl.

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  180. I am so so happy for you and your family. I needed some good news.

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  181. Many, many congratulations. I am so happy for you and your lovely family

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  182. Congratulations, Rachel! Wishing you and your family health and happiness in the years to come!

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  183. Congratulations, what a wonderful way to celebrate Thanksgiving with the birth of your beautiful, healthy daughter, Elora Faye.

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  184. Tears of joy! I am so happy for you, Rachel, and family. Congratulations on the birth of Elora. She is beautiful!

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