Thursday, April 9, 2009

With pride



It's my pride and joy that arrived this morning.

Naomi Aroha Sams
8lbs 2oz 20.5in
11:55am NZ time (7:55pm EST)
10 April 2009 (the 9th in the US)

Born naturally at home

Birth story to come when I have my wits about me :)




More pictures to come.





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157 comments:

  1. she is so beautiful!!! I am so glad she finally came. congratulations, Susie. Can't wait to hear the birth story!

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  2. Congratulations Naomi is adorable -she is so lucky to have her big brother Joshua to look over her. My God bless all of you in the blissful days to come.

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  3. HeatherinRochesterApril 9, 2009 at 10:48 PM

    YEA!!! Congrats!! i have been checking as often as i can. SO glad to hear you are all doing well. GOOD JOB MAMA! oh and i LOVE the name. i cant wait to hear the birth story. she is absolutely beautiful!!!!!! what an amazing blessing!! praise the LORD!

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  4. Hooray!!!!!!!!! Congratulations, mama! (& daddy & big sister, too!) She looks beautiful and the pride in your eyes in that last pic of y'all is awesome! Give her a big snuggly squeeze for me.

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  5. Congratulations to you all!! She is beautiful and I love her name. I am so happy for you.

    Love and Hugs, Laurie

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  6. Congratulations, Sams family!! She is BEAUTIFUL! I just love that smile on Oce's face! And her name is beautiful...I especially love Aroha! Can't wait to hear the birth story. God bless!!

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  7. Congratulations Susie! She's beautiful!

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  8. Congratulations!!!! What a peanut! God Bless you all!!

    -Rosey from NY

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  9. yay! I am so happy for you guys! so sweet I am glad everything went well! she is beautiful susie! I love her name too :)Congrats to your family! many blessings.

    shannah (from babyfit)

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  10. Amazing, isn't it. There is nothing like your very own newborn baby laying in your arms. Especially the baby you birthed at home.

    Having my three kids at home has been one of the greatest joys of my life.

    Kiss that sweet Naomi for me!

    Congratulations a thousand times!

    -Andrea

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  11. Oh my goodness! She's beautiful! She looks just like Joshua in that first picture. And look how happy Oceana looks. Susie, so happy for you all! Congratulations again!

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  12. Congratulations! What a wonderful surprise when I went to your blog and saw that your newest little one had arrived! I can't wait to see more pics!

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  13. CONGRATULATIONS!!! She is BEAUTIFUL!!! HOW WONDERFUL you were able to birth her at home!!!! Cant wait to hear the birth story and see more pics! CONGRATS again! LOVE her beautiful name!

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  14. Long-time lurker here...Oh my goodness, she is precious!!! Congratulations!!! Can't wait to hear the birth story! She is absolutely beautiful, as is her name. :) What does it mean?

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  15. oh and crazy how it is a different day back in your hometown!
    When I had my daughter in Hawaii I HAD to have her on the SAME day in BOTH places (HI and RI)... I had her with only 33 minutes to spare... 627pm HPT and 1127pm EST
    YOU LOOK GREAT FOR JUST HAVING HAD A BABY!

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  16. Yay!!!!! So happy to see you all doing well!

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  17. I am SOOO happy for you, Matt and Oceana. I love the pic with Oceana smiling at her.

    Great name!

    I hope you are feeling better =)
    -Allison

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  18. Congratulations on your beautiful little girl!! Little girls are so much fun, I'll bet Oceana is so excited!! ENJOY:)

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  19. Congratulations. Cant wait to hear / see more of your wonderful family.

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  20. Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful! I love her name! What is the meaning of her middle name? Praise the Lord for her healthy and safe arrival. What a blessing =)

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  21. Oh, Congratulations!! Praise God!!! She is just beautiful. Rest and enjoy. :)

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  22. Congratulations! God bless all of you!

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  23. She's beautiful! Congratulations, all!

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  24. Congratulations! I couldn't sleep so I had been praying a lot for you! So glad to get up and see SUCH a delightful little face... and a happy family!
    Blessings for Easter as well,
    Jessica in Italy

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  25. oh, congratulations!
    I love the name!!
    I am so happy for you that you got to have her at home, like you wanted. congrats again!
    ~sara

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  26. I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!! Her and Joshua have the same nose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh congrats mama, she's GORGEOUS! You did good!!!!!!!!

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  27. congrats!!!!!!!!!!
    the picture of the girls gave me chills...how awesome is our God!
    can't wait for the birth story :)

    (from a long time lurker)
    jody

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  28. Welcome to the family Naomi! We love you more than you know. You are so precious to us and to our heavenly Father who gave you to us. Can't wait to hold you in my arms.

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  29. God bless you all!!! Congratulations...she is lovely!

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  30. Everyone looks WONDERFUL!!! I can't wait to see more pictures! Oceana looks so excited!!!
    Emily in Mississippi

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  31. Hi Susie, have followed your blog for a long time, don't comment much, but have been eagerly awaiting the birth of your baby..... congratulations, you've done well, looking forward to seeing more pics, and hearing the full story.

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  32. Congratulations!!!! She is so beautiful!!!!

    I am just so happy for your family.

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  33. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats on your beautiful little girl! Can't wait to hold her in a few months!!!

    Love & Prayers,

    Pam & Family in PA

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  34. Congratulations, Susie, Matt, and Oceana! Welcome, Naomi! She is beautiful. (I'm missing Joshua. . . .)

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  35. Congratulations Susie, and praise God! She is beautiful! Oceana's grin is priceless :)

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  36. Congratulations to you all.

    Especially love the happy happy face on Oceana. So happy for you all.

    BEAUTIFUL name!!

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  37. Congrats to you and your family. I have been reading your blog for quite awhile and never comment much.
    Love the name you picked out.
    Chris in Iowa

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  38. Congratulations on your beautiful baby :) Praise the Lord! :)

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  39. YAY! She is just beautiful! Praising God for this new baby girl! Love and prayers to each of you!

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  40. COngrats!!! :) Someone else I know had her girl today and named her Naomi also..must have been a Naomi kind of day!! :) She is beautiful (by the way)!

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  41. Gorgeous, of ocurse. And you will probably hear many times that she DOES look like Oceana! SO proud for you all.

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  42. Congratulations!!! She is beautiful! Looks like she has long eyelashes. Oceana's smile is captivating. She looks SO happy.

    Hope you all get some good rest.

    Blessings and best wishes.

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  43. CONGRATULATIONS! She's such a doll. You are a champ Susie. Love Love. xx

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  44. Congratulations!! So very happy for you!!

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  45. Congratulations!!!! She's beautiful, and I love the name! :)

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  46. Congratulations! She is adorable and you are beautiful! I am so jealous, it took me weeks to look like a normal human after I had my boys.

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  47. Congratulations. She is just beautiful! Can't wait to hear all about the birth :o) I am so happy for you guys.

    Angie in Michigan.

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  48. Congratulations! Such a beautiful name for a beautiful girl.

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  49. A Good Friday baby! Oh, the symbolism! I'm sure it's not lost on you. Many, many congratulations, Precious Mother. Welcome to the world, sweet thing!

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  50. Congratulations Susie, she is beautiful! Way to go with the home birth! I can't wait to hear how it went. (and see more pictures of the gorgous new girl!)

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  51. CONGRATULATIONS! WE ARE ALWAYS PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

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  52. Let me be the first to say

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!

    I have been checking your blog every couple of hours, but I did not expect this after all your comments of no baby!?!
    I am so happy for you and wish you the best of luck. My heart is bursting for you-CONGRATS!!!

    May God bless, your darling daughter, and the rest of the family. I will eagerely check your blog for the birth story :)Sophia

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  53. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!

    She's Gorgeous!! I love that picture of Oceana kissing her.

    X

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  54. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT - WOOHOO - LOVE TO YOU ALL. WELCOME TO THE WORLD NAOMI - CAN'T WAIT TO MEET YOU. XXXX

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  55. Best of congratulations precious ones! Beautiful name--beautiful girl--beautiful family.

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  56. Wow congrats! well done!!! she looks like her brother and sister! Barb in Melbourne Aust

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  57. Woo-hoo!!! So glad she's here. I will continue praying for everyone's health and for Oceana's adjustment.

    Thanks for updating so soon and not making us wait too long (as if we - your blog family - counted for much in light of the day's events).

    Have a great evening!

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  58. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I have never been the first one to comment before (as a matter of fact, have only commented a couple of times) but I have been checking regularly to hear baby news!
    Naomi is beautiful and it is with tears in my eyes that I am thanking God for your new baby! May He bless you!
    Heidi

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  59. She is beautiful! And good sized too! Way to go girl! I am so glad your homebirth worked out for you! I love it when a good plan comes together! Can't wait to read your story! Wow you look awesome for have just given birth! Woo Hoo!

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  60. Congratulations, she is beautiful!!

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  61. Congratulations!!! She is absolutely Beautiful! May our Lord's grace and blessing be on you all.
    Blessings
    ~Elisabeth
    (Canada)

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  62. Congratulations, she's gorgeous.

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  63. Ohh!!! I am SO excited for you guys!!! You rock, Susie!! And is it just me or does that sweet baby girl look a little like her big brother??

    Praise you, Lord!!

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  64. Hey I love the blankee!!!!

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  65. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Sams Family.
    That is just precious.

    So perfect.
    She is bee-u-tee-ful!!!
    Naomi... welcome to the world.

    With that look of approval on Oceana's face... my guess is Naomi is a keeper.

    ToOdLeS.ShEiLa

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  66. look at you go! Congratulations. Oceana looks so HAPPY!

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  67. Congratulations to you all!!!!!
    Welcome Naomi. You really are a blessing from God.

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  68. Congratulations to you and your family on your newest little one. She looks so precious and so tiny for 8 lbs! I'm glad to hear that all went well; Oceana looks like she's so happy to be a big sister again.

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  69. Susie,

    Congratulations - she is precious!

    I've been reading your blog since probably last November or December... and have been anxiously awaiting to hear news of her birth! Your Twitter messages cracked me up - "no baby here" - "no baby here." I'm glad Naomi is finally here!

    She looks a lot like Joshua to me in the picture with Matt.

    And I love Oce's smile... she is obviously excited to be a big sister AGAIN!

    Blessings to you as you heal and spend time with Naomi!

    ~Jill
    Folsom, California

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  70. CONGRATULATIONS SAMS FAMILY! Way to go! Whata beautiful wee girl with a beautiful name!

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  71. She is Beautiful! I'm crying so hard w/ tears of joy that she is here safe & sound. You all look so gorgeous w/ her as well. If we could just develop that film @ a higher level I bet Joshua would be there smiling w/ his arms around you all too.

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  72. She is beautiful!!!! Congratulations to you all!

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  73. WOOHOOOO! She is GORGEOUS - many congratulations to you all. x

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  74. Holy cow does she have little Joshua's nose! Amazing and adorable. Congratulations.

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  75. COngratulations, she is adorable! Cab't wait to read all about it xx

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  76. Congratulations.....the smile on Oceana's face is priceless.Im so happy for you and Matt.

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  77. Congratulations!!
    I recently started to follow your blog, this being the first time to comment also.
    Oceana looks ecstatic with her baby sister!

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  78. congratulations!!!
    she is a beautiful girl! and what a cool name!
    i love your blog. i have been reading it for some time now, but i usually don't comment.
    have a wonderfully blessed day
    all my love
    franziska

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  79. Congratulations and well done! She looks beautiful!

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  80. Congratulations!!!!!!!!
    She looks just beautiful. Big Sis seems to be happy also.
    Mom, you did GREAT and look FANTASTIC. Dad.... now you have a house full of women to take care of. For some reason, the look on your face tells me you don't really mind. :)

    God Bless all and I can't wait to see more pics and learn more of your Birthing Story you would like to share.

    Sonja - Fl

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  81. Congragulations from Florida! She is beautiful!!

    I think little Naomi was holding out for the right birthday for her - the 10th (NZ) as a birthday! LOL

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  82. Oh I have been waiting and waiting for this post. She's beautiful, and Oceana looks like such a proud big sister. I love her name. I'm looking forward to hearing all about her birth.
    Praying for your family in Texas,
    Allison Fuller

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  83. Congrats...she is beautiful, and I love her name!

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  84. Congratulations on your gorgeous 3rd child she looks adorable

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  85. Welcome Baby Naomi!
    Congratulations to the entire family! What a good size baby!!! She looks beautiful!
    I'm tickled pink!
    I LOVE the look on Matt's face and Oceana's smile is priceless!!

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  86. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! She is beautiful and you look so well! Is it just me or does she look like Joshua??

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  87. CONGRATULATIONS to you, Sams Family!!! She's precious! Oceana looks SO proud. I hope you have a wonderful Babymoon.

    Welcome to the world, Naomi! I love her name.
    *hugs*

    Allison in Baton Rouge

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  88. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! :-D

    praying for all of you,
    michelle

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  89. Oh my, I got chills - she has Joshua's nose! But the bottom picture, she looks like Oceana. I LOVE the name. Congratulations, and get lots of rest!!

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  90. Congratulations to your new little family! Look how thrilled Oceana is to be a big sister again- and Joshua is surely looking down on you all from Heaven!!! :)

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  91. Congratulations Sams Family! She is beautiful! Praising the Lord for a job well done!

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  92. Congratulations!

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  93. She is so beautiful, Congratulations!!

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  94. Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!! I'm sending hugs to all of you!!

    Sarah.

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  95. Susie~

    My eyes are filled with tears of joy for you and your family right now. How awesome that you got your homebirth, too. :)

    I love the name that you chose and I pray that this baby would be all that God called her to be.

    She is blessed to have a beautiful big sister and a beautiful big brother.

    Be blessed, friend.

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  96. congrats! she looks like joshua's pictures!

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  97. beautiful baby girl, beautiful name,congratulations mama !

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  98. Congratulations, she is beautiful.
    Praise God for your family and new daughter.
    Cindy

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  99. Wonderful blessed news!!!!
    Our God is GREAT!
    Enjoy your new bundle.
    The Canadian (with the bunch o' kiwis)...........

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  100. Congratulations! Today is my son's 3rd birthday...it is a special day!:)

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  101. Congratulations!!!! She's beautiful : ). Big sis looks thrilled!

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  102. Congratulations!! She is absolutely beautiful! Can't wait to hear that birth story :)

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  103. Congradulations! That's one armful of a little girl!

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  104. oh susie she's perfect! i woke up this morning thinking "i wonder if susie had her baby yet". So i checked my email, and taadaaa! Congratulations Sams family :)

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  105. suz she is beautiful... I can't wait to see more pics! I hope the two of you are doing great

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  106. Congratulations all.

    She is beautiful.

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  107. Gorgeous baby! Glad you were able to do it without induction like you wanted!

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  108. Shes beautiful and looks like Joshua!
    God bless you all! Looking forward to more pictures!

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  109. COngratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is beautiful!!!!!! And you look awesome. Way to go!!!!

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  110. Yeah!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you all! She is absolutely beautiful and I LOVE her name. {naomi was on my list last time}

    Hope everything went well... enjoy your new little baby and wonderful family!

    britt

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  111. Christina Taylor and Family!!!April 10, 2009 at 8:25 AM

    AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! WE ARE SOOO excited!!!! She is beautiful and adorable and a little cutie pie!!! YOu dont look too bad yourself! haha, you look beautiful! OK, SO just so you know... when i told bj the initials the next guess we had was Naomi... very gooood name... she looks like a Naomi. OK, soooooo cant WAIT to see more pictures! ALL OUR LOVE!!!!

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  112. LOVELY! This is the sweetest post to read on this spring Boston morning. All the love in the world to you and your family!!!

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  113. Congrats on the home birth! I know that's what you wanted. She is beautiful - just like her big sister and her momma! Can't wait for more pics!!!

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  114. AWWWWW, congratulations!!! What a beautiful baby, with a beautiful name...... and i LOVE that picture of daddy & daughter!!!

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  115. Awww Congrats! She favors Joshua! So happy for you!

    Mary in GA

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  116. She's absolutely beautiful, Susie. I'm so happy for you and your family.

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  117. Congratulations to you! She is so beautiful. Oceana looks like she is enjoying being a big sister again :) I know Joshua is a proud big brother as well and will keep a special eye out on his sisters.

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  118. Yay! congratulations! She's beautiful and her daddy looks oh so proud! I love the name!

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  119. Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful! Looking forward to reading the story of your first homebirth... For now, rest up and enjoy that sweet baby!

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  120. congrats..she is beautiful...she looks so much like Joshua!

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  121. Congratulations! The pictures are just beautiful. I especially love the look on Oceana's face in the next to last photo!!
    Love the name you picked out!!
    Glad everything went well and your baby is finally here!!
    Take care and rest rest rest!!

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  122. Congratulations!!! She is beautiful and Oceana looks over the moon!!! Can't wait to hear the details!!

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  123. Happy Birthday Naomi! Congrats Matt, Susie and Oceana! :)

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  124. Congratulations! Oceana looks so happy in that second picture!

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  125. Congrats! She is adorable! Can't wait for the birth story!

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  126. Congratulations on your beautiful girl! I'm glad you got your home birth, and can't wait to hear her story. Janet

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  127. Many congratulations! She is just beautiful and I am thrilled for you all!

    Laurie in Minnesota

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  128. Congratulations!!! So incredibly thrilled for you and your family :) *HUGS* and joy and happy prayers to all of you! Can't wait to read about the birth story :) And - LOVE her name!!
    -DracoMama, Jan'08BF

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  129. Congrats! I have been following since Joshua was born, but I believe this is the first time I have commented! She is just beautiful! Can't wait to see more pics!

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  130. She is so beautiful...You all look great. What a blessing and a beautiful answer to prayer!

    Hope you have a Blessed Easter! (Something tells me you will!)

    Rejoicing with you...

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  131. Congrats Matt, Susie, and Oceana! Thinking of you all today!
    The Dingers

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  132. A "p.s." of course! In the first photo she looks just like Joshua!

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  133. CONGRATULATIONS on the arrival of Baby Naomi!

    Oh my, you have a beautiful family! And Naomi is gorgeous!

    cK

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  134. She is beautiful!! Congrats!!

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  135. so glad you got your homebirth and all went well!!!

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  136. Susie,

    Naomi is beautiful! I can hardly wait to read your story. I hope it was an easy time for you. Congratulations to you all.

    Joyce Hartley
    Boise, Idaho USA

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  137. Congratulations...she is beautiful. you are blessed!

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  138. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!

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  139. Congratulations! She's a beauty!

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  140. YIPEEEE!!! She is beautiful! Praise our Father! Deborah

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  141. It dawned on me that I hadn't left a message. Well, Congrats!!! She is beautiful! I am so happy for you :) Can't wait to hear the birth story.

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  142. Congratulations Susie!!! She's so adorable, and I love her name!

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  143. I've been following you for a while, but never commented. Congratulations. She is beautiful! :)

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  144. Congratulations! Naomi is a beautiful name. What a great big sister she has.

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  145. Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome, Naomi Aroha, this is Life! It rocks!

    Wow, what a beautiful second name. I've loved the word ever since I learned Maori in school. What a great pick.

    Much love to you all!

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