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Welcome to our family, sweet Avonlea!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Our baby girl is here!!  The delivery was quick and our bundle of joy is just perfect!!

This mama of a brand new baby girl must catch some shut eye before it's time for another feeding.  But before I go to sleep, I wanted to make sure I post some pictures from our day.

Most of the pictures taken today will come later from my sweet friend and photographer Khimberly Caton who spent nearly all day with us to capture these special moments.

But, until Khim is ready to reveal her beautiful artwork, here are the photos we took of our day:


Admitted and waiting for my IV to start the pitocin and epidural.  The pitocin was given at 8AM. The epidural was placed at 10AM.  My water was broken at 11AM.  And baby arrived with a total of only about 6 pushes at 1:31PM.


Our first family picture with just Mom, Dad and baby.  We chose to name her Avonlea Brooklyn Gamel. The name Avonlea (pronounced \A-vən-lee\) is of Celtic Origin and it's meaning is "a return to childlike faith, simple beauty, noble purity, and compassion for the least." Avonlea is a fictional town in Lucy Maud Mongomery's classic children's novel Anne of Green Gables - one of my personal favorites as a little girl growing up.  Her middle name, Brooklyn, was chosen to honor my younger sister.


The most amazing OBGYN I could ever imagine: Dr. Patterson.  I couldn't ask for someone more loving and thoughtful to go through this process with.  She's not just a doctor, she is a gift from God.  I regularly found myself in tears during my OBGYN office visits, expressing my fears of losing the baby or her being sick.  But Dr. Patterson regularly took extra time to encourage me each step of the way and to reassure me that, despite my fears, I had every reason to believe this pregnancy and delivery would be different than my last one.  And she was right.  Dr. Patterson was my OBGYN with Bennett's pregnancy but was gone the day I came in fearful that he had died in the womb.  So, it was incredibly healing to be under her care - not only throughout Avonlea's pregnancy, but even at the very moment our baby girl arrived.

Several hours after giving birth and after changing to a new room, we invited Oliver and Bennett to come meet their big sister.  

Bennett was particularly proud to be a big brother and hold her for the first time.


Oliver was very curious about his little sister and brought the toy that Brian and I bought several months ago to reveal the baby's gender to he and his brother.



Avonlea was born weighing 7lbs, 2oz and is 19.5 inches long.  It's funny to see the doll the boys gave her isn't much bigger.


Once we were settled and the little boys were returned home to be cared for by my mom and sister, Daddy took out some time to quietly love on Avonlea.


Our sweet girl, who very much favors both of her big brothers, is a complete joy.  Not only does she have lots of dark black curly hair, she loves to coo.  We have listened to her talking and making noise all day long -  music to our ears.

Avonlea will be given a Cystic Fibrosis test tomorrow, right before we are discharged from the hospital.  this test will take about one week to come back.  Thankfully, though, she shows no signs of Cystic Fibrosis or any health issues at all (other than aspirating a little meconium right before birth).  We hope this is a good sign.

Today, we acknowledge again how very blessed we are.  Avonlea is the "grand finale" to our family, our little princess who will be very much loved by her mama, daddy and two big brothers.  We couldn't be any more thankful for this amazing gift.  It's still unreal she is really ours. :)

14 Responses to “Welcome to our family, sweet Avonlea!”

  1. I am soooooo thrilled to see your family so happy. May God bless you and your family today and always. Love you sweet Breck!
    Paola

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    1. Aw, thank you SO much Paola!! Love you too, sweet amiga! :)

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  2. Those pictures are so sweet. So happy for your family, Breck! can't wait to meet her.

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    1. Thanks Hannah!! Can't wait to show her to you!! :)

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  3. She is just stunning! So happy for your family! I LOVE the name Avonlea by the way!

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    1. Stephanie, you're so sweet. Glad you like the name! :)

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  4. She's absolutely precious! Congratulations!

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  5. Congrats Gamel family! Such a precious baby girl. We look forward to following her adventure on the blog.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Ted. :)

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  6. Congratulations! She is so precious. The boys looks like wonderful big brothers too. So glad everything went well!

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    1. Thanks Lauren! The boys adore her, which makes my heart so happy. :)

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  7. Hello! I don't know you at all, but your daughter is beautiful. My name is Avonlea and it is so wonderful that someone else has named their daughter that. It is such a special name and it will make her feel unique and beautiful. GO AVONLEA! :)

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    1. Aw, thank you for commenting and letting me know your name is Avonlea too! So fun to meet an older Avonlea!! I love how about 1/2 the women who hear her name say, "oh! from Anne of Green Gables!" and the other half of women and most men have never heard of it and can't pronounce it - ha! I imagine you hear the same sorts of things! Thank you for letting me know Avonlea's name will make her feel unique and beautiful! I couldn't ask for anything more in a baby girl's name! I clicked on your blog and enjoyed seeing what inward and outward beauty you give the name yourself. Take care and thanks again! <3

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