6 years ago today God blessed me with a little soul we named Chelsea.

God gave me this gift before I knew I wanted it.

1It was almost a week before our scheduled C-section and I had gone into the hospital for a stress test due to my blood pressure being high.

1aWithout realizing it I’d been in labor for a few days, I’d felt unwell but I think I’d just become used to it and didn’t pay attention. The doctor decided to do the C-section that evening because my blood pressure was irratic and baby was beginning to show signs of distress.

We weren’t prepared to say the least, Hubby was at home sleeping (he worked nights) and it took a series of phone calls and finally someone to go over to the house to wake him. Imagine waking to that news!


He looks like he’s 16 in this photo which ticks me off, I swear I’m no Mrs. Robinson.

The surgery went well, my first C-section was a nightmare which I’ll recount another day but this one was GREAT. I was awake and able to experience everything without pain.

Here’s our GORGEOUS girl:

dec 2005 045She is our unexpected blessing, I’d always joked that it wasn’t fair because Sydney looks so much like Hubby and yet I’d done all of the work.

God certainly has a sense of humor, Chelsea came out of the oven looking like my mini-me from the get-go.

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We had been very aware of the changes which would come in Sydney’s life with the birth of her sister and involved her in the pregnancy and preparations for Chelsea’s arrival. When she came to the hospital that day she was cautious, finally deciding that Chelsea could come to our house “for a little bit”. Some things haven’t changed…..Syd still asks if we have to keep her some days.

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Today I’m reflecting and taking time to realize how amazing life is!!

Happy Birthday Chelsea Belle, thank you for all of the unexpected blessings you bring us!

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Chelsea’s favorite verse from the Bible:

Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

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  1. Happy Birthday to your baby girl. I love love love birthday posts out of any kind of post. In fact, even if I stumble into an unknown blog and someone is having a birthday, I like to leave them a little present birthday wish behind.
    I hope that Chelsea has the best year ever!
    Your Friend, m.

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