Sunday, December 16, 2012

Pains, numbness & pure awesomeness

Well it is currently 3am and we are all about to try and get some well earnt shut eye. After 20 hours of painfull contractions the epidural has been administered, so now Bex can get some sleep before the big push. Both mum and I have been with Bex at the hospital from the start (hence why I am currently blog master Steve), and we have witnessed everything Bex has had to endure, and I must say she has done amazingly. She has been through alot, but nothing gets her down, she is one determined and stubborn wee girl, and seeing how she has handled today makes me love her even more :D

So all going well baby foe will be with us by the afternoon, as the drugs will take a while to kick start this adventure, but be assured you will be informed of his arrival as soon as possible. But in the mean time sleep is on the cards.

So to all you lovely people out there biting your fingernails in anticipation, your just gonna have to wait hehe. But because I am a kind and generous blog king, I will give you a hint to baby foes name. It has 5 letters, no two letters are the same, and the first letter is not a vowel. I hope this helps hehehehe. So until later, ta ta :P

Quick update, 7:30am we are 5cm dilated and our midwife is on the way, hopefully baby foe will pop out soon yay!!

Quick update, our baby boy was born at 12:22pm today. Name, weight etc to follow later. Ta ta for now, one super happy mega excited daddy :D

Thank you all so much, we are so very thrilled to have our boy with us. There will be a full update at around 9pm tonight (NZ time). This will include name, weight and an in depth description of how it all unfolded. So until then  ta ta :D

Chris here...

A birth story with pictures:

 ABOVE:  Saturday morning, on our way to the hospital... and who's parked at the traffic lights beside us???  Deb the Midwife!  That was so funny.

 ABOVE: Birthing suite, Room # 17... where it was deemed Bex was in very early pre-labour...

 ABOVE:  So she was moved to a labour room instead of a birthing room... Room # 6.

ABOVE:  FINALLY after over 20 hours of pains every 3-4 minutes and ANOTHER room change ... we ended up back in a birthing suite, room # 6, and she was ready for an Epidural.... that's Andy the Aneathesist with his orange crocks!   He was so very lovely, and so kind and reassuring to Bex.  She is petrified of needles.... but she was a really brave girl.

After 10 hours and 22 minutes with the Epidural in and Induction Drugs pumped in... Steve was coached by the midwife Deb... and he delivered their son.

 ABOVE:  moments old... Steve getting ready to cut baby's cord.

 ABOVE:  Cutting baby's cord... Bex did an AMAZING job delivering their son... and after telling me she was an absolute sook when it came to pain... I didn't hear one single scream out of her... just moans and groans!  She deserves a bloody medal, cos the epidural did not stop her feeling the pressure of the big 'PUSH'.  It was bloody hard work... and she got baby out in 22 minutes of pushing... EPIC!

ABOVE: cord cut, time to get aquainted with his Mum and Dad.

 ABOVE:  still moments old... and he was starting to pink up a bit... he was put to the breast... and that's when he started having trouble breathing...

 ABOVE:  Debs giving baby oxygen... after a little while he pinked up again and seemed Ok...

ABOVE:  so he got weighed... Baby weighed 7 pound 3 ounces.   Not bad considering he was just over 2 weeks early.

ABOVE:  after being weighed Steve got to dress his son for the first time.  It took him a good 10 mintues!

 ABOVE:  still getting dressed....

 ABOVE:  getting there... not much more to put on...

ABOVE:  yaaa... all dressed and ready to be put back on the breast...

 ABOVE:  second attempt at breastfeeding.... unfortunately Baby very quickly got distressed again with his breathing... he went blue/purple... so Debs took him to the side, assessed him and called for help.

 ABOVE:  a Specialist Paediatrician from NICU came down immediately, and said Baby was having real trouble breathing, most likely caused by fluid on his lungs and/or an infection caused by the prolonged time it took from Bex's water breaking till his birth.

 ABOVE: Baby in the incubator...  getting oxygen from a 'c-pac'?  That's what it sounded like, not sure about correct spelling...

ABOVE:  off Steve and Baby went... to NICU.  Debs and I stayed and got Bex all sorted... shower, etc... then we went up to NICU to see Baby.

 ABOVE:  I cried... Bex was amazing!  She was calm... having been reassured by the staff in NICU that Baby was going to be just fine, he just had to stay there and get anti-biotics for a couple of days and once he can breath without his oxygen stats plummeting he can come home. 

 ABOVE:  Mother and Son.

ABOVE:  Holding Grandma's hand... Baby has BIG hands I think.  He's blowing bubbles right now... apparently that's OK.

NOW... BABY'S NAME:

DANTE NOEL STEWART HARVEY

WELCOME TO OUR WORLD LITTLE MAN, come home soon, we love you and your Mummy and Daddy very much.

STEVE AND BEX, Stew and I would like to thank EVERYONE for their kind wishes and congratulations. 

End of Day:  totally exhausted, time to go to bed. It's another day tomorrow... another day to count our blessings and enjoy our newest family member.
And YES, I do realise I made a boo boo by putting our 'Name' on the blog... I'm hoping none of you are axe murderers!... cos it's done now.
nite nite

94 comments:

  1. Eek why did I check this at 4am? Now I'm going to be guessing his name instead of sleeping haha. Not long now then and you'll be a Dad Steve and life takes on a whole new meaning. Congratulations in advance.

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  2. Jorge Tyler Lukas Micah Henry Blake ?...

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  3. What a marathon for Bex and you and your Mum, Bless you all and hopefully your baby son will be with you very, very soon.

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  4. Anonymous5:44 AM

    Awww that made me cry, you are one super fella, ,

    Bless her heart,x

    And your mumx

    Joan x
    UK

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  5. Hope u all got a well deserved rest esp bex,,, well done on the blog take over steve .

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  6. I keep refreshing the page to see updates :) very exciting and baby foe is very close to arriving :)

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  7. Here's to a healthy delivery and baby! Can't wait to meet baby Foe :)

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  8. Awwwwwwwwwww I can hardly contain myself. I am off to do an all day BBQ fundraiser and am going to miss all the news waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Ricoh, Percy? surely not, Ralph, Bryan,Kemon,Damon,Kiaan,ohhhhh the anticipation WHATEVER your boy is called he will much loved.....

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  9. wahoo!!!!! come on baby foe u rock.

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  10. Exciting - I suck at those guessing games so will just wait.
    All the best to Bex.
    Love ya blogging style!

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  11. Anonymous8:53 AM

    Steve you are a gem.Bex is(and this little man)are the most lucky couple out to have you as a Partner and Daddy.

    All the best.

    Southgirlx

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  12. Hopefully you all got a bit of rest before all the actions starts... and now not long to go..... You should start up your own blog Steve - you are doing such a great job here! :)
    My name guess is Blake or Jorge.

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  13. Sooooo exciting for you. Hugs to Bex, she is doing great.

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  14. Steve, your new challenge is to blog the progress of baby foe's life - you truly are a blog king! (So nice to see a young person that can spell too ;-)....

    Give Bex my love - us Southland girls are tough! I too gave birth 2 weeks after my Dad died, so I have some idea of where she's at.

    James?

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  15. Steve really should get his own blog once all this is over...he's a natural!Loving the updates Steve, thanks for keeping us updated. I hope bubby makes an appearance soon.
    Karen
    Perth

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  16. Hope Bex is doing well. Steve you need your own blog!!

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  17. Anonymous11:35 AM

    Congrats to you and Bex! My guess is Brian or James :)
    Best,
    Nicole

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  18. David?

    Can't wait to hear all the details.

    Good luck to all xxx

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  19. So excited. Hope Grandma is holding up. I think you will find the online community are now demanding a blog from father of the year Steve. Funny how you feel so connected to people you have never meet. Some friends of my dont understand. Just in time for Christmas. What a lovely one you will have. Martine xx

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  20. Yay - congratulations Steve and Bex - bet Grandma is super proud and just a wee bit tired. Can't wait to hear more.

    Kate

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  21. Congratulations...so excited for you all!
    Karen
    Perth

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  22. Anonymous1:20 PM

    Yay a huge congratulations to Bex and you! Can't wait for name and photos!

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  23. Anonymous1:21 PM

    Congratulations to you both and to the family,

    It is 12,15 am here in the UK so am now of to bed .

    Well done.
    Xxx
    Joanx

    UK

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  24. Anonymous1:25 PM

    Congratulations to you both.Hoping all is well with Mummy and Bubs.

    Southgirlx

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  25. Congratulations!! Welcome to your new life, bless your little family.

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  26. Yes!!! Congratulations Bex, Steve, Chris and family. Job well done :)

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  27. Congrats to you all, especially Bex & Steve! looking forward to seeing photos etc! xox

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  28. Yay!! Congratulations! Can't wait to see pictures!

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  29. Congratulations on your new addition!!

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  30. Sending you all huge congratulations. Well done Bex, sounds like you had a long time of it. All good things are worth waiting for though. Looking forward to hearing all the details, especially what the little fella is going to be called. Happy resting, Krissy.


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  31. CONGRATULATIONS Steve, Bex and of course Grandma too!! Can't wait to hear name, weight etc and of course to see some photos too!!!

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  32. woo hoo - to you all!
    Welcome to the world little one
    I hope all went well for Bex.
    Can't wait for the details!

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  33. ohhh just been to check, been checking all morning...congratulations Steve and Bex.

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  34. Anonymous2:51 PM

    Congratulations, awesome news.

    Kym/Australia

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  35. Congratulations!!!! Enjoy this special time together.

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  36. Congratulations to you both.
    Sending love and future happiness your way.

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  37. Congratulations!!!!! C'mon we want some more details and some photos..... can't wait to hear more!

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  38. Great news. Congratulations to Steve & Bex. Well done to grandma too :)
    Take care everyone and make sure you get some rest before the new arrival comes home :)
    Big big hugs xoxo

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  39. Congrats to you both!!! well done Bex!
    Welcome to the world wee man.

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  40. That's wonderful news. Congratulations Steve and Bex. A family now.

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  41. Super duper well done to both Steve Bex especially and of course Nana how awesome CAN'T WAIT until the name weight photos.....

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  42. Anonymous5:15 PM

    YAY! So happy for you both!!!
    Cheers
    Nicole

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  43. YAY CONGRATS. Can't wait for update. :)

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  44. Yay this is such wonderful news, congratulations guys! Hope mum and baby are doing well, can't wait to see photos and find out the name.

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  45. Anonymous5:58 PM

    Congratulations photos???

    Gem

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  46. Awesome news and what a lovely name :)

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  47. Congratulations!! I have checked you blog every 30 mins since yesterday!! I am so very happy for you all. Baby Dante could not have wished for a more loving family. What a brilliant Christmas. All my love. Karen xo

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  48. I am sobbing, I dont have children but have always loved that name, Dante Harvey a beautiful beautiful little boy with a fantabulous name. How beautiful you could experience that You are a good women Chris, dont let anyone tell you otherwise, I can imagine you are tired, How so very lovely. Congratulations Steve, Bex and Dante. Once bubs is out of the clear Steve needs to work on his blog name. Again, I couldnt be happier. martine xx

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  49. Love the name Dante much more than baby foe lol
    Congratulations Bex and Steve well done . Chris you are truley amazing for the support you have given :)
    Dante is in the best place and fingers crossed he will be home with you all soon :)

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  50. Oh wow, thank you so much for letting us all in to watch this epic journey... truly amazing... and what a great gift for Christmas.
    Hugs
    Tracy

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  51. Beautiful. What a gorgeous little boy. I love his name and think its awesome they've included. The Granddads' names. Congratulations to you all. What a wonderful Christmas present. You're the best Grandma Chris x

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  52. Congrats to Steve, Bex and Grandma.Hope the little man gets well quickly. Well done Bex.

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  53. From Michael, Toni-Maree and I, we'd like to welcome little Dante to the world.. Bex, Steve, what a gorgeous son you have..

    Bex, you are indeed a very special lady and it was a pleasure to "share" the birth of your son with you..

    Thinking of you all and wishing all the best healing thoughts Dante's way..

    Anne

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  54. Congratulations Bex and Steve!! Get well soon little man, your Mum and Dad want to give you lots of cuddles!

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  55. Congratulations on the birth of beautiful Dante, Sweet name and sweet baby. Bex is a trooper. He's so cute!!!
    I am so extremely happy for y'all.

    God Bless~
    Debbie

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  56. He is gorgeous!!! He is going to be a fine healthy well loved wee boy. Sad to see him in NICU but obviously in good hands & he will be fine. Love to Bex & Steve - they are going to be awesome parents.

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  57. Congratulations Guys!! What an epic journey!!
    I'm tearing up just reading it!
    Welcome to the world Dante :)

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  58. Anonymous8:17 PM

    Congratulations on the birth of Dante. What amazing parents Steve and Bex will make. One lucky boy to have them and such wonderful granparents. Hope his time in NICU goes quickly and he is home where he belongs. With what Bex has been through she sounds like an amazing person.

    Kym/Australia

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  59. Anonymous8:22 PM

    Congratulations Steve and Bex and Happy Birthday to little Dante! Shelley xx

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  60. I hope he gets to come home soon. Absolutely love his name. Hope you all get some well earned sleep.
    Karen
    Perth

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  61. Congratulations to you all!! Well done Bex!
    Our wee lady spent 7 days in NICU before coming home, they are the most amazing nurses in the world.
    Best of luck for the coming days, he looks like a lovely strong wee man! Cute!

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  62. Leaving another comment just to add to the count. Goodnight all & love to Steve, Bex & Dante- the new family.

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  63. Oh well done Bex and Steve - Dante looks so cute - Congrats to you and Stew, Chris on the arrival of your latest grandson!
    He is in the right place so he will be AOK!
    Can't wait to see all the photos proud grandma is going to bless us with!

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  64. Congratulations to Steve, Bex and the rest of the family on the birth of little Dante, I hope his time in NICU is short and he is home with his loving family real soon. Bex has been through a lot in th past week or so, she is very lucky to have Steve and his supportive family, big ups to you Chris for being there for them, something they will always remember :-)

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  65. Awwww I shed a few tears reading Dante's birth story! Thank you for sharing it with us Steve and Bex! Hopefully it won't be to much longer before you can bring Dante home to your awesome loving family!!! xxx

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  66. Congratulations H Family!

    That wee man will be home in no time. What a magnificent way to start the Xmas period :)

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  67. Very cool story and great photos - just writing ANOTHER comment so Steve can "count" it.

    :)

    Kate

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  68. Congratulations Steve and Bex on your gorgeous new wee family! I wish you all the love and happiness in the world! :D

    Natalie.

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  69. Love and congratulations to you all!!!

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  70. Anonymous9:54 PM

    I don,t know what to say , everyone has said it all,
    Well done Bex, , Steve, and Chris ,

    Love his name ,Dante, xxx

    Joan x

    UK

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  71. Dante Noel Stewart Harvey fabulous and welcome to the world of blogging. Amazing journey Steve and Bex your son is gorgeous Grandma, Grandad and Harvey clan how lucky are you..

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  72. Congrats to all!
    Beautiful boy ....well done!!!

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  73. Congrats to you all ! I love the name :)
    And yes he is gorgeous. Hope he has a speedy recovery and you get him home very soon.

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  74. Congratulations to you all! Awesome news. I love the name, and can't wait to hear that your precious wee boy has left the NICU and is home with you all.

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  75. Anonymous10:47 PM

    Congrats blog master Steve & you darlin' Bex! Welcome Dante!
    Alleycat1970 xoxo
    PS congrats to you too Chris & Stew!

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  76. Millions of congrats to you all xxxx x

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  77. Anonymous11:02 PM

    Congratulations Bex & Steve and welcome to Dante :) A real family effort, well done Chris!

    Surrey

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  78. Anonymous11:16 PM

    Congrats to everyone.What a beautiful buba!

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  79. Anonymous11:32 PM

    So Beautiful! Bex you are amazing. and steve you can just see the love you have for bex in your eyes. i know you guys will be such a happy little family. congrats xx

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  80. Congratulations to Steve and Bex.
    Dante is a nice name and good to hear he was a good weight.
    Thanks for posting, it saves me having to wait until tomorrow for all the details.

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  81. Love the name. Love the birth story, thank you so much for sharing.
    Hope the little man comes home soon. xx

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  82. Congratulations to all, what a beautiful baby boy, bestest Christmas present ever!!

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  83. Anonymous12:14 AM

    Congratulations!!! Was checking all day yesterday in anticipation of the exciting news and so glad to hear everything is going well.

    Beck (Brisbane)

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  84. Congratulations to you all! Job well done!!

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  85. So happy for you all. Welcome to our world little Dante, you've been blessed with two amazing parents :o).
    Congratulations ...
    Hugs,
    Joy :o)

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  86. Congratulations Bex, Steve, Chris, Stew and family.
    Welcome to baby Dante, your precious boy! Bex is one strong, courageous girl. May your little boy be home and safe and sound with you all soon. Well done you guys and what a Merry Xmas it will be! xx cheers glenys

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  87. One more congratulations to Steve's count...You've got a cutie there. Congratulations to all and I hope he is home soon.

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  88. wow! what a journey. congrats to new mom and dad. hope baby gets to go home soon.

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  89. Welcome little Dante!! Hope all is going better today and he is off the machines soon!

    PS. I doubt there are too many axe murderers in New Zealand but you can always "edit" and plus, they are living with you and you have a different last name so... maybe axe murderers get confused easily. :)

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  90. Love the name! He is precious-congrats to Steve and Bex! Hope he is home soon...poor Bex has had quite a week!

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  91. Congratulations to Steve and Bex!! Dante is a wonderful name and now you have another soul in your family to bathe in love xx

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