Welcome, Sweet Mae

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Sarah Mabel Elizabeth was born on Monday via a scheduled c-section.  She weighed 8 lbs 1 oz, and everything went well according to my doctor and nurses.  We are home resting now.  I have so much to share in the coming weeks: the significance of her name (she will go by Mabel, or “Mae”), my reasons for choosing the birth that I did for her, and what that was like for me.

My dear friend Lori visited us at the hospital just a couple of hours after Mabel was born and captured the photos of those early moments that I am sharing here.

I will be laying low for a little while, but hope to be back here very soon.  Thank you for being here, for your prayers and words of encouragment, and for sharing our joy with us.  This little one is the sweetest gift.


  1. Theresa says:

    Congratulations! Prayers for a restful recovery. My first was an unplanned c-section last September. It was not what I had in mind for my first birth but it was absolutely the best thing for him.

  2. So precious! Congratulations! 🙂

  3. Congratulations! Mabel is such a beautiful new blossom!

  4. Theresa says:

    I am so happy for you Ginny and the whole family. You are so blessed. I am not a knitter — my fingers just cannot do it — but I am so grateful for everything you share about your lives. I keep all of you in my prayers.

  5. From one Sarah-Mae to another, welcome to world little one <3

  6. Congratulations! She’s adorable!

  7. So very happy for you and your sweet family! I love the name. 🙂

  8. Congratulations! What a wonderful gift!

  9. So happy she is here! So happy you have peace with her birth. God is so gentle with us! She’s beautiful!

  10. Kimberly Schildbach says:

    Congratulations! And HEY you stole our girl’s name! 🙂
    We are pregnant (from China) and will be bringing her home in August.

    Her name is:

    Mabel Ann Sula (her name now) Purpose (and our last name).

    And I chose a C section with my last biological child because of birth issues. I had a wonderful birth and a wonderful recovery. I hope you are eating lots of probiotics and enjoying your sweet girl!

    Kim in MA

  11. Lyndsay says:

    Congratulations and may God Bless you all.

  12. Oh, she’s such a beautiful little girl! And I love the name Mae. Congratulations to you all!

  13. Congratulations, she is beautiful. Now just rest Ginny.

  14. Congrats to you and your family! A beautiful name for a beautiful girl. Enjoy this special time!

  15. Such a beautiful baby and such sweet pictures. Welcome to Mabel!
    Enjoy these precious moments with your new family member.

  16. What a sweet blessing💕

  17. Congratulations, Ginny! What a sweet girl she is! All the best for you and your family in this special time when you get to know each other

  18. Oh, so sweet! Congratulations!

  19. Congratulations! You both look wonderful. My husband and I are going to have a scheduled c section with baby number 7. My last two where sholder distochia the first one took a year of recovery for me the second my sons collar bone was broke. I am scared to have the c section but seeing this post is offering me much incouragment you both look beautiful.

    • Tarah, our last baby also had severe shoulder dystocia and that is why I chose C-section this time. It was a difficult choice to make and the surgery was scary for me. Just so different on many levels than my previous birth experiences. But the fear I felt was a different sort of fear and nothing like the terror I experienced when Job was stuck. I feel confident that c-section was the right choice for me this time, and I have no regrets whatsoever. You will do great! I’ll try to share more here about my experience in the next week or two.

      • Dear both I had a c section after the death of my third baby. Number four was c section. Just rest afterwards is the big key. Do not carry on. Take to your bed and then take it very easy. The dust can look after itself. And whatever help comes your way. Just say thank you.

        • Thank you for sharing God bless and I will rest.. In my heart that this is the best way to deliver my baby. Thank you.

      • Thank you for your reply. I will look forward to your birth story. Prayers your way for a speedy recovery and God bless you and your family. Tarah

  20. Congratulations!! So excited for all of you!!!

  21. Oh, what a wonderful gift! Enjoy every moment with your Sweet Mabel!

  22. Herzliche Gratulation zur Geburt von der süssen kleinen Mae! Gott beschütze sie.
    Liebe Grüsse aus der Schweiz

  23. Congratulations! 🙂 Such a sweet baby and name.

  24. Congratulations. Enjoy.

  25. Get well soon!

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