I had the privilege of witnessing my newest nephew Danny being born this past Monday.

Early that morning it looked like things were progressing quickly so I grabbed my camera and headed to the hospital.  Before I left I took a quick photo of Tommy to capture him in his last moments of being an only child.  Needless to say he was unaware his world was about to be rocked.

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When I arrived the contractions were already in full swing.  My little sister may be tiny in stature but don’t be fooled, she was a warrior momma I’m proud to be her sister.

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It was just over a year ago that I gave birth to Luke so I had such empathy for her pain.  Her husband Mike was the prefect partner. While it appears that they’re having a sweet slow dance…much to the contrary – she was experiencing full blown labor pains.

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Hours later and still no baby boy.  ‘Grandma’, ‘Papoo’, Mike and I all waited anxiously, passing the time talking and texting. Notice Papoo wore his snazzy shoes to meet his new grandson.

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I like to call this the ‘please Jesus get this baby out of me’ pose.  I told that to Jackie and she said “I think that’s exactly what I was saying at that moment!”

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Finally, much to the relief of all of us suffering watching her in pain (I know – poor us) she was exhausted and ready for an epidural.

Left: The Godsend Anesthesiologist

Right: Ahhhhh, temporary relief.

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Not too much later it was go time

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Papoo initially waited in the hallway anxiously

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Where is that Doctor????

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At 2:52 pm a sweet but BIG boy, Danny (or Daniel depending on which parent you ask) Eamonn finally came into this world.  He entered quietly but eventually found his voice

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In Daddy’s arms for the fist time

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The nurse actually weighed him twice, thinking there had to be a mistake when 9lbs 5 oz came up on the scale. Not to mention 21.25 inches in length. No newborn clothes for this baby!

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The details…so gorgeous

Toes

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Baby fur

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Wrinkly just out of his ‘9 month bath’ fingers

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Papoo stole some snuggles while mom and Dad started spreading the good news (and Jackie began to refuel with the first of her 3 or 4 dinners)

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Then the crowds came

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And finally, the brothers meet

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And while there were certainly sweet moments where Tommy counted Danny’s toes, or gave him a little kiss on the head…the reality is he was more preoccupied with eating Mom’s mac and cheese.

He is 2 after all.

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What a beautiful set of boys you two have made.  I love you guys!!!

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