She IS a girl

A few snap shots of something very special in my life. Last Saturday (20th March) at 1.20am Chieko gave birth to a baby girl. Babies tend to look a bit odd when they first come into this world, and it’s not surprising that after having been squeezed out their faces tend to be squashed. Not having considered this properly I was a bit worried for a minute. But that was just another great example of my ignorance. She is gorgeous. Take a look:

sleeping through Sainsburys

pretty in pink

We are feeling very blessed to have another baby and especially to have Β a girl after having four boys. Chieko is bionic, she already came home Saturday afternoon. Am doing my best to be a helpful husband/father and do more than I usually do. She does need to rest more.

The boys are properly blessed. They needed a sister. Eddie is not the youngest any more, and seems much bigger all of a sudden.

Here are a few clips from their first moments with their little sister:

I will remember this birth. Well especially if I put something down here now. Chieko went into hospital on Thursday night, and told me what to put in the packed lunches for the boys. The contractions became less frequent but they kept her in and then on Friday evening they started to get stronger again. After having taken the boys to McDonalds for dinner…fridge was a bit bare,Β I left them with a a friend of ours at home, and was planning to go and see Chieko and then pop into Lancaster Gate: we were doing an evening reading of the Book of Acts, all 28 chapters. But I never got there. Chieko was saying, “why don’t you go to LG, the baby wont come for a few more hours….” Felt like that would not really be the right thing to do. I mentioned this to Dolores Read on the phone who was helping with the prayer for the baby. She said: ” Well, there are a lot of people to join in the reading at LG, but Chieko only has one husband.” Enough said.

Anyhow, I read along in the delivery room from my little Gidean, while Chieko waited. William Haines pointed out to me it’s a good chapter to read at such a time, since Acts all about the birth of the church. It felt special to think of the 21 people reading in LG while we waited for the baby to arrive. The next thing I knew it was about 1am, I was just waking up in the rocking chair (yes they had a rocking chair in the delivery room – v comfy) and Chieko was getting ready with the midwife to give birth. I called Dolores to let her know for the prayer. I was still kind of waking up and then the baby came. It all felt quite calm and peaceful, just the three of us and then well I guess it was four of us in the room. The midwife asked me if I wanted to cut the chord. I had to have two goes but managed it in the end.

Chieko was amazing all 9 months. Also, the midwife was great, looked like she could have helped deliver the baby in her sleep. After a while I held the baby for 30 minutes while Chieko had a much needed power nap. And then at about 4.45am I came home. Woke Damon up and told him he had a little sister, he smiled or said something. And then I crashed out for a few hours, bit tired.

Still thinking of a name. I think we are getting there. It’s hard after four boys to get into girls names. And I just feel like she should have a name no one else has. I guess that is why the names True Father used to give to families for their children are so special, cuz you will not find them anywhere else other than in that individual’s passport.

Having been matched with Chieko by True Parents and then receiving the marriage blessing from God through them, everything that happens in our family starts from True Parents. So, when we celebrate and experience the joy of new life, I remember and give thanks to God and True Parents because with out them this family would not exist.

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11 Responses to She IS a girl

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    Rosemarie Hoyte March 24, 2010 at 5:45 am #

    Hey, Congratulations!! Whoopee! another child, blessed and loved by God is born…Amazing!! Well done Chieko too,.. obviously! I hope your new child is a fabulous addition to your family and life.

    God Bless and LOL!
    r. hoyte

  2. Patrick H March 24, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    Wow, – beautiful pictures – and great to have your iphone to capture such special moment. Sounds like perfect timing to me, and i look forward to a unique(ish) name – I guess you are working on it. Look forward to seeing her sometime.

  3. Thomas Pritty March 24, 2010 at 8:27 am #

    Congratulations Simon and Chieko on your beautiful daughter. A very special video which im sure will be watched many times over the years!

  4. Keishin March 24, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    Really and truely beautiful! Thankyou!

  5. Michael March 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    Great video! It’s so amazing to see a new life come into the world, and such a big family already. The Cooper clan grows one more!

  6. Tommy Pritty March 24, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    Many congratulations Simon and Chieko on the birth of your beautiful daughter. This video is very special and im sure it will be watched many times in the years to come.Thanks for sharing some of these special moments with us.

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    suyang March 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    congratulations!!!

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    suyang March 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    congratulations!!!

  9. Rosanna March 24, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

    Simon I was so moved by this video! Soooooooo lovely πŸ˜€

    Congratulations!!!!! πŸ˜€

  10. Rosanna March 24, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

    Simon I was so moved by this video! Soooooooo lovely πŸ˜€

    Congratulations!!!!! πŸ˜€

  11. Pam Dillard March 25, 2010 at 11:35 pm #

    many congratulations Simon and Chieko….I reckon the boys will be so excited to have a little sister to take care of!

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