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he’s here!

This is the Mommasissy (aka-Darby’s twin sister, Erika)…
Baby “John” (no middle name yet, but his first name is John) arrived around 1:40 this afternoon. He was 7 lbs, 10 oz and 20.5″ long. He is ABSOLUTELY precious and perfect!!! Praise the Lord!!!! He is very quiet… wrapped up like a little burrito and sleeps a lot. Darby is doing well, she is such a trooper! Surgery went well, her doctor took great care of her and baby is very healthy!

Here are some pictures of today’s events:

Justin snapped this of Darby before leaving the house this morning…

Mommasissy & “Mom” (grandmother) left in charge, and we caught the girls trying out baby brother’s things… Paige patting Morgan on the back, as if she was a tiny baby.

Paige being so quiet had found some markers.

On our way to the hospital… 3 car seats in the backseat of Darby’s car now!

Here comes daddy and baby brother!!!

Morgan and Paige meeting their brother for the very first time:

Morgan was super excited, Paiger wasn’t quite sure what to think:

Then daddy heads back to the nursery with baby brother to get him cleaned up, weighed in, etc.

Here’s M&P with their other Aunties…

I shot this picture just as the nurse was discovering that he must be related to his Mommasissy… the baby has a great big brain!
Snoozing in the room with his momma…
I am not sure if Justin took this picture before or after surgery… but there’s the momma!! So proud of you Darby!!!!! You are amazing!
I know Darby was soooo grateful for all the prayers today… tomorrow she will likely be more uncomfortable… please pray that she won’t be in too much pain!

She’ll be home on Thursday!
Will update if they officially have a name for him…

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  • Anonymous
    June 30, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Congrats!! Wonderful post. I have been checking all day.

    Praying for your new family of 5 in Texas!!

  • Household6
    June 30, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Congrats!!! I love the name John. So glad you guys are okay, I was starting to worry!!



  • Household6
    June 30, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    I just had to post again….he looks like one of my boys with all that dark hair….it almost makes my ovaries tingle, but not quite, HA!

    Erika….are your’s tingeling….hehe


  • Pieper
    June 30, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    WHOO HOO Darby! So happy everything went well! He is adorable, and your girls looked ever so cute coming to meet him! (loved their car sear covers, by the way)!

    Take advantage of the nurses while you can, and keep that morphine clicker handy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    love and hugs! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Courtney
    June 30, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Welcome to this world Lil’ John. You have been born into one of the most incredible families who will love you immensely and have you laughing through life.

    So glad baby brother and Mom are doing well. Sending tons of love from Texas! xx

  • Jennie-Marie
    June 30, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Yea, he’s beautiful!!! I’m so glad everyone is doing well. Can’t wait to see more pictures. We love yall!

  • Tegan
    June 30, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    I too have been checking all day for an update. Thought I would run upstairs and check before I headed for bed…so excited to see a post. Baby John is beautiful! We are so happy for you all. Thanks for sharing this little guy with us. Much Love and Prayers!!!!!!

  • the brown's
    June 30, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    what exciting news!

    so glad to hear that both baby and mama are doing well! God is good!

  • lindsay
    June 30, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Oh I’m so glad I finally got to check. I’ve been without internet today and Chris just fixed it. This was the first place i checked!! Congrats! He’s wonderful! Thanks E!

  • Lydia
    June 30, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks Erika…I have been checking all evening and know many others have too! We are so thankful that the Stickler family is doing well and that sweet John is here. He is just beautiful! Congrats!!!

  • chilly
    June 30, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Everyone is so excited and proud of y’all. Welcome John – you’re in good hands!

  • Aulick Family
    June 30, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    CONGRATS! I am so glad to hear John and Mom are doing well! He is beautiful. Darby- I will be praying for a quick recovery. – Toni

  • The Birds Nest
    June 30, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    He is absolutely adorable!! Congratulations Darby and family!! Enjoy this time of people taking care of you and get some rest.

  • kt
    July 1, 2008 at 4:21 am

    yay! prayers for quick recovery & lots of sleep! love you guys!

  • kdurec
    July 1, 2008 at 4:44 am

    congratulations! he is precious! can’t wait to find out the full name. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The Lane Family
    July 1, 2008 at 4:53 am

    Oh yay! I was checking all day yesterday and woke early this morning to the post! Thanks, E, we will be praying for Darby and John! Can’t wait to see the little guy and hear the whole name!

  • The Martin Family
    July 1, 2008 at 5:00 am

    He’s beautiful! I’m so glad everything went well! Please post more pictures soon!!!!

  • jeana
    July 1, 2008 at 5:49 am

    what a precious baby boy, darby! so glad to hear everything went well!!

  • Shireen
    July 1, 2008 at 6:12 am

    Erika, you’re awesome for letting us know how everything went!
    John is a great name, and he looks so healthy and strong!
    Darby, you are indeed a trooper, and I’m praying for you this morning to recover well and quickly and as painlessly as possible.
    Love you guys so much!

  • The Lynch's
    July 1, 2008 at 6:16 am

    He is precious! Thanks for the update, I have been checking the blog every couple of hours!! Congrats! I’m so glad everything has went well! Enjoy your new addition!

  • Wrights
    July 1, 2008 at 6:24 am

    congratulations on your sweet baby boy! praise the Lord for a healthy delivery and baby!

  • Shannon, EJ and Gabe
    July 1, 2008 at 6:31 am

    Congratulations, he’s beautiful!!!!! Glad to hear everything went well

  • The Nebrigs
    July 1, 2008 at 6:41 am

    congrats!!!! Stickler Family!!! John is precious and healthy!! Praise the Lord!!! Erika, thanks for great update and all the wonderful pictures!! I know you are a proud mamasis!!

  • akb228
    July 1, 2008 at 6:45 am

    Thanks for the update Erika!!! I’m so glad to hear all went well and Mom and Baby John are doing great!!! We will definitely continue to pray.


  • simply seleta
    July 1, 2008 at 7:21 am

    What a great sister for posting all of these amazing pics. Thanks, Erika!

    Welcome to the world, young John. You will be surrounded by a family full of God’s love and many, many blessings. You are one fortunate little man.

    Darby, I pray that you will heal quickly and will get the recovery and rest you need [for about the next 18 years, LOL].

    Three offspring, wow! I love that shot of your tummy before the hospital!

  • Anonymous
    July 1, 2008 at 7:40 am

    What a little angel! Praise the Lord for another little miracle! So happy and proud for y’all!

    Love, Alyssa

  • Cousin
    July 1, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Ohhh! He’s so sweet! Makes me want one even more! I’m praying for you D, for a speedy recovery. The girls look so cute! Love and miss you all!

  • Ashley
    July 1, 2008 at 7:56 am

    Yea!!! I’m so glad he’s here and healthy! He looks PRECIOUS!!! We love y’all!

  • Natalie McGough
    July 1, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Congratulations Darby, Justin, Morgan and Paige!!! John is so cute, from what I can tell he looks a lot like Morgan: )! I’ll be praying for a smooth recovery and transition.

  • erin
    July 1, 2008 at 9:39 am

    A big congratulations to your ever growing family! Wishing you a quick recovery and a serene begining to your new life with baby John. Can’t wait to read how your girls react to his homecoming. From one mother to another, I know there is never a dull moment!
    Praying for all of you from Rome

  • The Rauths
    July 1, 2008 at 10:53 am

    WOO HOO!!! Our thoughts and prayers are with all five of you (and the family) as you celebrate this wonderful gift and new life.

  • beki
    July 1, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Aww, I’m so happy to hear that all is well!!

  • alston
    July 1, 2008 at 11:45 am

    congratulations! he is so darn cute! so glad everything went well. we’ll be thinking about you guys adjusting to life with 3!!

  • Abby Maddox
    July 1, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    YEAH!!!! I am so excited! Ready to meet John in person!

  • Becky Brodbeck
    July 1, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Yeah! Huge Congratulations! He is beautiful. I’ll be praying for your recovery. Love ya,B

  • The Hamilton's
    July 1, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    He is just precious!

  • The Northcutt's
    July 1, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    What a blessing! He is adorable.

  • David, Rachel & Drews
    July 1, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Darby!! It’s Rachel (Thompson) Twiford. love finding your blog today! You have one PRECIOUS family! I am so thrilled for you and your new little man…little boys are the BEST! What a blessing to read through some of your blogs…it is as if your heart is right on the page! I pray for a speedy recovery for you and that the transition is a smooth one! Would love to catch up sometime! Much love, Rachel

  • duchess
    July 1, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Congrats! Baby boys are wonderful.

  • Teale
    July 1, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Congrats… so glad to read the good news! Best wishes for a quick recovery and much happiness as a family of 5! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous
    July 1, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    We would love an update when you have a minute!
    Darby’s Blog Fans

  • Lindsey
    July 1, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Yeah, so excited that John is here and everyone is doing well. Thanks for guest blogging to keep us all up to date E!

  • Kelli :)
    July 1, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Congratulations on your precious baby boy! Glad everything went well! Can’t wait for another update! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Anonymous
    July 2, 2008 at 5:35 am

    Yea!! So glad to hear everybody is doing well. He is absolutely precious!! Can’t wait to meet him! -Allyson

  • nurserachel
    July 2, 2008 at 6:21 am

    Congratulations Darby and Justin!!! So glad everything went smoothly, praying for a speedy & complication free recovery! love, Rachel

  • Living the Happily Ever After
    July 2, 2008 at 7:29 am

    What sweet pictures! Congrats to your family.

  • Dena
    July 2, 2008 at 10:29 am

    HE IS GORGEOUS – just as I knew he would be!!!!

  • Kelly
    July 3, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Your family is beautiful. Congratulations on the new little one.

  • Tara McClendon
    July 3, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Congrats on such a beautiful baby boy! I know he’s been such a blessing already, and I CAN’T WAIT (hint hint) to see many, many more pictures from the last few days! Love you Sticklers!

  • Caroline
    July 3, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Hope your family is doing well. I have been checking back anxiously for more pics!! Hope you are recovering well from your c/s (i had one too) and are taking your percocet as often as possible! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Renee Smith
    March 21, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Darby, your family is so precious! I’m expecting my second (just found out yesterday, and still have a couple months to make it public), but could not resist posting here. The pictures of your daughters meeting your son bring me big tears of joy. I’m so excited for my son to meet his baby brother or sister in 8ish months.