Sunday, May 5, 2013

MEET BABY BEETLESHACK




At 11:47 on Wednesday morning time stopped and our baby arrived. 7 pound 5 of utter perfection. Since then we have enjoyed the blissful still of our hospital room, only leaving it's walls today to return home.

Our visitors were few and our rest was plenty.

It took us a little while to name this golden treasure. For the first day of her life (and many days prior) I had my heart set of 'Flora'. In my mind she was a blond headed baby. In reality her head is covered in thick black hair and we decided she was an Elke.

Elke Halina.

Our most recent addition. Mysterious in every way.

We look forward to you revealing yourself to us, little darling.

I'm looking forward to sharing the story of her birth, the meeting of her siblings and what life is like as a family for 5- but for now i'm going to stare at her sweet face for a little bit longer.



106 comments:

  1. Welcome little one.
    What a lovely name. I cannot wait to hear more of her story.

    Congrats to you all. What a special time.

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  2. Congratulations a thousand times over em, Dave, zeph and pippi. Woke is pure sunshine. Melinda x

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  3. Awww she is perfect! Congratulations and cherish these first days xo

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  4. Oh she is just DIVINE! Congratulations to you all xxx

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  5. So lovely. Congratulations and much love x

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  6. Huge congratulations. Welcome to the world lovely baby Elke.
    Best wishes,
    Melanie

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  7. Congratulations to you all! Enjoy! x

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  8. Congratulations Family Beetle Shack! Elke is a lovely, lovely name! She's a gorgeous little angel :) I'm imagining that heavenly scent that surrounds babies! Hope you're doing well Em.

    Sophie xo

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  9. Oh, I'm so SO excited for you! I LOVE BABIES! Especially beautiful ones, like wee Elke! Welcome to the world, you lovely Lady Baby. x

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  10. A beautiful name for a blessed little girl. Congratulations to you all. xxx

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  11. Gorgeous name Em. Congrats x

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  12. Well done you! Many congrats, she is just beautiful. Love her name. xo

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  13. Congratulations ... she's beautiful
    xx

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  14. Awww so beautiful. Enjoy these special days. Natalie x

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  15. oh you didn't need anybody's help with her name - that is absolutely beautiful! congratulations and warm hugs proud mama :) enjoy this beautiful time together.. even through the sleep deprivation those first weeks getting to know that new little soul.. nothing compares xx

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  16. wow, she's beautifuL, very pretty name, enjoy sweet cuddles!

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  17. Oh wow, a beautiful baby girl! Had no idea it was this close. Hugest congratulations!!! SO happy for you and your family. Enjoy! Mel x

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  18. Oh Emily, she is such a little button! Gorgeous name and gorgeous photo. We look forward to watching her become a part of the shack! x

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  19. Pure, calm, noble birth. I googled it and I like it ;-)
    She is breath-taking Em, she really is.

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  20. very, very well done. now put your feet up, and have someone bring you tea, lady. ;)sarah

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  21. LOVE the name! What a beauty she is. And so true - new babies are just so mysterious! B x

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  22. She is perfection. Congratulations.

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  23. What a treasure! She is absolutely perfect. Congratulations to you all :) and I love that name. With a name like that and such love surrounding her it seems set in stone that her life will be a beautiful one. Xx

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  24. Congratulations Beetleshack family! Five is a golden number. I love her name, so lovely. God's blessings as you recover and start this new chapter in your lives.

    x

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  25. She is perfect!
    Congratulations!

    I totally agree that you have to meet the little ones before you can name them...you never know what is going to appear!
    I hope that you are feeling well and are basking the absolute loveliness of your gorgeous newborn!

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  26. Oh my goodness she is absolutely beautiful Em. Congratulations to all of you. Enjoy these precious new born days. xx

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  27. Congratulations again 'shack family of five!

    How absolutely perfect - I must say, I am a little smitten with her name, particularly as it is my beautiful mum's name :) LOVE.

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  28. Welcome little one, well done mum. Congratulations to you all. Its no wonder you cant take your eyes off her. She is beautiful x

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  29. Oh sweet baby girl. You are divine!!

    Well done Em. I'm so utterly thrilled to bits for you... (and a tad jealous that you've got your gorgeous baby in your arms!)

    rachel xo

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  30. Congratulations, what a perfect name, I'd love to hear how you came to choose it.

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  31. oh sweet sweet sweet baby beetleshack! I adore the name, yes yes yes she suits it so well! oh em, well done, look what you made! what a miracle new life is, never are we closer to heaven than when we meet our baby for the first time. I am thrilled and joyous, too broody to function, and so happy you shared her in amongst everything else you have to sort. Love and hugs xxx

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  32. congratulation on your perfect little bundle. She is just perfect!

    enjoy
    Corrie:)

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  33. what a bundle of perfection! congratulations bettleshackers! enjoy those newborn moments x

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  34. Oh and what a sweet face to stare at.
    Big congrats on the arrival of another beautiful being that you have created.
    Welcome to the world Elke, it really is a wonderful place.
    xxxxxxx

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  35. What a gorgeous name and a sweet face to stare at.

    Congratulations on her safe arrival. enjoy this special time :)

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  36. smashing....just smashing....much love to the whole brood! xx

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  37. Welcome to the shack Elke
    xx

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  38. So perfect & such a divine name. BIG congratulations. Soak it all up! emily x

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  39. she is lovely. congratulations and all the best to you all!

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  40. Oh so calm and sweet.. I love her name. Does Elke mean noble? Well done Em - she is a beauty xxx

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  41. Hooray! Congratulations to you all xxx

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  42. Sweet little Lady! Congratulations to your lovely family!

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  43. GORGEOUS! I've already said congrats on IG but I'll say it again - congrats Em & Dave, she's a darling...and I HIGHLY approve of the name Elke, as my best friends younger sister is named Elke and she's just stunning and amazing/lovely, a tall beautiful dutch blonde haired leggy girl! p.s the black thick hair may very well grow out and return as blonde, I was born with thick black hair and so were my two boys, now both almost white!
    Rest up and enjoy the newborn phase Em x
    x

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  44. A new baby at last...she is beautiful as is her name....special times ahead of you..take lots of love and rest. xxx

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  45. Welcome to this magical world, beautiful Elke. She is divine, Em - congrats Beetle Shack clan! Enjoy that sweet baby scent & soak up every moment with this beautiful creation - you've done smashingly!

    Sar(& Sam) xx

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  46. Congratulations on your sweet little girl's arrival. What a lovely name too xx

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  47. Well she is just lovely. Well done! No doubt she'll bring much love and joy to your little family.

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  48. Ps beautiful name..adore it's meaning.

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  49. She is such a darling. Congrats on your new little miss Elke. Such a beautiful name, Is it pronounced Elkah?

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  50. Woohoooooooo!!
    Congratulations!!! She is gorgeous! Cute name!!

    Love,
    Ivana, mum of three (big boy,7 years, a girl, almost 5, and a baby girl, 4 months)

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  51. oh, what happy news! she is so cute and i really love her name! lots of love to you all.
    sian.xxx

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  52. Congratulations - Elke is super gorgeous!

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  53. Congrats she is a gorgeous piece of heaven xxxx

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  54. So many congratulations to you all Em! She is truly divine, with a very gorgeous name. So happy to hear you've enjoyed plenty of rest and peace. Can't wait to hear more about her. Lots of love xxx

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  55. Congrats to all! Lovely name she has!

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  56. Ooh congrats! LOVE the name. Almost makes me want another.....almost!

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  57. HUGE congrats to you, Dave, Zeph and Pippi. Elke is gorgeous! Great name too, very unusual. Hope you're all doing ok. xx

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  58. ENJOY! What a beautiful name. So so pleased for you guys xx ;)

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  59. Simply gorgeous! Enjoy those newborn snuggles! Making me so clucky, which is good given that I'm now 3 days overdue for my own little bundle! x

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  60. She is just perfect Em! Welcome to the world Elke Halina. And the hugest of congratulations to you, Dave, Zeph and Pippi.

    Enjoy your beautiful new baby girl. x

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  61. I just had to leave an 'official' blog congratulations! She looks utterly perfect... that silky hair...those tiny fingers. Enjoy all the newness and give her a smooch from old Aunt Cabbage x

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  62. Hello Elke- you've picked a pretty amazing family (from what I've seen so far!) em- enjoy laying low and soaking up baby and sleep wherever possible! Xx

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  63. Hello little Elke! What a beautiful name.
    I cant wait to see and hear more. I hope you're all settling in fine.

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  64. Delightful! Well done you! And welcome to Elke! Good luck with this next bit... May she feed well and sleep well!

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  65. What a lovley choice for a gorgeous bebe. Congratulations again! I look forward to reading about your journey as a family of 5.

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  66. Oh Em she's a little darling! Congratulations to you, Dave and the whole family. Enjoy her! xx

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  67. Many blessings on Elke and on your family as you expand in love and joy!
    Rosemary

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  68. so happy for you x what a little treasure x

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  69. That is such wonderful news! Congrats to you and your family! I look forward to reading all about her xx

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  70. She's gorgeous, congratulations! Love her name, just beautiful x

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  71. What a blessing Elke will be to your family, my best friend is named Elke and she is an amazing dark haired women. xx

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  72. So beautiful. Congratulations Em and family!

    xxx

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  73. congratulations! she is just beautiful. x

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  74. She is adorable. Shighhhh. I can just imagine her beautiful soft hair. Congratulations! Welcome to the Shack Elke!

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  75. So precious! Congratulations!

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  76. Yippppeeee! Elke is as darling as her name. Glad you are resting. Go gently, newborn mum. x

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  77. What a beautiful name for a beautiful baby! Elke is perfect, rest up em and enjoy your gorgeous newborn-so happy for you all xoxo

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  78. Congratulations! Wasa very excited to see you in my reader today. "Has she had the baby? She has! Awwww". Elke is lovely. I have the same arrangement of children. Big boy, middle blonde daughter, baby girl with dark hair. It's wonderful!

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  79. Congratulations! Do you pronounce it El-kee or Elkah?

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  80. welcome Elke - congratulations beetleshack family, and well done you xx

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  81. Yay! Welcome home baby Elke!!! she is absolutely adorable! Best wishes and may she fill your house, your hearts and your memories with utter joy, happiness and love. B xx

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  82. well done Emily. She's beautiful and definitely looks like an 'Elke'. such an elegant name.

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  83. Deeeeeevine and deeeeelicious!!
    All of it.
    So much love.
    xxxxx

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  84. Such a sweet name for a sweet little babe. Congratulations on your beautiful new edition, she is so precious. x

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  85. Congratulations to you & your family Em!! My niece is Elke & I just adore the name... she has blonde hair so my prediction is... your gorgeous baby is going to lose all that dark newborn hair & be a blonde just like your other children!! Best wishes, Liesl xo

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  86. Congratulations! And, wow, what a great name!

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  87. Congratulations to you both, beautiful name (love her new room as well). Enjoy.

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  88. congratulations!
    My name is Elke and my daughters name is Flora :-)
    We live in Belgium..
    And I love the room too!

    Elke

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  89. Oh she is just divine. Congratulations to all of you xx

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  90. Lovely. What a bless. Hope you rest well!!

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  91. Lovely!! Congratulations!

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  92. Congratulations Em on your gorgeous little Elke! She is so beautiful!
    And I'm guessing she'll be a blonde babe. Elkes are always blondies ;-) xx

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  93. Congratulations!

    Love her name so very much. I knew an Elke, she was very sporty and energetic!

    Hope you are recovering well and adjusting to life as 5.

    xx

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  94. You are amazing. Congratulations and what a gorgeous, sweet little darling. Elke is beautiful. Well done. xxx

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  95. yay, welcome sweet elke! congratulations em and beetle shack fam!! she's a beauty. x

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  96. She is beautiful. Congratulations!

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  97. Welcome sweet Elke. She's just beautiful. Warmest of congratulations x

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  98. Absolutely gorgeous! Hearty congratulations! love love her name :) x

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  99. Congratulations Elke is just divine. Enjoy and treasure each and every moment. Vx

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em