About Me, birth story, Family Life

And Zelie makes 7

January 5, 2018

Lovely blog readers, I have a sweet little someone to introduce you to. After 9 long days of prodromal labor spanning Christmas and a multitude of other festivities, Miss Zelie (zay-lee) Grace Uebbing made her debut at 5:10 am on Friday, December 29th. 7 lbs 11 oz and 20.5 inches long, she has ravishing dark hair like Evie did (though notably less of it) and dark, stormy blue eyes.

She takes her name from St. Zelie Martin, mother of St. Therese the little flower, who was canonized in 2015 along with her husband, St. Louis Martin, the first such occasion of a double canonization for a married couple in the Church’s history. Grace is a nod to Our Lady and to the extraordinarily different birth I had the fifth time around.

And speaking of birth stories, you know I can’t wait to write hers, and have been thanking God over and over again for how different her arrival into the world was compared with my previous births. She is sleeping and nursing like a champ (color me vv surprised by the latter) and is the absolute delight of each of her older siblings.

John Paul (5.5) immediately asked β€œwhen are we going to have another baby so she can have a younger sibling????” the first moment she was laid in his arms, which was almost impossibly sweet, but also, #toosoon.

We’re adjusting well to life as a family of 7 and I’m trying my hardest to postpartum like a boss, ala Blythe Fike, so I’ll be lying super low for the next few months. I’m posting a little bit on Instagram if you want to pop over and see baby pics, but am also mindful of how crazy fast the newborn phase goes, and am committed to trimming out as much social media as possible so that I can soak her up.

From the eve of the final day of Christmas, wishing you a beautiful finish to the season and the happiest 2018!

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  • Reply Kerry Greenwald January 5, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Congratulations Jenny! (Though I have to confess I logged on to fb to search for your good news!) I wish you a blessed New Year.

  • Reply Diana January 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    She is adorable! Congratulations!

  • Reply Karyn January 5, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    So serious! She’s beautiful! Congratulations!

  • Reply Annemarie January 5, 2018 at 2:49 pm


  • Reply Elizabeth January 5, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Oh, Zelie is adorable and so cute! Congratulations!

  • Reply jeanette January 5, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to share her with us, she is very lovely. Those eyes!

    Happiness to all of you in this bright new year of family life.

  • Reply Cecilia January 5, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Zelie is beautiful and precious. I’m so happy for you and your family. Can’t wait to watch her grow and read about her adventures with her siblings.
    Happy New Year & God bless your family

  • Reply Jen @ Into Your Will January 5, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    She really is perfect! So happy for you. I love her name too! (and I love how she shares a birthday with my baby Levi in heaven!)

  • Reply Terri January 5, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Blessings and joy to you all!

  • Reply TaraSz January 6, 2018 at 3:44 am

    Ach, I have tears in my eyes and I’m so happy for you – she’s gorgeous and you aren’t pregnant anymore. πŸ˜‰ LOVE the name so much, I am a Martin Family Groupie myself. Rest easy and heal well.

  • Reply Ashley January 6, 2018 at 5:32 am

    Congratulations! She’s beautiful.

  • Reply Mira January 6, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Congratulations to you all! A beautiful little girl.

  • Reply Melissa January 6, 2018 at 9:12 am


  • Reply Erica January 6, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Beautiful! Congratulations!

  • Reply Ingrid January 6, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Congratulations! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kerry January 7, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Soooo cute! Love!

  • Reply Katie January 7, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    What a cutie! I am so glad you had another girl! We have 3 boys and 2 girls and I just love it. Enjoy her!

  • Reply Cami January 10, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Jenny! Having the same birth order as you (and nearly same ages too), I am tickled you have s new daughter! She’s is stunning! Congratulations and I’ll be praying for an easy recovery and full restoration of mind and body! Genevieve, I’m so excited for you to have a baby sister! What a wonderful Christmas gift for your whole family! God bless you, Uebbings!

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