Sunday, December 1, 2013

Welcome to the World, Hope!...

Ed and I are so happy to introduce you to our daughter.  Our DAUGHTER!!  Dropped straight from Heaven at 5:50pm on November 30th... Hope Margaret came into the world about a month premature. She weighed in at 6 pounds, 1 ounce and her crying as she emerged was music to our ears.

I'm still recovering and slightly loopy from pain medication and exhaustion, so I plan to reveal more details of the day in another post.  But basically, Hope was delivered due to my blood pressure that could not be brought down despite multiple efforts in the hospital... and, much to my surprise, I went into full blown labor!  A first for me!

When Hope was delivered, the NICU doctor examined her right in the operating room and thought she had gulped down fluid which was causing her some respiratory issues.  They suctioned her and gave her some oxygen and she quickly pinked up.  Once she was brought up to the NICU, though, they diagnosed her with Respiratory Distress Syndrome due to prematurity.  As of this morning, she has already turned a corner and has been weaned down significantly.  I am hoping to be able to hold her today - say a prayer that I will?  She will probably need to stay in the NICU for another day or so - but I know better than to get my NICU hopes up.

I was very sick through the night - probably from anesthesia and pain meds.  Let me tell you - vomiting with a C-Section incision is not really all that fun!  But thankfully, I've turned a corner this morning too and am now attempting to eat some Saltines!  Yay!

I'm literally going to dump all the photos below so you can feel like you were there with us.  I am extremely grateful to my nurse - Kris Hoopes - who took wonderful care of me when I was in the hospital to deliver Darcy in 2010... and actually changed her schedule around so she could be my nurse as I delivered Hope.  It was like having a great friend in the delivery room with me.  And I'm also grateful to Deb - another wonderful nurse who volunteered to come into the delivery room with my camera and take these amazing photos for us.

We are feeling very blessed today and can't wait to see Brian and Miss Sara this afternoon so they can meet Hope!  Thank you so much for all the love and support!
Headed to the OR with my favorite nurse, Kris Hoopes!!
Daddy arriving for the big moment!
The magical moment.
Here she is!
So happy to have a clear view of the warmer so I could see her and watch what was going on!
As of this moment, I think she's a beautiful combination of Gavin and Brian.  She has lighter hair like Gavin did!
Off to the NICU where she is in very good hands!
Shortly after my delivery they wheeled me up on a stretcher so I could see and touch Hope.



111 comments:

  1. Congratulations!!!!! God Bles all of you!

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  2. I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!

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  3. She's such a gorgeous little girl!! Congratulations to all of you!!! <3
    Prayer sent up for you to b e able to hold her, I believe it would be healing for BOTH of you! <3

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  4. What a precious gift she is!!! Thanks for sharing this beautiful moment with all of us. God bless each of you.

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  5. Absolutely thrilled for you and your family. I wish you a speedy recovery and pray Hope continues to make swift progress! Love you guys!

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  6. So very HAPPY for you and your family. Hope, is a beautiful little baby. Congrats and God Bless!!

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  7. CONGRATULATIONS!!! You all are in my prayers and will be in my prayers for a long, long time. Thank you for sharing such a touching, wonderful moment.
    Love and thousand ((((HUGS)))) now from NJ
    -Sonney

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  8. I am so, so happy for you all. Hope is just beautiful. luv and Blessings from the UK

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  9. Beautiful! Hope looks absolutely perfect! And kudos to the nurse who took all those pictures. I love how she was able to capture such candid moments so beautifully. Instead of just pointing the camera and clicking. So happy for your beautiful family.

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  10. Congratulations!!! She is beautiful!!!

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  11. I am crossing everything that you get to hold your beautiful Hope today xo Melissa

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  12. Congratulations! What a sweet baby girl!! Praying for you to be able to hold her soon!!!

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  13. Beautiful and congratulations to your entire family! Thank you for sharing! God bless!

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  14. So very happy for you and your family!

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  15. Just found your blog this morning through My Operation Rainbow. So happy for you all!! Congratulations!! I will be saying an extra prayer that little Hope recovers quickly!

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  16. She's beautiful, it's wonderfull to see this incredible pics. My first born was also deliverd with a c section.

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  17. I TAKE CARE OF THE ELDERLY IN THE HIGHRISE WHERE I LIVE AND WHEN I CAME UPSTAIRS TO DO MY ASSIGNMENT FOR SCHOOL I TURNED THE COMPUTER ON AND THERE WAS HOPE!! I GASPED FOR AIR AT THAT MOMNT. I FOLLOW YOUR STORY AS WELL AS SEVERAL OTHERS. GOD HAS BLESSED YOU ALL AND ME AS I AM TRYING TO GET OVER ALL OF MY LOSSES AS WELL. ALL OF YOUR STORIES I THINK GOD SENT YOU ALL TOO ME SO THAT I CAN MOVE ON AND SEE THAT OTHERS ALSO STRUGGLE AS THEY MISS THEIR LOVED ONES. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR LIFE WITH ALL THE HURTS AND LOVE THAT YOU HAVE MADE ME FEEL. YOU ARE EXCEPTIONAL FOLKS AND I THANK GOD THAT YOU ARE HERE AND THAT YOU SHARE THAT SPECIAL LOVE THAT I CAN SEE. MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU MUCH LOVES FROM THIS GRANNY IN OHIO <3

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  18. I'm so incredibly happy for you. She is beautiful!

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  19. Congratulations! She is beautiful! Prayers that she is out of the NICU soon.

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  20. So happy for you and your family! What a wonderful blessing from God! Congratulations!!!

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  21. Oh I'm so happy for you all!!! Welcome to the world baby girl!

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  22. Congratulations! She is so beautiful and I am so very happy fo you and your family. May God continue to bless you all!

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  23. Congratulations!!! I have been keeping you and your family in my thoughts and I am so happy for you.

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  24. So, I sorta held it together until the last photo took my breath away and the tears flowed. Welcome, Baby Hope! A lot of people you will likely never meet have been waiting a long time to see you. Congratulations, Leong Family. Hope, like all of your children, is simply beautiful.

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  25. Congratulations, she is beautiful. Here's to a short stay in the NICU and a quick recovery for you. God bless.

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  26. OMG, I am so happy for you!!!! Congratulations! Sitting here with tears in my eyes. Welcome to the world, Hope. Wishing you a wonderful life with you parents and brother and I'm sure you'll be the happiest little girl.
    That's really a wonderful present for the first of Advent, as we're celebrating it here in Germany today. All my prayers and love to you, Kate, and your husband.
    Sibylle

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  27. Congratulations!!! Hope is beautiful :)

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  28. Happy Birthday Hope!! Just beautiful!! Love to you all <3

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  29. Congratulations she's perfect and she has a big brother and a big sister as guardian angels!

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  30. Beautiful. I'm so beyond happy for your family. Happy tears all around. God Bless and continued prayers

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  31. She is fabulous!!!! Love, hugs, and blessings for you and yours

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  32. She is beautiful! Congratulations! I can't wait to see the excitement in Brian's face when you take pictures of him seeing her the first time! I pray that Gavin and Darcy and those special to you who are in Heaven will be her special Guardian Angels.

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  33. I am so happy for your family! You all have been through such happy and sad times and Hope is exactly what you needed. I'm sure Gavin is looking down and smiling. Sending love!

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  34. Congratulations!! I've been reading your blog since about a week before Gavin passed. I've been praying for you, and your family and of course Hope. She happens to share a birthday w/my sweet boy, who turned 8 yesterday.
    Congratulations, Leong family!

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  35. Love, love, LOVE!!!! Congrats to you all. I can only imagine the love & affection this beautiful baby will receive!

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  36. She is so beautiful!!! Congratulations to you all :) She was a good weight for a preemie!! Brian is going to flip when he sees his beautiful little sister :D
    Once again, Congratulations and welcome to the world Hope.
    Lots of love from Ibiza, Spain xxxxx

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  37. Beautiful....just beautiful. All of our prayers have been answered

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  38. I'm in tears. So happy for all of you! Hope is beautiful! Congratulations Leong family!

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  39. She is gorgeous, I am so incredibly happy for you and your family.

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  40. Hard to believe shes actually here!!! Good job Mama. Wishing you all the peace, love and joy with your new baby girl. Love that she has light hair like Gavin.

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  41. My heart sings for you all this morning. I have no doubt that Gavin is gathering the other angels in heaven to celebrate this glorious day with him. Prayers for swift healing for you Kate, and that Hope is out of the NICU and in your arms in no time!

    Much love.

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  42. Your DAUGHTER! I checked in to make sure everyone was doing well. She's perfect, Kate. I pray you hold her in your arms today, and for the rest of your life. What a pretty miracle. Thank You, God. Jenny page

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  43. Congratulations you guys! She's beautiful, but we already knew she would be! So, so happy for you!

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  44. Welcome to the world, Hope! May you be profoundly blessed even as you have already been such a blessing to so many.

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  45. Congratulations! A beautiful little angel is in your care now.

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  46. Beautiful! Congratulations to your sweet family!

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  47. Congratulations! A beautiful addition to your family!

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  48. Congrats.She is beautiful.I am crying happy tears for you all this morning.

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  49. Congratulations!!! Welcome Baby Hope!!

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  50. Congratulations on your beautiful and healthy baby girl :)

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  51. Love, love, love! Congratulations, and welcome, Hope! Perfect in every way!

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  52. I am so happy for you! I stumbled upon your page from a shared post on Facebook about Hopes birth. My 10 year old daughter and I sat for hours reading your posts. You are amazing and strong, and all of your children are so lucky to have you!

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  53. Congratulations! Hope is beautiful just like both of her brothers. God bless you all!!

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  54. Thank you for allowing us to follow in this incredible journey with your family. Although I cannot begin to understand the pain you have endured over the years, I have shared the joy of bringing a beautiful child into the world. I look forward to watching Hope flourish as she grows with Brian and learns the life lessons we have all learned from Gavin. What a very lucky and blessed baby girl. Congratulations to you all!

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  55. So happy for you!

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  56. Yay!!!! Hallelujah! Tears of joy all the way across the world in Austria from a fellow American new Mama! Congratulations! She is a beautiful gift. Looking forward to watching her grow and flourish as I watch my own daughter (3 weeks old yesterday) do the same. All the best to you and your family! Love, Emily

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  57. Congratulations! May she bring you all so much joy and happiness! She is so beautiful!

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  58. She is beautiful and I am so happy for all of you. Congratulations! ((HUGS))

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  59. I am so happy for you folks! Hope is beautiful and I know she will have a good life with you folks as parents! Congratulations to all!

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  60. I've been lurking here for many months, never commented before, but had to today. I don't know you, but this made me cry. I got out of bed this morning knowing that great things happen. Many, many congratulations on your beautiful new daughter, to your whole family.

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  61. Congratulations to your sweet family! She looks beautiful and pink and perfect! God bless.

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  62. So happy for all of you! We were in your neck of the woods earlier today and I was thinking about you!

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  63. Congratulations and God Bless! I will pray that soon she will be out of the NICU and home soon. With my youngest I had preeclampsia and delivered at 36 weeks. Connor spent 10 days in the NICU (he also had difficultly breathing like Hope) I will also pray that you get to hold her today. I had to wait 3 days which is much different than 3 minutes(I got to hold my older 2 right away)
    Kellie, Mom to Jenna(11), Matt(8 with PDD-NOS), and Connor(4)

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  64. My boy was a month early too. He weighed 6lbs and had the same lung problem from being early. She will be fine. congrats xx

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  65. I am grinning from ear to ear! Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter and sister to Brian, Gavin & Darcy.

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  66. So happy for you and your family! She's perfect and lovely. Congratulations!

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  67. Yay! Smiling ear to ear for you. Such great news.

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  68. Congrats!!! She is beautiful. I'm praying that you get to hold her today and that she is out of the NICU soon. I'm also praying for a speedy recovery for you.

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  69. She is so Beautiful! Congratulations!! :)

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  70. hope you are feeling better kate..so happy for you an ed an brian..i agree with you , first thing i thought was she looks like gavin an brian.., more like gavin tho..but shes beautiful an time will tell on the looks..praying for speedy lung recovery..hugs an kisses an God bless..dee

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  71. Congratulations!! She's so adorable!!

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  72. I am so, so, so happy for you and your family. I've been praying since you announced your pregnancy and project Hope that this day would come for you! She is beautiful! God Bless!!

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  73. Congratulations! I imagine that your heart is bursting with love for little Hope <3
    love and prayers as always
    Tui

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  74. She is absolutely beautiful - huge congratulations and welcome to this world Hope!

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  75. So so happy to hear! Will keep sending happy thoughts and prayers!!

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  76. Blessings for you and your family! What a joy it is that she is here.

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  77. Such a beautiful baby girl! I have goose bumps looking at her little face. Congratulations to you all, and thanks to Gavin for delivering his little sister to his family safely. May this be the beginning of happy times! samm in canada

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  78. JOY!!! Oh, joy! Congratulations to you and Ed, she is beautiful. I hope you are feeling better. Maybe I see a little of each of the boys in her but mostly I see HOPE! I am so ecstatic she is here, safe and sound. xo

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  79. Congratulations Leong family with the newest family member ....she's beutiful..I also had 3 c-sections with all my kids I to got sick ...it's from when they put you under an the meds also...God bless the whole Leong family ...

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  80. Congratulations to you and your family. I'm so happy for all of you :) - Leslie Cho

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  81. Congratulations. I'm so happy for your family. She is precious. God Bless you all

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  82. Oh am I ever "happy" for you and the family! My heart and soul are filled with joy with the entrance of "Hope Margaret" to this world. Thank you so much for sharing this joyous event with all of us who love you so much!
    Joanne Doyle Kuzborski - Avon, MA USA - jkuzborski@comcast.net

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  83. Congratulations! She's beautiful! My prayer is for your quick recovery (and Hope's) and that you are soon holding her in your arms...at home!!

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  84. Wonderful news, she is gorgeous! Congratulations to everyone in your family - oh Happy Day!!!

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  85. Congrats! What a beautiful baby! 6 lbs is good size for 4 weeks early... awesome job baby Hope! Happy BIRTH day! :)

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  86. Amazing...there is and always will be hope!!! May you reflect on the blessing she is and what she will always represent. Congratulations!!!

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  87. Congratulations! Hope is absolutely beautiful!

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  88. Congratulations! Hope is absolutely beautiful!

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  89. Welcome to the world, Hope. You are so blessed to have big brothers and a big sister to watch over you and care for you as you grow. Your family is pretty awesome, Sweet Miss. Lucky you, lucky them. It's a great day.

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  90. What a beautiful gift! Congrats to your entire family!

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  91. What a beautiful blessing. Many congratulations!

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  92. Welcome to your loving family, Hope! I am so full of joy for your family since seeing the blessed news & her beautiful face. I can look at your pictures on your facebook page but cannot comment there since I have no account, but saw the most precious photo of Brian & Ed with just PRICELESS expressions on their faces! Your family's joy in this birth has brought so much happiness to all of us...just watching your joy & welcoming this baby girl!

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  93. She is so beautiful!! Congratulations!! I am so happy for you all! Beth

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  94. Congratulations! I'm thrilled for you. God is so good!!

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  95. So beautiful. Congrats - truly and deeply.

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  96. So so happy to hear that she's hear and doing well. Thinking of all of you.

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  97. Congratulations! Welcome to the world, Hope! I have been following your story from Arizona. What a beautiful start to this Advent season. I wish you many cozy winter days ahead cuddling that sweet girl. May you enjoy your family and the holidays while you continue to recover + heal - (take good care of yourself).
    May your daughter HOPE bring your family JOY your whole lifelong.

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  98. Congratulations!!!!!!! She is beautiful!!!!

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  99. Congratulations, I have followed your journey since April and Hope is a beautiful gift. God bless your whole family.

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  100. Congratulations, Leong Family!! So, so happy for all of you. :0

    xoxo

    ~AE

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  101. Congratulations on the birth of Your Precious Angel HOPE MARGARET♥

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  102. I have waited for this day as if I know you and I missed it!! I'm sitting here crying in joy: a total stranger from the other side of the world. Miss Hope is beautiful. I am so very very very happy for you. Enjoy your daughter.

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  103. So many congratulations to you all!! She is absolutely exquisite. Welcome little one!
    Well done Kate, a million times, through all this, well done! You have delivered a wonderful new member of your family, and delivered HOPE, in more ways than one. Lucy

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