He's here!


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So, for those of you who guessed Sunday, the 22nd, as the due date - You get the satisfaction of saying "Na-na-na-na boo-b00" to the rest who guessed incorrectly! ;)
Collen Brooks Jones was born on Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 12:02pm.
Weight: 8lbs 5ozs
Length: 20 inches
Beautiful Baby Boy!

We got to the hospital at 2:30am on Sunday. I had been having contractions off and on during the day and finally, at 11 pm, they became consistent enough to go in! When we got checked in and settled, I was measuring 4cm and my midwife went ahead and broke my water since it was close to breaking anyway. I experienced so much with this labor and delivery that I didn't experience with Ayden's. With Ayden, I got my epidural at 4cm, so I missed the water breaking and all that fun stuff. This time, I waited as long as I could before getting pain meds and the epidural....almost to 7cm. I was surprised at how tolerable the contractions were....up until I got 3cm away from delivery. At that point, I needed some kind of relief, and I had to get it fast before it was too late. Luckily, my contractions stalled a little bit, so we were able to buy some time. Apparently, though, my epidural never fully kicked in because I felt pretty much everything. It was a little more dull, I'm sure, than with nothing at all, but I felt a lot of it! All in all, though, I'm glad I waited to get the epidural and pain meds. It was a great experience. Tough...but great...and in the end, we welcomed our precious Collen into the world!

I was so glad for the labor to be over, for Collen to be here, for some joy to be restored....I just became overcome with emotion. As soon as I saw him, Ayden flashed through my mind, and I missed him so deeply. Looking at his little brother, I was comforted to see that they both look so very similar. In some pictures, you really can't tell the two of them apart....they look that much alike.

So happy to have Collen here with us!




Not quite as big as we thought he would be, but definitely still a big baby!





My wonderful midwife, DeEtte. It was such a blessing to experience the births of both our boys with her!




Jeremy checking Collen out







Snuggling with Mom






I love this little man so much already...


And of course, I can't go into a delivery without adding drama to the situation. I won't go into detail on what happened, but boy do I know how to keep everyone on their toes! Everything turned out fine......and Collen is here, healthy, and beautiful....that's all that matters. He will go home on a monitor just because of our history with Ayden, so that will keep us from being too terribly paranoid - although we always will be.
We are so excited to have another child added to our family. Ayden taught us so much about being parents and loving our children so unconditionally and completely. Collen is a huge answer to prayer and the beginning of the restoration of hope in our lives.
Please continue to be in prayer for us as we embark on a new journey with Collen. We are excited, joyful, scared, paranoid, and hopeful. We look forward to every second with him!

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87 comments:

  1. What a beautiful redemption day. Praying for peace and hope and joy in your home. He's beautiful, too, just like his brother.

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  2. so elated for yall!! Many congratulations!
    Welcome to the world Collen! he's just perfect, but i didn't have to tell you that. God is good
    I will continue to pray for your sweet family!

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  3. Congratulations! Collen is beautiful, and you guys are glowing! Praying for the newest addition to your family!

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  4. YAY! A beautiful baby boy added to your family. Congratulations to you both. I'm so very glad he's here and all is well. I can only imagine Ayden peeking down from Heaven saying something along the lines of, "I just KNEW you'd like who I picked out, Mom and Dad!"
    Congratulations again. He's wonderful!

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  5. Congrats!! He is so handsome and you are just glowing :)

    Welcome to the world little man!

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  6. Congratulations!! And Happy Birthday, Collen!! I am so happy, relieved and emotional for you and your family right now. Thank God for a safe delivery. I can't wait to see more pictures of Ayden's little brother!

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  7. PRAISE THE LORD for a safe & healthy delivery for mommy & baby!! :-D

    how completely amazing & wonderful that you are FINALLY able to carry out the role of "parent" in your daily lives again. OF COURSE you were still parents before Collen's birth - you will ALWAYS be parents because of Ayden. so please don't misunderstand! i'm simply saying that it must feel great to actually be able to live out the tasks that accompany parenthood & taking care of your child. my heart has been broken for you since you lost Ayden because part of losing him as your only child meant you no longer had a child to take care of each day & live out your role of mother. your motherhood had to be played out in a different way, one that included your son being Home with his Father rather than being home with his father & you.

    praying for a speedy recovery from delivery & feeling better quickly! by its very nature, childbirth is painful no matter how well things go, so i'll be praying you feel well soon. and, of course, i'll DEFINITELY keep praying for the newest Jones!

    CONGRATULATIONS to the wonderful parents & WELCOME TO THE WORLD, COLLEN! you're one blessed little boy!

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  8. Congrats! I just hopped over to check on you :) He is adorable! Enjoy every minute knowing that Ayden is watching over all 3 of you.

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  9. Congrats he is so beautiful. I have only been reading your blog for short while but I am so happy for you. What a blessing

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  10. Congratulations on your beautiful boy!!!

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  11. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Welcome Collen, you have been prayed into the world.

    Late last night, I said to my husband "Oh, I think the baby must be on his way because there is no update" I was so excited thinking that Collen could be in your arms.

    Thanks be to God for Collen's life.

    Congratulations again, and I have never been so happy to be wrong, I didn't really want you to have to wait 'till September. Thanks for sharing Collen's arrival and some early pics with us.

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  12. Mrs. Jones, I just wanted to tell you that I am so happy for you and Mr. Jones. Collen is so precious. I have been checking you blog for updates all weekend. I am so glad he is here and is healthy.I'm sure Ayden is looking down at the three of you and smiling.Congrats!

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  13. Congratulations! I can feel the joy just looking at your faces! I will pray that God will continue to bless you all! Quite a few exclamation marks, but the occassion calls for it!!!!

    (I found your blog from Jonah's last year.)

    God is good!

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  14. congrats!! he is so beautiful.

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  15. Finally...more pictures! I will say it again... he is just beautiful!
    Still praying for the days to come... when those post prego hormones will just add tthe hard days... love ya, lady!
    C

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  16. I KNEW something was going on!!! I am SOOOOOOOOOO happy for you and Jeremy and Collen! Thank you God for a safe, happy, and healthy delivery! You have been in my thoughts and prayers constantly! Collen is beautiful and looks so much like Aiden!
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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  17. Congratulations! He is beautiful!

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  18. Congrats!! Your little addition is adorable.

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  19. I have been waiting for this post, hoping that you would have the time and energy to put it up. Congrats on your 2nd baby boy. I know Ayden was looking down on all of you and pushing for a safe delivery of his little brother. I can see the emotion in your faces and know that this has been a long journey. What a beatiful rainbow baby. Congrats again!

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  20. Congratulations! He is beautiful !
    It's funny I don't know you, but my heart is so happy for you guys.
    Enjoy your little guy.:)

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  21. My name is Cassie Bradley and I have been following yours, Ayden's and Collin's journey for a few months now, but have never posted. I am so completely happy for you and the joy that Collin will bring to your lives. I pray for health, and safety for you all as you embark on this new chapter!

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  22. SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY for you and Jeremy. He is beautiful!

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  23. Collen is precious and what a blessing he is!
    I must say my predictions were pretty close... right date, only a few hours off on the time, right pounds, a few off on ounces, right inches... not bad!
    Congrats to all of you!

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  24. Praise God! I am so happy for all three of you. I know that precious Ayden is looking down and grinning from ear to ear. Congratulations!

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  25. I just made a previous comment and I forgot to say thanks for sharing your pictures. I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face after looking at that precious face. He is beautiful!

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  26. Congratulations!

    Hi! My name is Jill. I am Mommy to an Angel. I've been following your blog for a few months.
    I just wanted to chime-in with my well-wishes for all of you.
    I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!

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  27. I am so very happy for you and your family. Congratulations

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  28. Lindsay, I'm so happy for you all! I couldn't help but get teary looking at the pictures of you with that beautiful baby...I can only imagine the emotions you must have been feeling. Anyway, congratulations and thanks for letting us have a peek into your life to see that precious boy. :)

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  29. Congratulations and Praise God for such a tremendous little blessing! :O) My heart swells with happiness for you guys!

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  30. Congrats on Collen's arrival! May you have enjoy the wonders of life and may Ayden be a great angel to watch over Collen as he grows! God Bless!

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  31. Congratulations ~ he is perfect.
    He is adorable and a beautiful blessing from God. Keeping all of you in my prayers. Enjoy!

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  32. Awesome! Congrats to your whole family! :)

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  33. Congrats!! What a beautiful baby boy!

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  34. Congrats on another beautiful baby boy! I'm glad things worked out the way you hoped they would.

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  35. yay he's adorable, huge congratulations, i'm so happy for you to have him in your arms finally, sending love, anne xxx

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  36. Congratulations! He's absolutely perfect!

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  37. YAY!!!! Praise God! So happy for you and praying that you can soak up every moment with him without being crippled with fear. He is SO BEAUTIFUL!

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  38. Congratulations Lyndsey!!! I'm so happy you and Jeremy finally have some joy back in your life. I know this has to be an emotional time for you guys...I hope you are doing well and little Collen looks so sweet! Thanks for sharing with everyone.

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  39. CONGRATS! You look amazing after giving birth! Collen looks Gorgeous! What a beautiful family!

    CONGRATS!

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  40. Congratulations, may God bless you all..wish all the best with this new gift..

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  41. Lyndsay, You do not know me, but I have been "keeping up with the Jones's," and praying for your family for 8 months now. I am so inspired by your story, and I want you to know that you inspire folks all over the country with your Faith! I am going through some troubling times with my family right now, and just reading your posts lift me up and give me hope. Congratulations on the arrival of Collen. I will continue to pray for you and your little one. Enjoy your precious gift! God bless the day when we go Home and you can hold both of your babies at the same time. God Bless!

    Shay from Kentucky

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  42. An additional question,
    Is there a way that we can send gifts to Baby Collen?

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  43. Congratulations! He is simply precious! I love all that hair!!!I have been praying and will continue to pray! What a blessing he is!!!

    With warm regards,
    Sam D.

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  44. Congratulations!!!! I am so happy for your family!!!

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  45. Congratulations! Collen is a beautiful little boy! I can only imagine the emotions you are experiencing right now, but I'm praising God for the safe delivery of your son.

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  46. Oh, and August 22 is a great day for a birthday. My firstborn, Emily, shares Collen's birthday. She just turned 12!

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  47. Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh, OMG!!!!!

    He's here!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am CRYING! He's beautiful! So are the two of you...congratulations again!!!!

    So happy for y'all!

    Love you, Kelley

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  48. COLLEN Is Perfect!~ I am thrilled for you and that all is well. I am teary just thinking how hard this labor must have been for you, and am hoping that 'keeping everyone on their toes' was minor.

    Thank you for sharing the news! Seriously, I am amazed that you did it so soon after having a BABY!

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  49. OMGoodness!!!! I am so excited for you guys!!!!!!! He is beautiful just like his big brother. I am just too excited for words. Congratulations. Congratulations. Congratulations.

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  50. Congratulations on your precious Collen. He is a beautiful baby.

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  51. CONGRATULATIONS! I will keep all of you in my prayers. Ayden must be so proud looking down at his parents and baby brother. I know the 25th will be so hard, but I'm so happy that you have Collen to experience it with. Babies sure do have that extra ability to bring smiles to your face. God Bless You All.

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  52. Congrats! He's adorably handsome!
    Enjoy him!

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  53. Congratulations! So glad things went well and that he is here!

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  54. SO SO SO happy for both of you!!! Congratulations!

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  55. I thought something must be up due to the lack of updates :) Congratulations on the safe arrival of your son, and welcome to the world, Collen! You're a handsome little guy, and your mama looks FABulous - cute hair, earrings, and all! Just gave birth and looks like it was nothing!

    I'll continue to keep your family in my thoughts this week and as you settle back into life with a newborn. Prayers for a speedy recovery and a calm baby :) Looking forward to more pictures...the last one you posted is a treasure!

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  56. Congrats! He is beautiful! I know you are so glad he is finally here. I am sure Ayden is keeping an eye on his little brother from up above so Collen is in good hands!

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  57. I have been following your story for a while now but haven't had a chance to post a comment. I just wanted to say congratulations on the safe arrival of your second beautiful baby.

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  58. I feel overjoyed for you all and cried throughout reading this blog. May joy be restored to your lives with the blessing of another unique baby son. We will all carry your beloved Ayden in our hearts and I know he will be a wonderful angel big brother to Collen. I can hardly express how happy I am for you. A little piece of England is celebrating too! God bless you all, Grandma xxxx

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  59. Congratulations on your beautiful Collen! So happy for all of you/

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  60. He is beautiful!! I am so happy for you guys....praying for you always!

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  61. Congratulations! Welcome to the world, Collen!

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  62. Congrats. He is beautiful! I am so happy for you and Jeremy!

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  63. I am just so happy for you I can't stand myself! Congratulations!!!

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  64. Oh Lindsay....just had tears and tears and more tears running down my face as I read this and saw the sweet pictures. I just can't even tell you the range of emotions I have for you and so imagining what you must be feeling is just mind-boggling.

    So happy for this new, precious little brother and so grateful to God for the miracle of redemption and faithfulness and hope and joy.

    Welcome, sweet Collen!!! What loved, loved, loved little boys you and your brother are!!!

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  65. Congratulations he's beautiful.

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  66. Congratulations!!! He is so beautiful.

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  67. He is just beautiful. Congratulations! I will be praying for peace for you as you bring him home.

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  68. I just can't stop thinking about y'all! I am so happy Collen is here, can't wait to see more pictures :)

    Thinking about you tons right now and smiling when I do!

    Love you - Kelley

    God bless all of you!!!

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  69. Congratulations. Collen and I share a birthday. I'm only 44 years older than he is. :)

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  70. Congratulations Lindsay and Jeremy! What a beautiful baby! The pictures are lovely, thank you for sharing!

    I'm sure that Ayden was crying tears of joy with you guys, as he was the first to know that Collen was perfect!

    So happy for you guys!

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  71. So so precious... and adorable :) Congratulations!

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  72. Congratulations to you both! A beautiful boy, indeed. :)

    xoxox

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  73. He is so handsome...just like Ayden! So happy for you as you start the new phase of your bittersweet journey!

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  74. Collen is beautiful! So happy for you guys! Praying for these first few months to go smoothly for you guys.

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  75. Thinking of you today, August 25th, and remembering sweet Ayden.

    (I don't mean for you to approve this comment to your post about Collen--please don't. I just wanted you to know that precious Ayden wasn't forgotten on this day.)

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  76. Congratulations!!! I love all your photos. Thank you so much for sharing. I am glad you got a monitor. You will still stress but will pray hard that you find peace with you new little man. I know there is a big whole missing. You will have good stories to share with Collen as he gets bigger and know he has an angel in heaven protecting you all. God Bless you all.

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  77. Thinking about you today more than ever. I hope that Collen is bringing you much joy on this day and everyday!

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  78. I am so happy for you and Jeremy. Collen is beautiful. Looking forward to hearing about him as he grows!

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  79. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and your family. What an absolute miracle! Lots of hugs.

    Stacey from CA

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  80. He is absolutely beautiful! Many prayers for your family~

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