Welcome, Maggie!

My first daughter, Margaret Evelyn, was born this morning at 9:51 EST, weighing 7 lbs 13 oz, and measuring 20 ½ inches. She’s different from brother Sam in that she is naturally born (VBAC), about a pound lighter, half an inch longer, and most noticeably not screaming constantly.

Maggie wearing her first outfit

We arrived at the hospital late Saturday night after Melita’s contractions—which had started Friday—reached the point that the obstetrician on call recommended that we come to the hospital. We made it just in time to avoid this weekend’s nor’easter.

Maggie being weighed

Melita’s labor was long, but she held up well and after the delivery bounced back with a big appetite. I have a lot to be thankful to God for: mom and baby’s health, epidural anesthesia, and friends who were able to watch Sam while we were in the hospital.

Daddy and Maggie


  1. Very cute!

  2. Congratulations!

  3. Wow!!!! She is a little Wonder!!!

    Kiss to the beautiful girl and the mommy and Sam and hugs to a Proud Daddy Austin!

    Kaz and Michie

  4. Austin,
    It is great that you used Grandma’s name for Maggie’s middle name. That is so sweet!!

  5. Amy sent me the link. This is great! Congratulations so much! I hope you will bring your kids to campus one day after the holidays:)

  6. oh, Austin! she’s beautiful! and what a sweet picture of the two of you… (good news travels fast – Hege sent me the link)

    and I second Hege’s suggestion on a family campus-visit!

    Best to Melita, Sam and Maggie -
    PS very cool blog – and great logo!

  7. Congratulations again! What a beautiful baby.

    Merry Christmas!


    Damon, Kari, & Kate

  8. Dear Austin & Melita, What a lovely little girl and to think how kind to me you are to give her my old fashion name for her middle name ! Thank you for honoring me like that ! Congratulations to Melita for having Margret like I had all my babies! It was hard but worth every minute of suffering ! We are all so thankful that she has arrived and you are both well;even Daddy ! Love, Grandma Matzko

  9. Congratulations Melita and Austin!
    I am so happy for all of you.
    What a wonderful Christmas blessing!

  10. congratulations for your sweet and healthy baby.

    best regards from germany and a woderful new year!!

  11. Congratulations!

    And also a thank you for your WordPress plugins. I have used them on quite a few church and personal sites. Your work is helping us spread His love!

  12. Congratulations! I just had my 3rd girl 2 months ago. Best wishes to all!

  13. Congratulation. What a beautiful baby girl. My youngest graduated high school this year. It was not small feat for a great boy with Asperger’s Autism. We are so proud of him. Thanks for the pics and blessings to you and your family.

  14. Congrats! Good work on picking up the wordpress backup plugin and maintaining it by the way. Much appreciated.

  15. congrats, this is a beautiful little baby :-) also thanks for your plugins.


  16. Congrats. Beautiful daughter. My first was a girl too! Lots of fun.

    I’ve used your plugins for years. I thought the least I could do is extend my best wishes.

    Parenting is the best! …Sleepless, but the best.

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