at or about
You made me cry! What a gift you have given us. Thanks.
He is gorgeous. Congratulations again Niobe.
wonderful, just wonderful
this is what i've been waiting for. what a lovely little person. congratulations again.
Thank you! He is beautiful. Just beautiful.
perfect. and now i must go find a tissue.
Is any thing so beautiful or miraculous as that little precious tiny newborn person. Thanks for the photo.
What a beautiful son you have!
He is beautiful - and asleep - how more perfect could he be. Congrats- its been a long time coming.
Welcome little one, welcome earthside.
Kiss those eyelashes for me, wouldya?
He takes my breath away.
Beautiful, Niobe. Just beautiful.
so peaceful and lovely
A gasp. And then tears. It really, really happened.
Oh, I want to kiss that nose and those eyes. He's just beautiful! Congratulations.
Thank you so much. He's perfect. Actually makes me want another newborn, and that's saying something.
He is beautiful.
Precious! (blinks back tears)And of course you'd give us a really cool picture, too. So adorable!
*gulps*Baby binky.I'm crying, too.
Perfect and beautiful!
beautiful, beautiful boy.
I couldn't bring myself to comment a congratulations until now for fear that something STILL could go wrong. But no longer. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so happy for you and your family.
Your son! How can you resist crowing from the roof tops!Lovely. I ache to run my finger down the bridge of that little nose.
Oh, he's just perfect! Perfect and precious. Now I've gone all teary...best wishes to all of you as you settle in and get to know him.
Gorgeous little boy! What a blessing he is when his tiny face can bring so much joy!
There's nothing like it is there? xxoo
Congrats Niobe! Beautiful baby! :)
i am grinning from ear to ear. so freaking happy for you all. yay. congratulations.
Look at that baby! Happy for you.
Gorgeous. Those giant pacifiers? So huge and so weird-looking to start with. And then they grow on you...
lovely. just lovely.
Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.
Well, hello there, beautiful Cole.Thank you, Niobe.
Thank you. He's beautiful.
aweeee precious love... :)
Am weeping copiously now. Congrats, Niobe. Massive congrats.
Goosebumps and tears in my eyes.He is perfect.Love,Pam
He looks like you sweetie, such a darling, cant wait to meet him one day soon ;) xxxxxxxx
so beautiful- i swear my heart grows everytime i click over here lately. i am just so happy for you.
Perfect.Beautifully, wonderfully, perfect.
Oh sweet heart. Your little boy is gorgeous. Welcome to the world Cole.
Nothing more breathtaking than a new life! He's very handsome! Congratulations again and again...
Congratulations on your lovely young son, Niobe. May his spirit and little boy giggles lift your spirit for a long time to come.
I realize it's the internet and all and this is just a screen but none of that matters, because I just know it:He smells delicious, niobe. big smiles.
Gorgeous.. simply gorgeous!My heart is full for you!
So, so sweet.
What a beautiful, perfect, little man!
Amazing and miraculous
He is just beautiful. I love that little nose and those eyelashes. I'm so happy for you!
Sweet, precious little baby boy.
I have never seen anything so lovely.
Just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing this with us.
well...there's no denying THAT, now is there.BEAUTIFUL.congratulations.
Oh. My. God. Niobe, he's beautiful. Thank you so much for posting a picture. He's just lovely.
What perfect little features he has!! Congratulations on your sweet boy!
He's perfectly beautiful.Thank you for sharing...
YAY! G_D Bless!
He's perfect. Huge and heartfelt congratulations to your whole family!
breathtaking. thank you.
There aren't really words for something so precious. Thank you for sharing him.
Wow. Just wow.
sweet, precious boy.
Ahhhh.... Thank you.It goes without saying that he is breathtaking.
Niobe,It has been killing me to not have internet access! I just now got an opportunity to get online and this is the first place I went!Congratulations!!!!!!He looks perfect, too, and it is so wonderful to read that you are all doing so well.Wow!Please, if you can and if you have time, e-mail me a picture of the shades of blue that would look good in your nursery. I am just filled up with good feelings right now:)
Oh, man, I hate it when they forget to remove the anti-shoplifting device before you leave the store!I joke because I'm gobsmacked. Thanks for the picture.
He is what you call little smoochy in my family!
Words fail me.
how sweet, niobe. envious and joyous all at the same time.
He is so, so sweet!
He's adorable. Thanks for sharing.
He's beautiful! Congratulations!
He's beautiful. I want to eat him up! Absolutely nibble on his toesies.
He's perfect. Congratulations!
So dear. So perfect. So yours. So happy for you. Thanks, Niobe, for posting a photo.
What a handsome lad. I am over the moon for you.
AWW So happy for you!! He's gorgeous!
Gasp! He is so, so lovely. I am so thrilled for you. You deserve every sweet moment with that beautiful baby.
I was so excited for you I even posted about it on my blog LOL!!
Awww...enjoy getting to know each other.
My... everyone has already said what I wanted to say. He is breath-taking! Congratulations again on this wonderful addition to ur family.
Awwwwwww. So beautiful.
Lovely baby you have there Niobe.
I gather you're falling in love.
Love he is sweet
He's perfect. Thanks for sharing him with us.
Oh, Niobe! He is absolutely, wonderfully, perfectly precious.Congratulations . . . sending you warm fuzzy feelings . . .
Stunning. Huge congratulations to you. Thank you for sharing him with us.
Stunning. Beautiful. Precious. And ALL of the other delicious words we use to describe new baby noses. Oh, CONGRATULATIONS, NIOBE!Thank you for sharing his photograph. (Though, I half expect you to post tomorrow and tell us that this isn't actually a photo of your son. It is a pseudoson. For blog purposes. Either way, Congratulations!)
What a treasure! Adorable! I wouldn't have been able to title it either! Congrats again!
Wow, just wow. Beautiful.
Beautiful! And perfect, as only a brand new life can be . . .
*sigh*I am so happy for you.
I love your picture posts, Niobe, but this is my absolute favorite. EVER. ((LOTS OF HUGS))
I saw the announcement last Thursday on I Won't Fear Love and clicked on over. I ended up reading your entire blog. I just barely finished and wanted you to know that you write beautifully and I am so happy for you!! Congratulations! He is absolutely beautiful. Jill
I have come here to visit the past two years and have not been here in a while....to pull up your page and see this beautiful picture...takes my breath away. Precious, precious baby. Snuggle for me....
He's gorgeous my dear...I am over the moon happy for you, oh how precious he is. Blessings and love to you.
I've never been happier for you than I am right now.I'm so glad for you. He's just perfect.
Oh, Niobe honey....
SO incredibly happy for you!! Congratulations and all that you dream of!!
Yay! He's lovely!-e
In regards to your Milestone Post. I cannot imagine the internet without your voice, it gives me hope and helps me understand that sometimes things do work out. But that is my burden not yours. Your recent joy has left us all breathless and I can imagine you also need time to catch your breath. I understand, but gosh, I will miss you. Take care and thank you so much for sharing the journey and the destination.Melissia
So long, Niobe. It's been a long journey and you deserve the rest. Go. Live. Be happy. Squeeze that boy for me.
All the best to you Niobe. Although I rarely comment, reading your words have meant so much to me.
Oh, I knew you were thinking about taking a break, but now that it's here I'm so sad! But like Melissa said, it's our burden :-) You just rest, and enjoy the time with your new boy. Congratulations again, Niobe!
Enjoy your boy. While I will miss your posts (more than you can imagine), I can completely understand why you're taking a break. I personally am finding it harder and harder to post, when all I want to do is hole up and enjoy my new son.Cheers and all the best.
Awwww....so beautiful!I do understand taking a break, and hope you *will* be back, because we will miss you!
Oh, wow. I don't know what to say. Your break announcement comes as a complete surprise to me, although I guess it shouldn't, 'cause it makes perfect sense. I will sorely, truly miss you. There's no way to fit into words what your blog has meant to me. I can't believe it's been two years already. Take care of that sweet baby, and give him a hug and a kiss for me. I am sure you will remain in my thoughts for a long time. Bye, Niobe.Angela
"Maybe I'll be back. Maybe not."Thats so fucking selfish. You take take take all the love and support people offer but when it comes to sharing your joy you come up empty handed and run away.Thats really low.I wouldnt be surprised if you out to be one of those people who fake a whole life on a blog to get gifts and attention. I'm sure you'll turn up again somewhere else, with cancer or a sick child and con people all over again.
I'll miss you but now that I'm raising my own son after grieving the loss of his sister I understand why.I can't articulate it but things change so profoundly – you feel the grief just as keenly but the mantle of bereft mother somehow doesn't fit anymore.Maybe you're feeling something totally different – all this to say that I'll miss your voice.Joy to you, Niobe.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, Anonymous...she has a new BABY. She's entitled to a break! And this is *her* blog. She's allowed to do whatever she wants to do with it. We're just lucky she's allowed us to follow her this far!And I've met her. She's NOT faking ANYTHING. So just back off and take your grumpiness somewhere else, okay?
While I am saddened to hear that this may be the end of the blog, I can't believe the hostile reaction that Niobe got here.This space has become too special to me to be angry like that...saddened by her choice, yes, but not angry. I am going to miss her terribly, more so than I would have imagined, but I wish her nothing but happiness.Has anyone heard if she will still be a part of "Glow in the Woods"?In any event, I'll thank Niobe now, for sharing her journey with us, and for helping me in mine after my loss. Blogs like hers have helped me to not feel so alone, or crazed sometimes, and for that I will truly, always be grateful. Be well.
We started blogging at about the same time, and I don't think either of us had any idea of what could come of what we started, when we started. Best of luck on the next steps.
Anonymous: Luckily (or maybe unluckily), I have a pretty thick skin, so I'm going to address the substance rather than the tone of your comment.I'm actually hoping that by taking a break from blogging, I'll have more time and energy to comment on other people's blogs and pay forward some of the support and love that I've received.I also worry about making this blog into a happy-happy place because I feel incredibly guilty that I've gotten my happy ending when there are so many others who are still waiting for theirs.It's funny, but one of my never-finished draft posts was actually about bloggers who invent fake lives in order to get sympathy and attention. You know, what they call Munchausen's by Internet.Those kind of people are definitely out there and you're wise to beware of them. However, I'm not one of them. Because, honestly, if I were going to manufacture a heart-rending story and persona, I'm pretty sure that I could manage to come up with a better one....(Theresa and The Nanny: Thanks for sticking up for me.)
Niobe, Many congratulations! I will miss your voice, but you must do what is best for you. I have treasured your writing, and I thank you for showing me that surrogacy could work.
I'm late in my attention and comments.... shamefully so. But this made me cry. I'm happy for your healthy, beautiful boy, and for you.
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