Birth Day! Welcome, Ben Voss.

In May, I found out I was going to be an Aunt for the first time.  I was very happy and called my sister to tell her.  I said “Guess who is going to be an Aunt?” She said “Me?” Whoops!!  I said, “No, me!”  I’ll be more mindful of these statements in the future.  Ryan’s oldest brother, Chris, and his wife, Ana were expecting their son on December 19th.

Ryan and I traveled to Minnesota for the holidays with plans to leave on 12/27.  Surely we would see this baby by then.  But, No.  The baby had other plans.  Ben Voss arrived on 12/27 at 7:10am. Ryan and I are staying a few more days here in this frozen state.  We met Ben when he was just 11 hours old.

Chris and Ben.

A new family.

A healthy baby boy weighing 6 lbs, 12 oz.

Life is hard when breathing is a new concept.

Ana and Ben.

Aunt Randi (crazy, huh?)  with Ben.

This baby has some long toes.  I can definitely appreciate it since I’ve heard I was the same in the toe dept.

Grandma Voss, Ben, and Ana.

Ryan and I visited again in the hospital on 12/28, Ben being just 30 hours old.  This time, it was daylight so I was spoiled with some natural light.

Ben just opened his eyes, so I took about a million pictures trying to catch it.

Chris’ hand on Ben’s head.  Love this photo.

His eyes are opened a bit, and the tongue hanging out.

Happy mom in the background.

Finally, eyes open!  Ben’s eyes are blue and he has a TON of hair.

And sleepy

Ben and Ana.  I really like the squished face in the photo on the right.

Ben had his eyes open for a long time.  I think I took about 90 photos of the eyes open, just enough.

This is one of my favorites of Ben and Chris.  Chris telling Ben “remember that one time we went to that park?  Remember that one time we went ice fishing?  Remember that one time you rode [our dog] Wilma like an elephant?”

I’m so happy to have such a healthy nephew.  Congratulations, Chris and Ana!

  • IvonaDecember 29, 2009 - 11:08

    Oh! How adorable! ..not helping my baby fever, haha… Congratulations!!!

  • Michael LeekDecember 29, 2009 - 12:55

    What a sweet baby boy! Congratulations Ana and Chris, and welcome to the world, Benjamin. Our family looks forward to meeting you and watching you grow! (P.S., Sherri said that after the recent spate of winter she would be happy to join you in North Carolina, and help take care of little Benjamin. 🙂 )

  • MaggieDecember 29, 2009 - 13:01

    What a beautiful little munchkin and such lovely pictures! Congratulations to Ana, Chris and the Holmes/Voss families on their new, healthy addition! Can’t wait to meet Ben!

  • Emily SchmidtDecember 29, 2009 - 13:42

    Look at those eyes! That hair! Simply gorgeous. So happy for the new family.

  • Kim RoemerDecember 29, 2009 - 13:52

    Congratulations Ana and Chris. Ben is so precious! I hope you will all come visit D.C. soon.

  • Judy McInerneyDecember 29, 2009 - 14:34

    He is so precious! Congratulations Ana and Chris!! The pictures are absolutely wonderful. Thanks for sharing them. I am so happy for all of you.

  • Becky & David FiedlerDecember 29, 2009 - 15:26

    Ana and Chris congratulations!!!!! He is just adorable. Have a wonderful time with him.

  • Donna and (play counsin) AidanDecember 29, 2009 - 15:36

    Absolutely precious! I was just thinking of you guys a few days ago…waiting on an announcement. God bless, he’s beautiful and we are VERY happy for you guys. Wow, the boys are dominating the class of 03! Love and miss you guys. The pictures are beautiful!

  • Erika ParkerDecember 29, 2009 - 17:12

    oh my gosh, what a doll!!!! Noah and I want to come meet him this weekend! 🙂

  • Amy PopeDecember 30, 2009 - 07:31

    How adorable. I know that Ana and Chris are relieved to get a belated delivery behind them. Time really flies by, so cherish every moment you get! Riley (born Dec 1st) is doing great and is such a joy. Congrats!

  • Jamie LivengoodDecember 30, 2009 - 19:45

    How sweet and precious Ben is! Congrats to your families and much love to you all. An, can’t wait for our baby boys to meet!

  • Dan and Liz VossDecember 31, 2009 - 09:14

    Perfect Love – Welcome to the Parent Club – soon you can teach Ben the “Proud of You” song.

  • Mava MikkonenDecember 31, 2009 - 09:53

    Congratulations, Voss family. Baby Ben is absolutely adorable. Dan and Liz, you are SO going to love being grandparents. You get to love them, play with them, and then give them back to mom and dad when they’re crabby. It’s great. Liz, Ben looks like you. Again, congratulations. You have a beautiful son.

    Mava Mikkonen

  • Great Aunt CarolDecember 31, 2009 - 10:01

    Beautiful!!!!! A new life begins, a new year starts – things can only look up!!! Congratulations, and lots of love to the parents and grandparents.

  • Catriona WinterDecember 31, 2009 - 21:11

    what a beautiful photo series! Congratulations on Baby Ben, Ana and Chris! (and proud Aunty Randi and Uncle Ryan!)

  • Andrea KyllonenJanuary 19, 2010 - 09:15

    He’s adorable!!!! Can’t wait to meet him today.

  • Bernie MillerJanuary 20, 2010 - 14:07

    Beautiful baby and wonderful family!! Enjoy your time off from work, Ana!

    Bernie

  • Mary JoyceJanuary 27, 2010 - 09:18

    Guessing I am the great great great aunt of this beautiful great great great nephew, I heartily congratulate all the relatives as deliriously happy as are the very fortunate parents. Blessings and Love to All! And a healthy and wonderful life for Ben! Mary Joyce

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