Happy Birthday!

September 7, 2012

Mazen Duke!

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Born at 3:38am on September 7, 2012. 8 pounds on the nose and 20.5 inches long!

He is healthy and the sweetest baby I’ve ever met!

Smile!

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Last night was INTENSE. We went in to the hospital on the early side at only 2cm and 70% effaced due to my strep B and water breaking, but luckily contractions picked up rapidly. At about 9pm I spent 2 hours in the Jacuzzi tub and that’s when things really started moving. I had 2 minute apart contractions from 9 to 3am that felt like a combination of every sickness, injury and surgery I have ever had, all in one big storm inside my core.

There was vomiting, uncontrollable pushing that caused a bit of difficulty and a billion growling animal sounds that escaped my mouth, but thankfully everything went well overall and I was able to have a drug-free birth. There is also absolutely no way I ever would have gotten through it without my amazing doula, Jen. No way on earth. I am undecided if I want to do it again, although I have to say the baby happiness is already making me forget the all-consuming pain!

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Mazen (aka Maze, The Raisin, Amazin’ Mazen) is doing great with breastfeeding so far and has been happy for the nurses!

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And he may be the only baby who has not cried in Matt’s arms. They are already a twosome! After I nursed for 45 minutes, Matt held him for a while, helped with his bath and played with him in the warmer for a while.

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I’ve had 20 minutes of sleep in the past 24+ hours, so we’re all going to rest today as much as we can. I’ll pop in with more photos later!

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1 natasha September 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

Beautiful!

Congrats!!

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2 Kelly September 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

What a cutie! I am so glad to read that you are both doing well! Many congrats!

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3 Kel September 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

I am sitting at my desk crying happy tears for all of you. He is simply gorgeous.

Congrats and I love the name!!

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4 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

Yayyy! He’s so handsome, Kath! Love the name too! Congratulations to you and Matt! You did it!

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5 elizabeth @ chronic venture September 7, 2012 at 9:25 am

SO EXCITING!! he is adorable; congrats to you both!

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6 Christina September 7, 2012 at 9:25 am

Congratulations! He’s so beautiful and I’m so happy for you and Matt! Good luck getting some rest! :)

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7 Lisa September 7, 2012 at 9:25 am

Congratulations “Mama”

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8 jacqui September 7, 2012 at 9:25 am

Congrats and just enjoy the day with your new family!

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9 Kristen R. September 7, 2012 at 9:25 am

So happy for you and your cute little family. :) Congratulations!

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10 Marci September 7, 2012 at 9:25 am

Mazel tov! What a pretty boy! Our baby was 8 lbs, 20 inches too. And born at 346 am. Funny. Enjoy the special moments! Way to go mom!

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11 Janet September 7, 2012 at 9:25 am

Absolutely precious! Blessings to you all.

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12 Casey September 7, 2012 at 9:25 am

Congrats! He’s gorgeous!!!

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13 Lyn September 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

Congratulations and welcome to the world, Mazen!

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14 marie September 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

CONGRATULATIONS and may you have many happy adventures together in the years to come!!!

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15 Allyson September 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

Congratulations!!!!! Mazen is such an adorable name. Kath, i’m amazed by your strength and perseverance… all that hard work paid off!Enjoy your new sweet baby boy :)

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16 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

Congrats a million times over! He is PRECIOUS!!! ……..Way to go! :) So very happy for the three of you!

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17 Lindsey September 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

Congrats!! He is beautiful!!

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18 Shannon Bell September 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

congrats congrats!! he’s beautiful!!

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19 Alison September 7, 2012 at 9:27 am

Welcome Baby Mazen! Way to go Mama! Congrats to you and Matt and the whole family!

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20 Grace September 7, 2012 at 9:27 am

He is so precious Kath! I’m so happy for you and your new family!

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21 Lauren September 7, 2012 at 9:28 am

Congratulations!! So so exciting!

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22 val September 7, 2012 at 9:28 am

adorable and healthy!! congrats to you three!

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23 gillian September 7, 2012 at 9:28 am

congratulations! just happened to check in on twitter to see a new post! i am so happy that it sounds like you got the labor and delivery you were hoping for. all that body pump and yoga p aid off! have a wonderful first day as a family of three. love from one of your readers in kansas city.

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24 Shelly September 7, 2012 at 9:28 am

congratulations! He’s beautiful

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25 Casey September 7, 2012 at 9:28 am

Oh my goodness Kath congratulations! I’ve been following your twitter updates and your entire pregnancy and I could not be happier for you and Matt!! Congratulations to you both, you’ll make amazing parents!

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26 Cristen September 7, 2012 at 9:28 am

Congratulations!! I’m glad he arrived safely and that you got your drug free birth. That’s awesome. And can I just say that you looked AMAZING in that picture for just having a baby?

Enjoy your first hours with him and get all the rest you can!

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27 Kim September 7, 2012 at 9:28 am

Adorable! Congrats Matt and Kath!

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28 Kristi September 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

Congratulations!!!!!!!!! He’s gorgeous! Get some rest :)

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29 Megan September 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!! He is precious!!!

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30 Ashley @ Sweat for Sweets September 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

Absolutely adorable! I’m so happy for you two :)

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31 yasmara September 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

Congratulations!!! He is beautiful!

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32 Katrina September 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

Happy Birthday Mazen!

Thanks for keeping us so informed!

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33 Kelly September 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAZEN!!! Congrats Kath and Matt!! Thanks for taking the time to post and update. The blog world has been cheering for you!! Hope you’re feeling good.

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34 Dynamics September 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

CONGRATS! He is sure beautiful!!! I love his birth date.

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35 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

Congratulations!!!! That’s so amazing that you were able to do a natural birth, it sounds pretty intense but clearly worth it for such a beautiful little boy!

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36 Stephanie Hobbs September 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

Ahhhh!!! Congratulations!!! Mazen is a beautiful name, and he’s a BEAUTIFUL baby!! How exciting!! I can’t wait to hear even more about it and see more photos!! <3

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37 vICKY September 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

He’s gorgeous! Congrats!

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38 Ashley L. September 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

He is beautiful. Congrats to you and Matt!!!

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39 Patricia September 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

Congratulations! What a beautiful baby!

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40 deva by definition September 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

Congratulations on your beautiful boy!

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41 Martha September 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

Congratulations! He is beautiful!

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42 Jessie @ Graze With Me September 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

Congratulations!!!! Welcome to the mom club. It’s a wild ride but SO worth it!

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43 Lara @ Birchtwig-Yellow September 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

Many, many congrats to all three if you! I can’t imagine the euphoria you must be feeling right now.

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44 Rebecca September 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!!!

PS i read this at exactly 10:26 :)

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45 Amber September 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

He is beautiful! Love his name too :) Congratulations!!!!

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46 Amanda H. September 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

Ah!! I’m so glad things went well! He’s so adorable! And Matt looks thrilled :D Thanks for the update. Now get some rest!

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47 Monica September 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

Congratulations! Great pictures. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day resting with your new baby and your husband! All the best!

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48 Katelyn September 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

He is BEAUTIFUL! So happy for you and glad to hear that you and Mazen are doing well. Such a cute name by the way! How did you find it? Congratulations!!! :D

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49 KathEats September 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

Matt made it up as a spin off of Mason! (Although it has been used as a name before)

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50 Amy September 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

In Arabic, it means “Storm Clouds.”

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51 KathEats September 7, 2012 at 9:53 am

Oh fun!

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52 Jessica September 7, 2012 at 10:39 am

I know a lot of Arabic families are naming their sons Mazen after the president of Palestine, so it is a little political as well!

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53 Josie September 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm

And a fairly common name in the Arabic world! Congrats. He is sweet.

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54 Kari September 7, 2012 at 11:52 am

It’s a very popular name in the Arabic world! Welcome little Mazen!

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55 Katelyn September 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Creative! Love it!! Are you pronouncing it with a ‘z’ sound or just like Mason? Sorry for another question, just curious! ;) Hope you’re getting some rest :)

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56 KathEats September 7, 2012 at 2:38 pm

With a Z!

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57 Katelyn September 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I guess I should have figured that out since his nickname is Maze. Doh! ;)

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58 Morgan September 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

Congrats to you and Matt! Maze is just perfect! :) love the name!

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59 Crystal September 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

Congrats on a beautiful baby boy! Mazen – what a creative name!

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60 Laura September 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

Oh so many congrats! The first thing I did this morning is check twitter to see if he was here yet, and I don’t even have a Twitter! I’m so very happy for you.

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61 Jules September 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

Congrats!! He’s lovely. All your readers are so happy for you guys. Looking forward to more pics, but you guys get some food and rest.

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62 Becci L. September 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

Congratulations! He is adorable, and I LOVE the name!!!

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63 Sheri September 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

Absolutely beautiful!!!! Congratulations, your life has changed in the most wonderful way forever!!!

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64 Kat @ Kat's Health Corner September 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

CONGRATS!!! He is beautiful! So happy to hear that mom and baby were healthy and happy after the birth! You and Matt are going to be wonderful parents :)

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65 Whitney September 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

Ah!! Congrats, Kath! Crazy how quickly life changes, huh?

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66 Shannon September 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

Beautiful baby! Congrats!!

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67 Rachel September 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

Congratulations! He’s precious :)

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68 Carol B September 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

Congratulations Mom and Dad. He is beautiful!!

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69 Mary H September 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

Congratulations and welcome to the world, Mazen!

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70 Carmen September 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

Congratulations! Today is my birthday as well, so this is kinda fun;) Best wishes you you and your family!

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71 KathEats September 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

Happy Bday!

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72 Jen September 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm

That is so sweet for you to comment Happy BDay to someone else! CONGRATS Kath! He seems like a happy baby.

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73 Kelsey September 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

Congratulations! LOVE the name!!

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74 Christine September 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

Congratulations Mommy!! You did great and Mazen is completely adorable!

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75 Kelly September 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

Congrats!!! He is beautiful!!! :-)

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76 Molly @ RDexposed September 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

What a good unique name! He is adorable!!
He for sure wants a sibling! :)

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77 jessica September 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

beautiful! congratulations!

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78 Mary September 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

Many congratulations!

(Also well done – sounds intense!)

Love love love the bumblebees!

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79 Christine September 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

Congrats Kath and Matt!!!! Welcome to the world Mazen!

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80 Natasha September 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

Congratulations! He is perfect! Enjoy your rest, you definitely deserve it.

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81 Dena September 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

Congratulations!!

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82 Khushboo September 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

AH he’s gorgeous!! Congrats to you and Matt!!!

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83 Katie September 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

Congratulations! He is perfect and adorable. I love his name, unique without being weird or impossible to pronounce or spell. Well done mama!

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84 Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings September 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

So sweet! I teared up looking at these pictures. And i love his name!

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85 Caitlin September 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

Congratulations to you and Matt! Mazen is perfect!

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86 kamaile September 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

Congratulations! I love his name. Enjoy getting to know your little boy!

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87 Taylor Cotu September 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

Congratulations on y’all’s beautiful baby Mazen!! He is the sweetest looking baby!

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88 Krissy @ Shiawase Life September 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

Congrats, K+M+M!

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89 Lauren September 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

Congratulations kath and matt!!!! Mazen is absolutely adorable!! enjoy all this time to snuggle together and love on him!!!

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90 Stacey September 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

Wow – he’s beautiful! Congratulations!!!
And I love the name!!

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91 jen_alluisi September 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

So so so so happy for you guys! And I love the name :) I’m all weepy pregnant lady at work right now – he’s beautiful, Kath!

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92 Heather September 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

Aw. My ovaries are aching today. Soooooo happy for you and your new family!

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93 KatyBug September 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

SO happy for you all…can’t wait to hear more about the birth story!

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94 Melissa September 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

Congrats!!! Happy Birthday Mazen! Love the name. Matt looks like a natural :)

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95 Amy September 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

He is beautiful! Congratulations, Kath & Matt :) Enjoy ever single moment in your 1st day as a family of 3!

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96 Jen September 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

Congrats!

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97 Tanja September 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

I am so excited and happy for you three! Welcome to this world little babyboy. You probably got the best parents on earth you can imagine. In any case, you will have a healthy life, I am sure of that.
All the best for you and your parents! Enjoy the first days of being a family of 3!

Regards from Germany,
Tanja

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98 Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles September 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

Congratulations!!! So happy for you guys!!!

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99 Jamie September 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

Congrats! Its about time:)

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100 Ashley September 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

Love the name! Congrats, guys!

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101 Chelsea @ Dine & Dash Diaries September 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

So happy to hear he is a healthy, happy baby! Congrats, mama!

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102 Ashton Bowles September 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

Welcome too the world Mazen!! Amazing job Kath!

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103 Allie@LiveLaughEat September 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

Weeeeeee!!! What a cutie pie. Love the name…esp. the middle one :)

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104 Allie@LiveLaughEat September 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

Oh and is name because he’s a-mazen? Hehe

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105 DLAOKC September 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

Congratulation to your sweet family! You have been in my thoughts and prayers these past hours.

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106 Joanna @ Midwestern Bite September 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

Happy birthday kiddo! I think most moms say they don’t want to do it again right after birth. In fact, I think most moms are still saying that 6 months later. Once you guys settle in to parenthood, I’d love to hear Matt’s reaction to the doula experience and how he felt about having Jen there.

Congratulations Mom!

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107 Jessica September 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

congratulations kath (:
mazen is too sweet! and his name has got to be one of the most ingenious ones i have ever heard. i’ve been following your blog for a while now, and had been waiting just as excitedly for the birth of your baby boy! so happy for you and your family (:

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108 carrie September 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

Welcome to the world Mazen! Glad all three of you are doing well. Congratulations!

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109 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

Congratulations to you both! I LOVE the name and he is absolutely adorable. I’m happy to hear he’s healthy and it sounds like you and Matt are doing well as well. Get some WELL DESERVED rest and enjoy your time with baby. :)

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110 Alyssa September 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

Many, many congratulations to the happy family! What a gorgeous baby boy you have! Enjoy every moment of your first day as a family of three.

Can’t wait to hear more about your birth story – awesome job, mama!

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111 KarenB September 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

Congratulations!! Sounds like you had quite the birth experience! You will forget the pain! Very creative name for a very creative family. Enjoy!!

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112 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) September 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

CONGRATS!! WHat a little blessing!

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113 JT @ The Faux Foodie Girl September 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

Happy Birthday Mazen! Congratulations to you and Matt!!!!

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114 Coco September 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

Congratulations!!! Where did you come up with the name?

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115 Emily September 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

Ahh! I was close with guessing Mason! Congrats Kath and Matt! He’s beautiful! So glad everything went well! Get some rest and enjoy your perfect baby boy!

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116 Maggie September 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

Congratulations! He’s adorable!

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117 Hope September 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

He is perfect!! HUGE congrats!! Welcome to the world Mazen!

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118 Kiran September 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

Mazen is such a cutie! Congrats to you, Matt & the family for a beautiful blessing!!

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119 Sara September 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

Yay! Happy Birthday, Mazen. And congrats Kath and Matt!

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120 Bonnie September 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

He is perfect, Kath! Fabulous job! Rest up and enjoy every single minute as a family of three! Also, keep in mind second-time births are usually faster/easier! :) You did great!

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121 Laura September 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

Ahhhhhh, he is beautiful. what an adorable baby. congratulations.

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122 Colleen September 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

Adorable! Congrats to you and Matt! Sleep well. You deserve it mamma.

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123 Leslie H September 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

Congratulations to you! He’s an adorable baby and your life has forever changed for the better!

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124 Margaret @ Have a Good Run September 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

congrats kath and matt!!!!

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125 Megan September 7, 2012 at 9:38 am

Congratulations to you and your family of 3! Your baby boy is beautiful!

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126 Nikki T September 7, 2012 at 9:38 am

COngrats!!! He looks just perfect :)

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127 Sarah September 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

Welcome to a love like you never knew was possible! Congrats!

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128 Bee September 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

Happy birthday Mazen!

And congratulations to you both. I’m so happy for you and your little family.

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129 Penny Snyder September 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

what a blessing for you and Matt!! Mazen is totally adorable and looks very happy to meet his Momma and Popa!!

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130 Cathy P September 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

Congratulations Kath! He is beautiful and his name is so unique and perfect! Enjoy every moment. Some moments will be really hard but all worth it- I promise, I have a 16 month old! Just get through the first few weeks and things will start getting easier! ;)

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131 Dunja September 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

Congratulation to you and Happy Birthday to this cute little boy!

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132 Kristine September 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

Congrats Kath and Matt! Mazen is adorable (and I love his middle name!) Glad to hear everyone is healthy and happy.

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133 Kayla September 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

Congratulations!! He is so adorable!

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134 Timmery September 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

Huge congrats!!! What a precious baby boy! Hold him tight, they grow up way to fast!

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135 Kaci September 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I ADORE his name! You are beautiful in your pictures, & I could never have guessed it was as intense as you described it based on how radiant you look!

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136 Jen on the Edge September 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

Congratulations to you all!

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137 Tonya September 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

So very sweet. :-) Congratulations. My baby boy is 15 but I remember how wonderful and special that whole experience is–from pregnancy to birth and then having a little baby nuzzlebutt to hold and smooch. :-)

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138 Kelly @ Runmarun September 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

Yay!!! So happy for you, Matt, and the wee one! Get some rest!!!!!

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139 MaryZ September 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

So beautiful! Congrats!!

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140 Larbs September 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

Happy birthday Mazen! He looks like a Kiehne! I think he wants cousins…

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141 barefootgirl27 September 7, 2012 at 10:15 am

congrats, aunty :)

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142 Amy September 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

Congratulations! He is just perfect :)

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143 Wendy September 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

Congratulations – he’s beautiful and his Mom and Dad are glowing !

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144 Elyse September 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

Congrats Kath and Matt! Mazen is such a gorgeous name! I love it because Mazen is pretty cloze to Maize(corn)!

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145 Lara Gastinger September 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

Congratulations! Great work kath, you should feel so proud. Great name and super day for a birthday (it is my mom’s birthday today too). Rest and enjoy!

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146 Amy in Canada September 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

Beautiful! Such hard work but what an incredible reward for it! So happy for all three of you!!

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147 jcristg September 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

congrats on the baby boy!

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148 Maria MG September 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

Gorgeous baby!! Congratulations to Mazen’s Mum & Dad!

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149 Amy September 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

CONGRATS! I was up checking twitter every feeding last night (I am nursing a newborn also) looking for updates and thinking of you guys. Way to go drug-free (I can imagine that is intense!) and congrats again on your very handsome little man.

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150 Christina September 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

Congratulations and Happy Birthday to Mazen! Enjoy this special time with your family!

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151 Beverly Aragon September 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

Kath, I am so incredibly happy for you and Matt! Enjoy your precious baby boy. :)
P.S. LOVE his name <3 <3 <3

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152 Lauren @ The Unlikely Runners September 7, 2012 at 9:42 am

Congratulations!! I love the name!!! So original and cute!

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153 Kim Weigand September 7, 2012 at 9:42 am

Congrats to you and Matt on your beautiful baby boy!

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154 Cara @ I Don't Believe in Diets September 7, 2012 at 9:42 am

Aww congratulations! Mazen is so beautiful!!

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155 Lindsey September 7, 2012 at 9:42 am

A huge congrats! Love the name and he is adorable!

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156 Sue September 7, 2012 at 9:42 am

Congratulations!!! I’ve been checking back regularly hoping for an update. Enjoy your sweet baby boy!!

Sue

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157 Colleen September 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

Happy Birthday, Mazen! He’s just gorgeous. Congratulations to all of you. Get some rest while the nurses are there with you because you don’t get a break at home :) xo

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158 Jennifer September 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

Aww. He is absolutely perfect!! So happy for you getting to have a drug free birth experience. I had vomiting as well with my daughter (when I was transitioning from 9 to 10). Puking during labor is no fun! :( Although I think we both know the outcome is well worth it! Great job mama. Much love to you, Matt and baby Mazen. :)

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159 Pauline September 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

I kept checking Twitter and was thrilled to see the new post on KERF! Such a cute boy and what a cool name you have given him! Fits like a glove! Enjoy your little bundle and get some wellearned rest! So happy for you!

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160 Tara September 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

Congrats Kath and Matt! Welcome Mazen! He is adorable

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161 Blessing September 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

Just love that name! You both are going to make one fine parent! All the best :)

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162 Chelsea September 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

Congratulations!!!!!

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163 Beth J September 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

Hey, seriously, congratulations. I’m really glad your labor went well and that you were blessed with such a beautiful baby. The picture of you two with the baby is probably the best one I’ve seen of you guys; I’m glad you posted it.

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164 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot September 7, 2012 at 9:44 am

Congrats to you all! I bet you now will have a new appreciation for the #7 to go with your love of the #26 :) Have an awesome first day as a family of THREE!

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165 Sof September 7, 2012 at 9:44 am

So excited for you and your family, Mazen is precious!!

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166 Brie September 7, 2012 at 9:44 am

Aaacck he is adorable! Congratulations to all!

(Seriously, so excited right now.)

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167 Sarah (shu) September 7, 2012 at 9:44 am

Ahhhh the same name you were considering at my shower!!! I was wondering whether you ended up staying with it. Looooove the nickname Maze!!

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168 Cait's Plate September 7, 2012 at 9:44 am

Love the name! Congrats, congrats, congrats!! He’s just beautiful!

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169 DianeKay September 7, 2012 at 9:45 am

Congratulations! Beautiful baby!

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170 Bronwyn September 7, 2012 at 9:45 am

Congratulations! Love the name.

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171 SueP September 7, 2012 at 9:45 am

Congratulations Mom & Dad! Welcome to the world, Mazen!

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172 Karen September 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

Ahhhh…what a beautiful boy and a beautiful name!! Now, it’s time for you, the pooped mama and papa to get some rest and enjoy getting to know your bundle. Congrats again…wishing you all great joy and continued good health!

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173 Aria September 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

Oh my goodness he is a cutie! :) Congrats to both you & Matt! I was following every post on twitter last night & thinking of you guys! I’m so happy everything went well for you & can’t wait to hear all the details. Congrats & enjoy every moment!!

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174 Dani September 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

Happy Birthday Baby Mazen! Congratulations to the whole family, he is beautiful and looks like you already!

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175 Laurie September 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

Congratulations! I am not so sure about the name combination…..Maize and Blue is Michigan so it might be tough to be a Michigan fan and Duke fan at once!!! Enjoy every minute, get some rest…and be assured, the pain of childbirth is quickly forgotten…Its only a few hours of pain for a lifetime of love!

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176 Kristy September 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I was thinking the same thing Laurie! Being from Michigan, it was the first thing I thought of!

Congratulations Kath and Matt! He’s beautiful! I have three boys and I couldn’t imagine life without them. The first two were natural labor, the third I needed a little help…

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177 Hannah September 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Same! Mazen Duke totally sounds like Maize n Blue

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178 Rebe September 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Congrats! Glad to hear he is healthy! I live in Ann Arbor so the name (nickname especially) definitely reminds me of all the people walking around in Maize shouting “Go Blue”! :-)

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179 Rachel September 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

Congratulations Kath and Matt! Mazen is a beautiful baby :)

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180 Stacey September 7, 2012 at 9:47 am

Happy birthday, Maze! Congratulations to mom and dad on a very beautiful baby boy! There is nothing, nothing, nothing like the high you’re experiencing now.

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181 sharon September 7, 2012 at 9:47 am

Kath and Matt! Congratulations! Mazen is so, so precious! Soak in every moment, there is nothing like a new baby. Enjoy falling in love with your little miracle.

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182 Jess September 7, 2012 at 9:48 am

Congratulations Matt and Kath!!! Mazen is one incredibly adorable baby boy! I’m so glad you were able to have a drug-free birth Kath. You rock!! Enjoy this time as a brand new mama and papa. Happy, Happy!!

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183 Elisabeth September 7, 2012 at 9:48 am

Congratulations, Kath & Matt (and your families)! He is just precious (love the name). So glad the birth & the aftermath ;) are going well. Get some rest!

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184 Amanda September 7, 2012 at 9:48 am

Congratulations!!! I was thinking of you as I was huffing and puffing on my run last night, thinking that you were probably having a harder time than I was. So glad to hear that you are all well!!!

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185 Molly September 7, 2012 at 9:49 am

Yeah! Congrats, Kath and Matt! Welcome, beautiful baby Mazen!

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186 Christina September 7, 2012 at 9:49 am

Happy Birthday Baby Mazen! Great Job and Congrats!
Enjoy these sweet moments. :)

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187 Judy September 7, 2012 at 9:49 am

Congratulations!!! So happy. Baby Mazen. Get some rest,can’t wait to follow the littLe guys life too.
Prayers and love Judy

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188 Ahn Ei September 7, 2012 at 9:49 am

What a beautiful baby boy! Congratulations!!!! :)

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189 Leah September 7, 2012 at 9:49 am

Oh how wonderful! A big congrats to both you and your family! I love your blog and have been following for the past few years, and you’ve really help inspire me to lead a healthier, more heartfelt life. I wish you only the best in the years to come with your new son. Warm wishes :)

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190 Leslie September 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

Happy birthday! YAY! Congrats on your aMAZEing new addition!

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191 Lori Z September 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

Congratulations! So very happy for all of you!

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192 Sandi September 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

Congratulations & welcome to motherhood!
The look on Matt’s face is preciously priceless, what love!
Enjoyed a bowl of KERF oatmeal for breakfast in your honor :)

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193 beth September 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

Congratulations! Beautiful baby. I was nursing my own & saw your Twitter smiley & knew he had come – how special. Enjoy soaking up all that newborn love & let every one pamper you. Welcome to motherhood!

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194 Bridget September 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

Congratulations Kath!!!!!!!!!! He’s adorable!!!

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195 Mel September 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

Happy B day to Mazen!!! Congrats Kath & Matt

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196 Marie September 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

My sister-in-law had the same due date as you did – and she delivered my nephew this morning 25 minutes prior to Mazen’s arrival! Mazen Duke is really a beautiful baby!

Congratulations! Enjoy these sweet, sweet days. They are the happiest times of life.

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197 Lindsay September 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

Congrats! Enjoy every moment, it’s the best :)

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198 Sara September 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

Congratulations to you and Matt! I hope Mom, baby, and family are healthy and doing well!

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199 Shelby September 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

Congrats and welcome to the world Mazen! Every wonderful wish for your little family and you’re a rockstar for getting this posted!!

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200 Marleah September 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

Congratulations! So happy for you guys!!! :-)

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201 Lisa H. September 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

Congrats to you guys! He is an adorable baby :-)

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202 Beaty September 7, 2012 at 9:53 am

Congratulations to all of you! Such exciting times getting to meet your beautiful baby boy. Enjoy getting to know Mazen!

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203 Anne P September 7, 2012 at 9:54 am

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) Can’t wait to hear more!

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204 Erika September 7, 2012 at 9:54 am

Congratulations on your absolutely adorable baby boy!!! Love the name! Rest up today, and enjoy your first day as a family of three!

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205 amelia September 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

The biggest congratulations to you all!! So happy that everyone is happy and healthy! I hope YOU are feeling well and heal quickly.
Congrats again. Beautiful baby boy!!! :) so precious.

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206 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

So happy for you both! Congratulations and a happy birthday to your healthy baby Mazen.

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207 Katie September 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

Congratulations!!! So happy for all three of you, he is such a cute little one :)

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208 Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot September 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

Kath! He is beautiful!!!! Congratulations!!!

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209 Linda September 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

Congratulations to a beautiful family!!! Enjoy every moment, it goes by in the blink of an eye!

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210 Juliana September 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

I am so happy for you both!
I’ve been checking your blog constantly the past couple weeks, waiting for this post! :D

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211 katie September 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

o.m.g.

he is BEAUTIFUL! and mazen is such a cool name. love the nick name “maze.” can’t wait to hear more about him!!!!!!!!!!

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212 Wendy September 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

Congratulations! What a precious little boy. Sending wishes for joy and happiness your way!!!!

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213 Carol September 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I’ve been on pins and needles waiting for the news, I was up at 4am feeding my little one and stalking your Twitter account! Glad everything went well, congratulations and he is BEAUTIFUL!!

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214 Annette @FitnessPerks September 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

Awwww CONGRATS!!!!

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215 Dee September 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

Congratulations to you and Matt!!! He’s adorable!

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216 Ellen September 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

Wow congrats to the newest edition!! He’s so cute! I’m very happy to hear mom and baby are well. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve checked twitter and the blog since yesterday! I was praying for you! :)

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217 Kimmi September 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

Congrats! He’s beautiful!!!!!

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218 Kelly September 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

Congratulations! I have a cat named Maizi and we call her “Maize” all the time…as well as “The Mazer”…

How appropriate that Mazen should arrive in the 3 o’clock hour!! He is INDEED the baby of baker parents!! Enjoy this time!

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219 Jordan September 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

Congratulations! He is an absolutely beautiful little boy — that picture where he is on your chest with his tiny fist toward his mouth is incredibly adorable.

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220 barefootgirl27 September 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

such a sweetie! congratulations! I’m glad that all went well & everyone is healthy! Enjoy every single minute of this amazing time in your life!!

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221 barefootgirl27 September 7, 2012 at 10:00 am

and the name is cute… way better than pecan ;)

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222 April September 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

Congratulations!!! I have been a reader for years, but I’ve never left a comment (shame on me), but couldn’t resist congratulating you guys. You are in for an amazing joyful journey. My daugher will be 2 on Oct. 14 and my unsolicited advice is…. savor every second. Wait until you hear someone outside of your family refer to you as Mazen’s mom. Serioulsy, best title ever…MOM!

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223 Kathleen @ Fittitudefreedom September 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

Happy Birthday Mazen! What a great day 9/7 is. It’s my birthday too! Sometimes 9/7 falls on Labor Day which means a day off from work which will = an extra day to celebrate your birthday. Someday you will understand this. Congrats to your family! What a beautiful boy !

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224 Helen September 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

Welcome to the world, Mazen! Congratulations to you and Matt, he is a handsome lad!

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225 lorie September 7, 2012 at 9:59 am

Congrats Kath and Matt!!! What an amazing journey you are beginning. And Happy birthday Mazen!!!!

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226 Sandy September 7, 2012 at 10:00 am

Congratulations. The absolute joy of mothering will make you forget all of the pain.

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227 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 7, 2012 at 10:00 am

Congrats, Kath and Matt! He’s beautiful, and amazing job, Kath with the birth and glad to hear nursing is off to a good start and you three are all just gorgeous together. So happy for you!

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228 Belinda September 7, 2012 at 10:00 am

Congratulations! Happy Birthday Mazen!

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229 Catalina @ Cake with Love September 7, 2012 at 10:01 am

Congrats!! Love the name!

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230 Reghan September 7, 2012 at 10:01 am

Congrats! He is just adorable and I love the name! Let the fun begin :)

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231 Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake September 7, 2012 at 10:01 am

Welcome to the world, Mazen! He is absolutely adorable! That picture of Matt holding him kills me. It makes me tear up to think about my husband holding our newborn baby someday (hopefully!) I think I may have a renewed case of Baby Fever after reading this post…

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232 Victoria B September 7, 2012 at 10:02 am

Congrats!! You guys are already the most amazing family and you look so beautiful, Kath! Motherhood definitely suits you.
My niece is named Maizen, so of course I love the name. My husbands cousin also named her son Mazen, which is so funny because I’ve never heard the name until my niece and now this name is everywhere!! So ironic!
Live the middle name too but I thought you guys went to Davidson??
Congrats again!! Enjoy these times!

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233 KathEats September 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

We did – we love Duke for other reasons. Going to write a post on the name choices on BERF

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234 Atsuko September 7, 2012 at 10:02 am

Congratulations! What a cute, interesting name! Hope all can rest as much as possible. You are amazing to have a labor with no drug.

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235 Cassie September 7, 2012 at 10:02 am

Happy Birthday Mazen! Congrats to both of you. He is so adorable! Glad to hear things went well and that you are all off to such a good start as a family of 3!

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236 Katie September 7, 2012 at 10:02 am

Congratulations!!! He’s beautiful! Hope you all get some rest and quiet time together.

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237 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde September 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

Congratulations, Kath and Matt! He’s so precious! And I’m beyond impressed that you already got a post up :) Supermom already! Can’t wait to see more pictures :) Rest up!!

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238 Nicole September 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

Congratulations to both of you! He is a beautiful baby!!

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239 Helga September 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

Congratulations, great to see everything went so well and welcome to parenthood, crazy stuff happens here! Happy breastfeeding too and remember kellymom.com if you haven’t heard of them yet. Best breastfeeding advice online :)

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240 Ginny September 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

Congratulations!

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241 Brittany September 7, 2012 at 10:04 am

Congratulations Kath and Matt. Mazen is so adorable. May he bring joy into your house.

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242 Jennifer September 7, 2012 at 10:05 am

Congratulations!!! He is just beautiful. Welcome to the world, Mazen.

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243 Erin @ The Grass Skirt September 7, 2012 at 10:05 am

Congrats! He’s beautiful. :)

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244 Dani September 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

Congratulations! He is beautiful!!!

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245 Kelsey September 7, 2012 at 10:07 am

He is beautiful, Kath! What a precious family:)

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246 Anna @ On Anna's Plate September 7, 2012 at 10:07 am

Yay!!!! Welcome to the world, Mazen! So glad things went well with the birth. Enjoy that sweet, sweet boy!

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247 Tammy September 7, 2012 at 10:07 am

Happy Birthday little one! Great job Mom and Dad!! You have a beautiful family!

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248 Erin September 7, 2012 at 10:08 am

Congratulations!!! He’s beautiful! So happy for all three of you!

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249 Lindsay September 7, 2012 at 10:08 am

Congratulations Kath and Matt! He is beautiful!

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250 Lisa September 7, 2012 at 10:08 am

God bless you, Kath! You did amazing!

Now soak in the wonder of your precious son and rest, rest, rest.

With love,
Lisa

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251 Claire September 7, 2012 at 10:09 am

Congratulations!!!!! Mazen looks so sweet and cute in your photos. And what an ingenious name, named after your beloved Mason jars! Is Duke family name?
And wow, your labor sounded like it was SO quick and straightforward! Only 6 hours of active labor??? WOW you were lucky! (Although most labors seem quick in comparison to mine, which was almost 60 hours, ha ha!). We can’t wait to hear all about it! What labor like what you expected? How’s breastfeeding going? I hope your recovery is easy! Enjoy these first few sleepy newborn days, take advantage of that fact and SLEEP AS MUCH AS YOU CAN before Mazen “wakes up” and starts keeping you up all hours! ;) Enjoy your sweet little boy!

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252 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 7, 2012 at 10:10 am

Congratulations to your beautiful family! Enjoy this time together and definitely try to get some rest! I am so incredibly happy for all three of you!

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253 Char September 7, 2012 at 10:12 am

Mazen (Male with Arabic origins)
Meaning of the name Mazen: Rainy clouds, lit-up face, and Almazin: Egg of the ants

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254 Janelle September 7, 2012 at 10:12 am

Congrats! The pic with Mazen and Matt got me a bit teary… can’t wait to hear more about your adventures as a family.

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255 marie September 7, 2012 at 10:13 am

Beautiful baby boy. Best wishes to you all.

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256 Jamie Sinquefield September 7, 2012 at 10:13 am

Ohhhh I love the name!!! He is simply beautiful!! and you both look so happy, tears of joy over here!!!

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257 Melissa September 7, 2012 at 10:15 am

Congratulations! Beautiful baby, beautiful name!

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258 Tiffany September 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

Congratulations. He is adorable!!

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259 Diane September 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

Happy birthday Mazen!! Congratulations Kath and Matt! He is beautiful! I’m glad you were able to have the drug free birth you wanted. I had the uncontrollable pushing too, and there was no doctor in the room yet. Very scary and freaky how your body just does it…

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260 THE BAKERY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! September 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

WE ARE BEAMING WITH PRIDE AND LOVE AND JOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to meet the newest member of the GH family!!!!!

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261 KathEats September 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm

and he cant wait to meet you all!

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262 emily September 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

Congratulations and good luck :) being a mama is the best.

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263 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 7, 2012 at 10:17 am

Absolutely amazing and adorable!!!

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264 Steph September 7, 2012 at 10:18 am

Congrats Kath and Matt!!! What a cutie pie!! And way to go Kath!

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265 Ann September 7, 2012 at 10:19 am

I started crying tears of joy! So happy for you!!! Congratulations!! Welcome to the new world of parenthood. And Happy Birthday Mazen!

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266 Katherine September 7, 2012 at 10:19 am

Congratulations!!

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267 Alison September 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

Kath and Matt, Congratulations on the new addition to your family! What a beautiful baby! Enjoy this time!

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268 Sunya September 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

Congrats! So very happy for both you and Matt! And a wonderful, joy-filled happy birthday to Mazen!

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269 Jodi September 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

Congrats Kath! He’s so cute!!

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270 Immaeatthat September 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

One of the most precious things i’ve ever seen:) congratulations! I’m so glad everyone is healthy and doing great:) He’s beautiful:) I can’t even imagine how happy you two are right now:)

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271 lexi September 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

Congratulations to you both! He is beautiful and I love his name. Way to go drug-free – sounds super difficult!

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272 RR September 7, 2012 at 10:21 am

Congratulations Kath and Matt, and welcome to the world, little one! Wishing you all the best!

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273 Kelsey September 7, 2012 at 10:21 am

Congggggggggggggrrrrrratulations!!!!!! He’s so handsome!!!!!!!!!!

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274 Bonnie September 7, 2012 at 10:21 am

Congrats! He is absolutely adorable!!

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275 Amy September 7, 2012 at 10:22 am

Way to go, momma! He’s beautiful. Happy birthday to you all!

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276 Emily September 7, 2012 at 10:22 am

He is beautiful! CONGRATS!

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277 Heidi September 7, 2012 at 10:23 am

I am so happy for you guys!!
Such a beautiful name and baby. Also, seriously awesome that you were able to deliver the way to wanted.
I know this sounds lame, but I am so proud of you. haha!! You are such a great example and role model for women. Thank you, and enjoy that little one. My baby is almost 5, and I miss those days. :) Congratulations!!

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278 Rachel September 7, 2012 at 10:23 am

wow wow wow! congratulations!!! how beautiful.

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279 gloria September 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

Happy birthday Mazen!!! Congratulations to you and Matt!! :D

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280 Kristin K September 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

Congrats! Beautiful baby! What a great blessing.

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281 Marcia Compton September 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

He is perfect, You will change your mind, give it about 2-3 years, and you will forget. And once he looks at you and says Love you, then hugs you forget it your gone.

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282 Clizia September 7, 2012 at 10:25 am

Congratulations!! He looks so sweet :)

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283 Carla C September 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

I am not the type of person who thinks all babies are cute, but Kath, that is an ADORABLE sweet baby! Congrats to you and Matt! :) :)

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284 Michelle (Peachy Palate) September 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

Oh my god that’s my nephews name…the mazen! He’s 9 months now! Congratulations!!!! He’s absolutely gorgeous, and you’re looking fantastic!

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285 KathEats September 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm

fun!!

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286 Meridith September 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

I’ve been waiting anxiously for this post! Congratulations, Kath and Matt and welcome to the world, Mazen! It’s been a treat to follow you through your journey :)

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287 Lani September 7, 2012 at 10:28 am

Congratulations to both of you!
He’s beautiful! Enjoy! I love the nickname “raisin”, too.

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288 Katherine September 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

Congratulations to the three of you! Welcome to Mazen!

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289 Jennifer September 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

You did it! It’s the hardest and best thing ever. Congrats. He’s lovely.

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290 Rebekah September 7, 2012 at 10:31 am

Congratulations, Kath and Matt!! Enjoy your first moments as a family of 3!

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291 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac September 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

Congratulations Kath and Matt!!!! He is so beautiful and I’m so happy for the three of you!!! Love the name too!

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292 emily September 7, 2012 at 10:33 am

He is gorgeous!

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293 Eating 4 Balance September 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

CONGRATS! :) I think the extra few days were definitely worth it! He is so cute!

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294 Allison September 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

He is beautiful!!! God bless the 3 of you.

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295 Shannon S September 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

Congrats Younger family! He is perfect! Happy to hear everyone is doing well! And thank you for your honesty with the labor experience! :-) My husband and I have been married 9 years and I keep putting off babies due to labor scaring the mess out of me! In 4 more pounds of weight loss I will have then run out of excuses to put it on hold. I will have lost 100 pounds then so I will be much healthier for a family. I can’t wait to read more about your experience with labor! And I may be pregnant real soon! And will then probably want the info. for your doula. Love to all! <3

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296 Ingunn September 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

Congratulations to all three of you! What a beautiful boy.

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297 Margo September 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

Congrats! Beautiful Baby. Love the name.

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298 Logan September 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

So happy for you all that he is here, safe and sound. Can’t wait to read some grandparent reactions. I didn’t see any yet, but I know they are all over the moon! Congratulations!

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299 Catherine September 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

Congratulations, Kath and Matt! What a beautiful baby!

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300 Morag September 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

Many congratulations on the birth of your wonderful baby boy.
Best wishes to you all.

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301 Evan Thomas September 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

Congrats, Kath and Matt!

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302 Katie D. September 7, 2012 at 10:39 am

Congratulations Kath and Matt!! Kath, I completely understand your comment about how you aren’t sure if you would ever want to do “that” again (i.e. drug-free birth), I TOTALLY understand. I had an intense drug-free birth with my first (a boy) and I never really forgot the pain. (although don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that I did it). With my second baby (a girl), I still was undecided when I was in labor if I could do it again, but everything went so fast that I didn’t have time for an epidural! All in all, you are an amazing (a-Mazen) warrior mama and you have such a beautiful son! :)

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303 Sonia the Mexigarian September 7, 2012 at 10:39 am

congratulations!!! what a lovely name for him! lots of warm fuzzies over here. cheers to you and your family! :)

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304 Meredith September 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

Happy Birthday, Mazen!! Love, love, love that first family photo!!

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305 Janna September 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

He truly is A-Mazen!
Congrats you three!
Did the bears make a trip to meet their brother yet?

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306 vidya September 7, 2012 at 10:41 am

Yesss…Congratulations on the drug free birth Kath!! Maze is adorable..he’s very lucky to have a mama like you and a great family! You did it dear, congrats again!

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307 Sara T. September 7, 2012 at 10:41 am

He is beautiful and I love his name! Congrats to you for making it through all natural! Get some rest and relish in the moment!

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308 Jessica September 7, 2012 at 10:41 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Happy birthday Mazen!! (Love the name!)

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309 Sandra September 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

I am a reader of your blog that has never commented before. I wanted to say Congratulations to you and Matt, also to your families. He is a beautiful baby!!

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310 Angel7 September 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

CONGRATULATIONS, Matt & Kath!!!

Oh my goodness, Kath! Mazen is beautiful — maybe handsome is a better way of putting it for a boy :)

Mazen is “Lucky #7″, since he was born on 9/7/12 :) Seven is my favorite number!

I am sure that you are happy that it was a medication-free birth, because I felt like I was way too drugged with our first child, & am hoping that I do not have that with our second child.

I am sooo happy & elated that everyone is happy & healthy! Get some rest!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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311 Kathi September 7, 2012 at 10:44 am

Congratulations, he is precious!! Happy Birthday Mazen! Love the name.

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312 Cosmos September 7, 2012 at 10:45 am

Congrats! Mazen is wonderful! I wish you and your family much happiness.

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313 Melanie September 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

Yay congratulations!!! He’s beautiful!!! Glad you are both healthy and doing well!!

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314 maria @ mim September 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

CONGRATS! :) I love the name–unique, but not weird!

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315 Karli September 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

Congratulations on your little one! He’s a doll and I love his name! Way to go Kath & Matt!

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316 coco September 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

congratulations!!!! He’s such a cute baby and looks so peaceful!!!! So happy for you two!!!

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317 Erin @ Big Girl Feats September 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

Congrats to you and Matt, Kath!! It must be so exciting to have Mazen in your arms!

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318 Sue James September 7, 2012 at 10:49 am

Mazen (aka Maze, The Raisin, Amazin’ Mazen)
Love this! Congrats!

Yes, you do forget about the pain and will want to do it again.

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319 Leslie September 7, 2012 at 10:51 am

What a joyful day this is for you and your family. He is beautiful! I’m sure the grandparents are over the moon with excitement.

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320 Dan September 7, 2012 at 10:51 am

Happy Birthday Mazen.. I look forward to watching you grow through Mommy’s blog and her new partnership with Real Health and WellPoint Inc.

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321 Emily September 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

AMAZING!!! SO excited for you!!!! He is beautiful. Congrats congrats congrats!

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322 Karlee September 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

HE IS ADORABLE! Such a cute little bugger :P I LOVE the name too. Unique and a little different, but not awkwardly new/weird.. overall AMAZING name and baby! Good baby brewing :)

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323 Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe September 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

Congratulations Kath and Matt – he is beautiful!
PS. A drug-free birth? Kath, you’re my hero.

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324 Kori September 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

CONGRATULATIONS, Kath & Matt!!!!!! He is such a cutie!! Happy birthday to Mazen Duke! Wonderful name.

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325 Jenn September 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

So sweet. Can’t wait to meet Maze :) no worries, I thought the same thing after Levi was born: when asked if I was willing to give birth again, I replied “hell no!” ha. Now I’m considering it ;)

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326 Shannon September 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

Congratulations!!! Happy Birthday Mazen!
It’s my Dad’s 56th bday today also :)

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327 jenna k September 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

Definitely teared up at this. It’s unreal how excited I was to learn BERF’s name! I chuckled when I saw Duke. Of course that’s his middle name :)))
I’m so glad everything was safe for you guys, and that he is so happy and healthy!! Congratulations to you, Matt, and your families!!

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328 Shannon September 7, 2012 at 10:54 am

PERFECT!! Congratulations! So happy for you THREE!

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329 Michele Sparrow September 7, 2012 at 10:54 am

Many congratulations to you and Matt! Such a beautiful blessing! Extremely happy for you all!!

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330 Kathryn September 7, 2012 at 10:54 am

Congratulations and welcome to baby Mazen!

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331 Mallory September 7, 2012 at 10:54 am

CONGRATS! :)

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332 Jordan September 7, 2012 at 10:55 am

Congratulations on a lovely creation :) Have you gotten to enjoy your pumpkin beer yet? My husband and I were in St. Louis over Labor Day and ate at the Schlafly Tap Room and had their pumpkin ale and I sent good thoughts your way ;)

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333 KathEats September 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm

We got a growler of Shalafly to have this week!

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334 Fancy September 7, 2012 at 10:55 am

Congratulations! He is gorgeous :)

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335 Lea Ann September 7, 2012 at 10:56 am

Congrats!!!! He’s adorable, and very a very lucky little boy to have such wonderful parents!!! Love the name.

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336 Cassie D. September 7, 2012 at 10:56 am

Congratulations! He is beautiful!

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337 Amanda September 7, 2012 at 10:56 am

Congrats! Welcome to the world, Mazen, and welcome to motherhood, Kath! Today was supposed to be my baby boy’s bday (repeat csection), but instead he made his appearance early last Thursday! Baby boys are the best! Enjoy this special time;it goes fast!

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338 Brett September 7, 2012 at 10:56 am

Good job mama!!!!! He is a cutie pie!

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339 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles September 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

Congradulations! He is adorable! I wouldn’t rule out a second so soon…time heals everything! Enjoy your new family! Best wishes to you all! :)

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340 Katie September 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

Congrats! He is so handsome and so perfect! So happy for you, Matt, and the whole family!!!

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341 Audrey September 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

Congrats! So happy for you and your family!

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342 Allison k September 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

Congratulations!! Love that picture of him on your chest with his fist near his mouth makes me think of the night my own sweet boy was born. And Duke must be the middle name of the month!

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343 Stephanie September 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

He is beautiful, and Matt looks so proud! Congratulations!!!!!

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344 Jennifer September 7, 2012 at 10:59 am

He is absolutely stunning! One of the best looking newborns I’ve seen. Congratulations, Kath!!!!

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345 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats September 7, 2012 at 10:59 am

Congratulations to all of you!! Mazen Duke..what an awesome name.

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346 SaraG. September 7, 2012 at 10:59 am

Yay Kath + Matt!!! Happy BERFday Mazen!!! We are so happy for you!!! Miss you guys!

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347 Laura September 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

I am so honored to share my birthday with baby Mazen!! I was hoping he would come today! I am so excited for you guys!

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348 Tiffany September 7, 2012 at 11:01 am

Congratulations!!! :)

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349 Ana September 7, 2012 at 11:01 am

Congratulations Kath and Mat, Mazen is precious!!
Ana

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350 Colleen September 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

Happy Birthday Mazen! And congrats to you and Matt! Beautiful, beautiful boy!! Love the smiles!

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351 Dia September 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

Happy Birthday. Congratulations!

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352 Jordan K September 7, 2012 at 11:04 am

So happy for you guys! Congratulations on this very special time!

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353 elocin September 7, 2012 at 11:04 am

Congratulations!

What a cute litty babyboy, you’ve chosen a wonderful name.
Today’s my first wedding anniversary. I’m following your Blog and Babykerf since last december.

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354 Kelly @foodiefresh September 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

Congratulations Kath and Matt! I’m glad your labor went well and that your little Mazen is healthy. He’s a beautiful baby!

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355 Leigh September 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

Congratulations! So excited for you and your new family!

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356 Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian September 7, 2012 at 11:05 am

CONGRATSSSS!!!!!

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357 Natalie - Will Jog For Food September 7, 2012 at 11:07 am

Congrats Kath! Mazen is beautiful :)

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358 Monica September 7, 2012 at 11:08 am

Oh my goodness, crying like a crazy woman at my desk!

Kath and Matt, he is so gorgeous, congratulations you two!

And Kath, huge props on accomplishing your labor goals. It is so hard to go drug-free, but when you cross that finish line it is deeply rewarding. Sending lots of Mom hugs! Yay yay yay! So excited!

Happy to hear that breastfeeding is going wonderful as well – 10 months later, and I love breastfeeding just as much as I did from mine and Wrigley’s first 40-minute session post-delivery. :)

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359 Natasha September 7, 2012 at 11:08 am

Bless your heart, I was guessing we’d get a snapshot but do love the narrative update! Such a happy ending–and beginning!

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360 Ann September 7, 2012 at 11:10 am

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beautiful beautiful boy and beaming mom. So happy for you!

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361 Audrey @ Health Auds N' Ends September 7, 2012 at 11:11 am

CONGRATS! He is absolutely adorable. I’m interested in how you picked out his name! All the best :)

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362 Sara September 7, 2012 at 11:11 am

Beautiful baby and love the name! Congratulations!! Can’t wait for the full birth story (but thanks so much for giving us this huge update right away)!

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363 Erica September 7, 2012 at 11:12 am

Awww, CONGRATULATIONS MOM AND DAD!!! (and the rest of Mazen’s new family as well!) Very cool name! Welcome to the best runner’s high/endorphin feeling EVER right now:) Good job, Momma!

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364 Laurie September 7, 2012 at 11:13 am

Welcome Baby Mazen!! Congratulations Matt & Kath — he is one beautiful baby boy! There is nothing quite like the feeling in your home when a new baby joins your family! Enjoy!!

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365 Belle @ Rebelle Fitness September 7, 2012 at 11:13 am

Congratulations!!! What a handsome little boy!

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366 Liz September 7, 2012 at 11:14 am

OMG! He is such an Angel!! Congrats Kath & Matt. Im very happy for you!

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367 Julianna @ Julianna Bananna September 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

CONGRATS! I can’t wait to hear more about the little guy! :)

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368 Denise September 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

Congrats to both you and Matt!! It’s been beautiful to share this experience with you…

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369 beth grossman September 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

So happy for you all….wonderful news.
he is cute as a button.
beth g

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370 Dr. Mel September 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

Hi Kath!

I couldn’t resist saying CONGRATULATIONS to you and Matt on the new little one!!! He is absolutely beautiful… Wish you all endless health, happiness and love :)

I’ve never posted on your site but I have been following you for a while… I just love your beautiful photos of all the amazing, healthy food you eat! I’m a Chiropractor by trade but I am a big-time health food and exercise junkie by nature so I really enjoy reading your philosophies on food, health and life.

I look forward to following you for a while to come!

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371 Krissy @ Make it Naked September 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

9+7*2-0+1+2=26
See what I did there ;)
Congrats to you and Matt! He’s precious!

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372 everhard September 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

congratulations and welcome to Mazen :p

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373 Stef September 7, 2012 at 11:17 am

Happy Birthday Mazen! He is beautiful, great job mama (and dad!), and thank you so much for taking the time to share him with us <3 Enjoy your babymoon!

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374 Chantal September 7, 2012 at 11:18 am

Congrats! He looks great. Today is my blog’s 1 year birthday!

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375 Sashi September 7, 2012 at 11:18 am

Yayayayay!!! Congratulations to your newer, BIGGER family! :)

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376 Lizzie September 7, 2012 at 11:19 am

CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!!!!

as a daily blog reader, this is so exciting to finally see ;)

Healthy, adorable, and finally HERE! yayayay what more could a person ask for?

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377 Lauren @ Sassy Molassy September 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

Awesome! So happy for you guys. Love seeing the pic of all three of you together.

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378 Laura September 7, 2012 at 11:21 am

Congratulations!!!!!!! Joyful news. :)

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379 Diane September 7, 2012 at 11:22 am

Congratulations Kath & Matt! He is beautiful and so healthy! It must be all that good food! ;) I’ve had three kids all drug-free and after my first, which took 6+ hours plus pitocin (and no pain medication), I absolutely did NOT want to do it again. My second’s contractions were only 6 minutes apart, which was much more manageable and he came in a little over an hour…so it was doable and I’m so glad I tried drug-free again. My third came in less than 15 minutes and I didn’t even have time to think about it! We’re expecting our fourth right now, and I’m hoping to get to the hospital early!!! ;) I’m sure you can go drug-free again…the first one is the hardest! Thanks for sharing and enjoy these precious moments with Mazen! Congrats!!!

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380 Alaa September 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

Congrats Koops! He’s so precious!

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381 Mariska September 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

Congratulations! What a beautiful baby boy! And what a beautiful name!

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382 Alicia September 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

Welcome to parenthood Kath and Matt, and welcome to the world Mazen! He is adorable! So happy you were able to hang in there for the drug free birth. Congratulations!!!

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383 Kelly K September 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

Congratulations! You made it, you warrior! He’s beautiful – seriously, I’m not just saying that! Enjoy what I’m sure is the best rest of your life and getting to know your little guy. :-)

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384 Katharine September 7, 2012 at 11:25 am

I think it’s WONDERFUL that you chose an Arabic name for your son! It’s so nice to see people embracing another culture in such a meaningful way. And what a cutie he is too :)

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385 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) September 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

Congrats on your new family of 3! Soooo excited and happy for you! Also way to go on the natural birth! That’s awesome!

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386 Amanda September 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

Congratulations! May you have many more reasons to celebrate with and because of Mazen!

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387 Allegra September 7, 2012 at 11:28 am

Congratulations, Kath and Matt, on your gorgeous family and beautiful Mazen!

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388 Maggie September 7, 2012 at 11:28 am

Absolutely beautiful baby! Love the name! Labor sounds like mine — back-to-back contractions for many hours on end — and no drugs to help with the pain. Right after my son was born, I announced, “I don’t think I can ever do that again.” Well, fast forward 16 months — I’m pregnant and due in Jan. Planning to do it all over again. So, you really do forget to some extent. But don’t think about any of that yet. Just enjoy your perfect baby boy! Hugs!!

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389 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 7, 2012 at 11:29 am

What a cutie! He is precious! Serious props for a drug-free birth. :)

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390 kris September 7, 2012 at 11:30 am

congratulations!!! mazen is absolutely beautiful.

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391 sheryl September 7, 2012 at 11:30 am

Congratulations – health and happiness to you all! I love the bee blanket!

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392 Nancy S September 7, 2012 at 11:31 am

CONGRATULATIONS – to you all. Your son is precious!!!

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393 Emily September 7, 2012 at 11:31 am

So cute! Congrats Kath and Matt! I love the name! I can’t wait to see what nicknames kids at school come up for him!

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394 Rachel S. Gerber September 7, 2012 at 11:32 am

Congratulations! I am so happy to hear that things went well. Many blessings as you being this journey as a family of 3!

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395 Rebekah September 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

Congratulations! What a beautiful family…I love those first photos of a new family completely in love!

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396 Anna W. September 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

Happy Birthday to your beautiful son. Great name, too. So happy you’re healthy and resting.

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397 Jen September 7, 2012 at 11:34 am

Congrats to you and Matt!!! He is adorable! Sounds like you did amazing mama!! Enjoy your new precious little man! I love his name too!

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398 Annie September 7, 2012 at 11:35 am

Congrats! He is adorable. You and your husband are certainly loyal to your alma mater! As a Carolina grad however….

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399 KathEats September 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Not our alma mater – we went to Davidson! But we’ve got lots of family and romantic connections to it and it’s sentimental to us

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400 Annie September 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Oh, Davidson! Even better. I grew up near Davidson & my parents live there now. I tried to get my daughter to consider going there, but it was too close to home for her taste- she’s in CH. :)

Enjoy your precious baby!

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401 Jennifer September 7, 2012 at 11:36 am

Big congratulations to the both of you! He is one gorgeous little boy!!!

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402 Tracy September 7, 2012 at 11:37 am

Congratulations, Kath & Matt and welcome, baby Mazen! He’s beautiful!

You should be proud of yourself, Kath! Well done.

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403 Kristin September 7, 2012 at 11:40 am

Congratulations!!! He is adorable! Great name. :)

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404 Sarah September 7, 2012 at 11:40 am

He is beautiful and I love the name! Big congrats to you and Matt :)

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405 Becca September 7, 2012 at 11:41 am

Congratulations to the beautiful family of three and wishing you lots of health and joy!

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406 Elizabeth September 7, 2012 at 11:41 am

He is the sweetest baby I have ever seen. I’m so happy for all three of you. Great job on a drug free birth!! The name its wonderful! :-)

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407 Corrie September 7, 2012 at 11:41 am

Congratulations from a longtime reader. Beautiful boy!

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408 Lisa September 7, 2012 at 11:42 am

I have been following your blog for a little over a year now and have been checking a bit more frequently to hear of an update. Congratulations!!! So exciting. When you mentioned about making animal sounds, I can totally relate. I had a drug-free birth last time and wow, it was WAY intense. But it’s pretty neat to be able to look back and say you did it all without any meds! Enjoy your baby-moon!

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409 Megan September 7, 2012 at 11:43 am

Congratulations – he is beautiful!

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410 polly September 7, 2012 at 11:45 am

what a little muffin. he is gorgeous, Kath! You are all so sweet, and the name Mazen ROCKS. love you!!!!!! big hugs!!!! :) :) :)

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411 Candice September 7, 2012 at 11:45 am

Yay, congrats to all!! Good job Kath!!!

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412 Grace September 7, 2012 at 11:45 am

Congrats Kath and Matt!!!!! He is PERFECT and absolutely adorable! Love the name.

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413 Bree September 7, 2012 at 11:45 am

Congratulations, he is just perfect!

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414 Amanda September 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

So happy for you. :-) What a beautiful baby.

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415 carol September 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

Congratulations to you Kath for your efforts! Congratulations to Daddy! AND A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MAZEN.

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416 Liz September 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

Congrats!!! Love the unique name!

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417 Lisa September 7, 2012 at 11:48 am

Happy Birthday Mazen! Congratulations to you and your wonderful family!

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418 Courtney September 7, 2012 at 11:48 am

Congratulations!!! He is beautiful!!

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419 Sarah September 7, 2012 at 11:48 am

Congratulations!!!!
Do you mean you don’t know if you want to give birth again or I’ve birth again without drugs???

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420 KathEats September 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm

without drugs

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421 KAS September 8, 2012 at 8:45 am

Interesting! Looking forward to hearing your reflections once you’ve had some rest!

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422 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 7, 2012 at 11:49 am

Congratulations! What a sweet face :)

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423 Amilja September 7, 2012 at 11:50 am

Congratulations !!!

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424 Elly September 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

CONGRATS!!!! He is absolutely adorable! Happy birthday to Mazen!

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425 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) September 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

Congratulations, Kath!!!!!!!!!

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426 Cat @ Breakfast to Bed September 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

Also, that being said, I had my first au naturel, and with #2, I had drugs before I even felt pain begin. It was glorious. BOTH outcomes were glorious, but MAN, I LAUGHED when I pushed with my daughter. LAUGHED!!

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427 Angela September 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

Tears in my eyes!!!
Congrats guys – I’m so happy for you. He’s such a cutie!

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428 Heather September 7, 2012 at 11:54 am

Congratulations Kath & Matt! Mazen is beautiful and being a Blue Devils fan (along with a family history, too) I love the name! Wishing you all the best in your new adventure of parenthood!

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429 Katie@Real Food Katie's Way September 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

Congrats Kath and Matt! I’m SO happy for you both and excited to follow you as you take this next journey in your lives!

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430 Stefanie September 7, 2012 at 11:56 am

Happy Birthday Mazen Duke! He is a cute little baby. Congratulations! :-D

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431 Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife September 7, 2012 at 11:58 am

What a beautiful boy! Congrats!!!!

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432 Lia September 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Happy birthday, baby Mazen! Now the real adventures begin. Congrats!!

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433 Jen September 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Congratulations! So exciting! Love the name. Just curious…..do you use yours and Matts last name?

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434 KathEats September 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm

we’re hyphenating…Younger-Monson

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435 Alycia September 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Congrats and best wishes! My heart is so happy for you!!

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436 Jessica September 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Congrats, Kath! I started reading your blog about seven months ago and it has been great reading about your pregnancy journey.

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437 Becky White September 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Happy tears for you!! He’s so precious :)

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438 Rachel September 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Congrats! He is beautiful!

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439 Tara P. September 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Yay, he’s here – was checking Twitter half the night like a crazed fan! ;D And I LOVE his name! Naturally, you guys have great taste. Congratulations and warmest wishes, Kath and Matt!! So excited for you both. And welcome to the world beautiful baby boy Mazen Duke!! :)

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440 maria September 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Congratulations! He is beautiful — may there be many joyful moments with Mazen.

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441 kim@hungryhealthygirl September 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm

So happy for you! He is absolutely precious!!

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442 Katrina September 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Congratulations! Glad it all went well!

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443 Lillian September 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm

OH MY GOODNESS CONGRATULATIONS!

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444 Anna Portman September 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm

CONGRATS Kath & Matt! He’s beautiful and I love his name. Such a good day to be born, too! Today is my husband’s birthday. And if I remember correctly, Matt shares a birthday with ME. (January 14th) I’m glad everything went well and baby boy is healthy!!

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445 Melissa September 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Mazel tov!!

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446 Janet September 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm

You must be so elated! Somehow you just manage to get through with so little sleep- it’s amazing, isn’t it? Congrats!

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447 Melissa September 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Congrats Kath and happy birthday, Mazen! What a great name!!

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448 Cathy September 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Kath and Matt thank you for sharing your good news with all of us. Mazen is adorable. ;)

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449 Brit September 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

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450 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings September 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I knew it would be SOON! ;) Congratulations one and all. Sending you many blessings from Minnesota!!

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451 Sarah September 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Ahh, congrats! He’s beautiful!

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452 Tammy September 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Congrats, he is so precious!

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453 Brittney September 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Congratulations Kath and Matt! Can’t wait to see and hear more about it all!

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454 jk September 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm

What a beautiful little boy!!!
Congratulations to a fine young family…and all of the grandparents as well.

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455 Kate September 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Happy Baby Day! He is gorgeous. Congratulations!

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456 Laura @ She Eats Well September 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Congratulations a million times! He is precious. Hope you get lots of rest, as much as you can at least. And enjoy the time with your lovely family.

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457 Paula September 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Congratulations! He is beautiful!

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458 j3nn September 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Congrats, Kath and Matt!! He is absolutely beautiful. The very first instant I saw him I thought, “OMG, he looks like Karen!” That’s so awesome. I’m so, so, SO happy for you guys! Enjoy your sweet baby. :D

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459 j3nn September 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm

PS. I love the name! That is absolutely awesome! Good choice. :)

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460 Michelle W. September 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Congratulations! Today is my birthday, too! And my own baby girl is 8 weeks old today! Happy day!

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461 Elaine Glynn September 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby son. Wishing you and your family a lifetime of happiness x

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462 Kimberly September 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

So precious! Congrats to you & Matt!

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463 Tina September 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Congrats! He’s beautiful! I’m a little partial to his name…my grandfather (originally from Lebanon) was named Mazen! Haven’t ever heard it elsewhere.

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464 Wendy September 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm

My grandfather is also Lebanese and had a brother named Mazen! I’m very surprised to see it here though. Did you guys realize it was Arabic? Is Matt’s family Arabic?

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465 KathEats September 7, 2012 at 2:33 pm

We made it up, but it’s cool that it has an Arabic heritage too

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466 Candice September 7, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Kath, I love the name actually, but you shouldn’t say that you “made it up” if it already exists.

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467 KathEats September 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Well it’s the truth of the story. We did make it up. We googled it when we were considering it for the baby to find that it has Arabic roots, which is cool. We like it for many reasons.

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468 Candice September 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Okay, I see what you mean. I look forward to hearing more in your post on BERF. Congratulations, btw!

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469 Mom September 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Love the grandpas named Mazen!

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470 Laura @ My Pink Thumb September 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Congratulations!!! :)

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471 Ashley September 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Beautiful!!! Congrats!!

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472 kristin September 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Hope you get some rest and enjoy all of those brand new moments, new family of 3!! Congrats, Kath & Matt & Happy Birthday, Mazen Duke! Great name for your beautiful boy :) Best wishes <3

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473 Melissa September 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Good job guys! So glad you are done! Doesn’t it feel good to be done! Love seeing your new family – it captures the amazingness of it all! Thanks for sharing! :)

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474 Audrey September 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Congratulations! He’s beautiful!

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475 Amy September 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Wow, you are amazing! Congratulations on your new beautiful family. I have loved following you on this journey:)

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476 Katie September 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Congratulations Kath and Matt, and Happy Birthday Mazen! I haven’t commented on any of your posts before, but I found you a few months ago when my husband and I decided to become heathlier. Following both KERF and BERF has been amazing. Thank you for sharing your story, and I can’t wait to watch this new chapter in your lives!

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477 Amelia September 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Welcome, little Maze!!!!! Way to go, Kath, Matt, and Jen!! Big hugs to you all from me and Lucy! xoxoxo

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478 Rach September 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm

He’s a cutie. Congratulations!

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479 Sara September 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm

What a special gift he is. So glad mom, dad, and of course, little baby are doing well! Congrats Kath!

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480 Alice September 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I am so happy for you! I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years now.
And love it! You are a wonderful woman and are going to be an incredible mother
X x x x

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481 Erica September 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm

You’re absolutely astounding! Such a beautiful little family, I’m so happy for you!
There is no doubt in my mind that you will be an incredible mother and that Matt will be an amazing father. Maze is too precious for words! I’m smiling ear-to-ear for you right now!!! :D

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482 Suzanne September 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Congratulations! He’s beautiful! I’m glad you were able to have the birth you wanted!

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483 Meghann September 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm

He is GORGEOUS!!! Congrats, Mama!!!

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484 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Congratulations Kath!! I’m so glad everything went well – he is gorgeous! Mazen was a pretty common name when I lived in the Middle East amongst my Arab schoolmates but yours is the first North American Mazen I’ve ‘met’! Congrats to all of you!

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485 Klemen Muhi? September 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I’m visiting your blog daily and this has to be one of the most beautiful post up to date! Congratulations!

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486 Priscilla McInnis September 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Congratulations, what a beautiful baby. Thanks for sharing, it has been fun watching your family grow! Take care!

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487 Jennifer September 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Congratulations to you and Matt! Mazen is beautiful!!! I think he looks just like you in the very first picture.

I LOVE his name! So unique and masculine.

The last picture of Matt holding him looks just like the starting picture of when you were holding the loaf of bread to announce you were pregnant. :)

Enjoy this time right now with Mazen. I’m so happy that everything went well and he’s here. :)

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488 Lauryn September 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Congrats Kath!!!!! He is PRECIOUS!!!!!!!

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489 Rebekah September 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm

The sign that says INFANT DEATH above Mazen’s head in the first photo is kind of creeping me out! But regardless, he is super adorable. Blessings to you and your new babe!

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490 KathEats September 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm

It’s a SIDS warning

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491 Meg September 7, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Congrats!!

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492 Luna665 September 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Congratulations to you and Matt, Mazen is adorable!Great job Kath ;)

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493 Kim September 7, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Congrats! Love the name :)

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494 Emily J September 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm

How incredible! I’m so happy you’re all safe and well. I love his name!

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495 Kate September 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Congratulations! He is gorgeous. Love the name!

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496 donna September 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm

He is adorable! I am so thankful he arrived in good health. The two of you look so happy!
You’re not going to believe this, but I woke up at about 3:15 this morning and was wide awake. Then I remembered you were in labor, so I went into the bathroom, checked for a Twitter update on my iphone, and I knew he was almost here. I was so excited that I could not go back to sleep! I just had a feeling he was about to enter this world.
Happy birthday, little guy!

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497 KathEats September 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm

So cool! My dad woke up at that time too!

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498 YLindsay R. September 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm

CongratuLations!!!

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499 Ashley September 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm

On my goodness!! What a handsome child!

Congratulations Kath and Matt!! :)

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500 Jen Ross September 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Oh yay!!!! Congratulations, Mama, he’s beautiful!

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501 Eileen September 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Congratulations! Happy birthday, Mazen!

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502 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count September 7, 2012 at 1:18 pm

How beautiful he is!!! Where did you come up with his name! Best of luck to you all!

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503 Ulya September 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Congratulations Kath and Matt! Such an adorable baby with an adorable name!!

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504 Stefanie September 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Congratulations!!

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505 Lindsey September 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Congrats! What a beautiful, healthy little boy! Love the name, so unique. Can’t wait to read the birth story!

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506 Randy September 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Congratulations Kath and Matt on your new addition; what a cutie!

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507 Silvia @ skinny jeans food September 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Congratulations! He is so sweet and looks just like you :-)

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508 elizabeth @ the kitchen counsel September 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm

congratulations to you and Matt! Mazen is absolutely adorable! can’t wait to hear about all of y’all’s new adventures!

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509 K September 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I’m not the only one who started crying while reading this right? So, so happy!:) Congratulations Kath, Matt, all the Monsons, Youngers, and family! Happy Birthday Mazen!

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510 Karen September 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

What a sweetheart you’ve brought into the world. Congratulations. I was up several times in the night checking Twitter, so I knew it was imminent…but that you were OK…so I could fall back asleep !

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511 Ashley September 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm

CONGRATS!!!! :) He is beautiful!

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512 Christine September 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Amazing :) Congratulations! September birthdays are the best.

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513 Perfectly September 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I’m happy as if I know you all! Congrats and thanks for sharing your journey.

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514 clair September 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Huge congratulations to the beautiful family :-)

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515 Mariah September 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Congratulations to you both!! He is a beautiful baby and I love the name – very original! So happy he is finally here!

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516 Ella September 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Congrats Kath! Beautiful name, Beautiful baby :)

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517 mollie September 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

the raisin- haha, love it!! especially for a wrinkly bebe ;) congrats!! hope you guys have had your celebratory beer by now!

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518 Alison September 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

CONGRATULATIONS! Mazen looks so healthy and adorable! God bless you all and can’t wait to see all your adventures with him! :)

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519 Jessie September 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Aww! Welcome to the world, little Mazen Y-M!

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520 Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear September 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm

so happy for you Kath!! congrats

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521 TeenyLittleSuperChef September 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Kath, you are a bad a**! Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy and on becoming a new mama! Welcome to the club! I wish you and your new family all the best and I can’t wait to see more pictures of your little guy :)

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522 Stephanie @ LiveCookLove September 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm

CONGRATS! He is absolutely precious! And how awesome you gave birth sans drugs!!!

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523 Hayley @ Oat Couture September 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Congratulations to the both of you! He is absolutely adorable!! You did good girl! ;)

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524 Emma September 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Your baby is crazy beautiful. Congratulations. I’m glad everyone came through in good health!

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525 Karen September 7, 2012 at 2:08 pm

The phrase “mazel tov” sprang to mind immediately when you shared the name – which as you might know in hebrew and in the Jewish religion is used most commonly when good fortune has occurred. Just wanted to offer another positive association with the beautiful name you have chosen.
Rest up, mom and pop! :)

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526 erica September 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm

congratulations! love the name! :)

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527 Kim September 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Congrats you guys! Or should I say “Mabrouk!” which is congrats in arabic! So wonderful to see that you guys chose an arabic name! He is a cutie! Which one of you went to Duke? That was always one of my top schools!

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528 KathEats September 7, 2012 at 2:33 pm

We met with Duke as a conversation starter and were married there

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529 Kim September 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm

That’s too sweet! :)

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530 Ellie@Fit for the Soul September 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! congratulations guys!! awww I can’t believe he’s here now! haha it’s so amazing and such a beautiful part of life~he is so cute, and I think he has your nose Kath! teeeheee.

And I give you kudos for even having strength to type! IT seems like such a traumatic experience in some ways, lol–but like you said, all the pain is masked by the joy :D

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531 robyn September 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Congrats to you both! Love his name, and maze as a nickname is too cute!,

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532 Greg September 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Precious.

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533 Ariel September 7, 2012 at 2:13 pm

What a smile! Wishing you all the best in health

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534 TeresaM September 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Congrats! He’s adorable!!

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535 Stephanie September 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Soooo cute! Love those cheeks!!! Nice job momma!!!

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536 Laura in Pittsburgh September 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm

What a handsome baby! Great name too Kath! Congratulations!

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537 Mel September 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm

That is one seriously cute kid. Cheers to you both – now go have a pumpkin beer, stat.

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538 Michaela September 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Many congrats!!!!!
You must be over the moon :)
He looks so sweet and I LOVE the name!! Couldn´t wait for you to announce it :)

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539 Megan September 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Congrats! Glad you were able to have the birth you wanted!

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540 susan September 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Congratulations, Kath and Matt!!!

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541 Jessica September 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm

He’s perfect! So happy for you and your family. :)

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542 Cait September 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm

congrats. he is precious. hope mama is doing well :)

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543 Lindsay September 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Congratulations Kath+Matt+Mazen!

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544 Nicole September 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Congratulations! What a little sweetheart.

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545 Lindsey H. September 7, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Congratulations Kath and Matt! He is beautiful!

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546 Katie @ A Full Plate September 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

He is absolutely precious. Congrats to you and Matt! It’s been wonderful following your journey. And good for you for being able to go through it drug-free. I am far from having children, but when I do I really don’t think I’d ever be able to do that with my lack of pain tolerance!

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547 Alex September 7, 2012 at 2:44 pm

So excited for you! Congrats :)

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548 Ashley C. September 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Wow Kath, huge congrats to you and your family! It brings a tear to my eye. The first time I stumbled across your blog was right after your wedding- so I have felt like I have been there to watch you guys progress along life. What a fun new chapter!

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549 Katie September 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I definitely appreciate this honest account of what the labor process can be like. Usually I can’t picture/comprehend what women are describing when they try to explain how labor feels – but I think this is the first time I’m actually getting it. Sounds PRETTAY, PRETTAAAAY bad! I’m due in about 9 weeks and am glad to be able to prepare for what I might have coming (halp).

But, congratulations on your baby, and the fact that the worst pains are over! Speedy recovery.

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550 Carly September 7, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Congratulations Kath and Matt! He is beautiful!

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551 Shannon September 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm

CONGRATS!! He is perfect! Mine are 6 &4 and I just want to tell you, you can never take enough pictures!! Record it all, ever perfect, wonderful moment of it! XoXo

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552 Sarah September 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Welcome to parenthood, friend! He’s just perfect. <3

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553 Emily September 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Oh my gosh!!! Congratulations – I’ve been thinking of you guys all day. Props to you lady, for a drug free birth – I didn’t even attempt to do it – I can’t imagine the pain. You are amazing!! I absolutely cannot wait to hear more about it all, isn’t it wonderful? Right now you are probably feeling all sorts of crazy emotions, but I thought it was all worth it ;)

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554 Milo September 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Oh so happy for y’all!! He was born on my birthday:) He is so beautiful! Wow! Congratulations to the both of you. Love it!

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555 Lauren @ Educated Mind, Healthy Body September 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Congratulations!!! Such a cutie pie and such a unique name!

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556 Jessica T. September 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Congratulations! I am so glad that the birth went well and everyone is healthy and happy. Mazen is an absolutely beautiful baby :) I was surprised to see that you chose a traditionally Arabic name, but it is a beautiful name nonetheless. Also, I have to say, I recently had a drug-free birth with my first son and, like you, I’m not sure if I’ll ever do it again (drug-free)!! It was an amazing experience but extremely intense and one I’m a little bit scared to repeat. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, and keep the pictures coming!!

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557 Kathy W. September 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Gorgeous boy!!!

Just think about what you did–you should be so proud of yourself, you strong woman you!

Hope you get some sleep today, and congratulations to you and Matt on your sweet son!

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558 Kathy W. September 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm

p.s. I stayed up last night until Matt tweeted the smiley :)

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559 Erin September 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Congratulations!! What a blessing! What an adorable name! and what an amazing thing to go drug-free! you have inspired me that i can do the same in March!

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560 Grace @ Grace Dishes September 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Congratulations! He is beautiful!

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561 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama September 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Congratulations!! He is gorgeous.

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562 Jamie September 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm

So cute! Love his little face, and what a lovely Arabic name you’ve chosen. Love his middle name, too–my little sis is one of your fellow Duke grads! Enjoy your baby. :)

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563 McLean September 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm

CONGRATULATIONS! Also, LOVE the name :)

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564 Alicia September 7, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Congratulations!!

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565 Julie September 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Congrats to you Kath. Enjoy it all. Much happiness and health to your growing family.

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566 Erin September 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I don’t even know you in real life, but I’m so happy for you and wish you the best during this time of adjustment to”the new normal”. It’s not all puppies and rainbows (i have three myself) but it is worth it. Accept help, rest (LOTS) and just enjoy. There is something so special about the newness of a baby. You’ll do great :-) Congrats to both you and Matt

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567 Charlotte September 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Kath! So exciting!!!! Congratulations to you and Matt!

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568 Anne September 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Great work! You rock, Mom! Congratulations to the whole family…..:)

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569 Cecile on the road September 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Congratulations from Paris, France… You’re son is absolutely perfect :)

Cecile, french reader of your blog !

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570 kathy September 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm

So happy for you and your family :) He is a beautiful baby! Did you ever know you had so much love in you?! Motherhood is incredible.

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571 robin September 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm

WOW, WOW ,WOW hes here, welcome to the best club in the world, best wishes with that sweet sweet boy of yours:)

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572 Tara September 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you and your family, and I’m also happy that you got the birth you wanted. Although, now you have me second-guessing my ability to go natural… without a doula… hmm…

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573 April September 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Congratulations! He is precious!!

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574 Katelyn September 7, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Congratulations! I have been following you for some time now and am thrilled to finally see your baby boy! He is beautiful, it makes me so excited to start having babies of my own! Blessings on your family!

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575 Katina September 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Precious . . . just precious.

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576 Kara September 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm

HOORAY!! Congratulations!!! He’s gorgeous!!! Can’t wait to meet him!!

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577 Laura September 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Beautiful! Congratulations! :) Did you do a double-take when you saw that Guiliana Rancic (if you saw that Guiliana Rancic!) from E! used Duke as a middle name for her son last week too?

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578 Jaspreet September 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Mabrook! Mazen is a beautiful name. One of my good friends in Abu Dhabi, where I was raised, is named Mazen. :)

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579 Jessica September 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Congrats! It’s so nice to see people open to other cultures. Arabic is such a beautiful language!

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580 Anna September 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

So, so happy for you and Matt! Congratulations! He is precious and already very handsome! Best wishes in recovering and starting this new chapter. I look forward to the coming posts and pictures.

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581 Cindy September 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Congrats to all three of you :) he is beautiful!! Enjoy every moment!

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582 Jeanie September 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Congratulations. He is a handsome fellow, and Matt looks like the cat that swallowed the canary — very proud papa. I’m glad everything went well.

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583 PAM September 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Congratulations on the baby.

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584 Sara September 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Oh, congratulations, Kath! Precious, precious child. Sending all the best thoughts.

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585 Kelly September 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Congratulations to both you and Matt!

You did it! Yay! Forward and onward to next chapter… :)

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586 Kate September 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Congrats! LOVE his name — amazing work on the drug-free birth!!! I must admit, I wanted the drugs (bigtime) but was unable to get them b/c I went too quickly. haha…so I totally feel your pain, but find it amazing that you did it on you own when you had the choice. I know I would have got the drugs if I could….so great work!!!

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587 Danielle September 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Congratulations!!! He is adorable. Love his name!

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588 Maria September 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Congratulations Kath & Matt: I wish you three the best :)

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589 chris September 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm

What a beautiful baby boy! And I love the name…and sleep when you can. Take advantage of grandmothers (and grandfathers too :-) Can’t wait to meet him!

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590 Kelly September 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm

PS. How funny that the middle name Duke, I was betting on Davidson! I thought that would be a cute middle name but I like Duke too! Sidenote: Julianna Rancic (from the E network) just middle named her little boy Duke, though probably not because of the college.

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591 Gina G September 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Congratulations Kath and Matt!!! SO happy for you two!! :)

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592 Emily September 7, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Congratulations to everyone, he’s adorbs and I hope you guys are getting some sleep. And weirdly, right before I clicked over to this blog for an update I was reading an article in Foreign Policy (I study international relations) by an Egyptian professor named Mazen! Internet magic.

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593 Wendy September 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm

So happy for you! Congrats, he is precious!

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594 Jonathan Blank September 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Mazen is adorable. I am so happy for you and Matt. Everyone on the Health. Join In. team is so happy for you both.

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595 kyla September 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Congrats!! What a happy, beautiful baby!

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596 Leslie September 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Congratulations, hes beautiful!!

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597 Lousi September 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Congratulations! All the best. He’s just beautiful.

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598 Kim September 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Happy Birthday Mazen! :-) CONGRATULATIONS Kath & Matt! (from a reader of your blog since 2010 in Minnesota)

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599 Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) September 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Oh, he is just so incredibly sweet! I am so happy for the both of you. Mazen is going to have a terrific, loving home, and this post just makes me so smiley. :D

I hope you are able to get some much needed rest!!

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600 Clare September 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

He is adorable Kath, biggest congrats to you both! And I LOVE the name ;)

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601 Vicky September 7, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Congrats!!!! Welcome Maze to the world!

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602 Sara R. September 7, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Congratulations! What a cute baby, and I love the picture of all three of you! I had my first without drugs and I remember thinking something similar afterwards…”There! I did it! Now I never need to do it that way again!” :-)

So glad you got to birth the way you wanted and that he’s breastfeeding well! Enjoy your first crazy days as a new family!

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603 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles September 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Congratulations, Kath! And happy birthday to little Mazen!

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604 Noga from San Francisco September 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Congrats! I am so happy for you. Since I am also pregnant, I can’t wait to read more about your birth experience and if you are happy with your choices (particularly the no drugs one…).

Your name choice is so original! I think it’s a bit silly that people think you named your child after the Palestinian president… I am going to guess you had no intention to make a political statement with your child’s name.

Best of luck to you all!

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605 Heather September 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Congrats Kath!

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606 Heather September 7, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Congrats to you and Matt on the birth of Mazen! I had been waiting for days to see this post and was so happy to read it. All the best :)

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607 Angie Neeley September 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm

So happy for you all! You are blessed.

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608 Simply Life September 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!! What a beautiful post and beautiful family!

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609 Kee Kee September 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Congrats Congrats Congrats!!! I am really happy for you and your family. Rest well. You did a good job. :)

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610 Anna Resman September 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm

CONGRATS!!! You are going to be a rockstar mom.

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611 Christena September 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I’m so happy for you & Matt. Mazen is so cute and has an awesome name! I love it – especially the nickname “Maze.” Between your Twitter feed & blog updates, it has been a happy day for me (vicariously) keeping up with you guys!!

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612 M September 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Mazel Tov!!!

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613 Susan September 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I’ve always thought it is such a powerful miracle that a woman can deliver a new life into this world. It is such an amazing feat. You did it Kath! Congratulations to you and Matt on your handsome little fellow.

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614 Ky G September 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Oh my so sweet! Congratulations!

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615 Rosemary and Phyllis September 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Congratulations to all three of you from Rosemary and Phyllis, your new blogging friends at Real Health. Boys rock – between us, we’ve got 3 sons, 9 grandsons and even one great-grandson. Today is the beginning of a wonderful – and fun – chapter in your family life so enjoy all the special moments. And get as much rest as you can – you’ll need it!

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616 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Congrats you guys! He’s so adorable! :)

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617 Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm

He is absolutely beautiful!! Congratulations to both you and Matt :D

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618 Dee September 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Congratulations to you and Matt!! Mazen is adorable!! It has been great following your pregnancy and I was so excited to see your new baby boy!! All the best to you guys :)

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619 Tameeka September 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Congratulations on his safe arrival! He is a cutie and I must admit that your twitter feed was my entertainment for the day (in Australia!) as i am sure it was for many others hehe! Enjoy your first shower and this special time and pray for a quick and smooth recovery for you Kath.

:)

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620 Priscilla September 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm

YAY!!! So, so glad for you guys. Can’t stop smiling now :D Hope you get enough rest!!!

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621 Suzanne C. September 7, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Congrats! He shares my birthday, though I was actually born on labor day ;) It is great to have your birthday near a 3 day weekend! Hope you can get some rest!

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622 Angela G. September 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Oh Kath, he is absolutely beautiful! Congrats to you and Matt and thanks for sharing your birth story, I enjoyed it. Happy Birthday Mazen! So very happy for you and your sweet little family! :)

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623 amandarunsny September 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm

congrats!

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624 Julie September 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm

What a handsome, healthy baby boy. Congrats to you and your new family of 3! I love Mazen’s name… it’s one I’ve never heard before! Its been fun to follow your pregnancy along on BERF (and KERF, too!). Congratulations, again!

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625 Maria Carolina September 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm

OMG!!!!!!!! That is so freaking exciting!!!!! He’s ADORABLE!! You and Matt are gonna be great parents! Good luck and congrats!

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626 Robin Calitri September 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Happy birthday, Mazen! And congratulations, Kath, on the hardest and most beautiful work ever. Your descriptn of birthing is so honest and real. I’m thankful for that. I’ve been checking your site like crazy, and got so busy at work today that I only just now saw the news! HE IS BEAUTIFUL, and so are you. I am so happy for you and Matt– and for your son as he is so blessed to have you as parents. Thank you for sharing a beautiful pregnancy blog as well. Enjoy your new family and be happy always. You are a special woman.

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627 caronae September 7, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Congratulations! What a beautiful, calm, sweet looking baby with a beautiful name. I am sure you are all bursting with joy!

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628 Alison September 7, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Congratulations! Get a lot of sleep and I’ll have a beer for you tonight!

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629 Kirby September 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm

CONGRATS! So happy for you and your family.

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630 Fatima September 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Happy Birthday Mazen! Congratulations to you and matt, he is a just adorable :)

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631 Jenn September 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm

How exciting for you & your family. Congratulations. Mazen is adorable and love his name!

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632 Jane September 7, 2012 at 6:39 pm

What an absolutely adorable baby — congratulations!!! The son of a celebrity blogger deserves an unusual, original celebrity-type name!

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633 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious September 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Congrats on Mazen and your bravery! God Bless your family. I love the name, you are amazen! Congrats again!

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634 NurseJulie September 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Beautiful boy! Congrats!

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635 Cally September 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Congratulations Kath and Matt!

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636 lauren @ the talking kitchen September 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Awesome name! He is beautiful! Congrats to you and Matt!

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637 Christine September 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

You will have a million comments and not sure if you will make it to mine, but I’ll add to the rest in saying my utmost congratulations! What a beautiful baby, and cool name. Get some rest (in the next 15 years!).
Yay!

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638 Kate September 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

My daughter’s name is Maizey! Nickname…Maze! Great name….

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639 Lynne September 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Congratulations! What an awesome name ;) So glad all are happy and well!!!

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640 Ellie September 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Congratulations! What a cute baby! Regarding the name – did you consider using a nickname for the blog? I have to say did wonder at first as I thought it sounded unusual, but I see it’s actually an existing name. The Duke connection is really nice too!

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641 Kate September 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm

The baby’s so cute…congrats and all, but I for one am dying to know what you ATE today and yesterday. Please keep us in the loop!!!!

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642 Hope September 7, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I don’t have a twitter account so I can’t comment there but I just need to say how beautiful you look! It does not look like you gave birth just hours ago! Matt certainly is a lucky dude. :)

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643 Deborah September 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Huge congrats to the whole big family! Enjoy all these precious moments. The store was in one piece today… kinda! No really, do the family thing and come on back eventually.
xo

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644 Bridget Johnson September 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Congratulations to a fellow Duke alum! He is a sweetie!

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645 Peace September 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm

He’s beautiful. I am a wall flower follower but wanted you to know I am so happy for you and your husband. Many blessings!!! Welcome home little one.

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646 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 7, 2012 at 7:24 pm

He is absolutely adorable! Congrats to you both and Happy Birthday Mazen!

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647 Alina @ Keep Smiling and Love Life September 7, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I am so happy for you Kath! I hope you are well and can’t wait to hear from you soon<3 God bless!

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648 lynn @ the actor's diet September 7, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Mazen – what a wonderful name! I’m so impressed you’re still blogging, but then again, I was blogging through my father’s funeral…life, death, keep it going and sharing! Congrats to you and Matt and the rest of your family. xoxox

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649 Leila @ Spinach and Skittles September 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Oh my Kath, congrats! I was anxiously checking twitter all night for updates! Love the name! :)

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650 Karen H September 7, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. Enjoy this special time!

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651 Kerry September 7, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Congratulations! I’m so happy for both of you! Mazen is absolutely beautiful, and I love his name too!

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652 Sahira September 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Congratulations!!! I have been peeping in on your blog daily to see if any updates and when I saw this post I got chills. He is beautiful and such a cute name!

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653 Amanda Plyler September 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm

OMG! So happy for you:)

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654 Mom September 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm

My first grandma official grandma report: Mazen is precious!

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655 Janna September 8, 2012 at 12:18 am

Yay Grandma (or whatever nickname you’ve chosen)!!

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656 Katherine September 7, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Congratulations! Mazen is adorable. Thanks for letting me stop by today! Looking forward to snuggling that little man soon. :)

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657 Marissa@ohhhsolovely September 7, 2012 at 8:09 pm

he is a precious little boy! congrats to you and matt & i’m so happy you were able to have the drug free birth you hoped for! get some rest, if ya can!

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658 Kristen @ The Balanced Bowl September 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Congratulations!!!! What a perfect little boy with a beautiful name to match his beautiful face. Wishing you all the very best. Can’t wait to see more photos. :)

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659 susan September 7, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Awwwww – Congrats to all of you! Yes, nothing like holding your brand new baby to help get over the labor/delivery! Get lots of rest! You and Matt look tired. A new journey and happy for you!

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660 Nancy September 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm

He is just beautiful – congratulations mom and dad! You did it! Now starts the really fun rollercoaster :-) I woke up at 3:39 this morning and had to check twitter to see what progress you made overnight! I’m in awe of your accomplishment of creating the birth experience you wanted. Can’t wait to read more about it and follow you virtually as little Mazen grows up!

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661 Karlee September 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm

congrats!! love the unique name, enjoy!

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662 Shana September 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Congratulations to a beautiful family! Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

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663 Rachel Farge-Mills September 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Wow, so happy baby Mazen is here, healthy and adorable. I am so happy you made it safely through labor. I remember being so happy to finally have my baby out and in the world. Mazen is so adorable in the pictures. My son is 18 mo now, but reading your blog brings back memories. I am also glad nursing is going well so far for you, that can be tricky for some babies at first.

Take care of yourself and try to get some rest. You are an amazing person and mama now. Welcome to the new mom club, it is amazing. You are inspiring.

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664 SkinnyRunner September 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm

congratulations!! i love that name that you guys chose, adorable.
and i am in awe of any woman who goes through labor. omg.

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665 Sarah B September 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Congratulations :-)

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666 Alyssa September 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Congratulations Kath and Matt! Mazen is absolutely precious! I am a long time KERF reader but have never commented and wanted to take this special day to say hello and CONGRATULATIONS! Best wishes as you begin your life as a family of three!

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667 Kate September 7, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Congrats! Welcome to the world Mazen Duke! You are one lucky boy!

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668 Brittany September 7, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I’m so happy your little guy is here.

Congrats to you and Matt. He’s perfect!

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669 Mandi September 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Congratulations!

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670 Wendy Foo September 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Congrats! Maze is so handsome and you’re going to be an inspiring mom. All the best wishes to you!

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671 Marcia September 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I just want to say congrats. I’ve been going back and reading your babyKERF updates, and I want to commend you on deciding to not circ your son. I personally feel it is inhumane.

Seriously most European men aren’t circumcised, leave the little boys alone!

I have two noncircd boys, including one 2 month old infant.

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672 Jo Williams September 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Congratulations beautiful family! Glad to meet Mazen!

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673 Tammy September 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Congratulations, Kath! It is such an exciting, beautiful time. He is precious.

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674 Amy September 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Just wanted to say, you still have that motherly glow even after the fact. You guys look so excited and so blissfully happy. He’s precious. Congratulations to your whole family!

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675 jamie September 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Hi Kath,
I just wanted to say congratulations! I am a long time reader of your blog (and fellow RD) but have never commented. Mazen is beautiful (love the name!)- so happy for your family and glad that everyone is doing well. Enjoy every minute!

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676 Sarah September 7, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Congratulations!! He is so beautiful! I’m so happy for you both!

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677 sarah September 7, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Wow. Wow. Wow. What a beautiful boy. And such a lucky guy to be born to two such amazing parents.

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678 Jonna Green September 7, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Congratulations to all of you!

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679 Tammy September 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Absolutely beautiful!! Congratulations for you and your whole family.

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680 brandee September 7, 2012 at 10:14 pm

congratulations! so excited for you guys. enjoy your time as a new family!

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681 Tina September 7, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Congratulations! I kept thinking of you, and hoping it went well.

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682 KathyZS September 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Congratulations!! Sleep, nurse, change pants, repeat and most of all, bask in the MIRACLE of a baby. I was always in such awe of the miracle of a baby!!!

Now your story truly begins!!!

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683 karyn September 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Genius name! Love it. Congrats.

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684 Morgan September 7, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Congratulations, Kath and Matt! Mazen is beautiful. I’m so happy for all three of you!

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685 ClaireroseC September 7, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Yay!!!! Congrats and God bless:-)

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686 Katie Mc September 7, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Congratulations !!!! He is beautiful. You have a beautiful family and I wish you all the best. You and Matt will be great parents!

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687 Zijill September 7, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Congratulations to you and your family! Welcome to this world little one!

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688 Fran September 7, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Congratulations to you and Matt! Mazen is adorable. I have been enjoying your blog for many months now, but have never commented before. I was so excited to find out that Mazen was born on September 7. That is my birthday, too. And if he would have been born on August 31 that would have been neat, too. August 31 was my parents’ anniversary. Anyway, congratulations again, and have fun with your husband and new son!

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689 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 7, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Congrats Kath and Matt! I just got off from work about an hour ago, and the first thing I did was check your website on my iPhone and lo and behold, he had arrived! So impressed that you got this post up so quick :) But glad, because now we can all see Mazen for ourselves. Yay!

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690 Carly @ Snack Therapy September 8, 2012 at 12:24 am

He is SO beautiful. Congratulations to you both.

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691 Julia September 8, 2012 at 12:28 am

CONGRATULATIONS, KATH! You make the most beautiful family. I’m so happy to be able to witness this wonderful event via your blog, all the best!

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692 RR September 8, 2012 at 1:01 am

Mabrouk le teflick el jdeed!

Congrats on a gorgeous baby boy!
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693 Jun September 8, 2012 at 1:03 am

Firstly, congratulations- such a delightful news! Secondly, what a unique name- what brings you to come up with Mazen? Thirdly, did he came to the world earlier than you expected?

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694 barrett September 8, 2012 at 1:33 am

congrats kerf!!!

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695 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth September 8, 2012 at 2:32 am

Yippee, he’s here :-) CONGRATULATIONS from England to you all. Welcome to the world Mazen and welcome to the wonderful and amazing world or parenthood Kath and Matt

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696 Rachel September 8, 2012 at 2:56 am

What a beautiful boy, congratulations to you both!

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697 Rosa September 8, 2012 at 2:58 am

Oh my gosh he looks so super cute!!!
Congrats to ur wonderful boy. And all my respect for giving drug-free birth.
I am so happy for the three of u!
Love from Germany!

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698 Robin September 8, 2012 at 3:40 am

Congratulations! What a beautiful baby!

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699 Serena September 8, 2012 at 4:15 am

Congratulations Kath & Matt; what a little smasher he is! :) xxx

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700 Lynda September 8, 2012 at 5:11 am

Congratulations!!! The pictures are beautiful and the love you share shines through. Welcome to the world Mazen. How lucky you are to have such wonderful parents:)

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701 Amy September 8, 2012 at 5:27 am

Dear Kath, Matt, and Mazen,
I am a long time reader, but not commenter, and I have been following your wonderful pregnancy journey from the first announcement. Congratulations to you all, and welcome to the KERF family little Mazen.
This is just the start of a whole new chapter in your life as a family.
:) Amy

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702 Karen September 8, 2012 at 5:52 am

Congratulations! He is absolutely beautiful. :) And how cool that you chose an Arabic name for your son.

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703 cathy@1970kikiproject September 8, 2012 at 5:55 am

what wonderful news! all the best to you all, now and in the future.

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704 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy September 8, 2012 at 6:04 am

Congratulations! I love the name too :)

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705 Pam September 8, 2012 at 6:46 am

Congrats!!! What a beautiful little boy :)
You are incredible for having a drug free birth, I don’t know if I am capable of the same, but will certainly try when the time comes.
Thank you for sharing and hope you can get some rest now and head home soon.
So happy for you and your family!!

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706 Robyn September 8, 2012 at 6:47 am

Best wishes on the new addition to your family! Peace, happiness and health!

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707 Kayla September 8, 2012 at 6:54 am

SO incredibly happy for you guys!! i am in utter shock that you gave birth drug-free! huge, huge, huge props to you!! can’t wait to follow this little guys journey with you both! :)

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708 Christina September 8, 2012 at 7:09 am

Oh, no! It looks like my congratulatory comment was deleted.

Congratulations! My husband and I just named our youngest Mazen. It’s a beautiful, traditional, popular name in the Middle East. Is Matt part Middle Eastern?

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709 Kerry M. September 8, 2012 at 7:32 am

So happy for you Mama!

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710 Amy September 8, 2012 at 7:42 am

Congratulations!!!! Children are one of the best blessing from God. One word of advice, they grow up fast, so enjoy ever little moment.

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711 Danica @ It's Progression September 8, 2012 at 7:43 am

Congratulations!!! He’s so handsome. Happy Birthday, Mazen!

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712 Ma Fea September 8, 2012 at 7:54 am

Much happiness to you all. Life will never be the same, in all the best ways.

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713 Robin September 8, 2012 at 7:55 am

I looked over the photos again and again! So happy for all of you…babies are such a blessing! Enjoy every moment of this special time! Congratulations!

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714 Kay September 8, 2012 at 8:06 am

Beautiful baby! And such a distinguished, substantial sounding name. Love the whole ring (you know what I mean) of it. Congratulations!

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715 Katie September 8, 2012 at 8:07 am

He looks like your grandmother!!

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716 Spice Chicken September 8, 2012 at 8:21 am

Welcome, baby! Reading about your pregnancy and preparation for childbirth has made me think more than once, “She’s getting ready for the Ironman.” It sounds like all that training paid off. Good for you!

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717 Jenica September 8, 2012 at 8:22 am

Amazing! Congratulations! He is so so beautiful.

My mom had natural child births for all three of us. When I was little I asked her if it hurt and she said no, she was too happy to feel pain. When I reminded her of that as an adult, she said “Are you kidding? It hurt like hell.” Good for you for being able to go through it!

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718 Rosie September 8, 2012 at 8:35 am

Just beautiful! So happy for you both!

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719 Barb @ FL Mom's Blog September 8, 2012 at 8:57 am

Congrats, Kath and Matt! Happy birthday, Mazen!

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720 Chelsea September 8, 2012 at 9:21 am

Congrats!!!! Good job mama!! Try to rest, I know it’s hard but you need it! :)

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721 Anna September 8, 2012 at 9:34 am

Congrats on the safe arrival of your precious baby boy! Even though I’m not expecting or a mother (hopefully will be one day), I have enjoyed reading about your experiences from KERF and BERF. Thanks for being so open and honest! Blessings to you and your family! -Anna

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722 Cacmuffin September 8, 2012 at 9:53 am

He is sooo adorable! Congrats so happy for you guys!

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723 Sarah Louise September 8, 2012 at 11:46 am

So, so happy for you guys!!! Congratulations! I am 33 weeks pregnant and it seems like everyone is having babies right now, and I am having so much fun reading all the stories! I am hoping for a drug-free birth too, but I will be using self-hypnosis (Hypnobabies) to help me through all the rough stuff.

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724 jessica kiehn September 8, 2012 at 11:48 am

HOORAY! I have been checking and checking to see when the little guy made his big debut. I don’t know you in real life, but I am SO PROUD of you for doing it all-natural. I just had our second 5 weeks ago at home, with obviously no drugs, and you are right…it is excruciatingly painful. But guess what? You really forget about it. For like a week, I felt like I had seen war and I was still in shock because of the pain. I had our first with pitocin and epidural, the whole works. We chose to do all natural with the second and let me tell you…doing it naturally makes the recovery A THOUSAND TIMES better! You will feel amazing in no time. Like – a few days. It’s so awesome. Be sure and take lots and lots of Arnica, I swear that’s what helped my recovery be so speedy.

He’s perfect! You did it!!!!

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725 jessica kiehn September 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm

oh, I guess I should clarify. Homeopathic arnica that you put under your tongue, not a topical cream. Or you could get Birth Heal, which is loaded with arnica. Either way, happy healing!

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726 Alison September 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Congratulations!!!

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727 Stepha September 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Congrats to you both. What a beautiful baby, I love the name as well :)

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728 Grace (My Spare Oom) September 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Congratulations, Kath and Matt!!!!!!! He is so beautiful!! Happy happy day. :)

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729 Laura September 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I didn’t know you were married at Duke (saw your response to a comment above). That’s so cool! I am an undergrad at Duke and would love to see some photos! Did you ever do a wedding recap?

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730 Laura September 8, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Also congratulations and best wishes :)

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731 KathEats September 8, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Yes, we had our reception at the Duke Gardens. Here’s a post with wedding recaps: http://www.katheats.com/love-over-food

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732 Katie Garth September 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Oh, fun! After following your progress, it turned out that our little guys arrived on the same day! Hello, sweet Mazen!! Our little buddy (Isaac) didn’t roll in until 11:57….just barely made it in before the end of the day (his due date, too!). I’m so excited to watch Mazen grow! He’s absolutely precious! Way to go, natural momma! I’m proud of you.

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733 KathEats September 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Aww how fun! Congrats to you! Hope you’re feeling well!

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734 Stephanie September 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Congratulations!! He is so precious! Great name too!

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735 Marianne September 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Congrats on the beautiful new bundle of joy! He is just precious! (Duh! Did we expect anything else!) All the best to you and your little family!

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736 Brittany September 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Congratulations! I am so glad you got to do you birth the way you wanted! I was in the same boat, totally unsure I would EVER want to do that again because wow, that was the toughest thing I’d ever done. But it honestly does change over time. No, I didn’t forget that it hurt at all but I know that it was the absolute best experience and so worth that brief period of discomfort. :)

Had you asked me if I would do it all again immediately after and up until about three months after the birth of my daughter I would have said heck no! But now, at almost 7 months postpartum I am honestly very excited for the next time around, drug free and all. :) I am very interested, now that I know what to expect, to see how I handle things the second time through.

Again, congratulations mama! Enjoy your little guy and savor every moment! Being a mom is seriously the best thing ever!

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737 luv what you do September 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Congratulations on your newest addition!
What an exciting day for all of you. I love his name…I hope you’ll share how you guys decided on such a cute moniker!

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738 Libby September 9, 2012 at 4:02 am

Congratulations! His is adorable and I LOVE his name!! :)

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739 Amy @ changing the now September 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Congratulations Kath and Matt!!! Your little boy is beautiful… I actually kept waking up during the night in the UK just to check twitter to see if he had arrived the night you were in labour! It made me relive having my little boy 11 months ago. Hope you are healing nicely… i remember the sitting down part after giving birth… ouch!!! Little tip, put a tiny bit of tea tree oil in your bath water, it helps with the healing.

Welcome to motherhood… you are going to love it! x

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740 Susan September 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Congratulations on the birth of Mazel! He is so sweet.

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741 sherri September 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm

congratulations on the borth of your beautiful son! best wishes to you all.

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742 sherri September 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm

*birth* i’m just so excited :)

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743 Michelle September 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm

He is a cute baby boy! I am so happy for you both! May your lifes be for ever blessed:)

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744 Theodora September 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Congrats!!! Glad you’re all doing well.

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745 Sandra September 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Congrats Kath and Matt, a beautiful baby boy.

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746 Cherida Berangka September 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Oh…that so cute baby boy. and cute name also

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747 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance September 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Congrats!!! He is beautiful!!

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748 Patty September 11, 2012 at 9:35 am

Inappropriate tears at my desk while reading this post. Congrats!!

Can’t wait to hear about oatmeal breakfasts with your new little man!

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749 Denise September 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Welcome little Mazen. Congratulations to the new Mom and Dad. You are in for a wonderful adventure. Enjoy the ride! As the parent of 19- and 22-year-old daughters, your pregnancy and labor brings me back to the days when they were born. My second birth was drug free like yours and I remember much less of it than the birth of the first daughter –too much effort concentrating to keep it all together to be aware of anything else going on! xo

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750 Denise September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm

*too much effort concentrating on keeping it all together to be aware of anything else!

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751 zestycook September 13, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Congratulations on a beautiful son! So Happy for you guys.

zest

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