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Hancock's have their 3rd grandkid!!!! (Picture Update)

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The Hancocks are grandparents a third time!!!!  [I believe it is the Gustafson's first grandchild---so a special milestone congratulations to them!]
Tim and Rhea Gustafson are the proud new parents of a 8 lb 7 oz, baby girl, "Elin Sierra Gustafson," born March 30th, 2012 at Scottsdale Healthcare Hosp. (90th & Shea). Baby Elin is perfect.

Unfortunately Rhea suffered a massive life threatening hemorrhage during an especially long labor and almost died.  She is recovering in ICU now and though weak expected to be fine. 

As you can imagine, both families have been up for about 48 hours and are pretty out of it.  This may have some consequences for the Freedom's Phoenix Magazine which would normally have been published this Friday.  It's release may be delayed up to a week.  If the authors submitting articles wanted to help out, getting the articles finished up and emailed soon would be a big help to the Hancock's.  

(Update: we're pushing the publication date back a week {12am April14th} and making this a double issue (Environmentalism & Native American Sovereignty from a libertarian perspective)

(Update from Ernie 1:15am Sunday the April 1st)

Donna and I just got back from 2 days of an emotional roller coaster ride with our family.

I'll share the details Monday on the radio show but the bottom line was that we were very scared for quite some time. Very long labor, small mother, large child lots of ripping and hemorrhaging from lots of places very quickly and Rhea lost over half of her blood very quickly. Nine nurses and doctors became one machine in one room to save my daughter's life.

Our family friend Gwen gave us as much of a natural birth experience as was possible for over 30 hours until modern medicine was needed (Thank you Gwen).

The doctors and nurses were very supportive of this but asserted themselves when needed. Both Tim and Rhea were very receptive to information and made sound decisions. Donna (Rhea's mother) and Tim's mother Sandy were in the birthing room the whole time while Sierra and I waited. We could hear and see from peaking through a partially open door that the baby was born at 1:43pm Friday the 30th of March 2012 (the young adults in our family often tag their text messages "143" - 1 = I, 4 = Love {4 letters} & 3 = You {3 letters} --- 143 = "I Love You".

But it would be 40 minutes before the mothers could get on the other side of the activity to tell us what was happening. After the initial stopping of the bleeding it began again (or never stopped) and gushed. Sierra was very scared by the appearance of her colorless sister and now all of our family has a much greater appreciation of each other and the fragility of life. Over 11 pints of blood later Rhea was fine and was finally reunited with her perfect daughter this evening.

The baby went to ICU as a precaution for infection due to the long birth process of over a day without the protection of the birth sack (her water broke the day before and the baby's white blood cell count was high).

I've been around lots of baby's, but this 8lb 7oz baby is tracking voices,eating a lot and holding her head up more than most month old babies I've experienced... and very very pretty. Elin Sierra Gustafson... welcome to our family.

Your family will remember your arrival vividly.

Rhea, Tim & Elin will remain in the hospital until at least Tuesday but all is well now.

Peace & LOV3 from the Hancocks and Gustafsons

Rhea... before

It Begins (Tim & Rhea - Gwen 'Doula')

Tim's Mom Sandy - Donna - Rhea & Tim

Brother Corsair and Nephew Corsair

Lit'l Corsair's big Sister Kaylee

Just Born 'Elin Sierra Gustafson'

+30 hrs. - All is well

Rhea's Family
Sister-in-Law Laura (mother of Kaylee and Corsair +one more due in August) - Brother Corsair - Husband Tim - Sister Sierra - Mom Donna - Brother Forest - Sierra's Boyfriend and part of the family George - Ernie - Rhea and Elin

Elin with daddy...

7 Comments in Response to

Comment by James Babb
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Wow! I'm glad things worked out. Thanks for sharing and congrats!

Comment by Joe Tittiger
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Thanks for sharing such a personal moment Hancocks. 

God Speed.

Comment by Ronald Bogner
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Congratulations!! I sincerely hope and pray that our health care professionals continue to be able to provide this kind of quality care. 

Comment by Christopher Campbell
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amor vincit omnia

Comment by Michele Power
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may you all be surrounded with love and light in this joyous yet challenging time. many wishes for a speedy recovery. let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

Comment by Tyger Gilbert
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Here's wishing the very best to everyone in the families, and particularly to Rhea with hopes for a complete and speedy recovery!

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Congratulations to Tim and Rhea.  I hope everyone recovers quickly.  

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