Wednesday, March 17, 2010

March 2010: Felicity: Great happiness; Bliss; Joy

We are so blessed to welcome
Felicity Gail Johnson
to our family.
The timing of her birth was a true triumph and testment of God's love for me despite all of the anxiety I had had over the timing of her arrival during Mike's absense for a 2 week training. It was just the perfect time for Mike to make it, along with my mother and sisters. This delivery was the most difficult of mine so I was grateful for the continued encouragement they gave me throughout. What a feeling of complete joy as you hold your newborn baby in your arms for the first time! There is nothing else that can compete with that feeling - one of awe, one of humility, one of sweetness - in this world.

Felicity arrived to us at 6:52 pm on Friday March 12, 2010 weighing 7 lbs 9 oz and 18 inches short:-) I was amazed that she was born with hair. So fun. She is a sweet natured baby and is adored by all, in particular her doting 3 big brothers. Poor Eyan has been sick and has been so anxious to be able to hold her hand. The boys were able to briefly come see her in the hospital and they just lit up when they saw her, especially Tate. He immediately climbed up on my lap next to the baby and asked me if he could sing her a song. He sang her "Rock A Bye Baby"; it was so sweet.

A bit about her name. I have loved the name Felicity since I was 10 years old. Recently I came across my childhood journal and found an entry I had made saying that I would like to name my daughter Felicity. It was fun to read. The name has stayed with me all these years. I love its meaning: great happiness; bliss; joy. The name to me carries a sense of sophistication, femininity, and strength. Of course being me, I still needed to wait until after she was born to decide if it fit her. I was undecided her first night after birth, but when I awoke that first morning (yes, she graciously slept for about a 3 hour stretch during that night), I saw her sweetly sleeping in the morning light and became clear to me that Felicity was the perfect name for her. We also decided to give her the middle name Gail after my wonderful mother-in-law. Middle names for us are for carrying on family names. Mike admires and loves his mother so much and thinks of her as a champion mother who raised 7 children so amazingly. We were happy to pass on such a great name.

Because Mike was leaving again Monday morning and baby and I were doing well, I chose to spend less than 24 hours in the hospital after her birth. {Of course 1 day in the hospital was all we needed to fit in her first Photo Shoot:-).} I was grateful to be home despite some health concerns which soon developed after I arrived. Here it is Day 5 and because of more Heavenly Hands I am continuing to be on the mend and baby Felicity is healthy and happy. Mike will be home again in 2 days and I am so looking forward to being home together as a complete family.


  1. Brianna

    She is beatiful!!! We are so happy for your family! I hope that all is going well for you now despite all the troubles!! Congrats!

  2. She's perfect, Briana! I'm so happy you named her Felicity; you've held onto that name for so long. I cannot wait to meet her and to see you again. I'll be back in SD at the end of April so we will make a date. Congratulations to you, Mike, Owen, Eyan, and Tate and so much love to you all. With love, Des

  3. Please let me know if there is anything I can do! Congratulations!

  4. Congratulations! She's beautiful! We hope everyone is well! We miss you all so much! Thanks for sharing the great pictures!

    All the best,
    Jared, Michelle, Michael, Elsa Remington

  5. Congratulations! Would love to hear more. We're long overdue for getting caught up on one another's lives. I spoke to Anne and she had her little boy two days before Felicity was born. All the best over the next days and weeks. Give me a call if you have a spare moment.

  6. she is exquisite... trully.
    yeah mamma.. yeah baby.

    I want to see her soon...


  7. She is so cute {and so are you after just giving birth}. I love her name. Congrats again!

  8. How precious!! I am so excited for you! Take care of yourself. Rest whenever you can. I used to say, "yea right" to that but it is really SUCH a great idea...when possible. I think she is a DOLL!!

  9. She is so beautiful (she fits in perfectly with the rest of your beautiful family). You look amazing. Im so happy you got a little girl and that everrything is going well.

  10. Briana,
    Congratulations! I am in tears reading your beautiful family story. You are such an inspiration to me. I wish we lived close enough for me to give you a big hug and see you children. Thank you for your testimony so easily shared with all of us. I hope you recover quickly and get all the sleep you want! And I love the name!!
    Love, Michelle R.

  11. so so so happy for you! she's amazing.

    i'm sorry we've been out of touch. the boys had rsv, and now they have conjunctivitis - they are in quarantine for a few more days. and from your fam - a few more days after that. but trust me, i'll be calling the day we are healthy.

    hope you're doing well! and remember, you said you'd share...i'm holding ya to it.

  12. Congratulations! Felicity is a wonderful name. I am so happy for you and your family! I loved reading your blog! Thanks for sharing. It looks like you have such a lovely family.

  13. She is gorgeous, and all that hair!! Glad all is well and Mike could be there! Love the pic of the boys-priceless!

  14. Congratulations on such a wonderful, sweet, beautiful little life to share! Hooray for you! You are amazing. Another strong Dix little lady in the world! Hope you and Mike and the boys and of course, Felicity are doing well and are all healthy. Love from the Oklahoma deMiks!

  15. Congrats to you and your family Briana! Finally a little girl. She will be cherished I'm sure! I love her name, Felicity. Much love, Natasha

  16. Your baby is beautiful!!! I love her chubby little cheeks! Obviously I'm a little behind on blog reading, but I just wanted to say congrats!!!

  17. Ahh! She is BEAUTIFUL! So glad you have a little girl amidst all those boys. Can't believe how much your family has grown! Best of luck with 4 and your new, little alarm clock.



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