The V5 have Arrived

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is our pleasure to announce that on the 3rd day of August, 2013, between the hours of 1:48 and 1:50pm, five beautiful new baby Vanderwalls came into the world. That’s right, it’s time to introduce you all to the V5!

First, is big brother Theodore Joseph – he was the first one out of the womb at 1:48 pm, weighing 2lb 14oz and measuring 14.5″. Upon being told by the nurse that he was the only boy, and had a life with four sisters to look forward to, he literally began screaming and kicking. It had everyone in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) laughing. I think he’s going to be a performer. I mean look at his picture, he’s already showing off his first public magic trick – making his feet glow.

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Second out of the womb at 1:49pm, was 2lb 7oz Isabella Marie, also measuring 14.5″. Sporting a full head of hair at only 29 weeks, like her brother Theo, she was our first precious daughter to take a breath of real air. Already living up to the meaning of her name “Bella,” she is incredibly beautiful. We’ve requested she be kept away from any other boys in the NICU. I already caught one of the other premie boys eyeing her up on the way in ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Born at the same time as Bella, 2lb 11oz, 14.6″ Lillian Grace entered the world with her mouth wide open. She let out a cute little scream then was whisked off to the NICU to join her brother and sister. Adorned in her little stitched hat, she’s certainly making a good case to be daddy’s favorite little girl. Unfortunately for her, this daddy is going to have four favorite little girls, not just one. Let’s not tell her just yet, though ๐Ÿ˜‰ She seems to really be enjoying her self-proclaimed title.

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One minute later, at 1:50pm, our third little girl, 2lb 5oz, 13″ Kali Mae, joined her siblings. Kali, who you’ll see already has a striking resemblance to her very handsome father, was a kicker and a screamer from the get-go; further establishing the aforementioned resemblance to her father.

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And last, but certainly not least, at 1:50pm Elliot Rose completed the V5’s arrival into the world. 2lb 6oz, 14.5″ Ellie was our little fighter, overcoming a couple weeks of very scary distress in the womb. She proved her tenacity once she exited as well. All of our little blessings performed admirably throughout their first day in the NICU, but it was Ellie who received the highest remarks, breathing all on her own with the least assistance from the NICU staff.

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I am also happy to announce that after a medically difficult 12 hours, following delivery, Cassie has turned the corner and is back on track for a swift, full recovery. She made it up the NICU today (Aug 4) and FINALLY got to see our babies for the first time!

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Thank you for all of your continued prayers, hugs, kisses, and well-wishes. We are humbled and most thankful for everyone’s support. Stay tuned for more updates.

Love you all!!!

Daddy V (and the rest of the V7)

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22 thoughts on “The V5 have Arrived

  1. Your 5 are adorable and precious. Congratulations on your wonderful babies!!! So glad that God has been faithful and that Cassie and the babies are doing well!!! Prayers will continue.

  2. Congrats all of you!!! I can’t wait to meet and greet all of you when you get back Iove you all and am so so so glad you are all good!!! Xoxox love always Liz!

  3. Ahh, they’re beautiful! Thanks for the pictures, Frank – we couldn’t wait to see those babies! Congratulations! Such an answer to prayer!

    Love, Hayley & Ryan

  4. So glad to hear the good news – congrats mama and papa! That’s a beautiful family you guys have. Wishing you all the best!

  5. Awesome – we are so amazed at how God is answering prayers in the V-7 story. So happy for you. We will keep praying for the whole family’s health. Look forward to hearing more updates and meeting them all!

  6. Those are all great stats!! They are as big as my kiddos were at 31 weeks– way to go Mama~!! Congrats and blessing to you all! From the Denny Quintuplets and family

  7. The babies look so incredibly healthy for their gestational age! I am so happy for the v7 and can’t wait to continue following their amazing story. Also, prepare for these babies to all become little magicians and make their whole bodies glow ๐Ÿ™‚ Preemies have a hard time metabolizing bilirubin which causes jaundice… I wouldn’t be surprised if they all ended up under some phototherapy lights pretty soon! but fear not, it’s totally normal in the preemie road of life.. Love you guys!

  8. Congrats you two – your babies are gorgeous!! We are so thrilled for you and your little miracles, and we cannot wait to meet them! We will continue to pray for you all!

  9. Congratulations to you both! I hope everyone stays healthy. A lot of good times are ahead for all of you. Enjoy…Remember to Breathe! Love, The Pedersens

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