With Great Joy We Introduce to you our Son!

Since we found out we were expecting last Spring, we have highly anticipated the birth of our baby boy! Gunner Elwood Gustafson came into our world on November 11, 2013 at 6:25am (local Bangkok time), weighing in at 6.7 pounds and measuring at 19.3 inches. We named him Gunner(pronounced “GUN-UR”), which means “battle strong, bold warrior,” as a tribute to Garth’s Swedish heritage and roots. His middle name is in honor of Garth’s late grandpa “Woody”(Nancy’s father) who has in many ways influenced and impacted our lives, especially Garth’s.

Like his older sister Lyla, Gunner arrived into the world earlier than his due date, 3 weeks early! We arrived at our hospital here in Bangkok at 5 AM in the morning, and he made his grand debut at 6:25 AM. We were relieved we went to the hospital at the time we did, or else we may have had Gunner at the apartment we are staying at or in the taxi!!!  Lyla was still sleeping when we left our apartment, so we had a YWAM friend come watch her while we were gone, which was so helpful.

Here are some pictures that capture the beautiful delivery of our son Gunner:

After getting checked in, the wonderful nurses needed to monitor Caroline's contractions and check her's and baby's vitals.

After getting checked in, the wonderful nurses and midwives needed to monitor Caroline’s contractions and check her’s and baby’s vitals.

BEST LABOR COACH I(Caroline) could ask for! I couldn't have done this without the support and prayers of Garth, as he supported me every step of the way. Thanks babe!

BEST LABOR COACH that I(Caroline) could ask for! I couldn’t have done this without the support and prayers of Garth, as he supported me every step of the way. THANKS BABE!!!

 

Laboring in the water tub and soon after Gunner was born into the water

Laboring in the water tub and soon after Gunner was born into the water

Holding our son for the first time!

Holding our son for the first time!

One really cool detail of Gunner’s birth was we had worship music continuing to play during the labor. He came out while the worship song “Hallelujah(Our God Reigns)” was playing the background. The lyrics are very simple and go like this: “Hallelujah, hallelujah, our God reigns.” So thankful he came into this world, as we were all worshipping Jesus in that joyous moment and thankful for our HOPE in our LORD God that REIGNS.

The Gustafson family of 4!

The Gustafson family of 4!

God has been so gracious with us and we feel so blessed and privileged to have Gunner as a part of our family! Thank you for your support, thoughts, and prayers for our family of 4 in this time of bonding and transition.

Prayer Requests:

1)For health and recovery for both Gunner and Caroline

2) For us to be able to get Gunner’s passport and paperwork as soon as possible, so we can get settled back into life at home in Battambang, Cambodia

3) For us to have wisdom in being parents to two little ones

4) For Lyla to transition well into being a big sister

THANK YOU EVERYONE for showering us with prayers, gifts and support in this special time for our family! We feel incredibly blessed with through your love and thoughts.

THANK YOU EVERYONE for showering us with prayers, gifts and support in this special time for our family! We feel incredibly blessed through your love and thoughts.

 

 

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