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Four Chairs.

Our kitchen table has four chairs, and for several years, we had our family of three at the table for four.  But three chairs filled felt right at the time.

Except when it didn’t.  A few years ago, that fourth chair became this thing for me, like it should have A Person for it.  There was a feeling that someone was missing nagged me through many breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.  Someone was supposed to be there.  I had no idea who, but I knew someone was missing from our lives.

The empty chair started to hurt to look at, especially during the years of negotiating infertility.

But last week … on August 23, after two years of trying for a baby, after 38 weeks and two days of pregnancy, after staring at that fourth chair for all of those days and wondering if anyone would ever claim it, we finally found Our Person to fill the seat.

(His bum is very tiny at the moment, but he’ll grow into the chair eventually.)

Welcome to the world, my sweetest little boy.  We love you in ways and for reasons too numerous to count.

38 Comments Post a comment
  1. Cate #

    Love! Love! Love!

    08/29/16; 10:20 pm
  2. Vicki #

    Welcome baby Sparl. You are so handsome! You came into this world with more friends than you could ever imagine. There were prayers, well wishes, tears, celebrations, and excitement from people you will never meet. Somehow we feel like we know you already. You have an amazing Mom and Dad, who love you more than you know. You have THE coolest sister ever. Can’t wait to hear your stories. Thank you for making the Sparl family (table) complete.

    08/29/16; 10:42 pm
  3. Congrats, to the Sparling Clan!

    08/30/16; 12:29 am
  4. Congrats and best wishes to all of you. He shares a birthday with my aunt and grandmother. Lots of love to you.

    08/30/16; 1:53 am
  5. Phillip #

    Congrats to all of you!

    08/30/16; 4:14 am
  6. so sweet. He is beautiful 🙂 <3

    08/30/16; 6:20 am
  7. Reyna #

    Awww! Congrats!!!

    08/30/16; 6:30 am
  8. kim #

    congratulations! he sure is a cutie pie!

    08/30/16; 6:44 am
  9. Laurie Stewart Mai RN, CDE #

    Oh my!! Congratulations! He is a love!

    08/30/16; 7:47 am
  10. Jane #

    He is beautiful! Congratulations! <3

    08/30/16; 8:54 am
  11. Erin McGrath #

    Congratulations! He is very loved.

    08/30/16; 9:33 am
  12. Lisa #

    All that hair, what a cutie – Congratulations!

    08/30/16; 11:43 am
  13. Dan #

    Hi Kerri,

    Sending thanks and blessings for a successful delivery with a healthy mother and baby boy.


    08/30/16; 12:09 pm
  14. Martha #

    We’ve never met, but based on his (and your!) photo, he looks a lot like you. As he should, because you worked hard to keep him healthy. I know it’s petty but when people say my boys look my husband, a part of me wants to scratch their eyes out because while I love my husband dearly, only one of us carried off the whole diabetic pregnancy thing.

    Big congratulations to you and I hope you enjoy every minute of the adventure ahead!

    08/30/16; 1:00 pm
  15. Ria #

    Look at that gorgeousness !!!

    08/30/16; 4:39 pm
  16. Congratulations. So very cute.

    08/30/16; 4:43 pm
  17. CONGRATS HOW GORGEOUS (your tiny little baby, your family, and this piece)

    08/30/16; 7:52 pm
  18. Nell #

    He’s adorable. Congrats to y’all.

    08/30/16; 8:01 pm
  19. Sharon #

    Wow—beautiful—Congratulations to Mom and Dad and BIG sister!

    08/30/16; 8:02 pm
  20. Oh wow, what a handsome face! Congratulations to you all!

    08/30/16; 8:40 pm
  21. karend1 #

    Beautiful and the writing about it gave me goosebumps

    08/30/16; 8:45 pm
  22. Sandy Brooks #

    So very precious!!!! & what a handsome little guy!!!! Congratulations & wishing u all the love and joy that come w raising children!!! & can i mention, u ROCKED ur preganancy all 38 wks and 2 days of it!! U go girl!!!! HUGS!!!!

    08/30/16; 9:12 pm
  23. So cute!

    08/30/16; 10:06 pm
  24. Congratulations!! What a beautiful baby boy – such a special being! Thank you for sharing him and your story with us all.

    08/30/16; 10:14 pm
  25. Congratulations, he is a beautiful boy.

    08/30/16; 10:26 pm
  26. Tim Steienrt #

    Congratulations! So happy for you and your family. It looks like he’s gonna need a haircut pretty soon!

    08/30/16; 10:51 pm
  27. Adrianna #

    Such a sweet “boyby” — and all that hair!
    BTW – I’m with Martha; my two boys (grown now) had their dad’s chocolate drop dark eyes, and the older one especially looked like his Hispanic daddy (I’m blond) so I often heard, “He looks like his dad.” I wanted to say, “Yes, and I did all the work of carrying him, having a C-section….”

    08/31/16; 12:17 am
  28. Jade #

    Long time reader and occasional commenter on the blog here. I just have to say he looks so precious and peaceful <3 What a blessing! Congrats on the addition to your family.

    08/31/16; 12:40 am
  29. Andrea Conners #

    Congratulations to the whole family! He’s absolutely gorgeous.

    08/31/16; 8:07 am
  30. And **crack** the Internet just broke. The cuteness.
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    P.S. I thought the cats had decided chair #4 was theirs? 😉

    08/31/16; 9:02 am
  31. Ana #

    Congrats!!! He’s soooo cute!

    08/31/16; 9:47 am
  32. Liz #

    Perfect in every way!! Congrats to you and your family!

    08/31/16; 12:23 pm
  33. Hayley W #

    Congratulations! I know how much work, worry and worry-work…and love and hope goes into managing T1 diabetes and pregnancy. Enjoy your little ones.

    09/1/16; 9:37 am
  34. Jessica #

    Many congratulations to you and your whole family, Kerri. The work you do for the DOC is so important, and I know that all of us who love SixUntilMe are thrilled about your healthy, handsome new addition.

    09/1/16; 6:28 pm
  35. Congratulations!! He is so beautiful!

    09/1/16; 6:30 pm
  36. Sandy T #

    Congratulations! So happy for you!

    09/5/16; 4:35 pm
  37. Alyne Ricker #

    What a beautiful baby! Congratulations Kerri and Chris. And yes, sleep will come.

    10/2/16; 6:01 pm

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