I’d love to introduce you to my beautifully cuddly little daughter, Fern. 

After a couple of years of heartbreaking infertility my husband Phil & went through IVF to have our son Ben in 2017 (which you can read about here). That was super demanding emotionally for us both and physically really demanding for me (not so much for Phil, you can guess what minimal physical involvement he had to have! Haha). 

We were lucky enough to have some embryos frozen then, and the plan was to use one to try to have a sibling for Ben when the time felt right. Well, having Ben was itself really physically demanding as any parents reading know. And after nearly a year I was just beginning to think about when to book in with the clinic (and not much looking forward to the process). It was hard to decide the ‘perfect’ timing, as it felt really weird to be making the decision at all. 

When Ben was due to turn 1 we booked to go on holiday for a week to sunny Ibiza (no we didn’t go clubbing!! There’s actually really nice family-friendly parts to the island). Life felt like it was getting more manageable after the chaos of the first year. And as I’d just stopped breastfeeding I was enjoying the red wine.

But while we were there.. this happened:

Yes, that’s “pregnant” in Spanish!  We had to double check we’d translated that properly. No IVF.  It felt like a dream. And a miracle. And a total blessing (except for the fact that my red wine drinking had to stop!).  I’d heard of this happening to people before, but it was the sort of thing I thought happened to other people only.

The pregnancy itself felt horrible, much like the last one. I felt ill the whole time, with bad morning sickness followed by constant stuffy nose and frequent colds, gestational diabetes and an alarming racing pulse. I wasn’t surprised to read last week that pregnancy pushes us to the edge of our physical limits

But it’s been worth it and now, thank goodness, our family is complete (I CANNOT go through pregnancy again!). Ben’s adjusting to having his little sister around and looking forward to playing with her when she’s old enough. 

2 under 2 is FULL ON, and I need to work out how to fit more hours into the day, or how to exist on even less sleep so I can do some painting too! 

 

Photographs are by the wonderful baby whisperer Zelda Meyburgh.

228 Comments
  1. Debbie 4 months ago

    Well done she is gorgeous.best of luck to the three of you love Debbie xx

    • Reveille Kennedy 4 months ago

      Well, she is a miracle and you both look stunning! It IS a lot of work, but so worth it! The pitter patter of baby feet will happen all too soon!

    • Janet Fairbanks 4 months ago

      Enjoy your family! She is a living doll. Painting will wait!

    • Rashida jivanjee 3 months ago

      Congratulations,, she is very pretty, may GOD shower her with all the happiness.

  2. Tricia 4 months ago

    Anna little Fern is so adorable what lovely photos – ones to really treasure – take care of yourself – it’s such a precious time, they grow up so quickly !

  3. Marianne Thomas 4 months ago

    Congratulations! She’s absolutely gorgeous! and will be well worth all the struggles to get her (and Ben!) They’re so very precious, our children, aren’t they?
    Enjoy! Marianne xx

  4. Catherine 4 months ago

    Beautiful! Congratulations!!

  5. Glenys 4 months ago

    Congratulations Anna to you both she is so adorable and such a pretty name.
    I am sure that Ben will be anxiously awaiting playtime with his little sister. Love
    And best wishes to the four of you,

  6. Christine Dickinson 4 months ago

    Lovely gorgeous photos…such a little cutie. Congratulations and well done. Lovely to read your story. ❤️

    • Priscilla Mengyan 4 months ago

      Congrats Anna! She is a beautiful baby and I know (from having 3 kids close together!) that you’ll figure it out and be able to do whatever you want to! Enjoy her! ❤️

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        Anna Mason 4 months ago

        That’s very heartening, thanks Christine! X

  7. Sue Palmer 4 months ago

    Congratulations

  8. Ann 4 months ago

    A miracle baby surrounded by love she is adorable

    • Melinda Means 4 months ago

      She is BEAUTIFUL!!! Just like her Mom! Congratulations!! You sure you don’t want to do what I did and have four under five years old? You don’t have a life for about twenty years but they do grow up so, so fast!

      • Amanda Skull 4 months ago

        I had four under five as well – very hectic but I loved it1

      • Celeste Hurley 4 months ago

        Ditto, Melinda…………and before the days of disposable diapers and microwave ovens ! I loved it with all its challenges. They are now thriving adults to be proud of adding 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren (so far.) to wonderful family gatherings. Children are such a blessing.

  9. Sylvia Elsbury 4 months ago

    She looks so cuddly, Congratulations ! I am so pleased for you. You will soon get into a routine. Before you know it they will be painting with you, but in the meantime I hope we will see some paintings that you have done of your lovely children..

  10. Lynn Patten 4 months ago

    What a PERFECTLY beautiful baby & mother too, of course ! Enjoy every minute.

  11. Joanne Ambs 4 months ago

    Anna,

    Your precious daughter is beautiful…you truly have been blessed. Good luck with your very busy life! Hope you get in some painting time every once in a while.

    Hope to see a painting of baby Fern!

    Joanne

  12. Lily 4 months ago

    Congratulations Anna,baby Fern is beautiful! Wishing you and your lovely family lots of love, health and happiness.

  13. Annelies de Zeeuw 4 months ago

    Congratulations, hope you find time and energy to enjoy this time

    • Anna Antkowski Kraisler 4 months ago

      She probably has a nanny

  14. Annie Champagne 4 months ago

    OMG!! In the picture you send by email, she looks just like you!! Mini Anna!!!
    Congratulations.

  15. Nancy Maggard 4 months ago

    She’s adorable… you’re beautiful… relax into the new and enjoy the process of change. You’ve got this!!
    Congratulations!

  16. Vickie 4 months ago

    What a beautiful surprise; your family has been so truly blessed! Thank you for sharing your journey and those lovely photos by Zelda Meyburgh.

  17. linda wurmlinger 4 months ago

    Oh Anna she is the most beautiful little girl and what a perfect name.

  18. Carolyn Wilaon 4 months ago

    Fabulous news Anna and Phil. Beautiful photos of someone so precious

  19. Deborah King 4 months ago

    Precious! What a wonderful story. I too struggled getting pregnant and adopted 3 boys.
    Fern is absolutely adorable! Truly a blessing.

  20. Chantelle Venter 4 months ago

    Congrats Anna. She is gorgeous. The pictures are so pretty. Have fun with your new bundle of joy xxx

  21. Linda Keats 4 months ago

    Oh bless her, she looks so much like you. Well done in getting through the pregnancy and still looking beautiful with the end result! Remember life isn’t always about everyone else, so put the brush down and have a little ‘Me’ time with a glass of red wine.

  22. Karla Antol 4 months ago

    She is beautiful and looks like her momma! Time to let your body heal and family bonding time. These early months are so important and then, you turn around, and they are off. So happy for Fern to arrive in such a wanted loving family! Take care,

  23. Donna Thomas Culver 4 months ago

    What a lovely mother and baby! Congratulations to you and your family!

  24. Eileen Michaud 4 months ago

    Congratulations to all of you. Enjoy your sweet baby girl!

  25. Jane Halliwell Green 4 months ago

    She is so gorgeous. Enjoy because they are teenagers before you blink and eye! I am so happy for you. Blessings, Jane

  26. Best of luck to you Anna on your beautiful new baby girl.
    Enjoy!

  27. Ann C. Fogg 4 months ago

    Anna,
    I am thrilled to read of your new little one joining your beautiful family, obviously God had a plan for you..
    you have to treasure every moment as babies grow so fast and time passes us by so quickly.
    Heartfelt Congratulations to you and your husband and big bother Ben, welcome Fern to a wonderful family.
    Ann

  28. Jan Zeller 4 months ago

    She is gorgeous! I’m sure Ben will be her protector and playmate.

  29. Joan Simpson 4 months ago

    How joyful! Welcome little Fern. Wishing you all the very best of everything!

  30. Christine Winton 4 months ago

    Congratulations! She is beautiful and your story is very moving. She is truly a blessing. Enjoy your lovely family. xx

  31. Barbara Harness 4 months ago

    Beautiful little girl Anna. Congratulations!!

  32. Emma Marcellin 4 months ago

    She is such a beauty. Worth all the body aches you went through. Thank God for His precious gift. He is always there to help us through.

  33. Hilda Barone 4 months ago

    Congratulations Anna. She is beautiful. It’s great to hear your news. Blessings for both your beautiful children. You are an inspiration!xxxx

  34. Monica 4 months ago

    What a lovely blessing – she’s beautiful. My oldest two children were 15 months apart and it was wonderful – they grew up as best friends. Your baby Ben and darling Fern will be besties for life.

  35. Mervi 4 months ago

    Congratulations form COlorado, Anna and Phil!!!! Beautiful daughter!

  36. Edith E Keach 4 months ago

    She’s absolutely perfect!! Congratulations to you and your husband……….

  37. Ginny 4 months ago

    You got two beautiful gifts from heaven. Congratulations

  38. Lili, Luxembourg 4 months ago

    Your baby is so cute and looks like you. Thank you for sharing this precious moments and your beautiful story

  39. Gina 4 months ago

    Precious! God’s blessing to you and yours!

  40. Clare 4 months ago

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby Fern…..very cute!

  41. Melanie Kayrell 4 months ago

    She is beautiful! Congratulations! So happy for you and your family.
    All the best,
    Melanie Kayrell

  42. Diane Schurman 4 months ago

    Oh my gosh, what a beautiful little girl! You have a perfect family! CONGRATULATIONS! So happy for you all! Enjoy!!!!!!

  43. Leticia Domínguez 4 months ago

    Soooooo beautifuuuuuullll!!! Such a wonderful and beautiful baby and mother, and brother and father!!!!! This is wonderful news! Enjoy your life, your family and your painting.. love them with all your heart and be happy! These are blessings!!!!

    Lots of hugs for all from Guadalajara, in Mexico. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  44. Elaine Hoelscher Smith 4 months ago

    Precious! How wonderful for all of you,

  45. Carol Maurer 4 months ago

    What a beautiful baby. Congratulations .

  46. Vera Douglas 4 months ago

    She’s just adorable! Keep calm and carry on as they say, 2 under 2 can be stressful but if you keep your cool I’m sure all will go well. Good luck. Vera x

  47. Colleen Schenck 4 months ago

    How sweet! You both look adorable. I am very happy for you!!

  48. Kim K 4 months ago

    How absolutely perfect! Congratulations to you all!

  49. Linda Oliver 4 months ago

    She is so beautiful and also has that little dimple in her chin!!!! Precious!!! These are the most hectic best, and beautiful days of your life. Try to record some of what the kids do for later

  50. Francine Murnane 4 months ago

    Congratulations! Wonderful story and best of luck with your beautiful family.

  51. Sandra Hasener 4 months ago

    Congratulation!! What a great addition to your family. Enjoy every minute – Best Wishes

  52. Karen 4 months ago

    Anna, Congratulations! Fern is beautiful! My first thought when I saw her picture was that she looks just like you! What an awesome blessing! I’m so very happy for you!

  53. Cheri 4 months ago

    Congratulations!!! She’s beautiful! She looks just like you! God Bless!

  54. Lorell Girard 4 months ago

    Congratulations to you both! Fern is beautiful, and I’m sure that Ben will be a wonderful Big Brother! Best wishes to all from across the Pond (and even further west..) in Bend, Oregon, USA. I am amazed you will even have a moment to think about getting to paint, but know you and your marvelous energetic self will make time….be sure to take good care of you!

  55. Dawn 4 months ago

    Congratulations Anna! I’m so very happy for you and your perfect little family. Fern is just too precious for words

  56. Jenny Jones 4 months ago

    Anna she is absolutely adorable, I do understand how demanding babies and toddlers can be but you are doing a brilliant job and still managing to paint etc. The best of wishes to your complete family xx

  57. gloria boardman 4 months ago

    Anna,
    Congratulations! to the whole family. What an amazing story, one full of hope, love and joy. May God continue to bless you and your family in many ways.
    Love,
    Gloria

  58. Ann Biggs 4 months ago

    Congratulations she is perfect

  59. Riley 4 months ago

    Congratulations from Sweden! Fern is one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen 🙂 Good luck with your wee ones and happy thoughts, Riley

  60. Julie 4 months ago

    Sending you all my love from Oklahoma. I will always remember you and precious Fern. She is so beautiful and looks so much like her mother. Congratulations! P.S. enjoy every moment with her. You will have plenty of time to paint. She is such a precious gift.
    Love, Julie

  61. Julie Morgan-carter 4 months ago

    Well done to you both . I had four children in six yrs and the biggest change is from one to two . The pictures are beautiful she has no doubt stole your hearts already .
    Best wishes to all .

  62. Kathy Howard 4 months ago

    Congratulations! You will find time to paint in a while. They are only little for a short time. It is a good time to do more prints and promote your classes that you have recorded.

  63. Pablo Lara H 4 months ago

    Congratulations!

  64. gruru 4 months ago

    The best surprises are the unexpected ones! What a delightful little baby you have, and those are absolutely gorgeous photos. She looks very peaceful and happy. Keep up the good work with your actual babies, and the art school baby will hang as we grow until you are ready to throw yourself back into it. Time will fly by and you need to enjoy your little people and give them your undivided attention while they are tiny.

  65. margaret Longbotham 4 months ago

    Well done. Thank you for the information. Pregnancy is not an easy time. You have got a gorgeous little girl that Ben will love. You must take care of yourself and get as much rest as possible particularly if you are feeding her yourself. She is a very lucky little girl. Margaret.

  66. Anne 4 months ago

    Such joy. A beautiful little girl. Wish you many happy memories Anna. Congratulations.

  67. Gaye Forbes 4 months ago

    She is beautiful and looks like you! What a blessing. Enjoy!

  68. Kirsten Edwards 4 months ago

    Congratulations! She’s beautiful!!!

  69. Nadiia 4 months ago

    She’s absolutely precious! Congratulations to the happy family!!!

  70. Jackie 4 months ago

    So happy for you, Phil and Ben and your new little miracle, Fern. She is beautiful!!

  71. Renato Marandino 4 months ago

    She’s beautiful Anna! As I told you before, it happened the same thing to my daughter and we had our miracle here, Abigail, our granddaughter was born a few weeks before Fern, so I understand completely the happiness and joy. Enjoy your time with the children. Time runs so fast…Congratulations on your beautiful family!

  72. Prabha 4 months ago

    Congrats Anna and Phil on your new arrival. Beautiful baby and lovely name. All the best to you all.

  73. Marianne 4 months ago

    So precious, and such a miracle! Congratulations to you all!

  74. Sara Morgan 4 months ago

    Congratulations to you all on a beautiful little girl!

  75. Karen 4 months ago

    Congratulations Anna
    Little Fern looks just like you, it was the first thing I noticed.
    Enjoy your new baby she is a precious miracle.

  76. Manjiree Nikam 4 months ago

    Hearty Congratulations Anna, to you and your family for the arrival of little baby Fern, wishing all bright and happy futures! Many blessings to the baby!! Mom and baby both are so beautiful!!!

  77. Susan Fox 4 months ago

    Congratulations she is beautiful and I love her name.

  78. Val Adele 4 months ago

    She looks like you. We’re you adorable too? Blessings

  79. Sally Lynn MacDonald 4 months ago

    Truly lovely, all around. I did IVF for my miracles, so I can relate to the struggle, and having had twins the next time out… to having three under two! Enjoy those blessings. And maybe a little red wine again!

  80. Anita visram 4 months ago

    Hello Anna I must add my congratulations to you Ben and your husband. Well she certainly is a little miracle.
    I hope she also follows in your footsteps and takes up painting.
    I hope you will do a painting lesson on painting babies and young children. I’m not too bad with flowers but trying to get the right skin tone I found quite a challenge and to capture the unique look of babies and young children.
    Lots of love to you and your lovely family. Best regards Anita

  81. Frances White 4 months ago

    Congrats on your masterpiece.

  82. Leti Metcalfe 4 months ago

    Wonderful news. Yes I had the same thing. All 9 months morning sickness, dislocated a rib in the process. Gestational Diabetes as well as going in and out of the hospital because she was trying to come out early. But like you said worth it. She’s the second and now 22 years old. God bless your family. You’ll find time for what you need to do.

  83. Alaya 4 months ago

    What a sweetie Anna – Congratulations!

  84. Janice 4 months ago

    What a beautiful baby! Congratulations to you all!

  85. Tuija Rautanen 4 months ago

    So happy for all of you! Be blessed!

    • Tülün 4 months ago

      Hello, I am a granny and just by looking at the photos (so full of love of beauty) I almost lived my
      parenthood memories live. Best wishes to you and to your family.

  86. Lorraine 4 months ago

    God has blessed you with a beautiful. Fern is beautiful. You and Phil will have many wonderful adventures.

  87. Marieke 4 months ago

    congratulations! she is beautiful.

  88. sandra 4 months ago

    congratulations .Fern is beautiful and looks like mum enjoy this time with her it dose not come again .

  89. Christie Nicklay 4 months ago

    Thank you for sharing, Anna! Both of your children are beautiful. You must feel so blessed. Congratulations!

  90. Novella Gouldsborough 4 months ago

    Thank you for sharing your joy! You and Fern are both so beautiful!

  91. Barbara Gall 4 months ago

    How wonderful, would love to see Ben too.
    BG

  92. Ann 4 months ago

    What beautiful photos of you & your adorable baby, Fern looks so contented.
    Enjoy your time with your little family & take care of yourself too Anna – Congratulations!
    Thank you, for sharing your most precious moments….
    Best wishes,
    Ann

  93. Mrs J Craggy 4 months ago

    What a wonderful story; it brought tears to my eyes. I am so very, very pleased for you and your husband. You now have a two wonderful little people to cherish. Make sure you take time for yourself – you certainly deserve it. Many, many congratulations.

  94. Eunice Miller 4 months ago

    Enjoy your miracle and watching the two grow up and him protecting her.
    So happy for your family.

  95. Linda Tower 4 months ago

    Anna this news made my day!! CONGRATS!! A perfect little family!! Enjoy these years as time goes by sooooo fast!!! Love them with all your heart! XO

  96. Linda Clary 4 months ago

    It is usually hard to tell who a newborn baby looks like, but not in this case. She looks just like her Mum! She’s a beauty.

  97. Ian Howells 4 months ago

    She is absolutely beautiful.

  98. Linda 4 months ago

    How wonderful and precious.

  99. Angelique 4 months ago

    Ow so sweet. What a beautiful girl! Congratulations and heel veel plezier met dit kleine wonder!

  100. Sylvia Johnson 4 months ago

    Congratulations Anna, such a beautiful baby, and lovely photos, so happy for you, Sylvia

  101. WENDY PESKAR 4 months ago

    Thank you for sharing , your daughter is incredibly beautiful , so precious!!! Take time and enjoy her!!!

    • Jane Robinson 4 months ago

      How beautiful she is Anna, congratulations to you all and well done coping so well.
      Gorgeous photos too and how like you she looks, so precious!

  102. Jos 4 months ago

    Congrats! Beautiful pictures. Best wishes for little Fern! Be well.

  103. Guillermo Ruizlimón 4 months ago

    ¡Felicidades! Your daughter is beautiful.

  104. Lorraine Welham 4 months ago

    Congratulations! Very happy for you. Beautiful pictures.

  105. Linda Jarriel 4 months ago

    Congratulations Anna and Welcome to the world, Baby Fern!

    She is BEAUtIFUL!

    Best Wishes to you and your family from Longmont, Colorado, USA.

    Linda 🙂

  106. Sally Logan 4 months ago

    Hi Anna, little Fern looks absolutely gorgeous, and you look amazing. We are expecting our 6th grandchild in July and have our fingers crossed for a girl, so far it has all been boys!

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      Anna Mason 4 months ago

      Oh wow Sally, 5 boys! I wonder if it’ll be 6! It’s funny how it goes like that. My Gran died a few years ago, and at the time she had 12 girl great-grandchildren! Since then my brother has a bit and so have I but still, that’s a lot of girls!

  107. Debbie Westbrook 4 months ago

    What a blessing for you both. Two under two is demanding and I share that understanding with you, but you come out okay- maybe less hair, sleep, food and energy but what a gift children are. When they are grown and become your best friends you know it was worth it all. Thanks to you, Anna, I have found my love of painting again after many years of sacrifice- and oh, how I love it. And my greatest cheerleaders, are my kids.

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      Anna Mason 4 months ago

      That’s lovely to hear Debbie- sounds like you were a great mum

  108. Donna Andersen 4 months ago

    Congratulations on the birth of your precious beautiful daughter! She is as gorgeous as her mama!

  109. Roy Chapman 4 months ago

    So nice to see your beautiful photos. Fern looks delightful and I am sure her brother will become her best friend as time goes on.
    Thank you for sharing your story with us.

  110. Harriet 4 months ago

    A new soul to earth, many congratulations.
    Take care of yourself and your beautiful family xxx

  111. Yvonne 4 months ago

    What a lovely photo and what a blessing! Fern looks adorable. Congratulations!!

  112. Turna 4 months ago

    Congratulations to you, Phil and Ben! Fern is beautiful…looks just like you!

  113. Aislinn 4 months ago

    Congratulations to your whole family! She is lovely. And welcome to the world little one. 🙂

  114. Ingrid 4 months ago

    Welcome beautiful baby Fern ! Congratulations to the parents Anna and Phil !

  115. Lori Hardy 4 months ago

    Congratulations! She is beautiful! 2 under 2 is a task but I know you will do just fine.

  116. Kathy 4 months ago

    She looks just like you! Thank you for sharing your beautiful experience! And photos! Hopefully the summer will bring some lovely relaxation time for the whole family!

  117. Linda F Berg 4 months ago

    Oh life is sweet congrats and even though you are exhausted before you know if they will be grown. Enjoy ever minute…

  118. Beryl I Rabbas 4 months ago

    Exquisite … mini you Anna … Congratulations to you both on the birth of little Fern.

  119. Beryl Pike 4 months ago

    Congratulations Anna such a beautiful little girl. Now your family is complete including the Labrador. Thank you for sharing your pictures.

  120. Viktoria Peterson 4 months ago

    Joy to you and your beautiful family. So exciting to have this happen for you. Enjoy the time,, as people have said that it goes by so quickly.

  121. Gwen 4 months ago

    Blessings for good health and love to Fern and family 🙂

  122. elaine pritchard 4 months ago

    Magical perfection! That’s what I think when I see a new baby. Vern is perfection. How does that happen? Wow!!

  123. Marleen Arkesteijn 4 months ago

    Congratulations with your lovely baby girl. She looks wonderful. Happy for you that you have a healthy boy and girl now.

  124. Mitra 4 months ago

    She looks like beautiful flower and she looks just like you.

  125. Jeanne Wudrick 4 months ago

    Congratulations! Your daughter is so lovely. I am so happy for you.
    Jeanne

  126. Roberta 4 months ago

    Absolutely beautiful – mommy and Fern!

  127. Rose Vermeulen 4 months ago

    Hello happy parents

    Well done and wonderful news. I hope you are well too … a little shattered but well.
    That little girl will be an absolute hooligan (like my grand daughter). Girls are NOT like boys so you are in for a wonderful ride and you will love every moment of it.
    Enjoy your time with them and let the artists do their own thing. You have built an amazing school in all this.
    Love
    Rose

  128. Tammy L Monroe 4 months ago

    How blessed you are!! Congratulations beautiful family!

  129. Pam.Farquhar 4 months ago

    Congratulations, she is lovely. Thank you for the photo.
    Pam

  130. marjorie knight 4 months ago

    Beautiful baby and photos, congratulations to you both, certainly worth all the morning sickness I am sure, but then again I`ve not been blessed so don’t really know, happy days to you both.

  131. Georgette Reed 4 months ago

    Congratulations, baby Fern is gorgeous just like her mom. God bless the four of you!

  132. Fay 4 months ago

    Beautiful baby. Fern looks like she has come from the sea, very ethereal and wonderful photographs, many congratulations

  133. Wayne Goronzy 4 months ago

    Wow, what can I say that hasn’t been said already? Fern is adorable, and yes, she does look just like you. Congratulations, you have a beautiful family …..and talk about doing your part for conservation: no one has more than 4 letters in their name lol (Anna, Phil, Ben, Fern). Sorry to hear you also acquired gestational diabetes – no fun at all! Believe it or not, I know: I’ve been a type 1 diabetic for 42 years, and am well aware of the challenges the disease presents every day (if not every hour). Here’s to your newly expanded family and a full glass of wine.

  134. Susan Lichter 4 months ago

    Mommies double. Congratulations what a little delicate beauty.

  135. Basia 4 months ago

    A reflection of pure joy! Congratulations!

  136. Harriet Zwaskis 4 months ago

    ‘What a beautiful little girl “Fern” and Mommy too. So glad you are both well.

    Here is an incredible story for you, my friend Camille tried for 6 years to have a child, no luck. So she finally agreed to adopt a little boy from her doctor through a private adoption. She was so excited to go and get her baby, her stomach was jittery and sick. She and her husband Charlie picked him up and becuase she was still sick after a week, she went to the doctor, guess what? She was pregnant, with another boy, 6 months apart. Now it is easy and they have 2 boys and 2 girls. God works in funny ways.

    Good luck Anna. Love Harriet Zwaskis

  137. Linda Gorman 4 months ago

    The best work you have ever done! A perfect little family! I’d love to see pics of Ben and Fern together!

  138. Shelley 4 months ago

    Anna. What a beautiful story and a beautiful baby. Take great care of yourself.

  139. Mandy Markram 4 months ago

    Oh Anna, she is just adorable. I know she will continue to be a blessing to you and your husband, and to her big brother. The men in her life are going to be very protective over such a beautiful little thing, as they should be. Congratulations with your little miracle. Enjoy her. Parenting is challenging, and yet, few things in life is as rewarding, if any. But you know all that. Take care Anna. xxxxx

  140. Jilly 4 months ago

    Congratulations Anna.. little Fern is just lovely and you look so well and happy. I’ve worked in O.and G for many years and understand what you went through to bring your two gorgeous children into the world. I’m so happy for the four of you, time to relax a little and enjoy your family.

  141. Margaret nelson 4 months ago

    We also went thru infertility and know some of the heart ache you experienced. What a miracle Fern is. Congratulations!

  142. Martie 4 months ago

    Anna, your baby Fern is just gorgeous! We had two daughters who I thought would be hard to beat and you did it!!! She really is a beautiful baby. On a side note, my one granddaughter’s name is Anna! Congrats and now let’s see you son! Take you time and don’t stress about anything, you have enough tutorials to keep us all busy for awhile. Martha

  143. Linda Hicks 4 months ago

    Congratulations! She is absolutely adorable!

  144. Diane 4 months ago

    What a beautiful, precious little miracle. Congratulations! God Bless.

  145. Sharon k Schuyler 4 months ago

    She is adorable, just like her Mom! Congratulations on a job well done! Beautiful family!

  146. Sue Carter 4 months ago

    Oh Anna, what a very lovely family story and what a beautiful, beautiful daughter you now have. I know she and Ben will be a great team. The pictures are so lovely and I am so very happy for you and your family. It truly is one of life’s miracles. The joy is written all over your face! Congratulations from my heart…

  147. Colleen Vancil 4 months ago

    Way. To go! Fern is beautiful and she will bring you much joy…and a few challenges. We have friends who went through IVF for their first child. Then 11 months later gave birth to twins (surprise!) Oh much joy! Then, 10 months later had triplets! In less than 3 years they went from 0 to 5 kids under 3 1/2 years! Needless to say, their family is complete!

  148. Ana Matamoros 4 months ago

    Baby fern is exactly like you, two peas in a pod. Soooo lovely, blessings!

  149. Yve Mumley 4 months ago

    She is so precious and looks just like her Mum!! She is a lucky little girl to be born to complete your beautiful family Anna! I read your blog and you are truly blessed.
    Hugs and love to you all

  150. Yvonne Carpenter 4 months ago

    Fern is adorable! We now need a full family pic – with Ben and Phil 🙂 So we can see ALL the peas on this pod, lol!

  151. christinew 4 months ago

    i know how you must have felt at the surprise pregnancy it happened to my daughter when she had gone on a holiday to Australia after trying unsuccessfully
    for three years. Such joy is sent to you and your family.x ( She too had a beautiful daughter. )

  152. Ralph Burton 4 months ago

    Hi Anna, Fern is beautiful, you are very lucky. You’ll certainly have your work cut out for you with two little ones but I’m sure you’ll cope and still make time to paint, Congratulations to You and your Husband, may the sun shine upon your family and help them flourish.

  153. Susie 4 months ago

    Anna,
    Fern looks like her Mommy!! What a blessing, God gave you another miracle. Enjoy your time, they grow up so fast. Your talent has helped me so much! Your an inspiration to me. Thank you and may God Bless you and yours.

  154. Jan Smith 4 months ago

    She is absolutely beautiful Anna….such a treasure. And I think she looks a lot like you, though I’ve never seen your husband. I wish you all the happiness of motherhood and a time when you can sleep through the night again.

  155. Deborah Rand 4 months ago

    Congratulations Anna/family
    The pictures are beautiful and look like ones found at photo shops. Your picture shows so much love and happiness.
    Children close in age end up having a special closeness that will last a life time. As so many have said, remember time goes very quickly.

  156. Lois 4 months ago

    Dear Anna, Fern is so beautiful! May her life be filled with beauty and blessings. And… how nice for her to have a special big brother named Ben, to walk with her along life’s way. My very best wishes! Lois K.

    • Author
      Anna Mason 4 months ago

      What a lovely comment, thank you Lois!

  157. Winona 4 months ago

    Congratulations she is absolutely adorable and looks just like her mum, I am so happy for you and may God bless your little family!
    I love her little name Fern. It is so precious!

  158. Michelle 4 months ago

    Dear Anna, Phil & Ben,

    Congratulations!!! Welcome baby Fern:)
    My goodness you make beautiful babies. Anna, delegate the jobs you do not have to do. Bless someone (from a specialist company) with the opportunity to help you all with the house cleaning, anything that gives you a bit of a break until you are ready to get back to it. Enjoy it all:)

    Bless you all heaps,

    xm

  159. PETRA 4 months ago

    Incredible how much she resembles you! She is so adorable 🙂 Enjoy every single moment with her and her little brother, Yes, it´s not always easy to tackle everything but these little lovely creatures reward us infinately!

  160. Carol Balabanow 4 months ago

    You’ve produced another masterpiece! Congratulations on your new family member!

  161. Bonny Parsons 4 months ago

    Absolutely precious ❤ my heart sings with joy for you and your wonderful family.

  162. Anna Antkowski Kraisler 4 months ago

    Mini Me Anna! Enjoy your new flower .
    Anna Kraisler
    Portland, Oregon

  163. Sally 4 months ago

    Anna, she looks SO much like you, it’s crazy! I’m so happy for you. All the very best to your wonderful and complete family!

  164. Mary Slinko 4 months ago

    So very happy for you all! Congratulations!

  165. Magdalena French 4 months ago

    Pregnancy may not agree with you but motherhood certainly does – you look absolutely perfectly radiant, small comfort I know when you are sleep deprived but years from now you’ll look back at this photo and be shocked at how gorgeous you could look despite feeling soooo wasted….

  166. Lilia Webb 4 months ago

    Oh that is so wonderful and a miracle! Welcome to earth little Fern and I’m so happy the delivery is behind you now Anna. Best of wishes for your little family. I’ve been thinking about you since you told me quite awhile back that you were expecting. Thanks so much for updating me. Sending you lots of hugs and encouragements for the summer and throughout this next year of fun and learning. XXX’s and 000″s all around!

  167. Cynthia Johnson 4 months ago

    Congratulations! She is absolutely gorgeous and such a blessing. Now you have the perfect little family and you don’t have to go through any more horrible pregnancies. Hugs!

  168. Darlene Lush 4 months ago

    Wow! What a challenging journey for you! Congratulations.

  169. Sharon Dolce-okeefe 4 months ago

    Your wonderful miracle is beautiful! Life is so unpredictable but that makes it a bit more interesting! Congratulations and God bless you all!

  170. MaryAnn Linden 4 months ago

    Congratulations! Fern is just adorable. Enjoy this time in your life. You have 2 adorable children to watch grow!

  171. Veronica Lamb 4 months ago

    Sometimes life works in mysterious ways. What a precious gift! She’s gorgeous. Congratulations!

  172. Bert Kloese 4 months ago

    Congratulations, she is beautiful!

  173. Mrs Bridget Williams 4 months ago

    What a little beauty! Clever girl Anna. Yes 2 under 2 really ups the stress and downs the sleep. I experienced that joy with my eldest 2 – also a girl and boy. You need to really put your well being first before any other concerns. You crack under the stress and your loved ones will suffer. Work should be put on the back burner for a while. Your site is well set up; so it’s not as if there is not enough for members to get on with for at least 6 months. All the best. Please sit back and enjoy these moments with your little ones, and your husband. You deserve it ….. and so do they

  174. Susan Dixon 4 months ago

    Congratulations! Your little girl is beautiful. I pray she will have a long and healthy, happy life. God bless you and your family.

  175. Bernie B 4 months ago

    Congrats! She is beautiful and looks like her mommy! Enjoy!

  176. Jeanmarie Frost 4 months ago

    Congratulations Anna. I had three daughters in less than three years. So I understand the stress of babies clothes together. I went on to have two more. So a total of four daughters and one son. I didn’t make it they are all grown now and now we have six grandsons. You can do it it really is one day at a time one moment At a time enjoy your beautiful family and the blessings that have been given to you. Much love Jeanmarie

  177. toules10 4 months ago

    Congratulations, she is so beautiful and adorable. Enjoy her

  178. Hemi 4 months ago

    Many congratulations Anna on the birth of your beautiful daughter fern.she is gorgeous .

  179. Mina 4 months ago

    Congratulations Anna! She is gorgeous. Enjoy every moment with her as you can as they grow up so fast. You will teach her but you will learn sooo much from her in return.

    Good luck with the 2 under 2!

    Very best wishes to you all.
    Mina

  180. Dalene 4 months ago

    Dearest Mason family, congratulations! Thank you so much for sharing everything with us. A miracle and blessing indeed! May it continue into her adulthood. She is absolutely gorgeous and agree she definitely looks like mum. Adore the photographs. May you have “enough”…. time and of everything you all need as a family. Butterworth’s from South Africa

  181. Britt 4 months ago

    Congratulations!! She is beautiful and — I agree — looks like you! From your tip videos, you seem to know how to keep your priorities in order, so I’m sure you’ll remember that you don’t have to do all things perfectly and that you need to take care of your own needs as well as your family’s. Best of luck with the new chaos! 🙂

  182. Laura Oleary 4 months ago

    She’s lovely. Many congratulations.

  183. Annabel Marsh 4 months ago

    Dear Anna and Phil

    What an AMAZING story. You have been truly blessed. CONGRATULATIONS on the safe arrival of Fern.

    I was sorry to read you’d had such a difficult pregnancy, but oh, what a result. She’s beautiful!!

    Congratulations again.

    Annabel
    (Ex-student)

  184. Lynn Keller 4 months ago

    Dear Anna and Phil,

    Your story is incredible! I am so happy that little Fern arrived safely and everyone is getting adjusted. so happy too that you are well, you look great! Enjoy this precious time with little Fern! Congratulations to all of you!

  185. Trish 4 months ago

    Fern has a new family of mom, dad and Ben. Enjoy your growing family and keep a sense of humor! Many things will have to be put on the back burner for awhile and that is okay! My two sons were 12 months apart!
    Best to all,
    Trish C. from Clearwater

  186. Trish 4 months ago

    Fern has a new family of mom, dad and Ben. Enjoy your growing family and keep a sense of humor! Many things will have to be put on the back burner for awhile and that is okay! My two sons were 12 months apart!
    Best to all,
    Trish C. from Clearwater

  187. Martha González 4 months ago

    Felicidades a la mamá y a Ben, Daddy y claro, a Fern también! Fern is a mini you! Enjoy your children and your family. Thanks for sharing your incredible story.

  188. Jeannie 4 months ago

    What a beautiful story ! I am so happy for you and your family. Congratulations and God’s blessings on all.
    Jeannie from New Jersey USA

  189. Lydia 4 months ago

    She’s so cute and beautiful. Gorgeous picture of you and the baby. Congratulations.

  190. Colleen Setter 4 months ago

    Anna Oh How Beautiful CONGRATULATIONS to TWO VERY CLEVER PEOPLE. Money couldnt Bye Your Beautiful Children..You are surly Blessed.
    I have 10 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren Bless themXXXXX
    Still waiting on open Heart Surgery in Wellington New Zealand ..Have been accepted so not long to go !~
    Much Love Colleen Setter XXXXXXXOOOOO

  191. Inna 4 months ago

    Such a beautiful amazing miracle baby girl!!! Enjoy every minute of being a mother, children grow up so fast, they don’t stay little forever! Your baby girl is beautiful as all things you create, my congratulations!

  192. Bev 4 months ago

    Congratulations. How adorable she is.

  193. Tracy O'Connor 4 months ago

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful family story with us, and well done on persisting through the hard times. Congratulations on the safe arrival of gorgeous Fern Wish your family many years of love and joy

  194. DiBrown 4 months ago

    Oh my goodness what a beautiful gift you have received. A miracle indeed and well deserved Anna. You give so much joy to all of us through your Art school. Children are gifts from God and Fern is definitely a special little girl . Enjoy the journey with your little ones and hopefully they will become your best friends as they grow older. Take it from me the special bond between mother and daughter is amazing. I am having the most rewarding time with my daughter we are the best of friends.

  195. Majella Ryan 4 months ago

    She is gorgeous, a tiring, but lovely time.

  196. Andaleeb 4 months ago

    Hullo Anna,
    Thank you for the email, despite it being such a busy time for you. Fern is such an adorable little baby, I do think she looks a lot like you. Happy to hear Ben is getting used to having someone to share attention with. All the best to you and your family always, warm regards, Andaleeb

  197. Suzanne 4 months ago

    thank you for sharing the photos. Fern looks adorable.

    Hope you are able to get plenty of rest, but realise that is next to impossible with two darling little ones now.

    Maybe a maiden hair Fern might be a lovely painting challenge when you feel able to do a little painting again in the future. It is such a dainty delicate and beautiful fern.

    regards
    Suzanne

    • Author
      Anna Mason 4 months ago

      Great idea, they are beautiful, thanks Suzanne!

  198. Anna Stewart 4 months ago

    Congratulations she is as beautiful as her mother – thank you for sharing her with us. Enjoy every moment of being a mother its the most rewarding job you will ever have –

  199. Carol Sapp 4 months ago

    So beautiful, both of you!

  200. jeanine hinckel 4 months ago

    Oh Anna,

    You have really been through a lot. You must have been ecstatic after reading the pregnancy test. What a relief to know you didn’t need IVF to have baby Fern. I am so happy for you and your family.

    Now, let me just tell you. The photos of Fern, WOW, I think she’s the prettiest baby I’ve ever seen! She’s gorgeous. Such perfect little facial features. And, even though I am not a mother myself, I have to agree with the other people commenting…..take your time getting back to your work/painting/blog etc. Personally, I have no idea how mothers do it all. You need to take care of yourself so you can take care of your babies. You are a lovely person. Sending Congratulations to you and your family from New York. Kind Regards, Jeanine Hinckel

    • Author
      Anna Mason 4 months ago

      Just what I needed to read today, thanks so much for a lovely comment Jeanine!

  201. Nilsa VELAZQUEZ 4 months ago

    Congratulations! She looks just like you!

  202. Clare 4 months ago

    Dear Anna,
    This is so beautiful…
    She looks just like you! And I love the name you have chosen for her. And your latest print.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely story
    I hope you are managing with juggling your gorgeous babies and painting a little something here and there.
    Thanks to you – I have started painting.
    I am totally inspired by your tutorials and method – so much so – I have even set up a little art studio at home.
    So you see, when some days seem more challenging than others you can take comfort in the wonderful job you are doing – as a mum and as an artist – you are an inspiration to us all.
    Enjoy this time – and remember to make time for you in all the chaos.
    Thank you for your wonderful tutorials and for being so cheery and encouraging to us lot.

    Best wishes and many congratulations
    Clare

  203. Danielle Roberts 4 months ago

    She is gorgeous! Just like her Mama. Blessings to you and your beautiful family. Hope you are feeling much better now.

  204. ChrisFB 4 months ago

    Dear Anna,
    I’ve been ‘almost’ off the grid for the past month, travelling up the west cost of the U.S, into Canada, and into Alaska so I am just seeing your post now.

    Congratulations to you and your beautiful family! I have to agree with some of the other commenters. Fern does look like you and is a beautiful little baby.

    Take care of yourself, dear Anna. You have inspired us all to reach new heights with our creativity. Make sure you take some well-deserved time to be with your family and adjust to the new joy in your life!
    Chris

  205. June Quinn 4 months ago

    What a beautiful little girl just like her mother.
    Take time out to spend with her, as she will grow up too soon. Don’t miss a single minute.
    June xx

  206. Helen 3 months ago

    Not sure how I missed this….too busy looking at watercolours, paint lists etc

    Beautiful baby and congratulations all round. Funny how nature, or God , whichever you believe takes a hand in our lives, I believe all people are meant to be, there are no accidents, maybe just miracles, or surprises !

    I have grandchildren now, 4, they were all around yesterday, organised chaos. My own two, a boy then a girl were 14.5 months apart, and yes planned close due to circumstances. They grow up very quickly but highlights were going to the toilet on their own, wonderful, going through the night, our son…31/2 years old, groan, even then we would have nights of musical beds, 4 people in one bed is too many !
    You will be tired, you will be exhausted, you will be happy, you will have a blast with paints and paper all over the floor, hopefully some of the paint will be on the paper as well, I had my kitchen cabinets and conservatory walls painted for me once whilst on the phone….

    You may have to invest in big brushes and adopt a looser style though, ha ha.

    Wishing you many happy years of fun, exploring, days out, days spent looking at the dust, and housework and thinking, so what !

    All the very best to you and your family, they are a blessing and in the end only people and our animals matter, everything else is just stuff

    God bless

  207. Mina 3 months ago

    I just read my emails from you Anna. How wonderful for you and for your family .

    May your blessings continue.
    Hugggs & Love
    Mina 🙂

  208. Teresa Tipton 3 months ago

    I’m just discovering your beautiful art and now this wonderful story! Congratulations to you and your lovely family.

  209. Manisha 2 months ago

    Congratulations Anna! You both look so beautiful

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