Phil and I are thrilled to introduce our baby, Benjamin (Ben).

As you can see, He’s already got the painting bug!

We had quite a journey to get him which you can read about here if you haven’t already. It’s amazing to think that Ben was frozen for 3 months!


My pregnancy was also fairly challenging – including 4 months of morning sickness, a month long cold and really low iron requiring intravenous infusions. Then to top it all, gestational diabetes which meant the docs wanted him born a week early, resulting in a Caesarian section (rather than the homebirth I had planned)!

But it was all worth it when we met this little man.

Actually not so little as he was 9lb 8! (4.3kg)!
I am so relieved and grateful that he was here and perfect. I hadn’t realised that there was a background of anxiety right the way through the pregnancy, as I’m sure lots of people experience- ‘will he be ok?’.
He’s not just ok. He’s an absolute joy!
We don’t want to jinx things but so far he’s been chilled and contented.

It’s like he knows how much we wanted him!

Thanks so much to all of you who have left us supportive comments and emails along the way. It’s been really touching.


The next part of the journey starts here!

Photographs are by the wonderful baby whisperer Zelda Meyburgh.

  1. David Harris 2 years ago

    Now that’s what I would call a wonderful creation – congratulations and well done – what some beatiful dimples like his mum’s

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      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      Thanks David! 🙂

      • Josie 2 years ago

        Dear Anna. Congratulations. Ben is absolutely beautiful. In my days IVF was not arround and we adopted a boy first he was one month old and two years later we adopted a baby girl six weeks old.. They are grown up now with family of their own but how much joy they have given us and are still giving us. I have never met you but I know you are a beautifully person and I see that through your paintings. Ben is a very lucky baby to have you as his mother..

  2. Paulette 2 years ago

    So happy for you. Congratulations. He will have a very blessed life with so much love.

  3. Sandrapeacock 2 years ago

    He’s lovely congratulations to you both xxxx

  4. Sharon 2 years ago

    Congratulations! He’s beautiful! So happy for you and your husband. Your life will never be the same again.

  5. Kate 2 years ago

    Oh, my goodness, what a treasure! Yes, the most wonderful creation ever! Congratulations! ❤️

    • Jenelle 2 years ago

      Dearest Anna,

      congratulations, both your lives will have new meaning, I only signed up for your school today after much deliberation (about 6 months).

      All the best to you and your husband as you grow your little bundle of joy, enjoy the experience they grow very quickly.

      Warm regards,


      From Trinidad and Tobago.

  6. Divya 2 years ago

    Hearty Congratulations Anna on your new bundle of joy!No doubt it is !Enjoy the days! Have fun!

  7. Nuno Barreto 2 years ago

    Congratulations 🙂

  8. Sathira 2 years ago

    Wow…. so adorable ^^

  9. Jeanne Reha 2 years ago

    Congratulations on that beautiful baby boy! So happy for you!

  10. Debra Farrell 2 years ago

    Wonderful news Anna and Phil, he is adorable. Enjoy every moment as the years go by so very fast.

  11. Georgina Van Zandt 2 years ago

    Congratulations. He is gorgeous and already with his first paint brush. Best wishes to all of you.

  12. Inga Drazniece 2 years ago

    congratulations Anna & Phil. I am so happy for you! what a beautiful little boy! warm greeting from the Isles of Scilly.
    Inga Drazniece

  13. Amber 2 years ago

    He IS absolutely perfect! Congratulations on such an amazing creation.

  14. Barbara L Putnam 2 years ago

    Awe he is gorgeous! Congrats on your new baby boy. It feels like yesterday I had my son Avery who is now almost 2. They grow up so fast. I had similar problems during pregnancy and it was awful and had to have him 2 weeks early with a c section. But he was worth it, and Im sure you feel the same about Lil Ben. Enjoy this precious time!

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      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      Thanks Barbara! All worth it as you say 🙂

      • KRISS LECOMTE-BESSON 2 years ago

        From a french amateur artist woman from LYON who love your demonstrations and thank you to share freely your video. And I love to listen english in order to improve my english.
        Hi ! A so lovely baby. You can be proud and he is so lucky to be born in an artist family !
        The photograph is so nice.

  15. Fay 2 years ago

    Many congratulations to you both, he looks gorgeous, and the photos are inspirational too. Thank you for sharing xx

  16. Claire Harkness 2 years ago

    Wonderful and congratulations! Enjoy your beautiful boy!

  17. Rose Baggs 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna!!! What a handsome boy! Wish you and your family the BEST!!! 🙂

  18. Lorri 2 years ago

    Just gorgeous glad all is well it’s so special having a baby I now have some extra friends as they are beautiful grown ups

  19. Ela 2 years ago

    So happy for you! Best wishes to mom and baby!

  20. Anastasia 2 years ago

    Anna! Congratulations! Benjamin is the most vatical of your creations. Wish all of you health and joy!

    • Joan4 2 years ago

      Beautiful Boy! Beautiful portrait! Congratulations.

  21. Crystal Geraghty 2 years ago

    Oh my gosh, He has the sweetest face! Congratulations to both of you! He is so healthy!

  22. Brenda E North 2 years ago

    Sweet, sweet baby. You and hubby are indeed blessed.

  23. Siti Merrett 2 years ago

    What a wonderful news, Anna. a baby boy! Enjoy your motherhood…
    Siti Merrett

  24. Linda Villarreal 2 years ago

    He’s precious! Congratulations to you both!

  25. Tessa 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you all on the safe arrival of Ben! What a handsome boy! I still love my 19 year old son with the same joy as I did the day he was born. Wishing you all much happiness. Thank you for sharing your joy xxx

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      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      That is lovely to hear Tessa, what a joy x

  26. Judith Bareham 2 years ago

    Anna and Phil congratulations on creating a little masterpiece!
    These are precious days so drink it all in. May he continue to fill your lives with joy, giggles, mischief and adventure!

  27. Susan Favreau 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the safe arrival of your beautiful baby boy!

  28. Linda Vaughn 2 years ago

    Congratulations on this beautiful little boy – life will never be the same – parenthood is a wonderful adventure

  29. Karen J May 2 years ago

    Such a precious and beautiful baby. Well done Anna, Phil, and Ben. May the joy of the first few days be with you through life.

  30. Carol 2 years ago

    Congratulations and a beautiful baby boy. You look happier already.

  31. Anne H. 2 years ago

    Congratulations, Anna! All the best for you, and your husband, and the beautiful little boy!

  32. Frances 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna and Phil. Enjoy every minute of your handsome Ben. He will grow so fast. Worth every minute of the wait for him. xx

  33. Daniela Bednarova 2 years ago

    Dear Anna, big hugs and kisses to all three of you! What a wonderful masterpiece you have in your hands! Enjoy every moment with Ben and Phil! Even if that means less videos and teaching for us . Congratulations!

  34. Susan Black 2 years ago

    What a beautiful baby and he loves painting already!!!!! God’s blessing on Baby Ben and the entire family. You have just started a wonderful journey of happiness, learning and fun. Hope you will have time to paint !!!!!!!!

  35. sandra 2 years ago

    Wonderful news!
    I dedicated my first illustrated book In the Garden to my daughter, Maggie – ‘the best I ever grew”…kiss him for us!

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      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      Love that Sandra! thank you, and I will!

  36. Nancy Briechle 2 years ago

    Congratulations from Florida! He is absolutely gorgeous! Enjoy! Enjoy!

  37. Sue 2 years ago

    What a beautiful piece of art. Color you and Phil are beautifully blessed.

  38. Roseanne 2 years ago

    Congratulations and love to the three of you! We, too, have been on this same journey and our path led us to the wonderful experience of adoption. The moment we hold our little Sweetling in our arms, we know it was all meant to be, right?
    Sending many blessings your way.

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      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      So pleased you also have your Sweetling Rosenanne.

  39. Martine 2 years ago

    Oh Anna, what a beautiful son! I’m so glad this sunshine came into your life! Whish you all three the best!

  40. L McCabe 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Such a beautiful baby boy. So cute that he already has a paint brush in his hand. Life with Ben will so much fun!

  41. Michaela 2 years ago

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch und eine wundervolle Zeit! :)))

  42. Beth 2 years ago

    Congratulations on Baby Ben! He’s gorgeous! Love that cleft chin. 😉

  43. Sheryl 2 years ago

    Congrats how wonderful your new little boy.
    Enjoy every day they grow up fast.


  44. Willa Bryant 2 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations and best wishes.

  45. Liliane 2 years ago

    congratulations with your very pretty baby!

  46. Marcia Brokish 2 years ago

    So happy for you both! It sounds like you went through quite a journey, which makes your baby even more special (if that’s even possible). Enjoy the ride! being a parent is the best “job” in the world.

  47. Andi 2 years ago

    Oh! Anna and Phil Many many congratulations, enjoy every moment even when he is crying all night because before you can turn around he will be off to university. All the very best to the three of you xoxoxo

  48. Ray 2 years ago

    No better work of art, a true priceless masterpiece – just don’t sell this one! xo

  49. Josie Eckersley 2 years ago

    Congratulations and well done, enjoy your beautiful boy

  50. Sheryl Kalutich 2 years ago

    Congrats to you both . He is so sweet
    Enjoy every day they grow up fast.


  51. Clarisse Mistretta 2 years ago

    Dear Anna ,
    Congratulations for Benjamin.A beatiful little boy.
    I wish you,your husband and Benjamin the best formthis new life.
    I am french,leaving in Cologne and tey to follow as good as Imcan your excellent tutorials.They are really good.
    Imam waiting for Ben as an watercolor portrait!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you so much for all these news and informations.
    Best time and again compliments!!!!Clarisse

  52. Maria Smith 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful son Ben. Enjoy him and make the most of his baby time as they grow up so quickly. Big hugs sent to you all x

  53. Lisa 2 years ago

    Nothing like a new baby! Congratulations to your entire family. Enjoy this very special time!

  54. Diane 2 years ago

    What a beautiful baby boy. Congratulations to you both. Diane

  55. Lesley 2 years ago

    Congratulations to Anna and Phil. Welcome to the world Ben.

  56. Herman 2 years ago

    Congratulations Mom & Dad

    It,s a beautiful creation well done, be proud, enjoy and give him all the love you can give as I,m sure you will.
    Just 2 weeks ago I became a Grand-dad for the 4th time…and let me tell you..Parents are never born, they all had to learn being a parent.
    So enjoy it as long and as much as you can, in good and in bad,
    As in the song; Teach you Children well.

  57. Barbara Housel 2 years ago

    Truly a blessing!!! Congratulations, he is precious.

  58. Suzanne Lyons 2 years ago

    He is so beautiful thank you for sharing your good news with us art lovers such beautiful photo bet there’s a few who will want to paint the photograph xx well done to you and your hubby xxx Suzanne xx

  59. Laura 2 years ago

    Congratulations! He is beautiful!

  60. Susannah 2 years ago

    He’s a work of art! Congratulations to the new family and happy birthday Ben!

  61. Maryvonne Jones 2 years ago

    Congratulations, enjoy every moment, they grow fast. You will never forget the day your little boy was born. The experience of giving birth will stay in your mind for ever.

  62. Jae 2 years ago

    Hi Anna,
    Your baby is so cute and lovely!!
    I’m so happy for you and your family!
    Wishing you all the best!
    Jae ^_^

  63. Elen 2 years ago

    Great news! So happy for all of you! Your boy is wonderful and I wish all the best and all the kind to you and your guys, Anna!
    From Russia with love.

  64. Elvira 2 years ago

    Congratulations!!!! Wow! I am so happy for you and your family! I wish you all the best!

  65. Sue Palmer 2 years ago

    Congratulations. Glad everything ok and he’s beautiful.

  66. Brenda 2 years ago

    Welcome to the world little one!! You are greatly loved!!

  67. sherry 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna and Phil!!!
    Adorable baby!! Enjoy each and every moment with him.

  68. Harrison Monahan 2 years ago


  69. Karen Bryden 2 years ago

    What a beautiful little bundle. Welcome to our world Ben. Congratulations Anna and Phil, wishing you and your family much health and happiness in the future.

  70. Jan 2 years ago

    The first time ever you saw his face….for sure, the sun rose in the sky y y y y y.

  71. Farah Khan 2 years ago

    Congratulations! What a beautiful boy! Wish you a very happy and long life, Ben!

  72. Tony Lewington 2 years ago

    What a handsome little chap .best wishes to all of your family and I hope that you find time to paint him because they don’t stay like that for long .

  73. Robin Edmundson 2 years ago

    So, so, so wonderful! Congratulations! The world is a whole new adventure now.

  74. Tony Lewington 2 years ago

    All the best to you and your family ,he is a handsome chap and I hope you find time to paint him .

  75. Sandi 2 years ago

    Too adorable for words! A richly deserved outcome. What a lucky boy. Loved the photos. Blessings

  76. Silvana Robinson 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Wonderful news and wonderful photos! Best wishes to you all and yes enjoy as they do grow very fast!

  77. JOANNE SPILMAN KILDUFF 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Enjoy every second ! He’s so adorable! Joanne. USA.

  78. Patricia 2 years ago

    Oh Anna, he is beautiful! Well done! Enjoy!

  79. Julia 2 years ago

    Congratulations! He is absolutely beautiful!
    May you all enjoy every single moment!

  80. Joanne Bethune 2 years ago

    I’ve enjoyed looking at all your beautiful creations thru the years but I believe this is your best and most beautiful one of all. Hold him, hug him and kiss him every minute you can since he will grow up so fast then you will always have those special moments to remember.

  81. Tari Loomis-Trapenard 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the Your New Baby Ben….He is Beautiful !!!!! May the Lord Bless Him as he grows up…

  82. Christina Hopkinson 2 years ago

    It’s never too soon to start them on the wonderful creative path we call art. Heartfelt congratulations to you both.

  83. Dana Wiggins Thompson 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Nothing like a baby boy!

  84. M mckee 2 years ago

    Congratulations! I’ve had 3 ceasareans, and I’m totally surgery phobic! No shame in getting help when you need it. I also have a negative blood group and my kids all positive. I’m grateful to medical science, not so long ago my story might not have had a happy ending. Enjoy the specialness of the next few months. X

  85. Bev 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your beautful, beautiful baby boy! Know all too well the difficulties you went though as one of our family members did as well.. So happy for you!

  86. Margaret Rose 2 years ago

    Congratulation Anna, he is so so beautiful , wishing you and you husband lots and lots of joy and happiness .

    Love from Maggie Rose xx

  87. Beverly Moolman 2 years ago

    Wow Anna congratulations! Enjoy every day with him, xxx Bev

  88. Evonne Hatton 2 years ago

    Beautiful beautiful baby straight from heaven

  89. Jan 2 years ago

    The first time ever you saw his face……for sure, the sun rose in the sky

  90. Chelsea Race 2 years ago

    Warmest congratulations!!!! I absolutely adore his name ❤️If my husband and I had had a boy he would have been named Benjamin 🙂 we are done with having kids though and we love our girls immensely (they were born at home!). I can TOTALLY relate to anxiety during pregnancy. That’s the hardest part of the whole thing, for me anyways. But pregnancy in general is no walk in the park. I’m sorry you didn’t get to birth at home or have the birth experience you were hoping for. Take the time to honor those feelings because they matter and you’ve got to heal from that, while you enjoy your healthy adorable awesome baby-man munchkin!
    Now comes a super fun task of painting for him! As he grows it’s so sweet to make your kids art that appeals to their interests. My daughter loves dinosaurs and I made her a cute little Dino painting she says goodnight to every night

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      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      Love the dino painting idea Chelsea – I love dinosaurs myself! Thank you for your message and for sharing that you also found pregnancy a bit of a challenge. x

  91. Virginia 2 years ago

    Awe beautiful baby, congratulations.

  92. Jean 2 years ago

    Congratulations, what a wonderful little man. May you all have a long and very happy life together. Xx

  93. Kari 2 years ago

    Such a sweet baby. Congratulations!

  94. Anne-Marie Læssøe 2 years ago

    What lovely news. Congratulations Anna and Phil. He is a beatiful miracle. Wishing all the best for all of you

  95. Navya 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna and Phil. I feel so happy for you guys.
    Baby Ben looks so adorable. May God bless him with lots of Happiness and good health.
    I love the most beautiful creation of yours.
    He looks like an Artist in the make.. (he is peacefully sleeping with a paint brush)

  96. Lydia Nicholson 2 years ago

    Congratulations he is beautiful glad you are both ok.

  97. Paula 2 years ago

    Very happy for you and your hubby… a cutie!

  98. Leigh Pogue 2 years ago

    Little Ben is a beautiful little miracle creation Anna. I know you both will truly enjoy him. God bless you and your sweet little family.

  99. Corrie Grant 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna and Phil. Ben is such a beautiful baby. Treasure every minute as he will grow fast. Thank you for sharing your story.

  100. Cat 2 years ago

    So happy for you and Phil. He is precious!

  101. Gary Brinton 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna!

  102. Hilda 2 years ago

    Wow Anna. Absolutely beautiful baby boy. Congratulations! The very best of God’s creation. Blessings of love and happiness xxx

  103. Wendy Thornley 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you and your husband. Ben looks adorable. Every good wish for your future happiness. Love Wendy xx

  104. Sheila Ricioppo 2 years ago

    Adorable baby, and beautiful photos. Congratulations. Enjoy every minute x

  105. Biff 2 years ago

    Congratulations on a beautiful baby boy!

  106. Siti 2 years ago

    Congratulations, Anna and husband! Baby Ben is so adorable. Lots of Love – Siti

  107. Nancy Haigh 2 years ago

    Congratulation Anna Phil. and Ben. Wishing you good luck and happiness

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  109. Lucinda 2 years ago

    How lovely! Congratulations to you both and welcome little man. This is where the adventure really starts, just enjoy every bit of it happy days!

  110. Wendy Thornley 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you and your husband. Ben looks adorable. Every good wish for your future happiness. ‍♂️Love Wendy Thornley xx

  111. Adeline Gonay 2 years ago

    Congratulations to both of you! Many joys and much happiness ahead of you!

  112. Kathryn Clark 2 years ago

    I am so pleased for you, he is a beautiful boy, you are truly blessed xx

  113. Shirley Porter 2 years ago

    Many congratulations, he is a beautiful little boy.

  114. Sian 2 years ago

    Congratulations! What a joy, what a beautiful creation! May you heal quickly from the birth and may Ben sleep through the night! 🙂

  115. Linda 2 years ago

    Dear Anna, What a wonderful work of art you all are! I am so grateful and proud to share in your happiness. Love him, love him, love him.

  116. Wendy 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you!! Ben is absolutely adorable! So glad to hear that both you and baby are doing well.

  117. Christine Bearman 2 years ago

    Delighted, and so very happy for you all.
    Beautiful photos…..and I know dear little Ben will be much loved.
    Many Congratulations xxx

  118. Marleen 2 years ago

    Congratulations with your beautiful little boy. My best wishes for the little familiy and enjoy your time together.

  119. Carrol Davies 2 years ago

    Many congratulations to both of you. Being parents to your beautiful son is the most exciting journey you can take, enjoy each precious moment and as he grows he’ll know that he is loved. God bless you all xx

  120. Debbie Simpson 2 years ago

    Unless you have experienced the utter despair of infertility, month after month, year after year, you can never understand the joy of finally being successful. The anger, tears, grief every single month…you understand. Ben is a beautiful young man and the tears of joy from your many followers will not doubt guarantee him a good and happy life. Many many congratulations to you and your loved ones.

  121. Rio 2 years ago

    Biggest Congrats!!!! So very happy for you. Wishing you all the best on this new adventure!

  122. Sheila 2 years ago

    I wish you such happiness. What a beautiful baby with that dimple in his chin. Boys are great fun to raise.
    Happy days, peaceful nights.

  123. Viv 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you both Anna and welcome to baby Ben. He’s a real sweetie and I wish you all much happiness ahead. Worth the wait???? I know it is.

  124. Ana De St Jeor 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna! I’m a big fan of your creations including your newest one 🙂 He’s so beautiful! I remember commenting when I was 8 months pregnant and so were you. Our stories are similar, we also tried for a few years unsuccessfully and went the ivf route. And I gave birth 2 weeks ago to a gorgeous little boy too via c-section. Soo grateful for science! I also had gestational diabetes, boy was I glad to eat carbs again 🙂 He’s now 3 weeks old and I absolutely love being a mum though it can be very stressful at times. We also just lost our house due to hurricane Irma and moving to an apartment during all this was crazy. I hope you find time to keep painting while looking after your new bundle of joy but don’t forget to look after yourself and get some rest too 🙂

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      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      Wow Ana, firstly congratulations! Delighted your little man is also here safely. And so sorry to hear about your home, I can hardly imagine what that must be like – just pleased you and your family are all safe. Yes let’s both try to get some rest when we can! x

      • Debbie Thomas 2 years ago

        I don”t know what it would be like to lose a house. My heart goes out to you. Congrats on the safe arrival of your little boy. How are you coping. You must be superwoman. To go through all that and be thinking of others. I believe that you are a very nice person and it would be nice to meet. You one day. Good luck with your family and life in general. Good health and happiness to you and your family with best regards from Debbie Thomas

  125. Everett Leeds 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you both and to Ben. Well done

  126. Margriet Bierens 2 years ago

    Hello Anna, first I want you to know that it was a complete surprise for me that you were pregnant and now have a really Beaty of a baby boy!
    Congratulations, congratulations, it is fantastic for you and your husband that now at least you have a healthy baby.
    I wish you a loving and caring time. What a feeling for your mother heart!
    May the little Ben growing well to a wonderful boy and man.
    I can feel your happiness!

  127. Julana 2 years ago

    Congratulations, Anna! May God bless your family with many years of good health and happiness.

  128. David Moult 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you both. Wishing you both and your little bundle of joy, health and happiness.

    Love David

  129. Anita Dunne 2 years ago

    Gorgeous! Hope you will be painting him soon!

  130. Lesley Paul 2 years ago

    Dear Anna and Phil, Mazel Tov (that’s Yiddish for Congratuations), on your beautiful boy! So glad you and Ben made it through okay. My first was 7 wks. early and weighed 3 lb 7 oz! LOVE his name! Great picture with the paint brush! Best wishes for a long and happy life. Enjoy!!! Happy happy, joy, joy!

    Lesley Paul, West Palm Bch., Florida

  131. Brenda 2 years ago

    I am over the moon thrilled for you and your family❣️So wonderful to see your Earth Angel has arrived to give you a lifetime of the most amazing joy❤️A saying I always run through my head when times are tough is “No pain No gain” sometimes we experience the most painful moments in life thinking it why me why am I being subjected to such sad times but the the Gain comes and you realize the harder the pain the more rewarding the gain! Couldn’t me more happy for such an amazing couple and your families! Ben is absolutely adorable – love that he has a paint brush in his hand, I put paint brushes in my grandchildren’s hands as soon as they could hold one and happy to report all 4 of them LOVE to paint

  132. Valerie Hytch 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna and Phil, and welcome gorgeous baby Ben. What joyous news. Enjoy every precious moment.

  133. Jacky Banyard 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you three, well done all of you. So pleased to see Ben has a paintbrush in his little hand already ‍ He is beautiful just like Mummy.

  134. Renee 2 years ago

    A blessing resting right there in your arms, and in your harts. Wishing you and Phil love, laughter, joy, and lots and lots of play time!

  135. Kim 2 years ago

    Many Congratulations to you both on your Gorgeous son Your photos are adorable

  136. Cynthia 2 years ago

    How precious. Ben is the best gift in the world.

  137. Loredan Hung 2 years ago

    Many blessings and love to you, your husband, and Baby Ben. You will have so many amazing adventures together! Congratulations

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  139. Vicki 2 years ago

    Best wishes on the birth of your son – it always amazes me how much love is in each of us to share. The joy you feel now will deepen and grow with each day in this incredible relationship. I have loved every stage of my children’s growth, and now am blessed with grandchildren to love and cherish. And, as so many have mentioned – it seems like yesterday I held my firstborn with that same look of wonder.

  140. yvonne 2 years ago

    What a beautiful baby boy. Congratulations.

  141. Sheila Reed 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Of course he’s beautiful…beautiful (body and soul) make beautiful babies…and all babies are wondrous gifts from God. Your life will forever and ever be different now…you’re a mom! :o)

  142. Michele 2 years ago

    Baby Ben is a masterpiece!
    Congrats to both parents and welcome Mr. Baby.


  143. Leanna Cymbala 2 years ago

    And he is a true beauty! His color is perfection too Glory to God Almighty! Enjoy every moment ❤

  144. Andrea 2 years ago

    Soooooo Happy for You!! Having my children (28 and 23 now) was the best, most exciting moments of my life. I was on a natural high for 9 months. I had c-sections too (it wasn’t “in fashion” to breast feed then) and I had pain killers for 5 days. After the five days I didn’t even know I had been cut. They were both born in December so I felt God had come down and brought my presents. They are still just as exciting to me now as they were then.

    God Bless you all!!

  145. Christine Stainbrook 2 years ago

    Congratulations!! He is SO beautiful!

  146. Tricia 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the birth of Ben – a real little miracle – so glad all is well – enjoy these precious moments they grow up so so quickly

  147. Shima 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the Your New Baby Ben….He is Beautiful !!!!!

  148. Irina 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna! Great news! This year is lucky for all of us. This August appeared my granddaughter.
    I wish good health and happiness for all of your family!

  149. Shilpa 2 years ago

    Awww ! Cute . Lots blessings for the lovely boy . Hearty congratulations to Phil n you . Our baby is a reflection of our inner self . Enjoy !

  150. Pat Yager 2 years ago

    What a beautiful baby boy you have, Anna and Phil! I send congratulations to you both from Tacoma, Washington. He will give you sooooo much joy! A precious gift from Heaven!

  151. Gail Jones 2 years ago

    Hi Anna, sending congrats to you from across the pond. We too had a baby issue some years back. Our youngest daughter had a very rare type of hole in her heart and several other smaller issues and had to have emergency surgery at Loma Linda Hospital here in California, to save her life when she was three days old. She is now a happy, healthy twenty year old and while she was in high school she was the first girl to be on the cross country track team. We feel that God and the doctors worked a miracle for her heart. I am so glad for you and your husband and the new little person in y0ur life. God bless you! Will be joining your class soon.

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      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      Gosh that must have been so hard to go through Gail! So pleased for you that your daughter is clearly so fit well and happy now. x

  152. Dee Jones 2 years ago

    Anna, Your work is beautiful and so encouraging to everyone ~ But Benjamin is by far your very best work ever ~ You and Phil have created a pure masterpiece ~ WOW ~

  153. Val Cranwell 2 years ago

    Absolutely adorable. Congratulations from the Isle of Wight

  154. Janice Bone 2 years ago

    Congratulations!!!!! well done and so pleased that you , Phil and Baby Ben are fine and doing well. . enjoy these days, they go so fast..lots of love always
    Jan xx

  155. Panna Multani 2 years ago

    Dear Anna
    Heartiest congratulations on birth of Baby Ben
    i had a cataract op on my left eye yesterday
    i was not going to open my e-mails to-day, but could not resist opening my computer
    The first e-mail was from you
    I was so happy to see those two blissful photos of you with baby Ben & Ben sleeping peacefully with his paintbox & brushes
    wish you the best future for you & your dear little family
    With love

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      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      Wishing you a speedy recovery Panna, glad my email brightened your day!

  156. Vickie 2 years ago

    What an awesome creation and blessing for you and Phil. Thank you for sharing a part of your journey and the lovely photos. I’m thrilled for you!

  157. Vicki 2 years ago

    Your difficult journey to motherhood has had a very beautiful ending! So happy for all of you! Enjoy every minute with your new baby boy. Many new adventures await all of you!

  158. Gail 2 years ago

    A heartfelt congratulations !!! Enjoy all the moments.

  159. Adeline Gonay 2 years ago

    Congratulations to both of you! Wishing you a lot of happiness.

  160. Amanda H 2 years ago

    I’m sure he will be an endless source of joy in your life!


  161. Kimberly 2 years ago

    Oh JOY! You have been on my mind and in my prayers. CONGRATS to you! What a gorgeous little man! HUGS

  162. Lesley Pitcher 2 years ago

    Heartfelt Congratulations to you and Phil, What pure joy at the end of a long wait. Ben looks adorable x

  163. Ulla kaufmann 2 years ago

    Welcome to the world, little Ben, congratulations to the parents

  164. Mary Beth Turek 2 years ago

    Congratulations and well done! Welcome to the world, baby Ben! Wishing you a long, happy and healthy life!

  165. sylvia lizama 2 years ago

    What a beautiful baby! I wish Ben and his parents a healthy and happy life.

  166. Lynda Bass 2 years ago

    How wonderful! You and Phil have just embarked on the best and most important journey of your lives. It will be full of wonderful experiences, joys and some sorrows, but there is nothing better! Be sure to love it all , as it all goes together to make the whole of your life. Sending you lots of love and wishing you all the best. Congrats on your new journey!

  167. Annie Carvalho 2 years ago

    He is beautiful Anna!
    Congratulations to you both!

  168. Amita 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you both and Ben is lovely!! I have loved the way you have been painting all along and sharing your journey. Ben is going to take after his mother! Lots and lots of blessing to him!

  169. Ros 2 years ago

    Beautiful baby Ben! Many congratulations to you all xxx

  170. Maria 2 years ago

    Lovely, lovely baby. Congratulations . The best for you all

  171. Fiana 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna And Phil on creating a miracle boy Ben! He looks sooo cute and sweet!
    Wishing your family Health and Happiness — today and always!
    The best wishes to you!

  172. Navaz D'Cruz 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna! He is so beautiful. Yes, creating life is one of the best things ever!! Enjoy parenting .
    Navaz DCruz

  173. Kathy 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you and Phil! The joy that Ben will bring you throughout life is innumerable!!! He is gorgeous! Many blessings to you all.

  174. Beverly 2 years ago

    Along with everone else in the art world…LOL…He is beautiful. As the mother of four boys I can tell you they are special. I love my grand-daughters but litte boys are the best. My youngest son’s name is Ben and I am so very proud for you.

  175. Dee 2 years ago

    Anna, so happy hear the wonderful news and see the photo of your beautiful baby Ben. A happy tear in my eye for you three today!

  176. Veda Kadam 2 years ago

    Congratulations to the proud parents Anna !!. So happy for you. God bless you all !!

  177. Irene 2 years ago

    Congratulations! What a beautiful gift from God! Enjoy His artwork in Ben as only as God can create Blessings to all of you!

  178. Terry 2 years ago

    May Phil, you and Ben had a long and blessed life! Praise Jesus for children!

    • Terry 2 years ago

      oops suppose to be “have”

  179. Bea 2 years ago

    Heel hartelijk gefeliciteerd met de geboorte van jullie zoon!

  180. Annie 2 years ago

    He is very beautiful. Congratulations and thanks for sharing…

  181. Ximena Sheldon 2 years ago

    Congratulations for such a beautiful baby boy! It is definitely your best creation. Enjoy him!

  182. Irene Manninen 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna and Phil on the birth of God’s gift to you- Ben. Enjoy Ben as they grow up quickly!

  183. Catherine 2 years ago

    Well done Mum and Dad! Ben is perfect! As a labour and delivery nurse for over 25 years, I have been a part of many birthing stories. So happy yours has such a lovely ending, actually, this is just the beginning!
    Enjoy every minute!!

  184. Stella Baker 2 years ago

    Many, many congratulations Anna and Phil. He is just SO beautiful.
    Another amazing new journey for you all and millions of new memories to create. Enjoy every moment. He is a very fortunate little boy and a truly special gift.
    Wishing you all a lifetime of health and happiness.
    Lots of love xxx

    • Author
      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      Thank you Stella, you’ll have to visit us soon! x

  185. Gloria King 2 years ago

    So happy for you – I had to wait a long time for my son too but he was is so worth the wait! Ben looks adorable. Congratulations!

  186. Valerie 2 years ago

    Adorable!!! I am so glad you have shared your little boy with us. No doubt we will be appreciating his creative paintings one day!

  187. Donna 2 years ago

    Thank you Anna for sharing those fabulous pics. Especially love the black and white one of you both together. Stunning. Many congratulations. Good to see he’s born with a paintbrush in his hand!

  188. Christine Dickinson 2 years ago

    Wonderful . Lovely photos . Huge congratulations. Enjoy being a mother. Xx

  189. Catherine Kay 2 years ago

    Many hugs for this new beautiful family who want to share their happiness.Anna does Ben have your gorgeous hair colour?
    Much love to you all.

  190. Cheryl Sward 2 years ago

    Your masterpiece! What a beautiful and healthy looking baby! Congratulations to you both. I can relate personally to the long journey you took to get to this point. Creativity and joy will flow so much more easily now, I hope. Finding time for art will become the challenge, but soon! Best wishes to your beautiful family.

  191. Leni Strong 2 years ago

    So wonderful and the delight is just beginning for you as a family- little people are such a joy to be with and watch as they grow and change. He already knows how he is loved just by the look on your face. I’m so happy for you!

  192. Karina Mulder 2 years ago

    What a wonderful blessing. This is how it feels to be rich!
    My mother always said: c
    “You think you are raising children, but actuaĺly the process of raising children helps you to grow and grow up . Enjoy your beautiful gift!

  193. Novella Gouldsborough 2 years ago

    Gorgeous photos of you both that you will cherish. What a sweet baby boy! I’m thrilled for you and Phil!
    Hope you can rest and savour this very special time in your lives.

  194. David Gilmore 2 years ago

    Well done he’s beautiful You cannot start them too young
    May Ben bring you years of joy
    God Bless You All

    David Gilmore
    Northern Ireland

  195. Mary Griffin 2 years ago

    Hi Anna,
    What a beautiful baby boy, congratulations to you and your husband! I love the name Ben, my son is called Ben, he’s now a man with children of his own, When he was little and being naughty he was called Benjamin!

    Enjoy this special time and go with the flow. xxx

    • Author
      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      Yes it’s good to have a long version of the name for use when they’re naughty! Thanks Mary and congratulations on your grandchildren!

  196. Jane 2 years ago

    What an absolute masterpiece!!! He is indeed beautiful!!,

  197. Rosemarie Micallef Malta 2 years ago

    Congratulations. Such a beautiful baby. I wish you all the joy and happiness a baby can bring. Well done

  198. Julie Kraut 2 years ago

    Enjoy your new blessing. He is beautiful. Congratulations.

  199. Lucia Rogers 2 years ago

    Well done Anna. He is beautiful.
    He will be at that paint palette before you know it!
    Lovely photographs.
    Wishing you all lots of happy times together.

  200. Ruth Sharpe 2 years ago

    Oh Anna he is just so beautiful!!! I am so happy for you and your husband. You have a wonderful journey ahead of you ❤️

  201. Melissa 2 years ago

    How darling!!! Yes, a very special creation indeed! Big congratulations to you all!

  202. Linda Gorman 2 years ago

    A truly special story ! I am very happy for you. This story has only just begun so “relax and enjoy”. enjoy each and every chapter!

  203. Maureen Malone 2 years ago

    Your wonderfully perfect gift!, a lifetime of love. Your personality comes out in your art and posts and all I can say is your little sweet child is a very lucky soul. 🙂

  204. Sue 2 years ago

    What a beautiful baby boy. Congratulations to you and hubby. Savour and cherish every single moment its a wonderful time x

  205. Vera 2 years ago

    This is great news! We heartily congratulate you and rejoice with you! God bless you.

  206. Annick King 2 years ago

    I am SO pleased for you both to have a wonderful little boy! Well done! It’s such a joy to have a baby around. Thank you for sharing your highs and lows too. Fantastic pictures too!

  207. Marnie46 2 years ago

    He is breathtaking such an exquisit photos. I know you are exausted, but injoy these moments. Love Marnie

  208. Darlene 2 years ago

    So very happy for you. He’s a prescious bundle of JOY. God Bless your beautiful family.

  209. gina 2 years ago

    il vostro bambino è meraviglioso! ..un bacio enorme al piccolo Ben!

  210. Kevin Carson 2 years ago

    Wow!! Congrats!! What a wonderful autumn creation you’ve brought forth!! You must be over the moon. Great pic with the li’l feller and his paint brush, by the way!! Cheers to you from Canada!!

  211. Laurie Heyden 2 years ago

    Anna, Congratultions! You have been through some challenging times and it looks to me like you’ve got it made. You worked through hard times, you came through them a beautiful person. How blessed your beautiful Ben is to have you for his mommy. Love to you and your family…

  212. Circe 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you both-) Love the photo of you and Ben by Zelda!!

  213. Kateri Ewing 2 years ago

    Your finest work of art Anna. Phil’s too! God bless, what a wonderful miracle.

  214. ziggy 2 years ago

    anna!!congratulations,welcome to the world baby ben,u r so utterly adorable,the brush beside u made me smile..happy days anna and hubby xxx

  215. Brenda Clarke 2 years ago

    He’s so beautiful! Congratulations to you both

  216. Darcy 2 years ago

    Wow your best work to date, just stunning. Congratulations and warmest wishes for your family life ahead.

  217. Alysia Hunt 2 years ago

    There’s nothing to beat motherhood, (expect perhaps being a Granny!) Very best wishes and congratulations to you, Phil and Ben/ May your lives be happy and full of love and laughter..

  218. Kirsten Edwards 2 years ago

    I’m so happy for you and your family! Congratulations! He is so beautiful!

  219. tina champion 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful creation. God bless you and your family.

  220. Cassandra 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna on your little bundle of joy. Wishing your family much happiness.

  221. Congratulations, Phil and Anna. Ben is gorgeous and will delight more than you ever dreamed. Looking forward to more pictures and stories along the way.

  222. Madeline 2 years ago

    Congratuations on the birth of Ben, he is so beautiful and will bring you so much joy!!! God bless you all!!!

  223. Madeline Laird 2 years ago

    Congratuations on the birth of Ben, he is so beautiful and will bring you so much joy!!! God bless you all!!!

  224. Stella Smith 2 years ago

    Absolutely worth the journey to create a beautiful baby. A life time to make happy memories filled with love.

  225. Tammy L Monroe 2 years ago

    Oh my goodness….it is a miracle isn’t it Anna!
    Blessings to you, Phil and baby Ben…he is absolutely beautiful!

  226. Kevin Foley 2 years ago

    He’s absolutely beautiful. Congrats to both you and Phil. I’m certain you will discover he was well worth all of the trials and tribulations.

  227. Linda Hay 2 years ago

    Congratulation on the arrival of your beautiful baby boy. He is absolutely gorgeous, looking forward to lots more photos.

  228. Agnieszka 2 years ago

    I’m so happy for you. Big, huge congratulations and all the best to you, Phil and baby Ben.

  229. Anne Cremer 2 years ago

    Hello Anna and Phil
    My goodness! When my subscription ended you weren’t even pregnant, and in my absence you’ve become Mummy and Daddy to the most beautiful baby boy ! Congratulations on little Ben. What a blessing! I wish you lots of happiness and plenty of fun. Love Anne Cremer

  230. Kathryn Kuzminski 2 years ago

    Congratulations. Your baby boy is beautiful. Best wishes to you and your husband.

  231. Leti 2 years ago

    What a sweet baby. Such beautiful features. I know you’ll be painting his portrait soon enough. Congratulations.

  232. Eleanor 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the birth of your lovely boy Ben. – I’m so happy for you. Beautiful photos too. Thanks for sharing.

  233. Lorraine Van Heteren 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna and Phil, you have a beautiful baby boy! I wish you happiness only with your precious Ben.

  234. Louise Ryley 2 years ago

    Many many congratulations, he looks so beautiful and contented. Ohh!! he’s so gorgeous!! Have lots of happiness together, my favourite time was always bath time. Babies have that special smell! Happy snuggles!! Louise x

  235. Betty 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you three!!

    Isn’t it wonderful? I had similar problems with my pregnancy all so long ago. My daughter, as an adult, is my best friend, and enjoy being with she & her lovely children. Time can get away ! Enjoy every moment

  236. Barbara T. Gershberg 2 years ago

    couldn’t wait for the announcement of Ben’s arrival, thought about you everyday.
    a little advice from a grandmother, just love him, he didn’t come with instructions and you didn’t your degree in Motherhood.
    Please keep the pictures coming!
    Barb G.

  237. Svetazara 2 years ago

    Benjamin got the best parents in the world I think .
    The best wishes for this new little human and his family !
    New inspiration and new ideas for you dear Anna and not only in painting )
    From Russia with Love

  238. Rita Dean 2 years ago

    Congratulations. He is a dear, sweet baby. Handsome and so big!

  239. Neal 2 years ago

    That is one beautiful work of art you guys have created. Congratulations.

  240. Dana 2 years ago

    Beautiful! I’m thrilled for you and your family. Baby days are the best! (even if they’re exhausting) They really are the best most beautiful days. I hope you get to relish every single one of them.

  241. Peg 2 years ago

    So very happy for you. Enjoy every special and beautiful moment with this wonderful bundle of joy.

  242. Thank you so much for sharing with us Anna and Phil: beautiful photos…..may God continue to bless you all richly as a family 🙂

  243. Carmen Correa 2 years ago

    Muchas felicidades Anna para ti y Phil .
    Benjamin es un bebé maravilloso !
    Que Dios lo bendiga siempre .

  244. Sheila 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your masterpiece, he is perfectly beautiful!
    Children are definitely a gift from God and what a wonderful miracle.
    Psalm 139:13 (NIV)
    13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

  245. Cis Widina 2 years ago

    Congratulations on beautiful Ben! Your life will be full of new wonders everyday! God Bless you, Phil and baby Ben

  246. Dottie Aiken 2 years ago

    Ben deserves a sign over his bed — FUTURE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE. Beautiful child and beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing. So glad that everything worked out for you, Phil, and this big boy. May you have much joy and happiness!

  247. Cis Widina 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the birth of beautiful baby Ben!! May your live be filled with new wonders each day! God bless your family

  248. Carol Havercroft 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you both he’s a beautiful baby and I know he will have two doting parents

  249. Lana Danilova 2 years ago

    Anna and Phil! I congratulate you on the birth of your son! Let the baby be healthy and very happy! Very happy about you! My son is 21 years old and I understand what a great happiness it is to be a mother 🙂
    So beautiful photos!

  250. Kay Quinby 2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this special moment Anna and congratulations to you and Phil.What a cutie!! Make sure you have some time to yourselves xx

  251. Chris 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you both, he is a masterpiece, truly adorable and it’s such a wonderful time experiencing all his milestones, enjoy every minute as it goes all too quick.

  252. Deborah 2 years ago

    Congratulations! So happy for you and your husband. I love the name Benjamin;) We named our son Benjamin also, 25 years ago! Time goes fast, enjoy:)

  253. Debbie Cupp 2 years ago

    Well done, Anna and congratulations on your new family! He looks perfect!

  254. Silvana 2 years ago

    Congratulations! What a blessing.

  255. kdavis661 2 years ago

    Oh my goodness, he’s beautiful! Congratulations to the both of you!
    You’ve been through so much so I hope you are resting and just enjoying 🙂

  256. Alizaren 2 years ago

    What a sweetheart, congratulations.

  257. Marjorie 2 years ago

    Oh Anna, he is beautiful …I wish you and Phil all the best in your new life as a ‘three’ with baby Benjamin. My son is in his thirties now, but I can still remember seeing the little cot waiting in the delivery room and thinking…There’s going to be a baby in there…it was such an overwhelming feeling. Enjoy being a family, and you’re still ‘Anna’ and ‘Phil’ as well as Ben’s mum and dad so try to find time for yourselves as well .!

  258. Helen Smith 2 years ago

    Awww Congratulations!!!

  259. Elaine Hyde 2 years ago

    Many, many congratulations, how wonderful.

  260. Sally 2 years ago

    What a Sweetheart! Congratulations.

  261. Kristine Swanson 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna and Phil! Your baby boy is cute as a button ! He reminds me of my little boy (born 24 years ago) at 10 pounds /22 1/2 inches long, he was such a butterball and the joy of our life, as im sure little Benjamin will be for you both. Thank you so much for sharing the beautiful pictures and stirring up so many wonderful memories, “you made my night little Benjamin”! May God Bless you always !!!

  262. Jean Lampe 2 years ago

    God bless you and your hubby! Welcome to the world of wonderful opportunities, little Ben! Congratulations!

  263. Lela 2 years ago

    Many blessed congratulations to your new little family circle!

  264. Maria Cristina 2 years ago

    Che carino! You are an artist also with babies! Congratulations!

  265. Harriet Zwaskis 2 years ago

    As of the birth of Ben, you will never be known as Anna again, you will be Mommy. How delightful Anna, Now that my children are in their 50’s I’m still Mommy.

    Congratulations! and Welcome Ben and a lifetime of happiness to you and your husband.

  266. lorraine romaior 2 years ago

    He is the most adorable bundle of perfection. Congratulations.. he is a masterpiece!

  267. Liliana 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna & Phil!!! Your baby boy Ben is so adorable!!!!!God bless him and you!!!!Thank you so much for sharing those beautiful pictures!!!!
    All the best

  268. Maureen 2 years ago

    Celebrating with you – he is precious. Enjoy every minute!

  269. Suzette Levette 2 years ago

    AUSTRALIA here….our art group receives your emails and we all have your fantastic book,,,,it’s the absolute “bible” of watercolour. Your life will be busy with the beautiful baby boy so the best wishes are with you from us older art loving ladies in country Australia. Your online emails are greatly appreciated. Congratulations. Five Gates Studio group

    • Author
      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      Thanks Suzette and the rest of the Five Gates Studio Group! I will be busy but luckily I just finished my second book and I’m thrilled with it – it comes out in April. If you love the current one you’ll really love this new one! So pleased you enjoy my emails, thanks for having me in your painting world!

  270. Lesley Tapp 2 years ago

    Perfect creation. Just perfect

  271. Gail 2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing the pictures of your precious little boy Ben, It made my day! I’ve enjoyed seeing all the work you’ve produced over the years but he is by far your greatest creation! I wish you and your husband a lifetime of joy and happiness with little Ben.

  272. Lynda Noel 2 years ago

    Mom’s and their boys have the best relationships ever! Love him lots and have fun!

  273. Michelle Rackley 2 years ago

    Dear Ben,

    Congratulations! God chose the best parents for you:) Just imagine they have been waiting for you to turn up for such a long time and now you’re here, perfect and beautiful.

    Dear Anna and Phil,

    Congratulations! Your little one is just gorgeous (sweet little muffin). The photos are wonderful and doesn’t he have a sweet little chin dimple.

    Bless you all and enjoy everything,

    Michelle XXXOOO

  274. Denise Dallatore 2 years ago

    Your life has taken on a whole new meaning….savor every moment.

  275. a 2 years ago

    blessings to you all!,,,Audrey

  276. Veronica Bryan 2 years ago

    Dear Anna and Phil – welcome to the world baby Ben! It makes you realise that there are greater forces at work in this universe when you hold your baby for the first time. I wish you all happiness, health and love always. Ben – you are already blessed.
    Love Veronica (Australia)

  277. Kate Steel 2 years ago

    What a dear little man. Enjoy every moment as they grow much too quickly.
    Kate S

  278. Jasmine Xiao 2 years ago

    Congratulations! He is gorgeous!!!

  279. Nancy 2 years ago

    Congrats on your little angel! He is beautiful. Blessing on your little family.

  280. Carolyn Miles 2 years ago

    Congratulations! He is adorable, what a precious gift. They are really beautiful photos.
    Best wishes from Carolyn in Sydney, Australia.

  281. cherry budiharja 2 years ago

    What a bundle of joy,such a handsome baby,Congrats to you and your husband,godlike with motherhood and enjoy the journey xoxo

  282. Imelda Vassallo 2 years ago

    Beautiful Baby and Congratulations to Both Parents..Imelda

  283. Amor Larson 2 years ago

    What a beautiful blessing from heaven! He will bring you joy that you have never known possible. Warmest wishes to you and your sweet family. Love, Amor

  284. Laura 2 years ago

    What a previous perfect baby! And how kind you are to share your difficulty and now joy abounds! Blessing on you and your enlarged family!

  285. Franco 2 years ago

    He is rally your Best creation! Congratulation. The pic with you and your little Ben is wonderfull.

  286. Fran H 2 years ago

    Such a work of art, +love and +patience= masterpiece. Congratulations to all 3 ! Ben is adorable, healthy and obviously talented!.

  287. Heather 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you and Phil, your baby is beautiful. Now you know all the things that really cannot be explained, the arrival of a child is a powerful and enriching thing, savour the early years, before you have to pass him on to the world.

  288. Carla 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna and Phil for the birth of your beautiful baby son Ben:) I am so happy for you both! Carlaxoxo

  289. Carla 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna and Phil for the birth of your beautiful baby son Ben:) I am so happy for you both! Carla xoxo

  290. Paula Corcoran 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your best ever collaborated creation.may every day bring untold blessings and may your family grow in health and happiness.

  291. Patricia del Moral 2 years ago

    Congratulations… I too had a similar experience.. Wishing all3 of you the very best.

  292. Beryl Rabbas 2 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful, and what a delightful start to life at 9lb 8ozs. So looking forward to seeing and hearing more about Benjamin. Congratulations Anna and Phil, and a big welcome baby Ben, not only to life, but to the wonderful world of painting too, xx

  293. Diane Toth 2 years ago

    He has your lips Mary! Congrats to you both!

  294. Maria Pfohl 2 years ago

    Congratulations, Anna. What a little miracle you’ve created! Met little Ben bring every day sunshine and inspiration into your life …

  295. Barb 2 years ago

    Congratulations to all of you. Ben is beautiful! An incredible experience and I’m so very happy for you both.

  296. Libia Goncalves 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna, what a handsome boy. Beautiful pictures, and you right, your most perfect creation.
    Enjoy. Blessing to all.

  297. Kyunghee Johnson 2 years ago

    What a Beautiful baby boy Ben, I love the photos that baby holding a paint brush.
    God bless you and your family!:-)

  298. Claire 2 years ago

    Anna Congratulations!! You have been through very challenging times and your strenght has taken you through it.
    I think you will be a wonderful mother to Ben. Best wishes to you, Phil & baby Ben.

  299. Catherine W. 2 years ago

    A masterpiece indeed! And a incredible gift from THE Creator! So happy for you! Congratulations and best wishes for your new adventure, Catherine

  300. Mauricia Day 2 years ago

    What a beautiful baby. He will be a blessing to you & your family! God has really done a wonderful thing. What an experience of a life time to have a baby & be a Mom. Wait until you become a Grandmother it gets even better! Enjoy every minute of his wonderful life. Thank you for sharing Ben with all of us!
    Love, Mauricia D.

  301. Cathleen Parsons 2 years ago

    Precious miracle!

  302. Linda 2 years ago

    Congratulations! He’s wonderful ❤️

  303. anne-marie Pissavin 2 years ago

    Félicitations! Longue et heureuse vie à Ben.

  304. linda 2 years ago

    wow wow wow
    now you can paint beautiful little man and have even more inspiration congrats to you and hubby
    may he live long and prosper

  305. Siw Angela 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your beautiful boy! What a treasure ! Enjoy !

  306. cristina 2 years ago

    Congratulations and welcome beautiful Ben ! So happy for your family! Enjoy every minute : )
    Sending you love and hugs from Italy, Cristina

  307. Suzi Pearce 2 years ago

    He’s beautiful Anna. Our only grandchild is a wee IVF treasure; we’re so blessed and grateful to live in an age when such a miracle is possible. Congratulations to you both!.

  308. Jo Ann Koepke 2 years ago

    Dear Anna,

    I want to tell you that I am so very happy for you and Phil. Little Ben is just so very precious.
    You will make such a wonderful Mother, Anna. And I know how much joy this will be for you.
    I also want to share that I will be able to rejoin your wonderful art school shortly after Christmas.
    Enjoy little Ben–every day –every smile, every cry and even the sleepless nights. They grow
    up so fast so treasure every moment with your precious little boy. Your friend Jo Ann Koepke

  309. Cheryl Van Ryn 2 years ago

    Congratulations and what a heartwarming story. I pray he brings you much joy!

  310. Gloria 2 years ago

    what a wonderful little chap – you both look great – congratulations to the three of you. xx

  311. Marzena 2 years ago

    Dear Anna, BIG congratulations to you both! Little Ben looks just like you :))) you fid amazing job bringing him to thi world. Well done! I wish you three all the best! Xxxx

  312. Pauline 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna and Phil what a beautiful baby boy Ben is. I am so happy for you. I wonder if he will be a wonderful artist just like his Mum. Beautiful pictures. x

  313. Alex 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby boy xxx

  314. Rosemary 2 years ago

    And what a handsome little fellow he is. You and your husband must be soOo relieved he is here safe and well. Now you can enjoy the wonderful years ahead as a family. It took several attempts of I.V.F. treatment for my daughter to get pregnant. She never gave up and in the end she had a beautiful little boy like you.

    • Author
      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      Delighted for her, and you, thanks Rosemary!

  315. Leanne 2 years ago

    Your masterpiece! Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby. May the years ahead be filled with joy and pride in everything you do as a family x

  316. Suzanne 2 years ago

    Wonderful news Anna, after all the storms along the way, a ray of light t to nuture and cherish, mat you be blessed with love for your new journey together.
    The photo of you and baby are beautiful xxxx

  317. Annelise Ryborg 2 years ago

    Dear Anna

    Oh what a lovely baby, Congratulation, I wish all the best for little Ben, you and your hosband


  318. Gerald Pace 2 years ago

    He’s beautiful Anna…congratulations

  319. Christine Winton 2 years ago

    What a beautiful, beautiful baby boy! Many congratulations to you all.

  320. PIQUE 2 years ago

    Félicitation Chère Anna et Bravo pour ce magnifique petit garçon.
    Je vous souhaite une belle vie chaque jour que Dieu fait.
    Milles petits baisers… Isabelle de France

    Congratulations Dear Anna and Bravo for this beautiful little boy.
    I wish you a great life every day that God does.

    Thousand little kisses …. Isabelle from South of France

  321. Haseen 2 years ago

    Huge Congratulations Anna and Phil. .Ben is too adorable

  322. Tülün Harmankaya 2 years ago

    Dear Anna,I wish you and your family best of life, with lots of laughter and love. Thank you for sharing your happiness, I am going through some hard times and this was just the thing to warm my heart. Congratulatıons.

  323. Yolande 2 years ago

    Congratulations from Australia! He is just perfect, love his name too 😉 I might have one of those at my house!! Enjoy your time with him! 🙂

  324. Marihet 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna! May little Ben bring you and your husband all the joy! Now you have a new subject to paint and share with us! A gorgeously beautiful baby! xxx

  325. Karin Liebezeit 2 years ago

    Hi,Congratulations on the birth of your son Ben. I wish you a lot of joy and a blessed time together. With Love from Katrin /Sao Paulo

  326. Kim Perman 2 years ago

    Congratulations to all three of you. It is such a blessing having a child. I wish you all the very best
    for your future together.

    I am impressed that he has already got a brush in hand. x

  327. Connie 2 years ago

    Many Congratulations on the birth of your adorable baby boy Ben!! I’m so glad all went well for you and Ben is lucky to have such loving, creative parents! Best Wishes for unlimited joy and happiness for the years ahead. :-))

  328. Patty LaMontagne 2 years ago

    God Bless you and your beautiful family! These are gorgeous photos! Ben is darling!

  329. Prabha 2 years ago

    Hi Anna, congratulations on your beautiful baby. He looks so cute. I’m sure that you and your husband are overjoyed. All the best to you both, and to your lovely Ben.
    Regards, Prabha

  330. Rachel C Murphree 2 years ago

    So very happy for you! We had four miscarriages and then two baby girls who are now teenagers so I know the struggle makes the babies even more precious. Be good to yourself as a mom. There will be hard days amid the joyful ones.

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      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      Thank you Rachel and so pleased you got your girls.

  331. Sally Buchanan 2 years ago

    Oh what a bonnie lad he is too! Love the paints and paintbrushes theme……..lovely photos of a love bub and mum. Congratulations.

  332. Shelley 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna & Phil. He is soooo beautiful. I see you are getting him painting early. ❤️

  333. Yve Mumley 2 years ago

    Congratulations!!! Your patience paid off and you have created a beautiful baby boy!!! Wishing you and your little family much love & laughter and health & happiness!!

  334. Lucia Tacla 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna and Phil! Benjamin is the miracle of life! Enjoy every thay, every minute!

  335. Mary Ruthenburg 2 years ago

    Dear Anna,

    What a beautiful baby boy… and what a beautiful mommy inside and out! I had no idea of your situation when I started class with you in August. I have taken a break and will be back, but you were on my mind any way since you had mentioned you were taking a pregnancy break. I am so so pleased for you.

    You are a wonderful teacher as well as artist and I know you and your husband will be great parents. Enjoy it! And get rest when you can.

    Thank you so much for sending your email out to us all. I have not personally experienced difficult pregnancies with anyone, but you have educated me should it come up.

    Have a wonderful time with Ben!!

    Thanks you for your wonderful teaching.
    Mary Ruthenburg

  336. doris 2 years ago

    Anna you and Phil are amazing..what an astoundingly beautiful creation you have made! and born with a brush in his hand too? The photos are really creative! Keep that photographer! an artist for sure!

  337. Marilyn Franks 2 years ago

    Ben is just so adorable. I love the pic of you both. I think he is super lucky to have a mom and dad who worked so hard to get him here. Isn’t it amazing that your heart could hold so much love? Ben is likely calm because he feels all that abundance of joy and love. I feel empathy for your health. Take good care of yourself in your healing process.

  338. Laura Goode 2 years ago

    Wow, congratulations Anna and Phil. What a treasure x

  339. Jenny Ruiz 2 years ago

    What beautiful photos! Congratulations on getting through a thoroughly challenging pregnancy and producing a wonderful little human! There will still be many challenging times ahead as all parents experience, but you and Phil are a fantastic couple and will cope admirably. Much love!

  340. Emma Andrews 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna! Benjamin is gorgeous. I can relate to anxiety during pregnancy – my daughter who is now 12 was developing with a single umbilical artery and I had gestational diabetes too, Not fun, but so, so worth it! I can remember with my first baby, who is now 15 how anxious I was when we brought him home. Every sneeze ect sent us running for the thermometer! Of course, now they are older, I worry about different things. Looking back, I realize that everyone was correct that babies are hardier than they look and I should have relaxed and enjoyed the time more. Now of course, I sometimes struggle to apply that same advice to two teenagers! I hope you are getting plenty of time to relax and nest with your new family!

  341. Richard 2 years ago

    I did not comment earlier on news of Ben’s birth as I was chuckling too much to write! Such a happy cherubic image suggests wonderful things to follow. With three children I can echo the thoughts of most parents that time passes so quickly that it is important to take full advantage of every opportunity to love and enjoy them while they are at home with you. They leave the nest far too soon and although visits are wonderful it just is never quite the same and we find never quite enough. Then there are new family members added as they start on their own exciting adult life adventures. We have four grand kids now starting off on their professional lives after university, two in Canada and two in the States. My wife is on a list to enter nursing care and so we are seeing life’s spectrum a bit too close for comfort but there is no turning back the clock. Not all of us age at the same rate and so I soldier on as best I can and this includes my return to painting after many earlier false starts. Your online tutorials are technically superb and you must have some talented IT assistants in the background. Congratulations on both your successful career and most successful first effort at procreation.

  342. Rosalie J Roscoe 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your beautiful creation. He is adorable and he knows he has great parents who will take good care of him. Take care of yourself so that you can enjoy your new family member.

  343. Betsy Birge 2 years ago

    He is quite simply GORGEOUS! I love birth to 6 weeks as they are still in the same shape as they were in the womb and that makes babies soooo snuggly!!!! You will have amazing times ahead as your little man grows and I know you and Phil are great parents. We’ve enjoyed sharing this journey with you and hope to continue sharing. My best to you as you continue on your life’s journey with your family!

  344. Janet 2 years ago

    Such happy news and beautiful photos! Congratulations to you all. Looking forward to a baby tutorial 😉
    I wish you and your family much happiness, good health and a lifetime of love, together.

  345. Marcella 2 years ago

    Oh! Felicidades!!!!!!
    So very very happy for your journey. Youll be a fabulous mama.

  346. JELA DUIĆ 2 years ago

    Congratulations to mom and welcome to the party , aweet Ben…

  347. Mary Barnett 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you both on the arrival of baby Ben. You’ve not had an easy journey but your little precious boy is here . Being a new mum is extremely challenging and exhausting but worth every single second . Good luck to you both over the coming months x

  348. Congratulations on your beautiful miracle-baby, Anna and Phil! Wishing you all the best in this joyous chapter of your lives.

  349. JulieLyn 2 years ago

    Congratulations!!! He looks like such a sweetie! Enjoy all the snuggles and kisses. A baby really is a joy.

  350. Judyjo 2 years ago

    Baby Ben is just as beautiful as you are! Congratulations to you and your whole family, I know your life with your new little bundle of joy will be an awesome adventure.
    Lots of love and hugs from Indiana, USA

  351. MaryBeth Hinrichs 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Enjoy every minute!

  352. Pat 2 years ago

    Now that’s what I cal the WOW factor!!! The photograph of you both is so beautiful and I am so thrilled for you and Phil. What a nightmare pregnancy but you came through and now have your precious reward.
    I think Benjamin is going to need something bigger than a 5 brush to start with! xxx

  353. Lisa 2 years ago

    I couldn’t be happier for your little family. My mom always wrapped her arms around me, gave a contented sigh and said with great conviction, “There’s NOTHING better than being a mom.”

    She was right.

    It’s also a crash course in selflessness–good for the soul, but hard.

    For you and your husband, it’s high adventure from here on out. May you find much joy in the beautiful journey before you.

    Best wishes, you beautiful lady!

  354. Belle 2 years ago

    Anna and Phil,
    Congratulations! Children are the biggest joy you have in your life. The raising of them is just as important a creation as the birth. Spend time with him. Hug him, Love him. Nurture him. Now and as he matures. Suddenly!! he will be getting married and you will have then created the most important thing in your life. That time will be here in, seemingly 2 weeks. Time flies when you are having fun.

  355. Vivian 2 years ago

    Welcome to the world Ben. Be aware that your parents, Anna and Phil love you so very much and will make your world full of surprises and full of creativity. Make sure you take advantage of that and that you can create your life around beauty and surprises. You are the most precious gift to your parents as they were seeking you so very much..
    Congratulations Anna and Phil. My son is also a Ben and we are very proud of him. (Canada)

  356. Debbie 2 years ago

    Aaaaaawww welcome Benjamin you little work of art!!! Great news, enjoy enjoy enjoy xxx

  357. Hanna 2 years ago

    Enhorabuena. Os deseo a los tres mis mejores deseos.

  358. Bert Kloese 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you both! A beautiful baby boy! I like the idea of the paint brush in his hand.

  359. Lorna Holden 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna and Phil on the birth of your little miracle. What a beautiful little boy ! Beautiful photos ! Love and best wishes to you all.

  360. Robin 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you both!!! looking forward to updates.

  361. Jan Zeller 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you both. He is such a handsome little guy. Wishing your family love and happiness. In the years to come..

  362. Barbara Kulas 2 years ago

    What a beautiful baby! He’s so big! From his expressions in the pictures you’ve shared I’ll bet he will become quite the character making everyone laugh. Your love has blossomed into yet another wonderful creation. I am so happy for you and Phil.

  363. Carol Lewis 2 years ago

    So precious!

  364. Rocio 2 years ago

    I am so very happy for you! What a beautiful boy, just like you.

  365. Meeta Dani 2 years ago

    Dear Anna,
    Congratulations!!! He is woohoo cute and just perfect to erase all your dull memories of the past. I was thinking about you these days and wanted to know about your little bundle of joy. I am very happy for you and your family.
    Being a mother is not easy. It a 24/7 job which is very demanding, emotionally draining at times. And you are managing your new found role along with your career. You are really doing an awesome job.
    Wish you the best.

    Meeta Dani

  366. Brinda 2 years ago

    For Your wonderful Ben….A thousand wishes for joy, tender and sweet loving family moments ….

  367. Svetlana Rytova 2 years ago

    Welcome to the world of beauty, imagination and creativity little Ben! God bless you and your kind and caring Mama and Papa.

  368. Pattie Jns 2 years ago

    What a glorious blessing, a gift before Christmas. Big congratulation for little Ben. Adorable. thanks for sharing your blessing. looking forward to your paintings to come of Ben. have a good day.,,,,,,hugs.

  369. Susan Walsh Harper 2 years ago

    Congratulations, Anna and Phil! What a little miracle he is! My eldest daughter and her husband went through a similar journey to finally have her darling Olivia, including that first disastrous marriage and ugly divorce. You could have been my girl, so prayers for you were certainly part of my routine. How you have managed to keep up your painting and the school through all of that is a small miracle in itself! Hoping, wishing and praying for the very best for you and your little family.

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      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      Thank you for those prayers Susan and I’m so pleased your daughter is in a happier place now too x

  370. Sandra 2 years ago

    Congratulations. He is beautiful.

  371. Jean Charles 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you both and a special welcome to Baby Ben into your lives. May he give you many blessings as well as all the blessings I send to you all. With love Jean xxx

  372. Erna Egberts 2 years ago

    Dear Anna,
    Massiv congrats to you and Phil!
    Your story got me teary-eyed.
    What a blessing your adorable, beautiful baby boy Ben! happy for you!
    Wish you all the possible love and happiness for the future!
    Btw. what stunning pics ❤

  373. Alisonkeeports 2 years ago

    Absolute perfection!

  374. Tricia Kelly 2 years ago

    Sound like you have TWO men in your life to be thankful for. Phil is the good that came out of the bad experience with your starter husband. That husband taught you what NOT to want in a marriage so in his own way he was a blessing. So happy for you that Ben is healthy and happy. Life CAN be good!


  375. Debbie Thomas 2 years ago

    Dear Anna and Phil, well done, congratulations on the safe arrival of Benjamin. Now your teaching days have just begun. It will be a joy to watch him go through every stage in his life. I know from my baby. He has so far given me forty two years of pleasure. And I have enjoyed every stage he has gone through., and so will you. With Benjamin. You just can”t stop smiling on the inside all the time.,otherwise everyone thinks you are mad because you are smiling all the time for no apparent reason. But heh who cares. Love Debbie T

  376. MaryEllen 2 years ago

    Well Done! The best is yet to come! Congratulations to you, your husband, Ben, who is one lucky little boy and to your extended family!

  377. Rosa 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna. A beautiful boy indeed, like everything that comes from you! Big hugs and gentle ones for all of you!.

  378. Vicki Lacasse 2 years ago

    Anna your beautiful baby boy Ben is gorgeous !

    I am so happy for you and your husband. Before you know it you will have forgotten all the difficulties you had before Ben was born. You will look forward to many new and exciting adventures and experiences as new parents
    Congratulations to you both and wish you all hope and happiness to you and your new family!

  379. Rose Cecille Cayanan 2 years ago

    Hi Anna, thought of wanna say something in here although a lots of people are wishing you happiness and wondering if you can read this message of mine Anyway, you know when I saw the pictures of Ben with the brush it gives me so much joy! It’s so beautiful to see your lovely creation of Love…with Phil and You God Bless Your whole family

  380. Bette 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy. Love the name Ben as my grandson name is also Ben. Much happiness to you three–enjoy.

  381. Tiger Lily - Goal 2017 - to find time to paint every week if not everyday 2 years ago

    Oh you both look wonderful together!!! So happy you got your perfect baby boy and that you are up and around and looking beautiful as always. Next year maybe he can pose painting a pumpkin for his first birthday! We all look forward to it and thanks for sharing your Joy Anna! We’re right there with you. One of ours helped her Daddy with carving a pumpkin her first October. He’d scoop out the innards and she’d get a handful and put it back in. Lots of fun ahead!!!

  382. Matthew 2 years ago

    Dear Anna,
    This is brilliant news.
    Wishing you and Baby Ben the very best
    Matthew xx

  383. Paula Carlton 2 years ago

    Congratulations on a beautiful, healthy, baby boy. Having had two children, I know the overwhelming love and awe, with which you greeted his birth. Motherhood is the hardest, most rewarding job there is and I wish you all the best in this newest endeavor.

  384. Sheryl 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you both on the birth of baby Ben. He is so beautiful. Enjoy every minute.

  385. Janet Whitham 2 years ago

    He’s absolutely gorgeous. Your life will never be the same again – children bring such great joy. Congratulations to you both.

  386. Christina 2 years ago

    I wish you happiness!

  387. EDLott 2 years ago

    I have only recently become aware of the wonderful Anna Mason. I am in complete awe of your talent and love every minute I spend learning from you. I never could have guessed the struggles you have been through. You are truly blessed to have your precious Ben. Looking forward to much more with you.

  388. Frank 2 years ago


  389. Carol 2 years ago

    I can’t imagine a more deserving mom! Congratulations and many blessings

  390. Phyllis Fitzgerald 2 years ago

    Dear Anna,

    Huge congratulations to you and husband Phil and welcome to the world, beautiful baby Ben. May you have a lifetime of great joy together.

    I am absolutely delighted that you have triumphed over so many life challenges with your determination, persistence and optimism. Also Anna, Thank You for sharing this incredibly special and beautiful part of your life, l do feel so very privileged.

    My love to you and your family,

    Phyllis XXXX

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      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      Thank you for the lovely message Phyllis!

  391. cashcraft 2 years ago

    Congratulations from Kansas on the birth of your handsome little boy. (Couldn’t help but notice his cute cleft chin!) Hope you all are doing well and getting some sleep!

  392. Carol Pautler 2 years ago

    Perfection takes time and little Ben looks perfectly splendid! Wishing all of you happiness and just a little sleep!

  393. Geraldine Crowley 2 years ago

    A true blessing Anna.
    Ben is a little dote, so beautiful like his Mum.
    I love the pic with the paintbrush. A lovely bundle of joy & love.
    Congratulations to you both.
    Enjoy this special time. It is indeed a gift.
    Geraldine (Ireland)

  394. Kathy Payson 2 years ago

    I am so very happy for you both. I know you will have such a wondrous time with him. My heart is happy for you .

  395. Dorothy Durdos 2 years ago

    What a precious little baby. He makes my heart smile.
    Congratulations to you. Enjoy every second…he will grow up so fast.

  396. Christiaan O'Dea 2 years ago

    Dear Anna, So many wonderful well wishes for you Phil and baby Ben. I have been blessed three times with children, and each day they add a little something more to my heart. We had a very easy time falling pregnant and having the kids, so I can’t imagine the challenges you and Phil faced. But he was of course so worth it.
    Much love and joy ahead. Christiaan

  397. June Mitchell 2 years ago

    Congratulations …Best ever creation ..perfect little fellow ….lots of lovely memories to make … write a diary from day one onwards …Did this with my Grandson and Grandaughter wish I had with my daughters …so many memories I would have forgotten …love and hugs to you all xxxx

  398. Katya 2 years ago

    Dear Anna! I’m very happy for you! Be healthy and happy, you are a wonderful mother! Ben is a real miracle!))))

  399. lizcando 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna on this beautiful masterpiece!

  400. Monica Adams 2 years ago

    Anna amd Phil: sincere congratulations on the birth and succesful carriage of Ben! I know you have hundreds of good wishes, and I just want to add to them. I didnt write before as I know how challenging an IVF pregnancy can be , and the kind of worries you go through, subconciously and overtly, but the relief that comes when you can hold your gift and know everything will be alright is a real blessing.I don’t think you will jinx the good ‘behaviour’ because you exude a good karma and so it will stay. I wish you and your family Gods richest blessings and peace at this time. Fondest wishes from a long standing member- Monica

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      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for the lovely message Monica!

  401. Jennie 2 years ago

    Many congratulations. What a beautiful baby. Looking forward to the first watercolour painting of him! Maybe you could show us the process of painting a small child once you have a little time and feel you just have to paint. Congratulations once again – with warmest wishes – Jennie

  402. Yasmin Deboo 2 years ago

    Dear Anna, Congratulations! He is gorgeous – a precious miracle.

  403. Janet Kyle 2 years ago

    So glad Ben is here so you and Phil can shower him with tons of love. He is a beautiful boy. Congratulations!

  404. David West 2 years ago

    Anna and Phil….

    Bravo and congratulations for bringing light, joy, and happiness to the world.
    The photos of your child are splendid!

    All the best, always!

  405. Lynn Woodruff 2 years ago

    Congratulation’s! Very convenient that he was born with paints and a brush of his own. He will be painting the house soon.. You had a heck of a time. I am so glad everything worked out well.

  406. Sunita Mathur 2 years ago

    Congratulations!! So,so precious! You’re right, this is your masterpiece. Wishing Ben and his family a happy, creative life.

  407. Claudia Campazzo 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna. He looks just like you! Adorable.

  408. Harsha Shah 2 years ago

    Beautiful baby. Congratulations to you both.

  409. Liz Bentz 2 years ago

    Welcome to beautiful baby Ben! Wishing you all good health, much joy and grand adventures! Being a mother was the best thing in my life!

  410. Thomas Favier 2 years ago

    Congratulations for all the family Anna !!!! Thomas from France.

  411. Jennifer Jones 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you both on the birth of your new beautiful baby boy, and if i might just say Anna you are a most inspirational and brave young lady, your parents must be so very proud of you! x

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      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      Thanks so kind to say, thank you Jennifer!

  412. Roxanne 2 years ago

    What a beautiful gift from God!
    So deserving.

    Congratulations to you and yours.

  413. Diane Makevit 2 years ago

    OMG he is Gorgeous
    Congratulations to you both

  414. Mary Smith 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your most beautiful new creation! I’m glad all family members are doing great!

  415. Nabila 2 years ago

    Congrats! Reading this gave me goosebumps, I’m happy everything turned out good.

  416. Margie LeRoux 2 years ago

    What a wonderful gift Ben is for the world! May your family have peace joy laughter on your new adventure.

  417. Leslie 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the arrival of Ben. He is a beautiful baby boy. We have a grandson, now 7 years old, who was an IVIG baby and 16 months later, twin girls were born who are now 6 years old. Talk about an instant family.

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      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      Thank you and congratulations on those grand babies Leslie!

  418. Julie Dennis 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna and Dave on your beautiful baby Ben. It is always a wonder to me what the human body is capable of creating. Love to you both. X x

  419. Grace 2 years ago

    Aww he’s so cute! Congratulations Anna and Dave :3

  420. Francine Murnane 2 years ago

    Beautiful and perfect, Congratulations to you and Phil. God bless your beautiful family.

  421. Beth 2 years ago

    Wonderful news and photos. One never forgets the crazy joy of the first born child. Enjoy him

  422. Riaz Hathey 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you and your husband. May the road ahead be full of good health, happiness and tons of love. Blessings from the Hathey family in Cape Town.

  423. Cynthia Johnson 2 years ago

    Congratulations! He is the best thing you ever created and always will be unless you have more. Then he’ll be the first best thing!

  424. Angela E Versari 2 years ago

    Awesome CREATION Anna! Congratulations to you and hubby and “Welcome to the World Benjamin”
    Best Regards
    Angela Versari

  425. Mary 2 years ago

    He’s beautiful. I wish you and your husband much joy!

  426. Madalina 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna! He is a lovely, perfect little boy and I wish you all a wonderful time watching him change from day to day!

  427. Debbie 2 years ago

    Best to you and your husband. There’s nothing quite like the joy and awe of holding your firstborn. Wishing you a wonderful life with this little guy.

  428. Johann Botha 2 years ago

    There is more beauty in the world.

    Congratulations, Anna!

    Kind regards

  429. Gerry Parr 2 years ago

    Wonderful news, gorgeous pictures, beautiful new family! Congratulations, enjoy every minute with Ben, even in the wee small hours.! Many congratulations!

  430. Linda Simmons 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the birth of your son, Benjamin! He’s beautiful!

  431. Carol Mason 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the wonderful addition to your family. Remember to take care of you.

  432. Zolynn 2 years ago

    Absolutely, amazingly miraculous! I know that we are obsessed with the need to define and discover the processes behind everything, and as such childbirth has simply become a phenomenon, but this – creating a life is miraculous.

    Thank you for sharing these moments with us Anna. He does look like a bundle of joy! Congratulations!!!

  433. Susan 2 years ago

    What an absolute delight little Benjamin is . Perfect in every way. Bless him and both of you for your perserverance . Happy happy times ahead. xxx

  434. Karina Green 2 years ago

    Well done Anna, there is no doubt that your son will be loved and cherished, as he was fought for for so long and so hard, well done x

  435. wan 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna!!! What a cute boy! Wish you and your family the BEST..

  436. Heather Ruckert 2 years ago

    Congratulations, you are at the beginning of a wonderful journey which will give you much joy!

  437. Veronika 2 years ago

    Oh, Anna, your baby boy is adorable! Very happy for you and your husband Phil! Congratulations!

  438. Mrs Penny Bartley 2 years ago

    Wonderful news about baby Ben. He looks adorable. Enjoy a wonderful life with him. I can’t believe how many messages you have. Your school must be HUGE!

  439. Carol Kenney 2 years ago

    What a little peach.

  440. Ingrid 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Best wishes to you and your family.

  441. Donna Hawkins 2 years ago

    congratulations!!! How very precious….

  442. Angela Peacock 2 years ago

    He’s very beautiful, a wonderful creation for sure. Congratulations to you both!!

  443. Hortense Casson 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna and Phil. What a gorgeous baby boy. I hope that he will have your talent in the future

  444. Hortense Casson 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna and Phil. What a gorgeous baby boy.

  445. Hortense Casson 2 years ago

    Félicitations, congratulations, gefeliciteerd with the birth of your son Ben.

  446. Yvonne Carpenter 2 years ago

    What a true cutsie pie! Enjoy as time will now fly! Next thing you know, you will be filling out college applications, so savor every moment

  447. Suzie 2 years ago

    You have certainly endured some major challenges to get to this point. Obviously all worth the very extended wait. What a very manly little boy’s face. He looks utterly gorgeous. I wish you and your husband much joy and happiness as parents of your handsome son.

  448. Shirley 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby boy!!

  449. Gloria Wallace 2 years ago

    Congratulations you baby is beautiful. And wish you’d the best,God bless you’s

  450. Sara Schmitt 2 years ago

    I’m so happy for you. Having a baby is the most amazing gift. I’m sorry it was such a difficult journey for you, but oh how worth it?! How did it feel SEEING your baby when he came out to greet you? Miraculous, huh? I’ve had 3 babies and each one was as amazing as the first. I think I said Oh MY GOD, at least 10 times when I first saw their sweet face.
    Cherish these sleepless times you are probably going through. It goes by so fast. I’m jealous and just soooo happy. Ben is beautiful! Keep posting pics!!

  451. Paula Casey 2 years ago

    You couldn’t have painted him any better, but I’m sure you’ll try. He’s beautiful! Best wishes to you and Phil!

  452. Vania Ivanova 2 years ago

    The Miracle of Creation! Congratulations! God bless your family!

  453. Deborah Horrocks 2 years ago

    He certainly is a handsome little man with a strong chin. He will be a looker. Enjoy the moment – getting mobile is coming!!! Congrats to you and hubby. xoxo

  454. B. Carroll 2 years ago

    What a beautiful baby boy you have been blessed with! He smiles just like his mom! So happy for you!

  455. Ming Cheong 2 years ago

    What an inspirational life story that came to a perfect ending! Really apologise for the late congratulatory message, but better late than never. Finally, a true miracle and the most beautiful creation happened. Baby Ben looks so blissful holding the paintbrush. It’s a wonder how the photographer managed to keep him in his sleeping mode & took the picture. Hope you and Phil enjoy this most delicious time of all, and get plenty of rest yourselves. Take care and god bless!

  456. Harry Burke 2 years ago

    Hello Anna. Warmest congrats. Ben looks like a strapping big lad. Enjoy!

  457. Terry Mellway 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna! He is just beautiful! We just had the pleasure of meeting our 10th grandchild and his name is Benjamin as well.

  458. Nandhini Prasad 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna! Oh so gorgeous Ben! Enjoy your time with him and your narrative always strikes a chord with us so love to hear lots more about Baby Ben and your adventures with him.

  459. Gracie S 2 years ago

    Hi Anna! Great news! Anna! Your amazing Artist and I am happy for you to be a mum! aww! he is sweet. You and your partner wish you all the sucessss you so rightly deserve I got your book the modern flower painter it is beautiful and learning so much from your teaching.
    what a great set of paints too…
    happy news is good news!
    take care from Grace!

  460. Jo Woolnough 2 years ago

    Dear Anna & Phil,
    Congratulations on your gorgeous baby boy – it was a real joy to see him in the flesh – thank you for bringing him to see me it made my day.
    I know your xmas is now complete and I will enjoy watching him grow.
    Love to you both
    Jo & Andy xxx

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      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      Thanks Jo, Inspiring to see you as always x

  461. Linda Hicks 2 years ago

    Congratulations! He is adorable!!!

  462. Vaden 2 years ago

    How lovely, I am so happy that you have such a fine lad. I think we need a picture to paint,, maybe for December.

  463. Julia Trumble 2 years ago

    what a really beautiful little boy, you must both be completely thrilled. I am so happy for you. I am sorry this is so late but have been for ages.

  464. Anna 2 years ago

    Many congratulations and thanks for sharing your journey. I’m sure your story will give hope to other couples experiencing problems. Your most stunning creation yet blessings Ben

  465. judyjo 2 years ago

    Anna, thanks so much for sharing updates on your beautiful baby Ben. He is absolutely gorgeously like his Mom. Please keep the pics coming, we love seeing them.

  466. Sue Ravenscroft 2 years ago

    What a beautiful baby boy, it’s such a joy to become a parent, scary sometimes but it’s all worth it when your baby arrives, such joy. Congratulations and much happiness to you both.

  467. Sue Ravenscroft 2 years ago

    Congratulations to you both for the joyful arrival of little Ben. I’m he will bring much joy as he grows.
    Take plenty of pictures of him because he will grow so fast . Photos are wonderful memories as time goes by.
    The very best of wishes to you Anna and Hubby

  468. Brian Corll 2 years ago

    Your photo made me think so much of the birth of my own son, which happened 27 years ago this December 20. There were complications in the pregnancy, pre-eclampsia, so we were on pins and needles. My wife went to the hospital on a Tuesday morning but he didn’t arrive until Thursday evening. What an ordeal for both of us. In the photo I’ve attached, shot just yesterday in Australia, he’s a young adventurer visiting Uluru, aka “Ayer’s Rock”. Can’t wait to see him next month. Enjoy every minute of your time with him. They grow up too quickly and go off to build lives of their own.
    Best regards to you and your hubby,
    Brian Corll

  469. Eunice Moss 2 years ago

    Thank you Anna and Phil. I love reading your updates on Ben.
    God bless.

  470. bruna 2 years ago

    Dear Anna, now your life is really perfect!

  471. Yvonne 2 years ago

    Congratulations Anna! I am so happy for you and your husband and your little bundle of joy. What a blessing!! And a big thank you for all your inspiring emails encouraging us on our artistic path. xx

  472. Renee Marks 3 months ago

    Your baby is so beautiful Anna! Congratulations to you both. My daughter has been trying to have a baby for nearly 15 years now. The one time she was expecting, she lost her baby boy in miscarriage. She had always expected to be a mother but so far, its not happened for her and her husband.
    I’m just so happy for you both having this amazing miracle now in your lives.

  473. nice very good news ,thanks

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