Baby Braden Petska

Monday, June 01, 2009

Our Ray of Sunshine

We would like to share with you our new addition, Owen Nicholas Petska. He came into this world on Friday afternoon at 12:19 pm. He weighed in at 8lbs 14oz and is 21 inches long. He is absolutely precious and we are enjoying all of the newborn moments (even the crying and sleepless nights) that are so new to Rich and me. We know B is loving him from afar and might be disappointed that we didn't name him Diego (his only name choice).

Owen's arrival came one day after heaven welcomed Rich's Grandpa Stevens. We know B is enjoying all of the neat stories Grandpa has to share with him especially all of his firetruck stories.

Please continue to hold us all in prayer,
Steph and Rich


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats!!! I am so happy for you guys... enjoy!
xoxox, cindy beran

11:23 PM  
Blogger Steve & Carla said...

That old saying "The angels danced the day you were born" sure rang true on May 29th. I can just imagine Braden and his Great Grandpa doing a celebratory jig as Baby Owen entered the world. I know you're cherishing every moment, even the not so fun ones. Hope to see you all very soon. All my love...Carla

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ray of sunshine, indeed. :) What a beautiful little boy! Congratulations and lots of love to you all. You are in our thoughts every day.

Love...Jenny, Evan, Miles and Sammy

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your new little bundle of JOY! - Patsy showed me photos of Owen this morning. I'm so happy for you and your families.

Mary Ellen Pond

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are so happy for you and your family. He is absolutely beautiful! Owen is very lucky to have his own little angel, Braden, to watch over him.

Enjoy every second.

The Laughlin Family

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph & Rich,
Owen is beautiful! I am sure you are feeling emotions of happiness mixed with sadness with all you have going on right now. And of course there is the lack of sleep that leaves you a little fuzzy! It does get easier, I am learning, and hoping you are enjoying being at home already and learning to adjust to having a healthy baby. It hit me like a ton of bricks when Chase was about 4 days old that this is what it was suppose to be like the first time around. Oh, and all the emotions to go along with that...
Enjoy these early days of bonding and hope to see you soon!

Love & Hugs!
Erika, Kevin & boys

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the birth of Owen. What a gorgeous little boy. Thank you for sharing. I'm sorry to hear of the loss of Rich's Grandpa but how comforting to know that Braden and his Great Grandpa have each other to enjoy this wonderful blessing together. Looking forward to seeing more pictures. Congrats again. Love, Amy Vosters and Family

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Steph and Rich! Owen is a gorgeous little boy. I continue to pray for you and all of the happenings in your life. Love, Nickie

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Petska family!
What a beautiful baby boy! I am so happy for both of you! I am still thinking of you all everyday and even more so as your due date neared. So glad to hear that things are going well and continue to even through the rougher of times too. I'm sure Braden is overjoyed to be a big brother and will watch over him from heaven. Enjoy the wonderful moments with Baby Owen!
Lots of Love,
Julia, John and Cole Steffens

10:47 PM  
Blogger ESolgos said...

I can only imagine the complex emotions you are facing. How do you fully embrace this precious gift you've been given in the face of such grief? We are here to uphold you in prayer. We love you and your precious Owen.

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Suzanne Myers said...

Dear Stephanie and Rich,
Congratulations on your new son! Owen is absolutely precious. May God's peace continue to be with you as a new chapter of your life begins.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Mend a Heart said...

Steph and Rich - We are so happy to hear about the birth of your healthy baby boy! Owen is beautiful. We pray that the joy he brings you eases the loss of Braden. When Seamus arrived, I often compared how different it was to have a heart healthy child and thought a lot about how it was when Liam was a baby. When I would change or bathe him, I found it strange he didn't have a scar...not sure why I had all these thoughts. So, I can only imagine the emotions you must feel with all you have been through. We think of all of you often and continue to pray for your strength. We will pray for long sleep stretches too!:)
Bridget O'Meara

11:45 PM  
Blogger Jer, Kari, Alayna-Maria said...

I was so thrilled to hear Owen had arrived! I am praying for you as you face a journey filled with great joy and grief that continues to tug at your heart.
Thank you for posting!
Kari and Jer

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for this ray of sunshine in your life in the midst of heart-wrenching grief. I am certain that Braden is celebrating his baby brother from heaven. Jennifer

11:22 PM  
Blogger *JeSs* said...

Congrats on your new arrival. He is adorable.

12:20 PM  
Blogger amcgee12 said...

Thank you for continuing to share your thoughts and memories of Braden with us. May the memories you make with Owen keep the one's with Braden alive. I am in awe of your continued strength and hope that the presence of your latest blessing helps you have peace. May God bless all three of you...Congratulations on your newest miracle.

The McGees Brian, Audre, Alexandra and James)

8:22 AM  

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