26 June 2006

Best. News. Ever!

On 25 June 2006, at 1750 local time in Mannheim, Germany, my son Mark entered this world!

After roughly 36 hours of labor, the doctors decided that he was too big for a natural birth and opted for a C-section, after which both Mark and my sweetie are doing fine. Weighing in at a hefty 9.5 pounds and standing (ok, laying) at a height of 21.5 inches, Mark is already intimidating lesser babies. Ok, ok, I'm exaggerating, but only that he intimidates lesser babies, he really was 9.5lbs and 21.5 inches (that's 4330 grams and 55cm for you metric folks out there).

Pictures of Mark will be posted tomorrow.

I'll be spending a lot more time in the next week or so at the hospital with my new family, so Little Known Facts of Victory will be less frequently posted, but no less frequently occuring. Just because you're not seeing it on B36 News doesn't mean it isn't happening. If you'd like to view some of the sources that I draw my material from during my reduced operations, here is a list of those sites:

MNF-I News
MNC-I News
Defend America - OTG
Defend America News
DoS - Iraq Weekly
DoD News


Anonymous dj elliott said...

Take care of the 'home front' for a while.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

welcome little one!!!

andrea/summer pj's

Blogger Mike H. said...

Congratulations to you, the wife, and Mark.

Blogger Larry L. Bradley said...

Ben, Hon. You know I devour your excellent blog but refrain from commenting. This has to be an exception!! Praise God for a healthy Katie and Mark, and for a husband who is as devoted as you are. Words cannot express the joy I feel over being a grandpa for the first time. What a glorious blessing. And while I'm at it, your blog is simply outstanding. I didn't realize the teachers at Barrow taught you to write so well. Looking forward to the pics tomorrow. Give Katie my love and Mark a big hug. May God bless you all. Dad

Blogger dcat said...

Your parents now! WOW! This will be the biggest job you will ever have! I think you and Katie will do fine! Congradulations!!!

Aunti dcat ;)

Blogger Tom C said...

Congrats and god bless the three of you. Ohh and thanks to grandpa and grandma for raising you to be who you are.

Anonymous Janet said...

Welcome to the world, Big Boy Mark!!! And congratulations to the proud Mom and Dad.

Blogger Cop the Truth said...

Congrats and God Bless. May he never hear a shot fired in anger.

Blogger Robert F. Griffing said...

And the other "older relative" says "Yes!!!"

Congrats to Ben, Katie, and little Mark!

Blogger Arcticman Speaks! said...

That's great news! I'm happy for you!

Anonymous Tigerfrau said...

Ein deutsches "Willkommen auf dieser Welt kleiner (bestimmt sehr süßer) Mark" und Gott segne Eure erste Woche als Familie Bradley

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Anonymous cranky said...

Congratulations to you and your wife and welcome to the world, Mark! May God Bless all of you keeping you healthy, happy and close to His heart.


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