Announcing Finn Javier Mason

25 Jan

As Patrick and Dad have posted, we welcomed Finn Javier Mason into our family at 7:45 am Egyptian time on Thursday, Jan 24.


Finn is doing well and seems to be enjoying getting to know us. He and Patrick have already formed a close bond and have talked about when they’ll be going to their first baseball game. I’m feeling good and having lots of fun staring at Finn while he sleeps. All three of us are head over heels in love with each other.

Thanks for your well wishes. It’s wonderful to hear from so many great friends.


27 Responses to “Announcing Finn Javier Mason”

  1. Stacy January 25, 2008 at 2:17 pm #

    Oh! Beautiful beautiful baby boy! We can’t tell you how happy we are for you. AND, he doesn’t look pasty at all to me!

  2. Susie & Robann & Carrie January 25, 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    3 generations of redheads send you their warmest congratulations and feelings of pure joy. Finn is the perfect blend of both of you, nice job. Sleep when he does, have fun and try not to worry – babies/kids are lots tougher than their parents and kinda rubbery too. 🙂

  3. Shabnam January 25, 2008 at 3:24 pm #

    Hey Melissa and Patrick,

    Heartiest congratulations. Finn is just ADORABLE 🙂

  4. Mickey January 25, 2008 at 3:38 pm #

    Congratulations! He’s so handsome. (Kade’s hair was basically that color when he was born and as you know it’s now the color of Melissa’s. There’s hope.) Melissa, I’m glad you had a good birthing experience and that your wait is over. Enjoy him. He’ll grow so fast. My little man is going to be 3 in two months! Where has the time gone?

  5. Kay January 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm #

    Beautiful!! Thanks for the putting pictures up so fast. We were all anxious to see him. So thankful all went well.

    Tell Luisa, my heart is with her tomorrow when she has to leave. I know her pain all too well.

  6. Nancy January 25, 2008 at 6:31 pm #

    Awwww, he’s so cute!

  7. Mark & Fran Arnold January 25, 2008 at 7:10 pm #

    Hearty congratulations to you! We are so happy for you. Fran is in tears. Does that happen all the time with babies and weddings?

  8. tracy m January 25, 2008 at 7:30 pm #

    I dunno, he looks a little like a redhead to me…! 🙂

  9. Jo January 25, 2008 at 8:46 pm #

    Congratulations, Patrick and Melissa! What a beautiful, ruddy-complected (what, pasty?), perfectly squeezable baby boy. The Grandmas must be in baby heaven. I’m so happy to hear that Finn arrived safely and healthily, if not exactly on the schedule you might have preferred. I’m sure Grandma LeAnn appreciates that he waited for her to arrive before making his grand appearance. 🙂

    Cousin Jo in Oakland

  10. The Chambers January 26, 2008 at 12:16 am #

    Congratulations! Best wishes and all happiness.
    Eric and Renee

  11. Janae January 26, 2008 at 12:46 am #

    The hugest of congratuations! He is so lucky!!

  12. jeff carrier January 26, 2008 at 1:31 am #

    Well at least we know he’s more photogenic than Patrick! Congratulations.

  13. Aunt Yvette January 26, 2008 at 2:23 am #

    Many hugs and kisses. Finn is beautiful. Just a little thought: David greets Nicholas with “Good morning starshine the Earth says Hello!” on most mornings. I just love to hear him tell Nick good morning. I thought I would copy the song for you, maybe you’ll begin the same tradition. It reminds me of “On the Day You Were Born.” book.

    Good morning starshine
    The earth says hello
    You twinkle above us
    We twinkle below

    Good morning starshine
    You lead us along
    My love and me as we sing
    Our early morning singing song

    Gliddy glub gloopy
    Nibby nabby noopy
    La la la lo lo
    Sabba sibby sabba
    Nooby abba nabba
    Le le lo lo
    Tooby ooby walla
    Nooby abba naba
    Early morning singing song

    Good morning starshine
    The earth says hello
    You twinkle above us
    We twinkle below

    Good morning starshine
    You lead us along
    My love and me as we sing
    Our early morning singing song

    Gliddy glub gloopy
    Nibby nabby noopy
    La la la lo lo
    Sabba sibby sabba
    Nooby abba nabba
    Le le lo lo
    Tooby ooby walla
    Nooby abba naba
    Early morning singing song

    Singing a song
    Humming a song
    Singing a song
    Loving a song
    Laughing a song
    Singing a song
    Sing the song
    Song song song sing
    Sing sing sing sing song

  14. Aunt Betty January 26, 2008 at 3:09 am #

    OH MY GOSH! What a beautiful Baby Boy! Finn is just adorable. Those precious cheeks are just too cute! We are so happy to hear that you three are doing well. Praise God! We share in your Joy! May God continue to bestow many blessings upon all of you. We are so proud to add Finn to the De Leon Clan. We can’t wait to meet him! Please post more pics and be sure to send Grandma De Leon home with an album full. We can’t wait to have the photo viewing party. If only Baby Finn was here for us too ooh and ahh over.
    Patrick be sure and take good care of our Melissa. We know you two will be excellent parents! We love you all very much!
    Please shower Finn with big hugs and kisses from his Uncle Joel, Aunt Betty, Cousin Monica, Cousin Joey, and Whitney.

  15. Melissa January 26, 2008 at 12:18 pm #

    Thank you thank you! It’s so fun to share him with all of you. He’s doing well and we can’t stop staring at him, he’s so much fun. Yvette, thanks for that song, we’ll have to introduce him to it. Right now he’s asleep behind me while Led Zeppelin lullabies play softly. He’s getting cuter and cuter too. We’ll have to get some pictures with his eyes open, it’s enchanting.

    We sent Mom home last night with 3 CD’s worth of photos and video to share with the family. We’ll be putting a bunch on Flickr this afternoon.

  16. Uncle Javi (the brother) January 26, 2008 at 5:50 pm #

    Congratulations, Melissa. I am so proud of you and Patrick. I am glad Mom got to see Finn born. I will try and make it over to Egypt to visit towards the Fall…

    You are assigning full diaper changing duties to Patrick, yes?

  17. chad January 26, 2008 at 6:00 pm #

    Congrats Patrick and Melissa. I couldn’t figure out who Finn looked like, so I drew some big red glasses on him and sure enough, he looks just like Patrick!

  18. Miranda January 26, 2008 at 9:23 pm #

    Congratulations Patrick and Melissa! Finn is beautiful. Enjoy every minute of his growth. My nephew started smiling at me about a month ago–and I thought he melted my heart before.

  19. Patrick January 27, 2008 at 12:30 am #

    Chad, if you drew the actual size of the glasses, each lens would be bigger than Finn’s head. But that’s a good goal for us — we’ve got to feed him so as to grow into his old man’s glasses.

  20. Patrick January 27, 2008 at 12:37 am #

    We’re all doing well. Finn is the most lovable little guy, and so far has proven resilient to all our inept parenting. I’m totally clueless, of course, but trying hard. Melissa is, as always, fantastic — Finn is one lucky kid. And Grandma Mason is offering sage wisdom at every turn. I think I saw her lip bleeding earlier, probably from biting it so often after watching all our mistakes. At one point she apologized for being a backseat driver, but I told her that they haven’t even given me my learner’s permit yet, so she should feel free to reach over the seat and drive all she can.

    Hopefully we’ll get more pictures up tomorrow; we didn’t quite get to it today, between caring for Finn and just resting. At least we’re eating well — the women at church are taking turns bringing us dinners, and extremely good ones at that.

  21. Tahir and Rabiah January 27, 2008 at 2:08 am #

    Hi Melissa and Patrick!

    Many congratulations. We’re so excited to hear this wonderful news! Hope Finn fills your lives with happiness and may God bless the family.

    Ilsa, Nawaal and Ayaan loved Finn’s photos and are sending lots of kisses for Finn!!

  22. becca January 27, 2008 at 4:39 am #

    what a sweet photo! How wonderful! enjoy all the new moments!

  23. Cody January 27, 2008 at 8:07 pm #

    Congratulations! We’re happy for you three.

    Better get pregnant again right away so you can have a fourth for Settlers.

  24. Adriana January 27, 2008 at 8:40 pm #

    Congrats! I’m really happy for y’all.
    The picture is adorable, keep posting them. 🙂

  25. Uncle David and Nick January 28, 2008 at 1:46 am #

    I love Winston Churchill. Sorry if that is not as drippy as the chicks.

  26. Miles January 28, 2008 at 4:59 am #

    We announced the arrival of Finn Javier at Ward Conference today, as the Masons remain on South Bend Ward Emeritus status. There were smiles all around…

  27. the smiths January 28, 2008 at 7:01 pm #

    congrats all around.

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