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This week we welcomed our baby girl, Diana, into the world. We are so thankful to have a healthy, beautiful daughter and a blessed delivery. I wanted to share her baby story with you along with loads of newborn photos. Thank you to everyone who prayed for our family during my pregnancy. I’m so grateful to be surrounded by such caring readers, friends, and family. 🙂

Our first child was born via Emergency C-section which I won’t go into, but my prayer for this delivery was to have a normal labor with a healthy baby and healthy me :). Once you’ve had a cesarean, it’s risky to go too much past your due date so I scheduled an induction with my Doctor about a week after I was due. All the while, I had been praying to go into labor sooner on my own. The morning of my induction came and I was so excited that I didn’t sleep much that night. My husband, son and I were all up early getting ready.

Baby Story - Beautiful Newborn Photography @natashaskitchen

[My hubby took this belly pic of me on my Due date (March 7th)].

Just before we left the house, I got the call that the hospital was full and I would have to reschedule. We were bummed and tried to go back to sleep so my son crawled into bed with me (because it was the only way we could get him back to sleep) and my husband went to David’s bed. Then I felt a strong kick and boom; she broke my water. My son could tell I was in pain and became very concerned. I told him to go get daddy right away because mommy needed his help so David bolted out of bed yelling, “Daddy it’s an emergency mama needs your help.”

Literally, a few minutes later my Dr. called to apologize that they had to reschedule but she was happy to hear that Diana had already decided that this morning was her time. Since we were packed and ready, we were on our way. I am in awe of God’s timing in jumpstarting my labor naturally; a last minute miracle!

On the way to the hospital, my contractions grew stronger and more painful and my son was very concerned saying, “Daddy can you drive a little faster?”

Welcoming Our Baby Girl

[Of course we took a picture together before we entered the hospital doors, knowing that when we came back out, life would never be the same].

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[Ha ha this is what girls do before the real contractions kick in].

I’ll spare you the labor details but I will say that I wanted to hug my Mom and tell her how much I appreciated that she gave birth naturally to all 5 of us and in Ukraine no less (labor pains cannot be compared to any other pain).

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[David’s first time holding her – he was singing rock-a-bye when she started crying and then he was shushing us when she fell asleep. It was so sweet]

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The hospital provided a service from Bella Baby and all of the photos below were taken by Kim Price who did an amazing job capturing our sweet bundle and our overwhelming joy.

Baby Baby Story - Beautiful Newborn Photography @natashaskitchen

Baby Story - Beautiful Newborn Photography @natashaskitchen

Baby Story - Beautiful Newborn Photography @natashaskitchen

Baby Story - Beautiful Newborn Photography @natashaskitchen

Baby Story - Beautiful Newborn Photography @natashaskitchen

Baby Story - Beautiful Newborn Photography @natashaskitchen

Baby Story - Beautiful Newborn Photography @natashaskitchen

Baby Story - Beautiful Newborn Photography @natashaskitchen

Baby Story - Beautiful Newborn Photography @natashaskitchen

Baby Story - Beautiful Newborn Photography @natashaskitchen

Baby Story - Beautiful Newborn Photography @natashaskitchen

My husband Vadim was wonderful and helpful during the process and I’m so thankful that he was there to support me. I’m also incredibly blessed to have a Christian Doctor who I know prays for all her patients and who stuck it out the entire day to deliver our daughter. Diana was born at 10:12 PM on March 13th, weighed 7 lbs 8 oz and was 20″ long. It was such a beautiful moment to be able to hold her in my arms and hear her cry as soon as she was born. It was definitely a piece of heaven on earth. She is perfection – wonderfully created by her Creator. Her hair is so long, dark, and gorgeous. I’ll be making ponytails in no time.

Baby Story - Beautiful Newborn Photography @natashaskitchen

Baby Story - Beautiful Newborn Photography @natashaskitchen

Baby Story - Beautiful Newborn Photography @natashaskitchen

“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD…” Psalms 127:3.

Thank you LORD for David and Diana 🙂

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  • kate
    September 26, 2018

    What religion are you based on? i am baptist Reply

  • jacqueline aisbitt
    May 16, 2017

    i just found your site, i never had children and i never usually get emotional at baby pics but wow your little treasure brought a tear to my eye , she is stunning baby . wish you many happy years with her , Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 16, 2017

      Awww thank you so much for your sweet comment. You’ve got me smiling from ear to ear 🙂 I’m scrolling through the pictures again and thanking God for my little ones and for wonderful readers like you! Thank you for writing in 🙂 Reply

  • Tzivia
    May 2, 2016

    Wow I can’t believe that was your little Diana and now she’s a cutie little active adventurous tot btw Natasha she totally looks like you David looks like he’s such a big helper and your hubby vadim seems like he really helps out too I need a man like that know of any good nice kind Jewish men lol anyhoo beautiful family may g-d continue to bless you all peace Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 2, 2016

      Thank you for such a sweet comment Tzivia 😊. Blessings to you and your family as well. Reply

      • Tzivia
        May 3, 2016

        Your welcome Natasha anytime may only good things continue to happen amen Reply

  • Ritu P
    March 2, 2016

    congratulations..!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 2, 2016

      Thank you! 🙂 Reply

  • TATA
    July 1, 2015

    Congratulations:) I though you have only one child, as i red in “about” section. Thnak you for sharing your sweet story. It brought tears of joy to my eyes.God bless you and your family. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 1, 2015

      Thank you Tata, you’re so sweet :). I can’t believe I forgot to update that – that’s a pretty important detail ;). Reply

  • Mansi
    April 25, 2015

    Oh She waa born on the same date as I. She is so cute. God bless her. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 25, 2015

      How cool is that? 🙂 Thank you so much Mansi! Reply

  • Ziz'ka
    April 14, 2015

    Wow, makeup during labor??? Congratulation to both of you. Happy to hear that everything went well. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 14, 2015

      :-O. I didn’t have time to finish getting ready at home, so yeah. lol. 🙂 Thank you! Reply

  • Tiffany Brown
    April 12, 2015

    Been a reader of your blog for a long time. I have two little ones as well. So happy for you! Your baby girl is precious. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 12, 2015

      Thank you so much Tiffany. 🙂 Reply

  • April 10, 2015

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! She’s gorgeous! Just like her Mama! xoxo Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 10, 2015

      Awww thank you so much Kate 🙂 You’re so sweet 🙂 Reply

  • Angela
    April 9, 2015

    Congratulations! It is such coincidence, my husbands name is vadim too, we had our baby on march 8 and named her Diana 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 9, 2015

      That’s funny and awesome! 🙂 Congratulations to you on your sweet new addition :). Reply

  • Marie
    April 7, 2015

    Congratulation!!!!!so beautiful baby.Lucky to have a great mom who knows how to cook yummy meals and sweets:).God bless your family.. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 7, 2015

      Thank you Marie :). Reply

  • Gemma
    April 3, 2015

    Congratulations! Diana is a beautiful baby! Blessings to you and your beautiful family! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 3, 2015

      Thank you so much Gemma 🙂 Reply

  • Such a lovely post, Natasha! Thank you for sharing. 🙂 I missed so much when I was away from blogging due to illness and didn’t even know you were expecting. I’m so glad your prayers were answered for a natural delivery. Diana is a beautiful baby girl. Wishing you and your family all the best and many blessings! xo Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 2, 2015

      Thank you so much Stacy and I hope you are feeling better! P.S. I got your message about joining the board and the answer is; absolutely! Welcome 🙂 Reply

  • Marina from Huntsville
    March 31, 2015

    Natasha, thats an incredible story! May God continue to bless you! The baby looks beautiful and you looked amazing after giving birth! Thank you for all you do and for all the wonderful recipes you share with us! May God continue to be praised through you and your website!
    Thank you Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 31, 2015

      Marina, thank you so much for your sweet comment. 🙂 Reply

  • March 30, 2015

    Hey Natasha,

    First time here. Congratulations on the arrival of a little one. I have a 5 month old daughter too and can much relate to you now. Hope you are getting some sleep. Loved your space. Happy Motherhood and Happy cooking.

    Much Love
    Sowmya Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 30, 2015

      Thank you so much Sowmya 🙂 Congratulations on your baby girl also! 🙂 I am definitely enjoying the baby – it seems easier the second time around. Maybe I’m just not as up tight and anxious as I was the first time around. 🙂 Reply

  • Angelina
    March 30, 2015

    Congratulations! Praising God for he delivery and healthy baby girl!!! She has so much hair and is so cute! Enjoy being parents!!! God bless you!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 30, 2015

      Thank you Angelina :). Reply

  • Dasha
    March 28, 2015

    Congratulations on your sweet addition! Enjoy your bundle of joy even past the tears and diapers!

    Love with an open heart and she will feel the support and warmth all around her.
    Sweet little girl and a beautiful family!

    Xoxo
    -Dasha Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 28, 2015

      Thank you so much Dasha for your thoughtful comment 🙂 Reply

  • Yuliya
    March 28, 2015

    Congratulations! Diana is a little princess! She is the cutest little thing ever:) God bless you for a speady recovery and your newborn, along with your family! Take care:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 28, 2015

      Thank you Yuliya :). Reply

  • March 26, 2015

    Congratulations! What a beautiful family you are.
    God bless. xo

    PS-I love you putting make-up on before your li’l sweetheart arrives! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 26, 2015

      Ha ha, I didn’t have time to finish it up at home that morning 🙂 I was real eager to get to the hospital 🙂 Reply

  • March 26, 2015

    Congrats- she’s beyond perfect. Also, props to you also for looking fabulous so quickly after delivery- I was a hot mess and as a result there are very few photos with me in them (this might be a good thing because I was swollen and exhausted from 4 hours of pushing!).

    Enjoy this special time with your family! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 26, 2015

      We are enjoying every moment. 🙂 I was a hot mess the day she was born too. These photos were taken after a night of recovery and a shower 🙂 Reply

  • What a precious gift from God. I love how He provides every single little need at just the right time. Your daughter is beautiful. Congratulations! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 26, 2015

      That is so true and not just in the way she was born. We tried to get pregnant for three years and looking back – she was given to us at just the right time. We are so thankful. Thank you for your sweet comment 🙂 Reply

  • Indira
    March 25, 2015

    Congratulations Natasha. hope you will find your parenthood very rewarding. I enjoy your recipes very much. Thank you for everything. God bless. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 26, 2015

      Having children and being a parent is a gift from the Lord :). It truly is such a blessing and so rewarding to watch them grow and prosper 🙂 Reply

  • March 25, 2015

    Wow, thank you for sharing your baby story and the beautiful photos! Absolutely beautiful family! And Diana is just so cute! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 25, 2015

      Thank you so much Shinee :). She is so sweet and we are enjoying every moment with her :). Reply

  • March 24, 2015

    Congratulations, Natasha and family! She is precious and finally arrived!:) Enjoy these days with limited amount of work as they fly by. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 24, 2015

      I already feel like they are flying by. It’s amazing to me that our baby girl is already 10 days old! 🙂 Reply

  • Iryna B.
    March 24, 2015

    Congratulations! Baby girl is so sweet! What a happy family pictures. Blessings. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 24, 2015

      Thank you so much. You’re so nice! Reply

  • Natasha
    March 24, 2015

    Congratulations on your beautiful little doll!!! I adore her hair!!!! Blessings to your family! Wishing you a fast recovery! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 24, 2015

      Thank you so much. I sure love her hair too. I can’t stop touching it. 🙂 Reply

  • Katya
    March 23, 2015

    Congratulations!!!
    Beautiful family!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 23, 2015

      Thank you so much Katya 🙂 Reply

  • Kristina Shulga
    March 23, 2015

    She is just so precious, I’m so happy for you both, ahh makes me want another one, I have 3 precious gifts already, and we are so happy, may God Bless you continually as you trust in Him and put youre hope in Him, Blessings to you both. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 23, 2015

      Thank you so much Kristina :). Sounds like you have a little bit of baby fever 🙂 Reply

  • March 22, 2015

    AWWWWEEEEEE!!!! I’m melting! I love the emotion captured here! Congratulations on your baby girl and may God bless you abundantly!!! May she grow healthy and happy and beautiful, like her mama 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 23, 2015

      Thank you so much Olga :). You’re so sweet 🙂 Reply

  • Diana G
    March 22, 2015

    Congratulations to you and your family !! Diana is beautiful !(great name by the way ). Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 23, 2015

      Thank you Diana 😉 Reply

  • March 22, 2015

    What a beautiful birth story to a beautiful baby girl! I am so happy you were brave and had her VBAC. You are amazing! Beautiful pictures of your family! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 23, 2015

      Thank you Lena :). It was such a beautiful experience compared to the first c-section; holding her right away and hearing her cry rather than waking up shaking and freezing cold in a strange room after a c-section. I’m so thankful to have been able to have a successful VBAC 🙂 Reply

  • Diana Barker
    March 22, 2015

    Congratulations on the safe arrival of baby Diana..you chose a lovely name, and I love your recipe ‘s and blog. God Bless…Diana Barker… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 23, 2015

      Thank you so much Diana. Is there any particular reason you like the name? 😉 Reply

  • Tiffany
    March 22, 2015

    Congratulations on your beautiful daughter and successful VBAC! I was able to VBAC with my second son. My first son was born via C-section due to non progression and I really think it’s because I had an epidural too soon :-/ There hasn’t been a more proud moment for me than being able to birth naturally. I’m hoping to have another natural delivery for our baby girl that is due beginning of June 🙂 Share lots of pictures of Diana and David, they are so adorable together. Can’t wait to see my boys with their baby sister. God’s blessings to you and your family! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 23, 2015

      I’ve heard that from several gals that getting the epidural too soon had halted some labors. Congratulations on your baby girl! God bless the rest of your pregnancy and delivery! 🙂 Reply

  • Sveta
    March 22, 2015

    Natasha! Congrats to you and your family! Your baby girl is absolutely adorable. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 23, 2015

      Thank you so much Sveta 🙂 Reply

  • SALMAN
    March 22, 2015

    Congratulations to you for the gift from Allah and to Diana to have a beautiful Mum like you and God bless you all as a happy family. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 22, 2015

      Thank you Salman. God has blessed our family so much 🙂 Reply

  • Gail
    March 21, 2015

    Congratulations…….Diana is beautiful! Blessings to all. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 22, 2015

      Thank you so much Gail 🙂 Reply

  • Dorothy McDonald
    March 21, 2015

    Congratulations! You have a beautiful family. You have many memories. I’m a mother of 4 sons (all grown men now) and enjoyed every minute of it!

    Dot Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 22, 2015

      Time goes too quickly, doesn’t it? I’m savoring every moment with her in her tiny stage. Reply

  • julia
    March 21, 2015

    What a beautiful family – Congratulations! I think Diana will love having David as her big brother! Thank you for sharing and may God bless you always. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 22, 2015

      Julia thank you so much :). David is a very sweet and caring big brother. I love seeing how he acts around her 🙂 Reply

  • Dorina
    March 21, 2015

    Congratulations! I know from personal 3 times, that is the best feeling holding that newborn in your arms ( I think I cried every time). I hope Diana grows healthy, happy, beautiful, talented and brings you and your family lots of joy! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 22, 2015

      It’s such a beautiful burst of emotions and joy. Thank you so much Dorina 🙂 Reply

  • Sveta
    March 21, 2015

    CONGRATS! God bless your beautiful family.
    “The Lord bless you, and keep you
    The Lord make his face shine upon you,
    and be gracious unto you;
    The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
    and give you peace.”
    Numbers 6:24-26 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 22, 2015

      Thank you so much Sveta. I love that scripture and it is such a blessing to us. 🙂 Reply

  • Beth
    March 21, 2015

    Thank you for including us in this joyous moment. We feel so close to you through your blog! Your family is beautiful! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 22, 2015

      Beth thank you so much for your sweet words :). Reply

  • Noemi
    March 21, 2015

    I am new to your blog and what a welcome this was! Congratulations on your new baby girl! Thank you for sharing your family’s experience with the amazing photos; you’ve been blessed with a beautiful family. May God continue to bless you all with his amazing love! I am also of Ukrainian descent and was very happy to fall upon your delicious recipes. On to cooking! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 21, 2015

      Noemi thank you for your sweet comment and welcome to my blog! I’m so happy you’re here :). I hope you find many new favorite recipes 🙂 Reply

  • Hanna SZACH
    March 21, 2015

    HI Natasha… wishing you and your family best wishes from Australia. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous and what a way to go ..a boy and now a girl. Must be all that wonderful cooking you do for your family. Love all your recipes.. My Husband is Ukrainian but he was born in Germany ,as was I.( decades ago.) Been in “The land down under” for 50 yrs.. as you can tell I am no Spring Chicken..lol
    Bless you all.
    Hanna (Shortened version of Christian name) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 21, 2015

      Hanna thank you so much for writing in. We are so blessed and thankful to have both a son and daughter :). I think it’s so great that you’re reading my blog in Australia – that always amazes me. Hello and blessings to you from Idaho! 🙂 Reply

  • Mary
    March 21, 2015

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing. God bless you and your family. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 21, 2015

      Thank you so much Mary 🙂 Reply

  • Елена
    March 21, 2015

    Congratulations! Поздравляю! Чудесная девочка и прекрасное имя. Старший брат такой трогательный )) Здоровья вам всем и храни вас Бог. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 21, 2015

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment and blessings 🙂 Reply

  • Amy Boer
    March 21, 2015

    Natasha & Vadim,
    Congratulations on your beautiful new little one. I trust that the favor of God will be on her, that she would be protected by His Grace, come to know Him at an early age, and have a revelation of His will for her life. What a wonderful blessing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 21, 2015

      Thank you so much for your blessings over her. She is such a blessing to our family 🙂 Reply

  • Lyuda N
    March 21, 2015

    Oh how nice she was born on my birthday 🙂 Congrats! God Bless your family! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 21, 2015

      Happy belated birthday and thank you! 🙂 Reply

  • Nonna garik
    March 21, 2015

    Slava Boga!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 21, 2015

      We’re definitely praising God for her 🙂 Reply

  • tomatefarcie
    March 21, 2015

    beautiful family! mazel tov Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 21, 2015

      Thank you so much 🙂 Reply

  • WEndy
    March 21, 2015

    I was looking up a recipe for an angel food trifle and found your site by accident – the cake is for my daughter’s 19th birthday tomorrow, and I loved reading about the birth of your daughter and remembering the joy of bringing a baby into the world. Lea is my firstborn and I have two sons now as well, and the love just grows stronger and stronger. I’m happy to discover your site and find inspiration and good recipes to make meal times family time and keep them healthy too. Thank you Natasha and blessings on your family! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 21, 2015

      Thank you so much Wendy and happy birthday to your daughter! I’m sure you find it hard to believe she’s 19! Children grow up way too fast. I want time to stand still so I can just enjoy these young stages longer :). Our first child, I was always thinking about the next stage and when crawling or walking or something else would come, but I’m basking in the now this time around 🙂 Reply

  • veronika gudimenko
    March 20, 2015

    CONGRAGTS NATASHA!!! I’m so happy for you and your family:)I was tearing up while looking at the beautiful pictures. God has Blessed you and may he continue Blessings you and your beautiful family. You have such a beautiful baby girl-Dianachka.(I have a sister named Diana, she also has black hair,lol.) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 20, 2015

      Thank you so much Veronika :). Your sweet comment made my evening :). I love her hair! She has grandpas hair color 🙂 Reply

  • Tasneem Ghauri
    March 20, 2015

    Congratulations! Marwah and I are so happy and excited that your new gift from God has arrived safely! Marwah is asking me if she can come and visit you! lol. We are so glad to see the pictures and share in your joy. Your daughter is beautiful and now your son is a big brother! Marwah says she loves your baby because she is so cute and she wants to see her. May God bless your family and guide you all your days to what is good and true! We can’t wait for more videos and news from you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 20, 2015

      Thank you so much and please say hello to Marwah :). God bless your family as well 🙂 Reply

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