Our little Arab

Our little Arab

Our good news
Our good news

When we made plans to go to Saudi Arabia in 1980, it was with the understanding that we would not be adding to our family while in that country.  I figured once was enough in the foreign birth department, and since we were only going to be there for two years we could easily have another child upon our return to the States.  But after five years in the sandy desert, Plan A had become a little outdated, and we decided that we didn’t want any more space between child #3 and #4.

On November 25, 1984 we got our first look at the newest member of the family, but with ultrasound technology being what it was at that time and in that country, that look wasn’t a very good one.  The doctor told me that if he had to make a guess about the sex of the baby, he’d say it looked like it was a boy.  But he cautioned me against buying a lot of boy things, because it was too early (26 weeks) to be very sure

Can you even tell this is a baby?  His head is on the right side of the image.
Can you even tell this is a baby? His head is on the right side of the image - identified by the "H".

March 13, 1985 found me looking like this

3 days to delivery - and looking every bit the part!
3 days to delivery - and looking every pound the part!

but March 16, 1985 found me looking like this:

Lynn and Desley Boardman
Lynn - feeling great with friend Desley Boardman

The hospital experience in Saudi Arabia was much different from that in Iran.  Abdullah Fouad Hospital in Dammam was quite new, modern, and clean; but best of all the labor and delivery department was supervised by a British midwife.  She was attentive and competent and spoke English!  So when Peter decided to make his appearance a little sooner than the doctor had anticipated, the midwife and I joined forces, and I had a baby before the doctor could arrive – and before Don got back from lunch!

Brand new!
Brand new!

Hospital security - tag on Peter's bed
Hospital security - tag on Peter's bed

Baby’s Name :  Ibn Rynette Butler = son of Lynnette Butler

Just home from the hospital
Just home from the hospital

Proud dad and Peter
Proud dad and Peter

We brought Peter home to an adoring family, and he slipped into place almost seamlessly.  How could we not get along well when he slept through the night from about day six.  I still think that was my reward for having #4!

the amazing Crib Cuddle
the amazing Crib Cuddle

Or maybe it was this Crib Cuddle he slept in.  Suspended against his crib mattress in the soft “sheepskin” and lulled to sleep by the sound of a heartbeat that was provided by the red heart, he slept like a champ.  (Read here about the recall of this product . . .)

Our first Family Home Evening after Peter’s birth was spent writing welcome notes to the new baby brother.

. . . I'm glad you are you
. . . I'm glad you are you

I'm glad you're a boy
I'm glad you're a boy
I'm glad you are my Brother
I'm glad you are my Brother

Mark spoke for the entire family with this concise summary as a school assignment:

March 20, 1985
March 20, 1985

And now that baby is going to have a baby!

3 thoughts on “Our little Arab

  1. Happy birthday, Pete. Those pictures of you and your family were precious and priceless. I can just remember you as a darling little boy. You were always extra special to Lou because you were born on his birthday. That’s a great birthday surprise. I’m very happy about the baby. It will be fun to have a baby nearby. Grandma Butler

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