Our daughter, Phoebe Lynn Brelsford, was born 1 June 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Phoebe’s first life bird was Wood Stork, flying past our window after delivering our daughter to us. An immaculate white Rock Dove alighted on the windowsill, blessed the child, and flew off. Phoebe’s beautiful mother, Elaine, and I witnessed the miracle.
Phoebe weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz. (3.7 kg) and had a length of 20 inches (51 cm). She bears an unusually close resemblance to her brother, “Tiny” Craig. Even Elaine, shown photos of the children at the same age, mistakes the one for the other. “It’s like Himalayan and Oriental Cuckoo!” we exclaimed.
Phoebe’s Chinese name is Dù Yíníng (杜怡宁). Her English name honors the phoebes (genus Sayornis). Each winter, Eastern Phoebe visits our back yard here in central Florida.
Elaine, Tiny, and I thank God for Phoebe, our inexpressible gift. Wish our daughter well by leaving a comment below.
Featured image: Phoebe Lynn Brelsford, age 6 days, photographed at her home in Debary, Florida, USA. (Craig Brelsford)
This post is the second in a series celebrating the Brelsfords’ children. See also
Craig Brelsford is the founder of shanghaibirding.com. Brelsford lived in Shanghai from 2007 to 2018. Now back home in Florida, Brelsford maintains close ties to the Shanghai birding community and continues his enthusiastic development of this website. When Brelsford departed China, he was the top-ranked eBirder in that country, having noted more than 930 species. Brelsford was also the top-ranked eBirder in Shanghai, with more than 320 species. Brelsford’s photos of birds have won various awards and been published in books and periodicals and on websites all over the world. Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, published in its entirety on this website, is the most Shanghai-centric field guide ever written. Brelsford is a graduate of the University of Florida and earned a master's in business administration at the University of Liege, Belgium.
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11 thoughts on “Say Hello to Phoebe, Our Beautiful Baby Girl”
Hi pretty girl Phoebe.. I hope you are doing great.. I sure enjoy the photos that your parents and grandma put on Facebook…you keep being a good girl and tell your mom, dad, and brother that I said hello. Love, Aunt Patty
We couldn’t be happier with the birth of our granddaughter. She is going to bring us so much happiness. We have 4 grandsons that we love ❤️ but there is something about a precious baby girl! We will love her forever and wish her a long healthy life. So proud of Craig & Elaine…they sure make beautiful babies! ?
great looking family…. hoping to see everyone soon, Phoebe looking healthy and Tiny looking happy to acclimate.
So beautiful! I can’t wait to meet her 🙂
What a beautiful family! Welcome to the world precious Phoebe!
Congratulations to the Brelsford Family. We get the chance to see the family numerous times. We live across the street from grandma & grandpa, so we see the little ones grow. Still have not seen Phoebe.
We are pleased to welcome the newest addition to the family.
Blessings in abundance much Health and Happiness to the whole family.
With all our Love. Anna & Steve!!!!
Congratulations, Elaine & Craig on the birth of your beautiful daughter, and Tiny on becoming a big brother! My very best wishes to the whole family!
Congratulations to the whole family! Blessings and best wishes to Ms. Phoebe and her family!
Welcome to the world Phoebe. It’s a beautiful name for a beautiful girl. Congratulations to Elaine, Craig, and Tiny, and all my best wishes to you!
Congratulations on the birth of your daughter! Stay well in these difficult times. I enjoy your blog and miss travelling the world to see birds.
What a lovely family! Baby girl Phoebe is so cute!!!