Chappell was born! Early, but healthy :)

by Naomi House

Chappell was born! Early, but healthy 🙂

What a few weeks it has been!  Only 13 days after announcing that INALJ / I was expecting a baby, my water broke.  At 34 weeks!  I was rushed to the hospital and transferred to a bigger hospital nearby.  I was told the Doctors wanted to hold out until at least week 36 and then induce me, but baby House/Khan was sending distress signals so, very early in the morning on July 25th, they started me on Pitocin.  Seven hours and one epidural later baby Chappell Ullah Khan entered the world!!!

He had a rough start and spent 6 days in the NICU.  I was released after 2 days and was able to stay close due to the generosity of the Ronald McDonald House.  I spent 12 hours a day with baby and though we got little sleep that bonding helped a ton.  This is my first child after going through 5 miscarriages in 4 years so it is extra special!

You may have noticed that I really only missed one day last week, the day Chappell was born, for the INALJ library jobs.  I love my work and those who sponsor jobs made it possible for me to be with my preemie and still help LIS job hunters.  Your donations and jobs made that possible and my gratitude is with you!  Some have asked if there is any way to help – we don’t need much as far as stuff goes, but money helps infinitely, for that we are fortunate but we have PayPal and a few registries for anyone interested.  Every penny helps with a new preemie in the house 🙂

Thanks for all your well wishes as well!  I have included PayPal links below and registry links.  It is important for me to be able to give my mini child a good start in life and I appreciate all of you who knowing me or not, have give.  Ameen, Ameen!

*Update (8/29/17) – as we are moving abroad soon only PayPal & Amazon are still active

PayPal for Baby House Khan
(funds to be used when we move abroad at the end of the year for baby)

Amazon Wishlist

Millet Baby Urdu books & David McKee Baby Urdu language baby books

Target Registry

Ikea Baby registry



Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular LIS jobs resource (formerly I Need a Library Job). Founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard, INALJ’s social media presence has grown to include Facebook (retired in 2016), Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ has had over 20 Million page views and helped thousands of librarians and LIS folk find employment! Through grassroots marketing, word of mouth and a real focus on exploring unconventional resources for job leads, INALJ grew from a subscription base of 20 friends to a website with over 500,000 visits in a month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this many new jobs published daily. She was a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has served on the University of Maryland iSchool Board from 2014-2017. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and now lives part time in Western NY and Budapest, Hungary. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay. 


  8 comments for “Chappell was born! Early, but healthy :)

    August 8, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Gorgeous baby! Congratulations to you and your family!

  2. Diana
    August 7, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Congratulations! Wishing much continued health and so much joy to you! I am sure he’s just as determined and as hard a worker as his parents!

  3. Nichole J Wilson
    August 4, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    So happy for this fabulous occasion!!!

  4. Denise
    August 4, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Congrats! All the best!

  5. August 4, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Congratulations to you and your husband! Take care of yourself and enjoy that sweet baby.

  6. Maureen
    August 3, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Congratulations to both you and your husband on the birth of your baby boy!! I hope he grows stronger with each new day and that your family, now comprised of three, experiences together a lot of love, productivity and fulfillment!

  7. August 3, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Hi Naomi. Congratulations on your new addition. I’m a parent of two healthy children, I feel blessed every day. Unless of course they don’t do their chores or make a mess in the kitchen! Enjoy parenthood! Take care.

  8. Lois Steinberg
    August 3, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Congratulations! What wonderful news…. Wishing you all health and happiness…. and some sleep!

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