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 webzine and jobs list (formerly I Need a Library Job) and former CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of, a crowdfunding platform focused on African patrimony, heritage and cultural projects. INALJ was founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard. Its 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. INALJ has had over 21 Million page hits and helped many, many thousands of librarians 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 one month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this with many new jobs published daily. She has also written for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro and many other publications in the past decade. She presents whenever she can, including serving on three panels at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Las Vegas; as breakout presenter at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa; as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Library Association annual meeting; at the National Press Club in Washington DC; McGill University in Montreal, Canada; the University of the Emirates, Dubai, MLIS program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and has been living and working in Budapest, Hungary and Western New York State. She spent years running her husband’s moving labor website, fixed and sold old houses and assisted her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food. She is preparing to re-enter the workforce and is job hunting. Her husband is now the co-editor of INALJ, a true support!  She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay. 


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