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the blessed event
The birth of a baby. She's almost nine months pregnant, so the blessed event will be happening very soon!
Fig. the birth of a child. My sister is expecting a blessed event sometime in May. The young couple anxiously awaited the blessed event.
The birth of a baby, as in When is the blessed event expected? This expression combines two senses of blessed, that is, "happy" and "sacred." Today, however, unless used ironically, it is considered cloyingly sentimental. [1920s]
The birth of a baby. This cloyingly sentimental cliché, dating from about 1920, may well be dying out. It uses blessed in the sense of “happy,” not in the ironic sense of “cursed” or “damned” (as in “Every blessed piece of today’s mail is a bill”).