Thursday, September 22, 2011

Baby Bailey Birth Story

On Tuesday September 6th at 10am Ryan and I drove over to American Fork Hospital for my induction.
I had never been induced before, but due to the fact that I have a hard time progressing once I go into natural labor it was the right choice for me this time.
By the time I got all set up with my IV and everything it was already the afternoon.

I did start to have some pretty good contractions and felt so much better after I had my epidural.
The proud Papa!
He was so great the whole time. He was there if I needed anything!

There were lots of hours of sitting around and hanging out. 
Mom and Ryan with their laptops!
I was so glad that my Mom was able to come and be here with me.
I can't imagine going through labor and delivery without her and her support!
Lisa was also able to be there! (I don't know how there aren't any pictures of her!) I am so glad that we have such a close relationship and can be there for each other for such momentous days.
Finally in the early evening things started moving much faster!
I had the most amazing nurse!! I so badly wished she could have stayed through delivery!
Then, within one short hour I had gone from a 4 to 10!
Everything up to this point went picture perfect.
However right when baby was born we all knew something wasn't right. 
She didn't cry and the doctor worked with her for a while before handing her over to nurses.
Soon more nurses came running in and baby still hasn't cried.
The doctor even  looked over and asked... heart beat?
I just sat there... waiting and waiting to hear that first cry. 
Ryan just stood there, not knowing what to do.
My Mom rushed over to me and leaned over whispering a quiet prayer.
That was the longest three minutes of my life!
Finally everyone said she was going to be alright.

After baby was born the doctor noticed a huge knot in the cord!
Most likely the cause of her trouble breathing as it probably tightened right as she was being delivered.
 She probably had that knot for a long time.
We are very lucky. My doctor had just delivered a near full term still born with the same knot just the week before.
My whole pregnancy I had been worried. With my history of miscarriages and issues during pregnancy I wont ever let myself think.. this is really going to happen for me, I'm really having a baby. Not until I hear that cry and know that everything is going to be okay.
My heart sank when the thought crossed my mind, maybe this really wasn't going to turn out okay.
Thankfully everything did.

With some help from the nurses and some oxygen her APGAR score went from 3 to 9 in about three minutes
What a huge relief and she wont have any lasting affects and was perfectly healthy in every way!

It was so wonderful when I was finally able to hold her and know that everything was going to be alright.

The amazing Dr. Parker!!!
Our baby was somewhere in the 7,000's for births delivered by him!

Baby Girl Bailey
Born September 6th- 7:30pm
Weighing 7 pounds 4oz and 19 1/2 inches long
and PERFECT!!!

Ella's Big Day

At the beginning of September Ella had the wonderful opportunity to be baptized a member of the
church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. It was such a special day and we are so proud of Ella and the choices shes made.
The night before we were lucky enough to have my Mom fly in from Wisconsin!
Ella turned eight back in June, but we waited until now for her to be baptized so that my Mom could be there for Ella on her big day and then stay and be here for when baby number 3 made her debut!
My Mom gave Ella a special necklace, with a matching one for my Mom to wear!
Ella and Sidney
Ella was baptized with two of her friends from church and the neighborhood, including her good friend Sid!
All dressed and ready
Although Ryan had been looking forward to this day just as much as Ella, he was still very nervous!
He did a fantastic job!
A special day for both of them.
Looking good in white!
All Ella had talked about over the summer was how much she was looking forward to being baptized and receiving the Holy Ghost. She spent every night this summer reading the bible and learning about our savior.
She really understood what it meant to be baptized and takes it very seriously.
She has such a strong testimony and is such a great example to her little brother.
We love you Ella!!
Grandma on the farm with Jack and Ella
We were so happy that my sister Mary and brother in law Kevin were able to come from Wyoming 
My grandparents came all the way from Oregon to be there for Ella.
We were sad that none of Ryan's family were able to make it.
Ryan's Mother has been sick and unable to travel. 
Jack and Ella
Ella was amazing. I know she felt the spirit and knew what she was doing was right.
She had the biggest smile on her face all day!
Jack kept asking when it was his turn, he wanted to be baptized too!
Our little family
I thought for sure being huge and pregnant that I would cry, but I only teared up twice.
The first time was as we all started singing the opening song- looking at my sweet little family and how lucky I am that they are mine and what a special daughter Ella is to me.
The second time was right as Ella walked out of the font. As I stood there with her towel and helped her dry off, the spirit was so strong. Along with my love for her. 

After we all went back to our house for a luncheon to celebrate!

We were so thrilled that so many people were able to come and support Ella!!
Thank you all for coming!!
Included in our party was Ella's 3rd grade teacher!
It was so nice that she and her children were able to come and witness Ella's baptism!
She is an amazing teacher to Ella! 

She was given some gifts- including her own set of scriptures and her first "real" CTR ring!

The rest of the day and weekend were spent hanging out with family and lots of playing games on Grandma's cell phone.

Mary making her famous apple pie, with Jack's help!
My Mom gave each of the children Wisconsin tee shirts. Jack wore his everyday for about a week!
(Playing wii with Mary!)
What a wonderful weekend!
There was so much excitement and preparation for Ella's big day..... 
Baby Bailey was only two days away!!!
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