Saturday, July 18, 2009

Gracie's Entrance

I was scheduled to be induced on Tuesday, July 14 and we were getting very excited. Saturday was Danilo's birthday and we also had a reunion with all my Grandma Parke's brothers and sisters that brought a lot of people in from out of town. We took advantage of having all of my mom's brothers and sisters here by taking a family picture. It's kind of hysterical that this picture was taken two days before Gracie was planned to be born, but everyone that had to go back home was leaving town that night. Wait. It gets better.

After family pictures with the Parkes, we went up to visit my Grandma and Grandpa Achter at their home with my family. My grandpa dished up some ice cream which you can see my sisters and I enjoying on the back deck. My mom suggested it would be neat if my husband, dad, and grandpa could give me a priesthood blessing for the upcoming labor and delivery. It was a sweet experience. Afterwards we talked about Gracie and what a precious blessing she was going to be in our lives. In the meantime, Danilo was having fun trying out a massage on the space between my heels and my ankles. Some friends in our ward had been talking to us that day about how they were convinced a massage like that induced labor.

Ten minutes later for reasons I won't describe in detail, I grabbed my sisters and told Danilo we were going to go find my mom to see what it was like when your water breaks. He follwed closely behind. We met Mom in the front yard with Grandma where we made the decision to rush to the hospital.

Danilo and I had gone up to my grandparents with my family in their car. We dropped off my sisters who grabbed our car to run back to our house and grab my "bag" while we continued on to the hospital with my Mom and Dad and Andrew. It felt like a really fun movie.

There is probably a 30 minute difference between the picture of my sisters and I eating ice cream and Danilo and me checking into the hospital emergency room (where we entered still coordinated for a family picture). Was it the foot massage?

Nine hours later, we welcomed the sweetest blessing of our lives into the world. The rest of this post is for you to take a peek at our little Gracie girl.

This week is truly one where I can say my heart is full to overflowing. From the nurses and doctors in the hospital who cared for us during our stay to my angel Mom whose bringing me into this world I can now more fully appreciate, to Dad and Hailey and Chelsea and Andrew and Mami and Ovy and Cynthia and Nicole, to Grandmas and Grandpas and aunts and uncles and cousins and sweet friends, I have more love in my heart than I know what to do with. I give thanks to my Heavenly Father for the blessing of my precious daughter and for the increased love I have for my wonderful husband who is revealing himself more and more each day to be such a wonderful dad!!


Amy said...

Congrats!!! She is so precious! I love all the dark hair. I am so glad that everything went well for you guys and that she is here safe. She is a doll. You are now a mom and have one of the best jobs in the world. Don't forget to take care of yourself as well as your baby.

Melissa said...

Oh Brittney doll, I am so excited to be a part of all of your lives and watch you and Gracie grow. She will teach you so much! I still learn daily from my children! What a wonderful plan!
I love you!

Darcee&Daryl said...

Grace is SOOOO Adorable!!!!! I'm so excited to know Danilo is finally a DADDY!!!
I haven't met you yet, BRittney, but I love you! I love your testimony, I love knowing Danilo married a "good woman," and I love reading your blog! We'll be in Utah next month (Arriving Aug. 14) and I would love to meet you and have you and Danilo meet my husband and two boys. I'll call or email when it gets closer.

My advice: SLEEP whenever you can. Nap whenever she does! It only gets worse with the next one. ja ja (yes, i laugh in spanish)

Dianne said...

Congratulations! What a cute little baby. I love that beautiful, dark, long hair! Way to go Brittney! Remember when we earned our YW medallion together? Because of that experience you will always have a little corner of my heart! Take care.

Megan Schenk said...

Congratulations Brittany!! I've been wondering how you were doing, and if you had your beautiful baby girl yet!! She is Gorgeous, and we Really need to come see her!! As you can tell, I finally got a blog, so hopefully we can stay more in touch!! Love you!

Emily said...

Ahh, she is such a doll! I saw pictures that Hailey put up on her facebook and it made me so excited for you, but sad for me that I don't get to see you everyday now. Britt you are going to be an amazing mom I can already tell.

Jackie Norris said...

Congrats, she is so beautiful! What a head of hair, too! I'm excited for you guys and looks forward to all the posts about her growing!

Lisa said...

Congratulations you two. She is one cutie pie!! OKay I need to know how it all went...for real. Since my time is approaching fast. We will call soon to hear all the details:)

Chelsea said...

That was one of the funnest nights of my life! Thanks for letting us share it with you! Love you sister, Lilo, and Grace!

aLi said...

oh my goodness, Brittney!!! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog and mentioning that you HAVE A 2 WEEK OLD BABY!? What?!? Where did the time go? Oh my heavens heavens heavens!!! She is beautiful!!!! Brittney I am thrilled for you!


You look great, Brittney, and so does Gracie. What a fun story to share for the rest of your life!!!

Howard said...

I see so much of you in your new daughter. She is a gift to all of us as you have been. Nothing pleases a parent more than to watch their children grow up and make righteous choices. I am excited to see what the future holds for Brittney, Danilo, Gracie, and ???