So Gracie has arrived. She came fast and furiously as an early Christmas present on Dec. 24 at 11:20am. She is a little peanut after all that trickery fooling us into thinking she would be a big girl. She wieghed only 6lbs11oz and is 19 1/2 inches long. Tiny tot but we love her more than words can express. She woke mom up by breaking her bag of waters at around 0545. Than by 0615 the contractions were beginning and she was ready to come. We ran a few red lights on the East Beltline due to a nervous daddy in the drivers seat and arrived at Butterworth by 0700. My contractions were about a two minutes apart lasting a minute and a half each. No time to rest and I pretty much hyperventilated my way through until the blessed angel( aka anesthesiologist) came to give me my epidural. Then comes the enjoyable part. At 0830 the epidural was in full effect and by 0900 I was 100% effaced and dilated to 10 cm. 0930 came time to push and so there we went with my full team there by my side. Dan was the head coach and did such a fantastic job, I am so proud and honored that he is my partner in this life adventure. His team of assistants included the moms, Wendy and Gloria. The sisters- in-law supreme, Katie Bibler, Kelli Carlson and of course the fabulous photographer herself Lauren Hosford. They were priceless to me and made the experience that much more special. We pushed for just under two hours due to her getting stuck on my pubic bone and needing a little suction help to pass it by. Gracelyn Rae was born at 11:20 and she owned her hearts that very minute. She was able to come home at 24 hours old and so we spent our first Christmas at home together. She is the sweetest little baby and we are blessed and thrilled that God has entrusted her care on this earth to us. What a joy she is already and at two days old she is more precious and loved than when she was born. She grows and changes by the minute and Dan and I are truly enjoying every little moment and every little movement she makes. Welcome Gracie and know that you are loved beyond measure, you are our treasure and the best Christmas gift we could have ever hoped for.