Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Welcome Home Gracie!

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.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

We love you so much already, Gracie! We cannot wait to spoil you forever and ever! You are SO BEAUTIFUL, and your Mom and Dad did an AWESOME job bringing you into this world! We'll see you in a few hours, Gracie Poo Poo! This family could not have asked for a better Christmas gift! WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!!

Susanne said...

Congratulations, Dan and Tracy! We're both so happy for you, and can hardly wait to hold precious Gracelyn! Your blog message is just beautiful and moving.
Love, Susanne

jen cooke said...

I can't beleive she is finally hear. We are so excited for the three of you and wish the best. I can't wait to come visit soon and hold her. Love you lots, Congrats!!! I'll call you soon

Anonymous said...

A job well done Dan and Tracy. Gracelyn is absolutly beautiful and you both did such an amazing job. Tracy, you were such a trooper. It was such and honor to be a part of your special day, I truly can't thank you enough. Gracie is such a blessing and we love all three of you so, so much. Know that we are hear for whatever you need. Hugs

Anonymous said...

Congrats!!
Hope all is well!


The Ericksens

Sean, Kelli & Jonah said...

So happy you are here Gracie happy & healthy! We love you so much, you are so beautiful!! Tracy & Dan....... Thank you so much for letting me be a part of the most amazing birth ever. I was crying like a baby! I am so honored!!!!! By the way sorry I stoped counting at 4 that one time. :) Love you 3 more then words!!!!!! Thank you for the wonderful Christamas gifts, it's was so nice to Celebrate with you!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, she's just gorgeous! Congratulations both of you guys! Such proud parents.

I'm looking forward to the day when I can hug you and hold her, though by the time I'm back it may be more like wrestling on the floor or something! I love you guys and your beautiful little daughter. What an excellent Christmas present.

Anonymous said...

Welcome Gracie! Congratulations to the three of you. What a wonderful Christmas blessing.
Can't wait to see more pictures of that gorgeous girl.
Meredith :0)

The Deuel Family said...

Congratulations Dan and Tracy on the birth of Gracelyn! She is absolutely beautiful, and we are so happy for your whole family. Enjoy every minute with your new daughter.

Love,
The Deuel Family

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Dan and Tracy on the birth of Gracelyn! She is absolutely beautiful, and we are so happy for your whole family. Enjoy every minute with your new daughter.

Love,
The Deuel Family

Anonymous said...

Wow! Talk about the best Christmas gift... there she is... precious little Gracie! Thanks Dan and Tracy for the privilege of experiencing lifes most awesome miracle with you.. and so FAST too!!
Gracie, you are so sweet, so good and so beautiful... what a perfect start!! We love you oodles and oodles. Love Grandma C

Russ and Amy said...

We were so excited to here about your new family addition!! She is so precious and tiny! Congratulations to you both. We can't wait to stop by for a visit :)

Love,
Russ and Amy

Brooke, Aaron & Carson Hein said...

Congratulations Dan and Tracy! She is absolutely beautiful. Carson can't wait to meet his "play-mate". Hugs and Kisses.
Aaron, Brooke & Carson