Sunday, September 2, 2012

It was a beautiful day: Lilly's Birth Story.

Early in the morning, on September 2nd, 2010, Bryan and I arrived at Winnie Palmer Hospital for my scheduled c-section. Any feelings of anxiety or nervousness quickly faded when I got there. I was surrounded by friends and by people that I truly enjoy working with, and at a place that I trust with my life, and the life of my babies.

Above, was my pre-op nurse Millie. She went all out preparing for my arrival, complete with tons of purple decorations, and purple polka-dot pillow cases. I love her! And below is Pam, my favorite IV starter, and my fantastic anesthesia team. All four of these girls were with me for Grady's delivery too, so it was extra special.

At 7:46am I heard the most wonderful, unmistakable, unforgettable sound, one I'll never forget. It was the loud and strong cry of my sweet baby girl, and I cried with her. She was 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and perfect.

In the recovery room there was more great care. I love the action in this photo below. It's how we take care of all of our patients everyday, but this time it was me, and these girls are my friends. It is a wonderful thing to be well taken care of.

Even Lilly had decorations on her bassinet.

It was important to me that Bella and Grady be the first to meet Lilly, and that we had some special alone time as a family, before everyone else came in. So after we got to our room, Bryan's mom brought the kids, and sent them in.

After a few minutes, the grandparents came in, and we all rejoiced. And I LOVE that everyone bothered to wear purple to celebrate our girl. (That may or may not have been suggested, I shant tell.)

Aunt Brittany and Uncle Eric

Bella brought Lilly's purple tutu gift to the hospital, complete with a decorated the box.

One of the best things in life are friends that love my babies. I think it's a "love me, love my babies" kinda thing. I love that they speak directly to my children, they give them high fives and hugs, and held them when they were wee babes. They bring meals for weeks after a baby is born, and help out with bags and strollers, and runny noses. Friends like that are a treasure.

We rocked a little pizza party celebration while we were there, complete with Ferrero Rocher Chocolates and Sparkling Apple Cider with plastic champagne glasses.

To Lilly!

 Our new family of five.
It was a beautiful day.

 Today she turns two, and we celebrate her precious little life.  She is funny and sweet, and full of drama. She is sassy and loud, fearless and destructive. She likes jewelry and lipgloss, baby dolls, and mini princesses. She loves her brother and sister, and any kind of sweet. At bedtime she insists on sitting on a lap during the story, and a hug to the left, hug to the right, hug to the left, then kiss. She makes me smile a million times a day. She is a special little blessing. Oh, how I want to raise her up in the way that she should go. Lord, please help me to be the mother she needs.

Happy Birthday, Lilly Sofia. Your mama loves you. 


  1. Oh how I wish I could have been there like I was with Bella & Grady :-( Instead, I was thousands of miles away, working the phone like it was going out of fashion! I remember speaking to you on Millie's phone pre-arrival & then on Caroline's phone post-arrival :-) But it wasn't the same as being there.

    And the day Lilly was born, my Stargazer Lillies bloomed in the garden, like they knew it was a special day :-) xxxx

    1. I love you, my friend! You were there in spirit! And I know that you would have been there had it been possible! Thanks for always loving my babes and me! :o)

  2. This is precious. Lilly is so blessed to have been born into the loving arms of your wonderful family community.