Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Emilie Hope - the best Christmas present ever!

The phone rang at some ungodly hour early on December 22. John, who was preparing to head to the office after being off for two blizzardy days answered the phone. I rolled over, sliding closer to the dog,wonderi ng what kind of sicko was calling.

Minutes later, John is shaking me awake, "Emilie's coming! Get up, get dressed, and get the booger. We're going to Longmont!"

Usually I'm very slow in the morning. Not even able to speak in complete words, but that morning, I shot out of bed and was ready to go in under 30 minutes.

The drive was scary. It was the first day the roads were "passable" since the blizzard ended the day before. Slip-sliding for an hour and a half, we finally arrived at the same hospital where Kyle was born.

Perry (father-to-be) was in the waiting area briefing Sylvia (g-ma-to-be) when we blew in.

Kyle provided entertainment as we all waited for the news. A few minutes past 1 PM, a red-faced, teary-eyed, breathless Perry bounded into the room yelling, "She's born! She's born and we got to see the whole thing!"

Brithmom allowed both Heidi and Perry into the birthing room to watch their daughter enter the world. After she was out, the nurse placed Emilie on Birthmom's chest. The baby rested there for a moment. Birthmom carefully picked up the baby, turned her around and asked Heidi to approach the bed, "Merry Christmas, Mom!" She said, passing the baby to Heidi.

God sure knows what He's doing. His timing is always perfect. The baby was due Dec. 30, but came early. We recieved 2 feet of snow over the course of two days prior to the birth. The baby came when the roads were "passable" (I say that very sarcastically b/c you needed either a high-clearance or 4 WD vehicle to "pass".) She was born three days before Christmas allowing Heidi, Perry, Sylvia and Mary-Ann (g-ma #2) to celebrate Christmas as a bigger family.

Another cool thing is that Heidi's brother got engaged Christmas morning! We were at Sylvia's house when the call came in.

In all my 34 years of life, this was the best Christmas ever! It snowed on Christmas eve, we had a white Christmas, I became an Aunt as Heidi and Perry became parents, and Kyle celebrated his first Christmas ever with a new cousin.
Now go ahead, try and tell me God don't exist...


Kristine said...

YAY!!! I was brought to tears reading about the birth. It's so amazing they were able to be there for the birth.

But why did it take you 5 days to post? I've been checking daily to see what progress there's been!

I hope we get to meet her on Sunday. Thanks for keeping us all updated.

D. Gudger said...

It took five days b/c I have had a headache for that long. Some days worse than others and I just can't think or write or do anything when I'm in that kind of pain. Sorry.

Joe said...

Yaaaay!! So exciting and amazing to have her in the "class of 2006". Big congrats for the new parents, who at this moment are probably wrestling through how to figure out what's making baby cry this time.

Looking forward to meeting this precious one sometime soon.

Erin said...

Wow! What an amazing experience and gift!