It’s a Girl!
I’m so happy to finally be able to announce the arrival of our precious daughter on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. Eliana Rose Wyse was born at 2:15 p.m., weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and measuring 21 inches long. She has a head full of dark hair and the most beautiful little face I’ve ever seen. I know I’m the mommy, so that’s a natural response, but really… She’s absolutely perfect.
The doctor decided to induce labor, due to my high blood pressure. Thankfully, she was born via natural delivery and no c-section was needed. While I cannot write that I enjoyed the process of labor and delivery, I’m thankful to write that it was a breeze compared with pregnancy. I was terrified of the experience that was before me, but on the day I kept hearing the comforting voice of the Lord assuring me that He was already in every part of the experience to come and would be with me. I felt such peace and calm during the process and was thankful for the presence of the Lord I felt in the room.
Rick handled the entire process as I fully expected he would, with grace and calm and support. He was beside me the entire time, doing whatever he could to help. From the time I received the first medicine until the time she was born was around 23 hours, but active labor only lasted around four hours. I did opt to receive the epidural, but due to the fast way I progressed at the end, I didn’t have the benefit of the full effect of the medicine. It did take the worst of the pain away though and allow me to make it through delivery in a fairly calm way. (You’ll have to ask Rick if I was really as calm as I think I was…)
When the doctor announced, “It’s a girl!”, I was shocked. I really thought it was a boy, and although I had prepared for either option, my mind took a while to adjust to a girl. I was absolutely thrilled though, thinking of all the sweet little dresses and all the girly things she and I will do together.
Rick’s parents live close by, so they were able to visit within a few hours of her birth. My parents drove in from Virginia on Sunday and have been with us all week. We are expecting plenty of other visitors over the next several months and looking forward to introducing her to every one of them.