28 May 2012

Anne LuRee Hillman

Our little girl finally made it!  Anne LuRee Hillman was born at 9:24am on May 20th.  7 lbs 12 oz, 20 inches long.  Today she is one week old, and although she was about a week late, I can still hardly believe she's here.

We've shared her birth story with many, but for those who are interested, here's a shorter version than if you actually talked to either Jeff or me.  We still can hardly believe it played out the way it did... not what we expected.  In retrospect, we wouldn't change a thing.

In an effort to not look as foolish as this story probably portrays me, let me just say that my three other deliveries were all long and slow.  No hurry during any part of them.

5:45 am - I woke to long-awaited contractions.  They weren't close together, so what's the hurry?

We made a big family breakfast, showered, tidied rooms, got the kids ready for church and told my mom to come up, but assured her there was no need to hurry.  Little did I know.

This picture was taken at 8:45am, once I wasn't able to talk (or stand) through contractions any more and realized we didn't have as much time as we thought we did.  We sent the kids to the neighbor's and were off.

This picture was taken at 9:30am (she was 6 minutes old) at our hospital that Google maps would tell you would take 34 minutes to get to from our home.

How did we do it?  Jeff was running red lights, driving double the speed limit, and passing slow Sunday morning drivers.  And as I told him I wanted to push, he just drove faster.  My hero.

I never had a desire for a natural birth, so when the nurse said, "you're complete", it took me a minute to come to terms with what was happening.  But 10 minutes later, there she was. It all happened so fast, it was actually really hard to process once she was in my arms.  I kept saying, "You're here!  You're real!".  It was love at first sight.

I wish I could say I was calm and collected through the whole thing, but honestly, if I hadn't been breathing through the strongest contractions of my life, I probably would have ripped the heads off of those calm nurses at the receptionists' desk when they asked me to sign paperwork.  All I could do was sign and breathe!  In their defense, they hopped into action as soon as they realized this was happening NOW.

So, our little Anne is here, and we are all madly in love with her.

My three girls and proud Daddy...

and big brother, Jack...

Anne's middle name is after my incredible Grandma Ottley whom Jeff and I both adore.  Grandma will brag about how she and Grandpa were an integral part of our courtship, and she is right.  We were lucky to have Grandma come over to meet our little Anne LuRee this week.  Love you, Grandma.


Lori said...

Congratulations!!! She's beautiful and the family looks so happy, especially Grandma Ottley. What an exciting arrival! Glad all went well. Hugs!

mysomedaylist said...

Congratulations! We are so excited for you. Isn't she like a day away from your last one? I'm finding that close birthdays are a little tricky. But we take em, when we get em! Good luck with these next few months.

Jeff and Janell

Danielle and Jesse said...

I'm so in love with this post! I love the story and all the pictures. I especially love the one of Alice holding Anne. That is just so precious! We miss you guys!

Nathan Hanson said...

She is beautiful. Congratulations! Glad you made it to the hospital in time. :-)

Kami said...

Wow, Mindy! What a crazy experience! So glad everything was okay. She is a doll, of course. What a cute family!

Kami said...

And congrats on the natural delivery! Now you can say you DID it the hard way!

Adri said...

Wow, Mindy! What a crazy story. It is good to start of life with a bit of a shock-factor...watch out world, here she comes! :) Can't wait to see what ELSE she comes up with.

Love your family oodles, and can't wait to see you...hopefully soon!

Jeanette Nielson said...

Oh she is such a beauty!!! Congratulations! We are so very thrilled for you & your family! What a special time for you guys. We cannot wait to meet her. Enjoy each precious second with your princess! Believe me, this past year with our baby girl has only seemed like a single month. :'(

Love you all!!!

Jeanette & family!

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