Thursday, August 14, 2008

Welcome to the World Baby Girl!

I'm happy to announce that Kenly Shae Brand was born on 8/9/08 at 8:26pm. She weighed 7lbs and 13oz and she was 20 inches long. She is an absolute angel. I knew I would love her right away, but my heart almost feels as if it could explode. Adam and I drove to the hospital on 8/8/08 at about 4:45 after my water broke. More than halfway there, Adam realized that he had not put any shoes on, so we were happy that he had packed his slippers in the labor and delivery bag. I laughed so hard because he was so calm the whole time we were getting ready to leave.
My blood pressure went crazy when we got there, so our perfect birth plan got thrown out the window. I was confined to the bed and the monitors which is the worst case scenario because gravity can't help you with the baby. I also had to be on Pit drops...the should be reserved for punishment in hell. Three failed epidurals and 27 hours later, Kenly was born after 2.5 hours of pushing. I'd do it all again in a heartbeat just to have her here with us. Adam was an amazing labor coach. He never left my side, and he always made me feel like I could do anything. We had amazing nurses at Mission...I really feel as if God sent me angels to help my accomplish my goal of delivering this child vaginally. I could not have done it without their help and encouragement.
We're at home now, and she is adjusting to life in the big bad world. She had some trouble with her bilirubin count, so we had to make two trips to the pediatrician for further tests, but she is on the mend now.
Now I'm just praying through breast feeding and sleep deprivation. I'll send more pictures later.
PS--Chance is adjusting well to his new little sister. This morning we had a family snuggle in the big bed.


Jennaug10 said...

Rhonda, She is so beautiful! You look wonderful in your picture. Isn't having a little girl the best. You never know how you can love a little person so much and then you do. It is so crazy. God is so amazing. Congrats and can't wait to see more pics. Love Ya Girl!

Jennaug10 said...

That last comment was from me, Jen Hilbert in case you didn't recognize the username

Sherry said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful and you guys look so happy!


Tiff said...

I'm so excited for you both! She is so beautiful!
The human body (especially female) is an amazing thing.
I'm glad Chance likes his sister :)

mmwatson said...

Rhonda and Adam,
Lauren celebrated her 30th this summer, and as I prepared a 30 year album for her, I went through every photo we ever took of her... quite a few. It brought back in an instant those incredible memories of birthing, holding, and loving your firstborn. I can see both of you as such wonderful parents, with the perfect balance of love, tenderness, and lots of common sense. Savor each minute of each day, b/c I cannot tell you how quickly those 30 years flew. We're so happy for you all; she is gorgeous. Kenly has no idea how blessed she is; but, someday she will. Love to you all.
Mama W

Erica and Seth said...

She really is perfect. Don't worry about anything except sleep and taking care of Kenly. Everything else will fall into place. We love you guys!

Ashley Jennings said...

Rhonda, she is absolutely adorable! I'm really excited for you and Adam and I'm so glad that she is doing well. Babies are a gift from God and we are so fortunate and blessed to be able to experience every moment of parenthood. I bet you never thought you could love something so much?!?! It only gets better as the days go by (even during the tough times) and remember to CHERISH EVERY SINGLE MOMENT....time goes by so fast! Best wishes to your new little family!
Ashley Jennings

Leigh Ann said...

No more borrowing a kid for you--someone will have to borrow I am truly so happy for you both and I agree with everyone else's comment that she is beautiful but I never doubted your child would be anything less, look at her parents! Love & miss you both!!

Denise Cope said...

She is beautiful! I can't wait to see her...she is a blessed little girl to have you and Adam as her parents. May God continue to pour His blessings on you.