Tuesday, January 18, 2011

the day she was born

Remembering a neat story about the day she was born 8 weeks ago today. The day she was born we were in awe, once again, at the peace a baby brings.
The day she was born the weather man predicted the storm of the year in Utah County. It was supposed to be epic. Everyone was getting home and preparing for what the next couple days would bring. The nurses at the hospital were chattering about the snow that would fill the streets, wicked wind... chaos at best.
As I looked out the window I pictured snow piled up around us only the abominable snowman could survive. I pictured wind so fierce the wicked witch of the west would float by on her bicycle. How could this storm really be that bad? I couldn't believe that they had to cancel all the schools including two universities, now that is unheard of.
One of our nurses said she brought clothes and planned on staying at the hospital, "there's no way I'll make it home tonight." Outside the sky was dark and grey as we waited for Lola and we waited for this stellar storm.

Then she came.

But the storm never came. Not a snowflake fell from the sky surrounding us, instead, it was peaceful all around. A Quiet and serene day just for her arrival.
Eight weeks ago today.

(From our hospital window.)


31 comments:

whitney said...

Love this story. Thanks for sharing! :)

DeAnna said...

Wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it ;D

Julie said...

Such precious photos.

Camila Borssoi said...

Congratulations, what a beautiful girl. And I read blogs, I saw your previous post... lol

Dawn said...

Such a cute story. Thanks for sharing that.

Renee Zwirek said...

What a beautiful post! She will LOVE this beautiful memory of Her BirthDay. Happy Two Months, Lola!

(do i have to say it? that i adore your photos) :)!

Jackie said...

Such a beautiful story!

Tina said...

I have never told you this Lizzy, But I Love your blog, I check it every few days, and you are so good at keeping it updated! Your family is just gorgeous! I love looking at all your pics too! And of course I love your scrapbooking skills, such a talented lady you are! Thanks you for all the inspiration! I would love to meet you in person someday! Take care and God Bless!

Tara O said...

She's beautiful! I laughed. Because my "baby" should have came in a storm too. But she's a STORM all her own. Or better known as the "Pink Diva" around here. Hee hee!

Melanie said...

She is another mini me. So beautiful. Your whole family is beautiful:)

Tiffany said...

Lovely. Thanks for sharing with us. She is gorgeous just like her momma.

Nancy W said...

What a sweet memory! Hugs sweet friend!

Kim Woods said...

That's great, I had a similar experience when My Whitney was born on 9/13/01. TWO days after THE 9/11. The hospital was PACKED! It looked like a traffic jam in the nursery and I stayed in the pediatrics ward because Mother/Baby was full. I walked down the hall for a shower etc. But you know, it was so amazingly peaceful. I refused to watch the coverage of the sad events because my life was all about Whitney Jane Woods and not what terrorists had done to our country two days before. The really sucky thing is that my husband's bday is on 9/11 (same as Miss Margie ;) but he's gotten over it, we've done some creative things with our celebrating.

What struck me in this post is that when we emailed out the good news that Little Miss Whitney (who is 9 now) was born healthy and safe and sound all of our family and friends rejoined in an extra big way because that was some really great news to get in that moment. I think about those times and it is so vivid. In fact, we watched the 1 year stuff on tv and cried our eyes out because we didn't mourn that time in 2001. We couldn't, we had a baby to celebrate. But we sure boo hoo'd that next year. Amazing how God gives you that abilty.

Kim Woods said...

oops meant REJOICED :)

Elisa said...

beautiful story, thanks for sharing :)

Lauren said...

beautiful!

Tracy said...

Thank you for posting your beautiful story. A wonderful way to start my day, having read this.

My daughter's birth story is a bit different. She was born during the huge snow storm 2 years ago, here in NH. We had been home 2 nights with no power. (I was miserable.) Finally, we found a place that still had an open room, packed up, brought the dogs, and stayed at a BnB with power. Though most were still without power, ours was back on after 3 nights and 4 days.

The day our power came on, we were home a few hours, and our Sylvia decided she was ready to appear. Off to the hospital.

Six weeks early, born during a stressful storm, and born in distress. She was in the NICU for 2 weeks.

Even with all that, there was a sense of peace.

Even though we were scared and in shock, it was a beautiful moment.

Our precious girl's entrance to our world was extraordinary, just like her.

Cassaundra said...

Beautiful story on Lola's arrival. I have a similar story about my son's birth 13 months ago. I'm from the Houston area, so if you just mention snow, the entire city freaks out. My water breaks at 3:30 am Friday, December 4 and what is the forecast for the day?? Snow - not only a rarity for the area, but the earliest snow in like 50 years. The difference between our stories is that it did snow that day. Such a day it was...trying to figure out how much longer my first born would take to show himself, trying to figure out how long till the roads were undriveable (takes about an inch of snow here), reminding the nurses, my husband, and my doctor "hey I'm having a baby here and yeah, the snow is nice", wondering who was going to be around to help me thru delivery as the hospital staff was being told to go home, and then he came and all was as it should be....

Gretchen Knutson said...

I still can't get over how chubby she was when she was born! And how you still look like a movie star right after giving birth!
I've had 6 children and I never looked like that :)
Happy Belated New Year to you and your family-
Gretchen

Playing with Paper said...

What a lovely story!! I can't believe it has been 8 weeks already!! She is adorable!!

HeatherOz said...

Those silly weather guessers!

Laurie said...

Beautiful...love the photos.

CHARLES said...

ok Lizzy.....this is the 2nd time I have fallen in love with your backsplash!!!!....on your kitchen walls!....Please can you give DETAILS!!!! TIA!!! I {heart} EVERYTHING about your blog!!! You are amazing....and your girls are breathtaking! Thanks again!!!

CHARLES said...

BTW....Charles is the hubs...not sure why his name came up....♥Jules!

elizabeth kartchner said...

Thanks everyone for the comments and especially for sharing your stories!

elizabeth kartchner said...

Jules,
you are cute! The backsplash is from my bro-in-law who worked for a tile company. But, I even saw something similar at Lowes. I'll check and see if I can find something online to link you to.

Thanks! Hugs!!

Debi said...

Lizzy: I have to tell you what an inspiration you are to me. You are my absolute favorite scrap booker EVER. I have all the CK mags with all your articles and layouts. I read your blog daily and I own your book (of course) Also...I love seeing how blessed you are. Your daughters and husband are such gifts. Thanks for sharing wonderful you with lucky me. -Debi from Temecula, CA www.definatelydebi.blogspot.com

Tender management said...

This is really the perfect presentation of a proud mother's feelings.Whenever I behave rudely with my mom, she always says that you will understand my feelings, when you will become a mother too. Its so nice to know about your baby. Congratulations dear.

Ale Loiacono said...

Wonderful story and beautiful photos, thank you for sharing with us!♥
Lola is sooooooo precious! Just like her sisters! :)

my crazy beautiful life said...

Thank you so much for sharing this story- so very beautiful.

Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: said...

What a beautiful story!