June 1, 2010

Happy Happy Birthday to our GIRL!

Noelle Bryce

June 1, 2010 at 7:11 p.m.

7 pounds 20 inches

And what a wonderfully blessed day it was!  We are so truly thankful for every prayer said in preparation for the birth of our sweet girl! Boy, were they answered… ABUNDANTLY!  After Ava’s birth experience (a 40 hour labor, a posterior baby, 3+ hours of pushing and a vacuum delivery), it is safe to say we were slightly traumatized and had a few nerves as we prepared to go through it again.  In the end we decided to be open to anything that would help us along and to just pray, pray, pray!

God took good care of us.  From the time my water broke at 8:00 a.m., we had an 11 hour labor!  The baby was in the correct position, we had a great midwife and 2 nurses who were there from beginning to end, a wonderful anesthesiologist (who is officially my new best friend – not only for the stellar epidural he placed in my back, but afterward he called me a “skinny girl”- even though he probably says that to all the girls, I couldn’t even help the grin that spread across my face- haha!), I pushed for 26 minutes, heard “it’s a girl!” from Kurt, and got to hold little Noelle the minute she was born!  I bawled my eyes out from the last few pushes on… not from ANY pain but from shear shock and joy that this was our birth story and how perfect it was!

Just got checked in- no contractions yet (obviously) but getting ready for our hour long walking tour of ABQ Health Partners Womens Hospital!

Taking a break from watching the Food Network to grab a picture (I think Kurt just woke up from his nap) 🙂

Our first family of 4 picture!

The first of MANY MANY smooches!  Ava is totally in love with “our new baby”!


Our little Ellie in her going home outfit!

She is just so cute… we can’t seem to get enough of her!


8 Comments on “June 1, 2010”

  1. Susan says:

    I loved reading this, Dani! Time is flying by over here, enjoy every second!!

  2. Sarah says:

    Dani! I am just so thankful to God that you got to experience the birth you had hoped and prayed for! I can’t believe that Ava has a SISTER either 🙂 You knew all along!

    Noelle (Ellie?) is just so beautiful! I had tears in my eyes reading through your post because children are just such an amazing blessing and I’m just so happy for you and Kurt! Enjoy her littleness and that new baby smell! She is precious!

  3. Paula says:

    so proud and happy for the whole family! you are an amazing woman, dani….. and now you have two of the most amazing lil’ girls in the world! are we calling her “ellie”? so sweet….. love you dearly, paula

  4. Mitch says:

    You look absolutely gorgeous in all of these pics> U don’t even look like you have a 7 pound baby inside you. I love you!!!

  5. Lorena says:

    Dani-She is so beautiful and precious. Take in all the moments of that tiny baby! You look so amazing (I don’t thin that doc says that to all the girls). You’re a true inspiration. You have two amazing girls that have a even more amazing mother to look to. So glad that you’re birthing experience was all that you could have asked for. We’re thinking of you and can’t wait to meet Ellie 🙂 Congratulations!!!

  6. Dani says:

    Thank you thank you thank you for all the LOVE! I know that time is just going to fly by and this sweet tiny girl is going to grow and change so fast… Besides being pretty tired (nothing can prepare you for being up every 2 hours at night 😉 ) I have so much joy just looking around our living room and seeing how our new family of 4 just seems to work… As far as her name goes- We loved the name Noelle, but also liked that it offered us some nickname options, we like Elle and Ellie and are just waiting to see her personality and see what sticks!

  7. Crystal P says:

    Congratulations!! First let me just say you look AMAZING! My pictures from when Xander was born are nicely cropped or in hiding haha Second, she is perfect, and Ava looks SO proud to be a big sister! Sounds like you had a beautiful experience, that is just so awesome. And lastly I really her name and that nickname, Ellie, that is just too adorable! I really hope you’re enjoying those first beautiful weeks, and praying you gets lots of sleep and help!

  8. Michelle Martyn says:


    You look beautiful even during Labor. I can’t wait to meet this little one! Congratulations!

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