Thursday, September 19, 2013


Eliza Jean Lance
(Eliza is a name on both sides of our family 
and Jean is Jarom's grandma's name.)
9-14-2013 @ 9:15 PM
8 Lbs. 2 oz. 20 in. Long

Saturday morning I woke up around 5 AM with contractions. I had been waking up every morning with a couple contractions that week so I didn't think much of it. Until they didn't stop and were pretty consistent. So I waited about an hour to see if they would keep coming (and they did) and I woke Jarom up. He hopped right up, turned on the light and got out his stop watch on his phone and started timing them for me. Turns out they were about 2 minutes apart, lasting about 50 seconds long so we decided to get our stuff together and head on over to the hospital. Especially because Evelyn's labor was so fast, we thought for sure we would have a baby by noon that day. We call Joanna and Cody, bright and early, to come stay with Evelyn. We are SO grateful for so many helping hands willing to do whatever we needed them to! What a HUGE blessing! So J and C get here around 6:30 and we're out the door! We get to the hospital and they check me. I'm at a 3. Not too bad! Better than the 1 that I had been at for a while! So they say they will watch me for an hour and see if I progress at all. I got to a 4 and STOPPED! I wasn't progressing anymore so they sent me home! BOOHOO!! I was so sad and disappointed. We had plans to run some errands that day so we just decided to go about our day. We went to get our flu shots, went to some baby stores, Costco, went out to lunch and Ice cream. This whole time I am having TERRIBLE contractions every 5 to 10 minutes. They weren't close or consistent so I didn't think to go back in because the last thing I wanted was to get sent home TWO times! So we go home to rest for a little while until I decided this is too much! I can't handle the pain and I definitely can't go all night like this! So I called the nurse and she said if they hurt then come in. I made her assure me that they weren't going to send me home again! I didn't want to go through that walk of shame again! So we call Joanna and Cody AGAIN to come get Evelyn and head out to the hospital. We get there at about 6 Pm and I'm at a SIX! Hallelujah! I got the stay! I asked for an epidural ASAP. They had to call the anesthesiologist and he lives 20 min. from the hospital so it took a while for him to get there. EEEEK! So I signed papers, they got my IV in and he finally came to give me my epidural! They checked me after the epidural and said "Good thing you got that epidural when you did! You're at a NINE!" WHAT?! Yahoo!! And the best part was that I didn't even feel all the contractions or that I was even dilating! HEAVEN! The doctor came in and broke my water and said he would be back in a few minutes to check me again. he came back 5 minutes later and said "lets have this baby!" I LOVED my Doctor BTW! This delivery was way different than Evelyn's and by different I mean BETTER! It was calm and peaceful and really really enjoyable! I pushed for 10 minutes and she was here!

She's perfect in every way! We are enjoying this newborn stage and all the snuggles and soft skin and yummy smelling baby-ness! mmmm! I feel like I am enjoying this more this time than with Evelyn! I'm not as paranoid about everything, I know more of what to expect the recovery is MUCH easier. Just everything, it seems, is easier this time! I love it! 
 Evelyn LOVES her baby sister! She has been doing surprisingly well with the whole thing! The first couple of days were rough because she had been staying with family the whole time we were gone so I think she was just thrown off but once we got her back in to her normal routine, things were better! She can't quite say Eliza yet but she just calls her baby and always wants to hold her and help us take care of her! She has really started playing with her dolls more and it is ADORABLE! I love watching her take care of them like I take care of my baby! It just melts my heart! Every time we let her hold Eliza she gets so excited and kisses her head a million times! Too sweet!

Overall I am really enjoying this experience and love having my whole family home together! It's heaven and I don't want this week to end (Jarom has to go back to work next week). 
Here are some pictures from the past 4 days!

 First time holding baby sister
 The day we came home from the hospital. 2 days old.
 Freshly bathed, brand new baby!
 Getting ready to go home in her "little sister" outfit
She doesn't like getting dressed. I love her tiny little body and those little froggie legs!
 Always wanting to hold her! It's just too cute, I can't handle it!
 Holding my favorite girls! 
 First family picture of all FOUR of us! Oh my goodness! Does life get any better?!
 The hospital staff gave Evelyn a sticker and she really wanted to share it with Eliza. She kept trying to put it on her! Good at sharing already! I'm so proud! ;) heehee

 3 days old. Newborn milk coma!



haha i love that you already have her dressed up and all cute! Steph you were made to have babies! What the heck?! When you said you went on about your day running errands!?!?! Having contractions every 10 minutes? wow! You must be tough woman. I'm so happy for you! It all sounded wonderful minus the having to go home part :( I'm SO happy that Evelyn is handeling it so well! My friend also just had a baby and her other child is having a really hard time! So glad she is adjusting so well! All the pics are so cute! And I'm so happy for all of you!!! And I LOVE her name! I love both of your girls names. Love the old fashioned beautiful names. love you!

Danielle said...

I LOVE the name and I LOVE her! She is so precious! And I'm so happy Evelyn is so good with her! And your birth story really sounds quite nice minus the first attempt at the hospital! I hope mine are that good! I just looked at one of those pictures, the one where you are holdling both girls in the hospital bed and I just thought, she is such a mom! But in the best way. You are like, a legit MOM and clearly such a good one! I'm happy for you. Love you!!!

michael + kylie said...

Oh Steph, what a perfect beautiful family. I am so happy for you guys and that Eliza Jean is happy, healthy and doing well. I miss you tons. I can't believe how big Evelyn looks in all the pics, especially with little sis right next to her. I want to see you guys!!!!

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