Friday, March 28, 2014
This afternoon Sawyer got her first at home bath. I am sure it was not necessary to get the entire tub setup for her 1st bath, as PBG reminded me, but it was a great backdrop for this video. Thanks to PBG for tolerating my passion for documenting Sawyer's "firsts".
Posted by Eric Gray at 6:18 PM
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
This morning I went to work knowing we were one week away from Sawyer's due date, but my feeling of an early arrival a few weeks ago had changed significantly over the past week. I was starting to think Sawyer might be late. In my 9:30am meeting I got "the call" from Patricia. She had just left her weekly scheduled doctors appointment and her exact words when I answered was, "Do you want to have a baby today?" I responded like any loving husband would, "SHUT UP" She went on to tell me that the doctor said for a few reasons she thought she should go to the hospital where they will probably advise to induce. I ran home as she called her parents. I called a few family members and snapchatted the news to a few friends. (You're welcome) #SocialMedia After grabbing our bags and walking the dogs I was off to Winter Park Memorial Hospital.
When I arrived PBG was with her parents having just finished a few tests. She was in great spirits and was in no way in "labor". After a few hours the nurse very nonchalantly said, "we got the tests back, and were inducing today" While we knew this was going to be along day, I think we were all thrilled to get this started.
The next few hours were pretty relaxing. I started charging my cameras for the big moment while PBG relaxed. Around 5pm the parents got back from walking the dogs and Eliz arrived with a loaner birthing ball. It was great having Eliz here. Around 6pm the nurse started to deliver the Pitocin which I found out would get this party started. I learned more in 30 minutes with our nurse than I did during our 3 week prep classes. Once the medicine kicked in the contractions began. I think it was a pretty normal experience but I hated seeing PBG in pain.
She was awesome and timed the request for the epi perfectly. I was amazed at how awesome and focused PBG was as she was dealing with very difficult contractions and was receiving her epidural. Needless to say she felt great after this was done. The nurse was so helpful and even helped me coach Patricia better. I think it was great prep for what's coming shortly. At 11pm Wayne and I took off for a McD's run while PBG took a nap. We are so blessed by God, everything today has been great. That is the update for now. Have a great night friends. Tomorrow is Sawyer's Birthday.
Posted by Eric Gray at 9:07 PM
Saturday, March 15, 2014
On February 8th, one day after I turned thirty-one (aka thirty-fun) my sweet friends hosted a fabulous baby shower for Sawyer Beaux. It was the absolute best! There were so many friends and family present. Sawyer and I felt very loved and appreciated!
That day was quite rainy so Jessica had to change plans and move the shower from her backyard to inside her house. Which ironically happened when we hosted her shower at our house for Benjamin almost three years ago J Everything was so beautiful and delish! Special shout out to Elizabeth and Sandy for the oh so good Chicken Salad and to Ame for becoming a professional baker and blessing us with the most wonderful cupcakes!
Kim Allen prayed and read a lovely devotional about being a mother and mimicking Jesus. I have this in Sawyer’s room already and I’m sure I’ll read it many many times. Everyone wrote a birthday card for one of her next 18 birthdays. That makes me super excited for her birthdays to come around because I can’t wait to read the messages in the cards! I’ll do my best to be patient. Thank you Isabel for the best invites, birthday cards and thank you notes (still working on those) ever!
Not only did Sawyer receive some wonderful gifts she also acquired an instant library! Eric and I look forward to reading her all the many books she received. We are so grateful and blessed by all those who came, especially from far away. That includes all of la familia. Y’all make everything more fun and special, love you! Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to love on our baby girl. We love you!
Shout-out to Amber who wouldn't turn around for this photo and to Jenny for the funny faces in the back!
Thank you to all the hostesses and everyone else that helped… Jessica Meyer, Isabel Ibanez, Elizabeth Sloan, Jessie Daniels, Davey Olsen, Lauren Berlin Roberts, Amber Eastwood, Carly Johnson, Amy Smith, Ame See and Andrew Meyer and Andrew Davis (the muscle)!
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