Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lucy Elise Biddulph...more pictures to come






Dear Friends,

We are proud to announce the birth of our daughter Lucy Elise Biddulph, born Sunday April 19, 2009, 21 inches long, 9 pounds 3 ounces! She has a full head of hair, not sure if it is blonde, blonde with little red highlights, or strawberry blonde. Her eyelashes are long and very white blonde along with her eyebrows. We think she is such a doll, especially Hilary who thinks she looks like a cabbage patch doll.




We left the house with a foot and a half of snow at 6 a.m. Saturday the 18th and arrived at the hospital for our 7:30 induction appointment. At 9:00 they started Hilary on Petocin to start her into labor. She was 4 cm and 80% effaced to start the day! At 1:00 p.m. she was still 4 cm and 80% and received an epidural, and by 3:15 they broke her water to speed things along. It was really an uncomfortable experience for her, and because of back spasms, we continually had to up the dose of the epidural. We had a great team of nurses, and by 5:00 p.m. our doctor got on shift - Dr. Gardner from our church ward! She was then at 6 cm and 95% effaced by 5:00 when Dr. Gardner checked us out. 2 hours later they checked her, she was 8 cm and 100%! By 8:30 she was ready to go at 10 cm, more than 100%, and she started pushing! Almost 3 1/2 to 4 hours later, after midnight, the doctors concluded that the baby was refusing to come out! There was a total pushing time of about 1 and a half hours total. Dr. Gardner even tried to put her head in the right position, but stubborn Lucy flinched and drenched him in amniotic fluid! It was really funny and everyone was laughing! Unfortunately after all the pushing, it wasn't possible to have a vaginal birth because Lucy would pull herself back up after every push! Dr. Gardner decided that it would be best for mother and baby to have a C-Section. They said that she did a great job pushing, but it was to the point that it wasn't safe because the blood pressure of mom and baby were not at a safe level anymore. So, at 1:11 a.m. Sunday morning the procedure began, and I helped comfort Hilary through muscle spasms because she couldn't have medicine to ease her back pain through the procedure. I was able to see the whole procedure from my point of view...it was amazing! Just 8 minutes later at 1:19 a.m. Lucy was born! Hilary said I was laughing hysterically out of joy and almost teary at the same time! The neat thing about the operation was that after the procedure was out, they showed me all of Hilary's organs, which was very interesting and special to see! We took some pictures, and I was able to be the first to hold her while Hilary recovered until 5 a.m. when we finally got to our room to sleep! Hilary actually didn't get to hold her until 9 a.m. Sunday morning, and she is recovering very well, but is still in some pain!

Needless to say, we are exhausted and excited to share our story with you! Thanks for all your love and support!

- Evan



P.S. We will be in the hospital until Wednesday unless they think we should go home Tuesday. Thank you for your fasting, prayers, and good thoughts throughout this entire pregnancy! We really consider this little girl to be our little miracle! We can't wait for you all to meet her! She started showing signs of Jaundice, and has spent the entire night under the special lights, and Hilary is getting looked at again because of more pain throughout her torso. Please pray for them to heal faster. Hilary is looking forward to her mom's help for 10 days and so am I:) I get to take off 6 days of work, so hopefully though all of this, we can all have some sleep and learn more about helping our little baby. She is beautiful!!!

23 comments:

Jeff said...

Congratulations on the birth of your BEAUTIFUL baby girl!!! Sorry the labor was difficult for you, and I'm praying that you recover quickly. I can't believe how much hair she has!!!

Shenna said...

And that was really Shenna - not really sure why it posted up as Jeff up there.

Danae said...

It sounds like quite the process! We're so glad everyone is doing well and we'll keep you in our prayers. Lucy is beautiful!!!

Itty_Bitty_Wittes said...

Oh man Hilary I am sorry it was so long and painful! :( I hope you recover fast and I can't wait to meet her...she is BEAUTIFUL!

Aaron and Amy said...

she is so precious! i love the one where she is folding her arms. thank you for letting me come and visit. Let me know if i can do anything for you.

Ann Marie said...

Congratulations you guys! She is absolutely gorgeous! I am so sorry to hear that the labor was difficult. I hope that your recovery is quick and painless! Keep us updated on more pictures and how you're feeling Hilary. We love you! Good job you guys!

Ryan and Chrystal said...

She is BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations. It's the most amazing thing in the world to be a parent. We'll pray for a speedy recovery!

Honey said...

I love labor and delivery stories - Evan, you did a great job sharing it! So glad everything (finally!) turned out well. Our prayers for a speedy recovery.

Congrats to you both. Lucy is a doll!

Melissa Taylor said...

Hilary, I'm so very proud of you! One of the hardest and yet most amazing experiences you'll ever endure has just passed. I know you'll treasured it every time you look at your lovely little Lucy (who is gorgious by the way) and always be grateful you made it through to have that precious baby in your arms for years to come. Let me know when you're out in Utah so I can see you all! Hope you get some good rest and lots of snuggles with your new little girl.
Love, Melissa (Wolfe) Taylor
PS: Congrats to you too, Daddy!

Nezhone said...

congratulations Evan and Hilary! What a long and painful labor for you!!!! She is so beautiful! Our prayers are with the two of you.

Dylan, Holly, and Aspen said...

She is absolutely adorable. congratulations. That's too bad that it was so long and painful but I promise it is all worth it and you will soon forget about it. Hope that you both get better soon!!!

Jeff & Michelle said...

Oh, hang in there you guys! I had a difficult pregnancy, C-section, and recovery as well, so I really feel for you! It's all worth it though! I hope you have lots of help for the first little while becuase it is rough, but your little one is beautiful and adorable!! You are in our thoughts/prayers. I am hoping you have a speedy recovery that is much better than mine!

MJ said...

Congratulations! Lucy is so CUTE!!!! Hilary, it sounds like you did awesome! My nephew was just as stubborn as Lucy--when they finally did the c-section, he had his hands on my sister's pelvic bone, holding himself in!

Gotta love those strong-willed babies!!

Seth Jenson said...

Congratulations!!! She's a cutie. We hope everybody is healing up quickly. Wow, what a story!

Kim said...

She is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations to you! Fun days ahead.

Veronica and Ryan Witte said...

She is gorgeous!!!! You poor girl, a tough pregnancy and labor! Good luck with your recovery!

Amanda said...

We love you guys. Your story made me cry. I can tell you that from here on out, though it may be hard at times, it will be just a joy and blessing to be able to hold little Lucy in your arms. We can't wait to meet her. All our love: Steven, Amanda, and Cooper

KESLER KREW...Cami said...

congrats! congrats! congrats! again, she is a doll!!!!!!
luv cami

Nolo and Lauren said...

Thanks for the post Evan... I know this has been quite the ordeal for you, Lucy and particularly Hilary. I'm thinking about ya'll and hope Hilary heals quickly.

Janelle said...

Look at those cute little cheeks! I'm glad you made it to the hospital safely! Congratulations guys!

Marianne said...

Oh Hilary, she is beautiful. Good job you guys. You'll love having a bigger baby. They tend to sleep longer. You're little girl reminds me of Julie when she was born. She was 9 lbs 5 oz. Well she is just a doll. You'll have to post more pics when you are up to it. Hope your recovery is going well. It is always such a process but so worth it.

Melissa said...

Yay!So happy for you guys! Sorry it was so difficult! (Now you have a great pregnancy and birth story to scare all the first-time pregnant moms out there!) I'm going to call soon so we can get together.

Alisa said...

She is beautiful. Congratulations! Good job Hilary!