Niki and Bryan found out today that they are expecting a girl!! She is due in January and will be delivered by c-section on the 30th of that month. We are all very excited that the family will finally be getting a girl baby to spoil and love. Ryan was the seventh boy born in a row. Niki and Bryan will make wonderful parents, we are so happy for them.
About a week after Ryan was born, his umbilical cord stump fell off, which meant it was time for a real bath! Being a new mom, and wanting to do everything right I watched an internet video about how to bathe a newborn. Now I've done it so many times I'm a prow, ha ha!
Ryan cried during his bath, so gabby had to make sure that he was ok.
He loved me washing his hair though, I guess it was relaxing.
Ryan all clean!
I just love the little smile on his face when we were all done!
On August 12, 2010 God blessed us with our first child Ryan. It is hard to believe that he is no longer in my belly, but here with us!
The labor was very long, lasting a total of 35 hours! The above picture is me after about 14 hours of contrations and a trip to the hospital triage where they observed me and sent me home. We walked around Walmart, and then spent a few hours with the family supporting me at Nanny's. Around 2 a.m. the family convinced me to go back to the hospital. I fell apart when the nurse told me I was still a one! My body had been effacing but not dilating.
I was observed at the hospital, and finally admitted after 24 hours of contractions! Thank goodness for the epidural because I was exhausted. My wonderful husband sat with me along with sister-in-law Amy, cousins Christy and Mark, best friend Christi and other family members.
I was so tired!
At 4:14 pm they placed my boy in my arms. It was an emotional moment, everyone cried.
He weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and was 20 inches long.
After two days at Baylor of Dallas we were home.
This is his first picture in his bassinet.
Little Ryan is four weeks old now, and much loved by his family.
We found out Easter weekend that we are expecting a boy! Little Ryan Thomas will be the seventh male addition to the Elam clan. Someone pointed out to me that our last name is male spelled backwards. Maybe that's why there has yet to be a girl born into the great grandchildren!! Ha Ha!! I'm excited to be a mommy, and I know it will be great.
Last week I got a call from my Aunt Debbie that my Paw Paw wasn't doing well. I cried all through the phone call as she explained that his kidneys were failing and we would soon lose him. She asked that the next day all of the grandchildren and step grandchildren come together to make the funeral arrangements. It was a hard day. Little did I know that when I went to see my grandpa that day that it would be the last time I saw him alive. He passed away peacefully that evening. Although the service was hard, it was a celebration of his life, and the fact that he made peace with God before he died. I am comforted to know that he is with Jesus, and my father and grandmother in heaven. He will be greatly missed.
Well I haven't been on here in way to long!! This is my first post in 2010. Things have stayed busy as usual. I have been subbing and going to school for my masters degree. My pregnancy is going well and we find out the baby's gender next month.
I think I am a person who aspires to do great things with the time that I am given on this earth. What I want to do most is become a teacher because I love to work with kids, and make a difference in the lives of others. One of the great things that I have acomplished was graduating from college. That is something that no one can ever take away from you. I have also been blessed with a wonderful husband and family that surround me with love and support! All in all I condsider myself pretty blessed.