Saturday, February 02, 2008

It's a...

After much anticipation and excitement, we are proud to announce we are having a....



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...Do you have a final guess before you find out??






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...It's a...




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...A BEAUTIFUL BABY GIRL NAMED LILY GRACE...
("Lily" is David's mom's maiden name and Grace is my grandma's name, as well as my niece's first name)





Dr. Thompson is pretty happy as well...









Our little embryo has made it a long way...












And now for the nursery reveal!


(Email me or post a comment if you would like to see more pictures and I can email you the snapfish album we have of the nursery. There are too many to post!! :)









We feel our Lily loves her nursery already and will make lots of memories in here.....









Kelle HAND PAINTED these canvases for our "daughter" that are above her crib...yes, she hand painted them!! WOW! She was our secret Nate Bertkus in the nursery!! :) (no one knew she was the only other to know the gender)


The inspiration for the room came from these beautiful "strength bracelets" I received as a gift many years ago from Jen. I wore to them to every endless doctor appointment for added strength, hope and comfort.
Kelle "free hand" scripted the words from the bracelet bordering the room, then we surrounded Lily with "love bubbles" on the wall so she always feels loved no matter where she is in her life. Yes, Kelle did these words in FREE HAND! No stencil, no pencil, just Kelle and her heart. Kelle, there are no words for helping us make our dreams come to life in this nursery! We love you.




Here is a close up of the bracelets along with a letter to our "daughter" at the bottom that I retyped below to read...wow, I just said "daughter"...

Lily,
We knew you would be here someday, but there were moments where we wanted you so badly, it hurt. During those times, we held on to the dream of you and to the good things in our hearts--strength, love, peace, faith, and so much more. The inspiration for your room lies in this beautiful bracelet. It symbolizes our dream to bring you into our lives to know you, hold you, love you, and be your parents. Mommy wore this bracelet while we waited so that we would be reminded of those things, and now all those things surround you not only in your room, but in the hearts of all those that love you. We are blessed beyond belief to have you a part of our family where you will be loved beyond measure.
Love you Forever,Mommy and Daddy



Here is a video clip to make you feel like you were there! This is our family in blindfolds on their way up to the nursery. (no one was injured in the making of this film...haha)

I'm working on uploading a 2nd clip with a lot of hooting, hollering, tears, surprise and excitement for Lily Grace Hutcheson, but I'm having technical difficulties (anyone know how to upload a 118mb clip to a blog?)...it was a moment we'll never forget!! Thank you Jan, Dottie, Bridgid for flying all the way from MN/Iowa to SURPRISE us and be there for this indescrible moment. Thank you Grandma and Grandpa Hutcheson for coming from SC to love us and the baby. And thank you to my family for being there for us as you have every step of the way! Lily Grace is one lucky baby to be loved by you ALL!!!

video

14 comments:

Kelle said...

The FIRST thing I did this morning was RUN to your blog to see your post...and I already knew! Ha! It was like finding out all over again (for the fourth time)! Tears streamed down my face as I read your entry. You're so.... Happy. You gave me such a gift by letting me into your hearts to help make that nursery dream come true. Love yous...all THREE of yous. YOUR DAUGHTER TOO!!! Daughter, Daughter, DAUGHTER!!! Can't stop saying it!!! 143!

Kelle said...

P.S. You Tube will take your video and then you can link it. I'll help you today when I come get my stuff. People HAVE to see that!!!

Anonymous said...

I couldn't wait to get up this morning and check....Congrats on your baby girl. How exciting! I love the nursery. I would love to see more pictures. You can email me at hansley23@yahoo.com. Im so excited for both of you and I can't wait to see pictures of her when she arrives. Congrats again and what an excitng day!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nicki

Joanna De Beers said...

Show me the money!!!... Ummm, I mean the pictures! (remember Jerry Maguire?)

You can send them to me here:
teach2inspire@msn.com

I too, checked your blog first thing this morning!!! I had to use my iphone because I was too excited to wait for my computer to start up! But I got my computer out anyway so my husband could see the pictures (he has been hearing about your whole journey for as long as it has been going on). We can't wait to see the other video clip! I'll be checking your blog on the hour every hour (just kidding).

Congratulations!! The room is beautiful and Lily is going to love it! Just imagine singing her to sleep in that room.....ahhhhhhh! :)

Kelle's Dad said...

I got my call from my "other Kelle" last night with the glad news and actually stayed up late checking the blog...and then this morning, got to feel like I was there with you all when I enjoyed the pictures. You two have been so steadfast in your faith and solid in your hope...God is filling your hearts and home with someone very precious in little Lily Grace. Thank you for sharing the miracle journey with us all...it makes us trust Him for our own miracles too!!! Blessings!

Heidi said...

I checked about 4 times last night, and the the first thing this morning after a restless night of sleep because I COULD NOT stop replaying the reveal in my mind...(It is great you could post that video) SO SPECIAL, SOOOOO MAGICAL! Your baby girl... Lily Grace is such a lucky girl and already loved and cherished by so many people. I can see you now sitting in her little brown chair, staring into her eyes, while reading a favorite childhood book to her. Your happiness is spilling over...what a miracle blessing!!!!

Kelle's Dad said...

Mother Theresa once said: The heart stretched out by sadness, God later fills with joy. You and Lily have shown us it is true. Just had to add that.

Gretta said...

Awwwwww, Lily Grace, how beautiful. Girls are wonderful. There are no words to describe the precious bond between a mommy and her baby girl. I am so excited for you guys and Wow, what an absolutely perfect room. Are you sure you didn't just scan pictures out of a pottery barn catalog? Seriously, Can Kelle come to South Dakota to do words all over my house? WOW!! I'm so excited for your little pink bundle of joy in your belly. Lily Grace. Love it.

boootiful said...

Kelly, I feel so blessed to have been there on Saturday night. I'm already so in love with Lily Grace. She is the LUCKIEST baby in the WORLD! She will be coming home to the most loving and giving parents ever. i LOVE what Rick wrote about Mother Teresa. God has given you both the most beautiful gift ever. One that will be loved and cherished till the end of time.

Anonymous said...

Kelly, I didn't realize the photo of the pg belly, wearing all white with the "Lily" blocks was actually YOU! I thought it was one of those cool photos you down load to your blog sometimes. Those pictures are really amazing! Donna

justineh said...

congrads - girls are so much fun, my Lollie is my heart.

Wendy Ann Hathaway said...

Congratulations! Lily Grace is a beautiful name and also very special! Take care, Wendy

Rayna said...

Kelly, David, and Lily Grace,
I am so excited for you all and cannot wait for 49 days. I think Lily will be here earlier though, there are too many people to love her that she won't be able to wait. Lots of Hugs and Kisses!

Anonymous said...

i read your article and loave it so much