Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Welcome miss Scarlet Grace

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Scarlet Grace
Born 10.7.11 at 5:27 am
7 lbs, 11 oz.  21 inches
Friday morning, I got to send the mass text message I've been praying to send -- "It's a Girl!  It's a VBAC!"

Miss Scarlet Grace was born Friday, October 7 at 5:27 am after a very fast, furious, and completely natural labor and delivery (was in transition before we got in the car, in transition for our 45 minute car ride and showed up at the hospital completely dilated...yay!)

My (incredibly skeptical) OB came in to the delivery room while I was crowning (I also had a midwife, who met us in the hospital parking lot, and played doula, and kept everyone away to let me labor down a little more until I really was feeling a spontaneous urge to push).

As I was pushing, I told everyone not to tell me what the baby was, because I wanted to find out for myself.

Seeing, and holding my little girl was truly the stuff of dreams come true... my own little miracle.  And thus her middle name.

Mommy and Scarlet


I'll be writing up her whole birth story later, but in the mean time, this is our first family picture -- just a few hours after birth Friday (taken on my mom's iphone because our camera was MIA after the faster than expected onset of labor).  I was on a high all that day (and got no sleep).

Some of you have followed my story, and know I had invested heart, soul, and body in to doing what I could to let this birth go differently than things had gone with my son, and it all still feels overwhelmingly blessed.

Steiger loves her.

Big brother meeting her the first time

He calls her "his baby." (And he's the one who "knew" we were having a girl)

Steiger holding Scarlet

Steiger loves her

Daddy loves her...


But she's definitely Mommy's girl.

Miss Scarlet Grace

Thank you for all your love and support during this pregnancy!  I'll get pictures of her with her quilt soon (it rained yesterday)...

In the mean time, we're doing really well.... just the normal new mommy stuff (you know, sore bottom, sore boobies, and no sleep) to navigate.  I'll take it!  And I've decided pink looks good on me. :)

If you want to read our story from my midwife's perspective -- you can see it here.

90 comments:

Dorothy said...

Congrats! You have a beautiful little girl to match your handsome little boy...a perfect family!

Needle little Balance said...

Congratulations to your beautiful girl!! You look incedibly happy. Welcome Scarlet!!! It´s biologically incorrect but with that pretty Swoon-quilt you made it just had to be a girl :-)

Mommarock said...

Oh how sweet! I just love her name.. and she is so cute!! Steiger is a very lucky lad.. sure to take good care of his little sis. Congratulations!!

MoeWest said...

Congratulations! You have a beautiful baby and I love the pictures, especially Steiger kissing his new sister.

Rebecca said...

<3 <3 <3 I teared up reading this. And you look fabulous after giving birth! Sore boobies, sore booty and no sleep are totally worth the sweet baby. I love that your son just 'knew' it.

Mitzi said...

Congratulations! How precious she looks and her name is just as beautiful as she is! Take Care.

Diane N said...

Awww...she's beautiful! Congratulations!

Heather said...

CONGRATS darling... she's a beauty!! ;)

x, H

Angela said...

Tracey you are totally making me cry with this! Congrats on your beautiful daughter and a safe delivery. You are blessed for sure!

Library Gal Quilts said...

Oh Tracey I am just so happy for you and your family! I love her name and Steiger is just adorable with his baby. Love to all and thanks for sharing! Amazing Grace!

Cat said...

YES YES YES YES Welcome to your precious darling girl xxx I'm so so so happy you've had a VBAC! I know EXACTLY how healing sending that text message is!!! !!! Oh Tracey I'm so happy xxxx

Kristen said...

Oh happiness! Beautiful family and congratulations on everything! Enjoy time with your new baby! :)

elisa024 said...

Yes, crying. I love you Tracey, and congratulations. You have the most beautiful family. That picture of Steiger with his mama's smile is my favourite ever.

MN2NM said...

Congratulations - what a beautiful birthday for your newest arrival!

Cherry Red Quilter said...

Welcome to your lovely little girl and what a seriously gorgeous name! Love Love love it!

Stray Stitches said...

Congratulations on the new addition to you family. She is adorable!!

Sinta Renee said...

Just beautiful! Congratulations to your family on such a special addition! I love the pictures of your son with his new sister!

Poppyprint said...

I could not be happier for you and Scarlet and Steiger and Jay. Wow. Her birth sounds just like my sons - fast and crazy, followed by a whole day/night of being totally awake on adrenalin not used up in a long labour! All of you look so happy and relaxed. Congratulations Tracey on achieving a dream. And pink does look fantastic on you. xox

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

Congrats Tracey!!! I am so glad things wen't well and your new little bundle of joy is so precious!!! I love the name Scarlet!!!

Dana Gaffney said...

Such wonderful news! I've been thinking about all of you waiting for this announcement. Congratulations on the VBAC, I know how important that was to you. I have tears of joy for you all.

Luv 2 Kreate said...

Congrats Tracey, I couldn't be happier for you! She is beautiful! I'm thrilled that things turned out the way you had hoped :)

The One and Only said...

congrats!! what a beautiful baby and gorgeous family...I've been stalking your blog FOREVER but in the last few weeks have been hoping to see labor news when I click on your website in my favorites!! congrats congrats congrats!!! much love to you and your whole family!

Kerry said...

Oh my goodness congratulations in so many ways- an amazing birth and an amazing daughter, your first family all together pic is the most beautiful image of happiness!

Meg said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful story! What a beautiful little girl, and so glad it all worked out so well. Plus, now she gets to use that most beautiful Swoon quilt!

Midnight Amy said...

Well, you turned me into a blubbering mess! What a wonderful story of Scarlett's birth. The picture of Steiger kissing his sister is the most precious thing! Congratulations to you and your entire family. :)

LuckyLou said...

so happy for you all!! may every blessing come your family's way~xo~

sandra said...

Congratulations Tracey, baby Scarlet is just adorable and now you have one of each. Good thing you made all those quilts. I read your story and congratulate you on a beautiful birth after the first one being so miserable. Have fun and I am praying for all of you . Blessings Sandra

Manda said...

Congratulations!! She is adorable! I'm so glad everything went well. And a girl yay! One of each now! And pink does suit you! :)

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Congratulations on you beautiful little girl. The perfect little sister for your little man. I have just read your birth story and congrats again. You have been through so much and even thought I do not know you I am so overly proud of you. Congrats again and a big hug to your two precious children xxxxx

Amy said...

So happy for you! She is precious and beautiful. Just like Steiger.

Wendy P said...

Yeah! Lovely name for a beautiful girl!

I have been looking every day to see what has been the outcome! So happy for you and your family.

Girls are wonderful, and SOOO fun to sew for!

Melanie said...

Baby Scarlet is beautiful! Congrats to your family, but especially to you! You are one tough mama!

felicity said...

I cannot tell you how happy I am that everything went as you hoped it would. Welcome Scarlet Grace - congratulations to you and your whole, beautiful family. You are a warrior, Mama. And pink looks awesome on you! :)

Hollie said...

Congratulations!!! She is absolutely gorgeous and I love her name! I'm so thrilled for you and your family!

Meghan said...

SO happy :)!!! I am so glad the delivery went smashingly (in a good way!) I think Steiger has found his calling as a baby gender predictor!!! So, so, so happy for you my friend. You are truly blessed beyond words!!!

Sara said...

Yeay!!! You have a little girl to lay on one adorable quilt and a buddy to quilt with someday;)

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!

Katie B. said...

Tracey, she could not be more perfect! I am so happy for you and your family. I'm so proud of you for sticking to your VBAC guns!

Kate said...

Congratulations! Im so happy for you...and she is gorgeous!

Pinky said...

oh my goodness!!! I'm so excited for you all!! that's such wonderful news!!! I teared up a little just reading that! :) Congratulations!

It's funny, I just stopped by your blog last night to see if I'd missed anything!

She is going to love that Swoon quilt!!

Joy said...

Congratulations!! Your little girl is adorable!

Karin said...

oh, I am tearing up to hear that it all went so well and you were able to have a VBAC! So glad it didn't turn out like my experience and ended up with a 2nd c-section when I tried for the VBAC! Such a beautiful little girl too! Congratulations!!!!!!

Ashley said...

She is beautiful! Congrats to you and your family! Best Wishes!! Oh and Yah ...I really liked your "If it is a girl quilt". Now you get to cuddle up all her cuteness in it.

Sarah Craig said...

Congratulations, Tracey!! She is absolutely gorgeous - and Steiger looks so happy to have a little sister!! BTW, Lilli (Steiger's future girlfriend! LOL) has Grace for her middle name too!!

Molly said...

I'm SO happy for you, Tracey! I love Scarlet's name, and the pictures of your littles together are so sweet! :)Congratulations.

Kate R said...

Congratulations - she is just perfect! And how wonderful to have such a great birth this time around. You all look so happy. I love the name!

Pieces to Love said...

What a wonderful story. I can't wait to see her with her quilt. I'm so glad you got the birth you dreamed of.

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Brooke said...

Yay! Congratulations, Tracey! I'm so glad things went so well. Good luck adjusting to life again. Scarlet is adorable!

Brooke said...

Yay! Congratulations, Tracey! I'm so glad things went so well. Good luck adjusting to life again. Scarlet is adorable!

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

She's so beautiful! Congratulations Tracey!!! xx

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

I just got done reading your midwife's post and I have tears in my eyes. I'm so proud of you for being strong for you and sweet baby Scarlet. Hoo-rah!

♥Duff said...

GAH! wonderful!! I thought for sure it was going to be a boy--I'm so thrilled to be wrong!!
I read your midwife's story and it was really neat to get an outside perspective and narrative about such a wondrous birth. I hope that you are feeling strong and rested soon!

Arantxa said...

Muchas muchas FELICIDADES, enhorabuena Tracyjay!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS, she is a beautiful girl!!
Muchos besos desde España.

Wendy said...

Congrats to you on the birth of your beautiful daughter! I am so glad that everything worked out for you the way you wished.....

CJ said...

Congratulations! What a lovely family and beautiful baby!

CJ said...

I just read the tale by the midwife - such a great experience!

Rafael's Mum said...

Congratulations ! She is beautiful!!

Karen said...

Congratulations!!!!! You are a champion. She is beautiful and I love her name.

Little Miss Shabby said...

Congratulations Tracey!--She is just beautiful & the sweetest little bundle of pink ever. =)

Camilla said...

Congratulations from over the pond :) so happy for all of you, and welcome Scarlet Grace too.

Tiffaney said...

Congrads! I couldn't be happier for your family.

Kelly Irene said...

Congratulations, Tracey! I am so thrilled that the birth went as you hoped. What a praise! Scarlet is gorgeous and you look absolutely beautiful!

Jules said...

congratulations!, i am so happy for you. she looks adorable and precious. what a beautiful name.

Lee said...

Congratulations, Tracey! I am just so unbelieavably happy for you! This post almost brought me to tears - I know how much this meant to you. And Scarlet is just SO beautiful (and what a great name!). Now try to get some rest while you all bond! : )

quiltercaroline said...

Congratulations! She is adorable and I am so glad that things went well for you and you are both well. Thank you for sharing the photographs they have really lightened my day. Enjoy. C

twin fibers said...

Congratulations! I'm soooo happy for you and look forward to seeing all the adorable baby pictures. She looks like a sweetie! :) ~Jessica

Karen said...

Tracey, I am SO happy for you and your family! Scarlet Grace is adorable....what a little lovebug! Steiger is going to be a big help to you. By the photos, it looks like he is very gentle.

I read your birth story which was amazing. Good for you!

Take care!

Hugs, Karen

debbie said...

I read the story on your midwife's page and am still teary eyed. Congratulations to all of you. And what a sweet big brother Miss Scarlet Grace has!
I had a natural child birth in a hospital 26 years ago...when it was very unpopular in the big city. After 30 hours, 18 at the hospital I delivered the only child I have ever had. It was amazing and I am so glad you have finally been able to experience that wonder too. Blessings

liz said...

Congratulations on your gorgeous family! Sooo happy VBAC worked o ut for you!

Denise :) said...

She is perfectly precious...congratulations! :)

In Awe of Applique said...

what an absolutely beautiful, healthy baby girl and congratulations on a rewarding birth experience. I read your story on the midwife's blog...a touching affirmation of what a little faith, blessing and determination can accomplish! So happy for you and your family ( :

Megan said...

Congratulations!!! She's just perfect! I'm so thrilled for you that you had a healthy, natural delivery! Steiger looks like he's adapting to being a big brother just splendidly.

Heidi said...

I am in love...if you ever get tired.....
Congratulations! She is gorgeous.

Mirka said...

Congrats!!!She is so pretty!!!Love the foto with Scarlet and Steiger.

Crystal said...

She is so beautiful and your new little family looks adorable! Also read your midwife's blog and almost cried!! I am so proud of you! Isn't it amazing when your body just does what God created it to do and you don't let people make those decisions for you?!? You are so brave for standing up for yourself and not taking the "easy" way out, but doing what was best for you and the babe. After I had Z at home, I felt like I could do anything in the world and it made me feel so real and joyful. I'm sure you understand. I am so happy for you and so glad that everyone is doing well!

Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

Congratulations Tracey! I'm so happy that things went so well for you! And I'm so happy that you had a girl! YAY!

pinksuedeshoe said...

YES!!!!! Congrats Tracey! I was thinking about you all weekend, and I'm so glad she got here the way babies are supposed to get here. Yay!

Jean said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us. Your pictures are precious.

Leah S said...

Oh Tracey, I'm so happy for you!! I didn't make the connection that Dena Moes was your midwife, although I had read her post last week.

Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! You did it! I certainly have been cheering you on this pregnancy.

Maybe you'll be up for a homebirth next time. ;)

Jenniffier said...

Congrats!

Little Island Quilting said...

Congrats and a lovely ending

Becca said...

Popped in here from another quilting website and read your midwife's post on your daughter's birth. Congratulations to you! I don't even know you and I'm positively thrilled you got your VBAC...and a little quilting buddy to boot! Best wishes to your whole beautiful family.

Erin said...

Wow, so happy for you Tracey. Can't wait to hear about all the adventures of having a little girl!

Jorie said...

Gorgeous! Congratulations, Tracey!! And Steiger is looking like such a little man these days! (it's been awhile since I was in blogland!) I'm so happy for you, little girls are so much fun!

A Plain Path said...

Oh, so glad you were blessed with a vbac. Scarlet is perfectly beautiful!! Congrats!!

Regina said...

So happy for you Tracey! She's gorgeous. You look fab! So so glad you had such an awesome experience. :)

Danielle said...

Congratulations Tracy, so pleased to hear your wonderful story. Your little girl looks absolutely gorgeous, and your little boy so proud. Wishing you a quick recovery and many precious moments together.

Amy Sp said...

Congratulations on your new addition! Thanks for sharing the birth story too. It was a great read. :)

Vesuviusmama said...

I've been MIA from reading blogs lately, so I missed this awesome announcement (although I knew, of course, that it was coming). Congratulations! Pink definitely does look good on you.

Michelle said...

Congratulations on Miss Scarlet! She is beautiful. I came across your blog tonight after finding a pic of "the" French General quilt on Pinterest. Oh girl, I'm in love. Already been over to Carolina Patchworks and ordered me up the pattern! That is a beautiful quilt you made. Looking forward to catching up on your blog!

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