Thursday, October 30, 2008

Our Bundle of JOY is here!

Our little girl arrived exactly 2 weeks early according to her actual due date, but she is strong and healthy! Joy Brooklyn Durkee weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz. and is 20 1/4 inches long. I was scheduled to have her a few days early by c-section due to my previous one with the twins, but she had her own ideas! For once this delivery had nothing to do with high blood pressure either. I simply went into labor on my own and got to experience contractions not induced by any medication. We actually had to rush to the hospital as my contractions were down to 3 minutes apart. We arrived a little before 6 am and she was born at 7:14 am. Needless to say, they wasted no time! Since this all didn't go "as planned" we have a lot of people to thank as they stepped in to help take care of our other 3 children. Our good friend, Debbie, took our call at 5 am and came over to stay at the house until noon. (Thanks for taking on my dirty kitchen...the one I planned on cleaning that morning!!) Jerry Ann, another friend from church, came over from noon until Guy went home to put them bed for the night. Cathy also came after work to help out. And while all this is going on, my parents quickly packed up, Dad wrapped up bids at work, and took off in the car to get here by 9 pm that night. They graciously jumped in and took on all 3 kids until Wednesday afternoon when Guy and I and Joy got home. Guy's mom unfortunately got sick or else she would have been here as well. Anyway, we are now home and adjusting to life with another baby. At times it feels like a 3 ringed circus, but we are so thankful for God's miracles, his control and his perfect timing...even when it doesn't seem perfect to us. Thanks for all your prayers and your continued prayers. We couldn't be happier and feel more blessed!
Our Joy
Mommy's first time holding Joy
A very happy Daddy with his kids
Mommy and Joy
Daddy and Joy

Ready to go home

Mommy and Daddy are ready to go home too!

At home, Nolan, Grace and Hope can't wait to kiss their little sister!


dengman said...

AWESOMME you guys! WE are so happy for you.

The Miller Clan said...

Congratulations. God has blessed you with some beautiful children! Glad everything went well for you! Best wishes with all your new tasks ahead of you!
The Millers

The Duncan Family said...

She is beautiful!!!!!

Our Three Peas said...

Very cool!! Love the name! She is beautiful! They all look like they just love their baby sister! I wish we were closer so I could hold her! Hope you are gettin plenty of rest. I am glad you had lots of help! Take care.

Ash =)

DebDoo said...

what a cutie pie! Make sure Guy takes all his turns getting up in the middle of the night. Congrats, Mike

Phillips Family said...

Awesome!!! She definitely looks like a Durkee. I forgot to tell you that my speaking engagement got switched from Arkansas to Colorado. Maybe next time.