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Five long days, a birth story

We checked into the hospital on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. We checked out on Monday, May 16 - my due date. In between, on Friday, May 13, we were given the gift of a beautiful baby girl.

The story of Kenlee's birth includes some of the best and worst moments of my life. The experience overall was joyous, but it didn't come without some struggle.

The short version: I was induced for high blood pressure and after 39 hours was given a c-section because Kenlee's heart rate dropped quite a bit during my labor.

The long version is here:

Wednesday started off as just another day being pregnant. I wore my baby shower dress because the weather was nice and because I wanted to feel a little pretty. Kyle met me at the doctor's office for my weekly appointment (as usual), but it wasn't a usual experience. After checking twice, the nurse found my blood pressure was 136/113 - definitely too high.

Dr. Ressler (who is a great doctor, if I haven't mentioned that before) said we we…

First days

We checked into the hospital on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. We knew we would be bringing home a baby, but we didn't know it would be such a rewarding yet challenging experience. I want to post a recount of everything soon. For now, here are some snapshots of Kenlee's first days.


My last belly shot - feeling mighty big



Kisses from daddy just after the c-section
The first of many milk comas after a nursing session

Sitting under the photo therapy lights for jaundice - mommy cried just as much as Kenlee


Daddy loves his little girl

Mommy and Kenlee were ready to finally go home

She's here!

Kenlee Jo Brigle was born at 9:14 a.m. Friday, May 13, 2011. She arrived via c-section after a 39-hour induction, weighing 7 lb., 7.4 oz., and measuring 20.5 in. long. We are so excited to have her home after being in the hospital for five exhausting days. More pictures will come!

Dear Kenlee,

Photo by Maw Maw Brigle


Your due date — Monday, May 16, 2011 — is something your daddy and I have looked forward to for many, many months. And it's only days away.

It feels like just yesterday we were crying and hugging as we read "pregnant" on that test. Well actually, it was on several tests since I didn't quite believe it.

Now that you're almost here, I want to make sure you know a few things about the life you are about to enter.

First, your daddy and I love you more than words can say. We have wanted you in our lives for a long time, and we cannot wait to have our little family all together. We met when I was just 16 years old, and our love has grown and grown since then. I never thought I could love someone as much as I love him.

You are the result of that love, and I know you will make that love expand even more.

Second, our family is made of some of the most loving, caring, admiring and fun people I know. You are blessed to have one great-great grandmother, thr…