Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ariella Grace

We are pleased to introduce you to the newest member of the family, Ariella Grace. She was born on August 4 at 4am. She has been given the Marakwet name of Jepchemoi, which means born in the middle of the night. She is tiny, but mighty. She is beautiful and has brought joy unspeakable to our family.

On Wednesday we reached the 38 week mark of the pregnancy. 2 weeks away from her due date. Showing no signs of her upcoming arrival. Kyle had been doing weekly ultrasounds and keeping a close eye on her throughout the pregnancy, but especially the last couple of months. She had always been a little small, but this week showed she had not grown since the previous week. He diagnosed her with IUGR (Intrauterine Growth Restriction). We consulted Christina, the OB-Gyn that had been working with us here and recently moved back to the states and she also consulted her colleagues. It was decided that a c-section should be done as soon as possible. The stress of a normal delivery could be too much for her. As well as there is not a way for us to continuously monitor the baby during labor here at our hospital. So the c-section was scheduled first thing on Thursday morning. It was a whirlwind and a bit overwhelming, but we knew this was the best thing for her. We went to bed praying for God's protection. I knew it was going to be hard for me to sleep, but not this hard. Contractions started and I officially was in labor. We were off to the hospital at 3am ready to meet little Ariella. Dr. Rhodes performed the c-section, with Dr. Ces as his assistant. Kyle was ready to take care of the baby along with a visiting med/peds Dr. Wong. We were in the best hands. A prayer was said and the surgery began. She came out beautiful. No need for resuscitation. Strong and healthy. Tiny, but mighty. She weighed 4 pounds 10 oz. Which is what Kyle's ultrasound showed.

As I reflect on this precious daughter of ours I am so grateful for the Lord's protection and provision. He gave my husband wisdom and knowledge to watch her growth carefully. We had our trusted friend and surgeon, Dr. Bill, here to perform the surgery. And Dr. Ces to assist him. Our beloved Kenyan friend Thomas, the anesthetist to watch and care for me during the surgery. And of course Kyle, the dad and husband and doctor to care for Ariella. Laura was here to take care of Ariella's big brothers along with some of the nicest Irishmen I've ever met. It is no easy task to feed and entertain 3 anxious and adoring big brothers while they wait to meet their little sister. The minute we found out of her diagnosis and the scheduled surgery, word got out and we had so many praying for us back home. It was humbling and comforting to know so many were lifting us up to a loving Father who created little Ariella in my womb and was watching her every step of the way. So praise the Lord with us for this beautiful life. We are so thankful.

First time with mommy

Kyle and Thomas, the anesthetist

Precious Ariella

Ariella with her sworn protectors in blue

Beautiful Mom and Baby

Ariella and Laura, Dr. Bill's wife

Some of the Irish guys, Gareth and Ian

Famous Dr. Bill after surgery

Dr. Ces and Ariella

Our Kenyan friend Edna


Beth Gilbert said...

Hi Jones'!!
Wonderful news - thanks so much for sharing. We are thankful for God's careful dealing with you all. I'm beginning Ariella's survival guide---"How to Survive Three Big Brothers" :) Love to you all

NHP said...

Loved every word. Brought tears to my eyes. I love how God surrounded your family and sweet daughter with such protection. He is so faithful.
Praying for a smooth recovery and a routine to follow.
Love you and praying,

Amanda said...

I love it!!!!!!!!!! Praise GOD!!!! She is so awesome, and I can't wait to meet her. Love to all SIX of you!

cpscarbrough said...

She is so beautiful! What a wonderful post and story of God's faithfulness and provision! Praying for you and your family. Love to you all!

afreakforjc said...

So, so beautiful!

Travis and Marlene said...

I am so thankful with you all for the way God provided so wonderfully, in so many ways!
Wish I were there right now to cuddle little Ariella :)
Love to all, Marlene

srbouchie said...

So thankful to hear of the Lord's protection & provision for you with Ariella's birth!! Will be praying for you with the c-section recovery and still caring for the crew. Praising the Lord with you!! Love, Steve & Anna & family

Unknown said...

Congrats to you all!! What a blessings she is indeed and what a blessing for all of those wonderful people that God put there to help you out in this time of great need. Almighty, Victorious, GREAT THINGS HE (God) HAS DONE!
*hugs* to you all

Sarah (and the Malcom household)

Tara said...

congrats!! she is beautiful! so happy for your sweet family!

Learning 4 Life said...

Congratulations to you! I love that Ariella and Seth were born on the same day. I'm so glad to hear that she is doing well and that you are too. God is so good! Enjoy your precious baby girl :-) You'll soon find out that girls are much different than boys...I'm finding that out too!!! What a blessing!