Welcome to the world, Elliora!

November 30th, 2010

Sweet E

Sorry, no birth story yet or anything. It’s late and this is my last night at the hospital where someone will whisk my baby away to the nursery between feedings so I am going to bed pronto. But I thought you might like a few photos to tide you over.

mom & baby newborn Elliora

Can you tell how exhausted I was? I found a three-hour labor was much more wearing than a ten-hour labor. I was still shaky with adrenaline this morning, and I feel like I spent all day in a sit-up marathon, after spending the day before that moving heavy furniture without remembering to lift with my legs.

mama's hand

But of course she’s worth it.


Elliora already has at least two adoring fans. Annalie and Bug were both totally taken with her and wanted to hold her as much as we would let them.

Bug, Elliora & Annalie

pink pearl ring

Elliora so far has been a super content baby, a champion nurser, and is happy as long as someone is snuggling her.

Gramaw & granddaughters

My mom spent the day hanging out with us at the hospital while Troy and Brenda took the girls back home and painted the master bedroom. Yes, you read that right. They decided there was no time like the present to get that done! They rocked it and finished both coats in one day. Thanks again for doing that, T & B!

delicate baby feet

Annalie told me today, “Wow, you sure are lucky, Mom! You used to have just one great kid, and now you have TWO!”

My mom said, “I think the word you’re looking for is blessed, Annalie. You guys are all very blessed.”

blurry but cute

Yep. We really are. Thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments and emails! We love you right back.

Edited 12:06am

Ha! I see Brenda had the same idea I did, to post a few photos. She beat me by a few minutes. Great minds think alike. As she mentioned yesterday, I had a personal goal to post every day in November, and I figure missing one day because I was having a baby is a pretty good excuse. And Brenda was mad with power at having my admin login and password sweet enough to post the next day for me too, so I didn’t have to worry about it. But I wanted to finish up the month with a post of my own, so I did. And hey, we even picked mostly different photos to show you! You can see more photos in Brenda’s Flickr set Happy Birthday Elliora and in my Flickr set Elliora’s Birth Day.

30 Responses to “Welcome to the world, Elliora!”

  1. Bekah says:

    You are posting?!?!?!! You are amazing! Thank you! They’re beautiful! Rest up, Babe – I should get to bed myself — as we’ll BOTH probably be up later tonight :)

  2. Annika says:


    Never mind the birth story, I want to know how you chose her name!

  3. bethany v says:

    Blessed indeed, and those fingers and toes?? Oh so edible …

  4. Stephanie M says:

    She’s beautiful, and so are you. Thank you for sharing her with us.

  5. Mrs. Wilson says:

    Blessed. Loved. Beautiful. What more does a brand new baby need? :)

    (I think it’s funny you and Brenda both posted! Too awesome.)

  6. Shayne says:

    Two beautiful girls! (And Bug too :) )

  7. Yara says:

    Very blessed indeed

  8. bonnie says:

    While you look a little tired, you also look BEAUTIFUL. My births were 30 hours and 6 hours, and, yes, that 6 hour one was waaaaay more intense. Oy.

  9. robin says:

    So glad everything went well, and you and wee babe are healthy. Congratulations to the entire family! :o) “Every good and perfect gift is from above…” James 1:17

  10. Loralee says:

    She is PRECIOUS! I WUV HER!!!! SO much congratulations, friend! xo

  11. Mim says:

    These pictures are wonderful! You are truly blessed!!!

  12. Kandi says:

    You guys really are blessed. :)

  13. mike says:

    Yay! Welcome, welcome, welcome…

  14. Sam says:

    She is just completely beautiful. Seeing Annalie holding her sister makes me all teary with joy. And yes, I can’t wait to hear about how she got her name, and also, how exactly we pronounce it. I am SO looking forward to watching this sweet baby grow!

  15. Sam says:

    And P.S., you look beautiful, in that awesome “I just gave birth to a brand new human” way. Hoping you are able to sleep soon!

  16. Barbara says:

    Oh, look at those tiny foot and hand!

    Elliora is cute as her big sis! God bless this beautiful girls :)

  17. Mandy Holt says:

    Oh Bethany, she is wonderful! Congratulations! I’ve been thinking of you for days, hoping she would make her arrival.

  18. Kathy K. says:

    Wonderful pictures. I love the feet–all baby feet are just so darn nom-able.

  19. Jill says:

    Blessed is right… she’s beautiful. Congratulations Bethany!

  20. Leta says:

    Bethany, she is a doll!!! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Erin says:

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you!! She’s gorgeous.

  22. Melissa says:

    Congrats again Actually’s! Thanks for sharing all these pics with us!

  23. Allyson says:

    Congratulations! See what happens when I log off for a week! She is absolutely beautiful and the photos of Annalie holding her made me cry. So happy for all of you!

  24. Lucy-Ruth says:

    Congratulations she is another gorgeous girl! What an fantastic early christmas gift! :)
    PS how do you do it? You look so well already!!

  25. Liberty says:

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter! She is precious! Hoping you and your family enjoy all the wonderful moments of your ‘babymoon’!!!

  26. Kristen says:

    Congratulations to all of you – Bethany, Troy and Annalie! Glad to hear you all are doing so well!

  27. Britt says:

    Your awesomeness as a mom and friend and wife are so apparent – even through the Interwebs – that I can only be extra delighted for you whenever a richly deserved blessing comes your way.

    Thanks so much for sharing. Excited for the upcoming antics :)

  28. Ali says:

    Congratulations!! What an adorable baby, an adorable name, and all that hair!

  29. BeachMama says:

    How awesome that T&B painted your bedroom, since you may be spending a little extra time there. Gorgeous little girl you have there and yes, Blessed two times over.

  30. celia says:

    For God’s sake!!!! I’ve been out from the blogosphere that much???? Didn’t even know you were expecting!!!
    God, such good news!! Congratulations!!!!
    What a blessing for this Christmas time!!!!