S: Hope Margaret Hinton August 6, 2011
BC: "Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD." Lamentations 3:21-26
FC: Hope Hinton August 6, 2011
1: "All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."
2: "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body." | Psalm 139:13-16
3: Growing Baby, Growing Mama
4: After experiencing spinal headaches from my epidural with Reese, we looked into the Bradley method for my next delivery. We felt prepared and optimistic for a natural delivery. At my 39 week check-up, my blood pressure was elevated and the doctor insisted on a pitocin induction the next morning. We prayed that labor would start on its own as it is typically much more difficult when induced. My friend Tifny stayed over to take care of Reese until Aunt Michelle and Nana arrived from Kansas City. I didn't sleep a wink that night. We arrived at the hospital early Saturday morning. After getting checked in and hooked up to the medicine, Dan prayed for our day. I spent the morning pacing the room and every so often the nurse would come and crank up the pitocin. Contractions came but were tolerable, especially with walking. Dan sneaked me snacks and sips of Gatorade when the nurse wasn't looking. After several hours, I hadn't progressed at all. We asked the nurse if she could estimate a time table so we could update our family. She said it could last another day. About that time contractions had increased significantly, both in consistency and intensity. I laid face down on the bed and Dan coached me through each one. After an hour of difficult work I told him I didn't think I could do this for another 24 hours. I asked the nurse to check me and I had progressed from 1cm to 6cm in an hour. It was encouraging to hear we were well on the way and we planned to work for another hour. Contractions were coming on top of each other and I asked Dan how much time had passed. I'll never forget his response, "It's been about 10 minutes, you're doing great!" All of the sudden my water broke, and I started to cry. Dan paged the nurse. She came immediately and I could barely hold still as she checked me. She announced that I was at 10cm and she rushed out to call the doctor. At this point I lost all sense of control. Several nurses came in and began preparing the bed and bassinet. One said, "Hang on, the doctor is on the way." I looked helplessly at Dan and told him there was no way I could wait. He bent over and whispered, "Do whatever you have to do." In a matter of seconds a nurse said, "She's crowning!" Everyone sprang into action and 10 minutes later, under the instructions of the nurses, Hope Margaret Hinton was born. By God's grace she was healthy and beautiful... and I lived to tell about it. :) | The Story of Hope's Birth | Born at 5:38pm 8 lbs 13 oz 21" long
5: A few minutes old...
6: Daddy's Baby Girl
7: After spending the day with Nana and Aunt Chelle, Reesie finally got to meet her baby sister. | Her first look. | Our new family of four!
8: Our first full day in the hospital.
10: Ready to go home! | Nana, Reesie and their fun decorations were waiting for us.
11: 40 Weeks. Hope's due date. | We spent the first week at home with Nana's help. Hope preferred sleep to anything else- even eating. The one time we were up all night, I wore her in the sleepy wrap and bounced her around the house. | On her fourth day home, someone wanted to see the house. We threw everything in the vans and headed to McDonald's. Welcome to our crazy life Hopie. :)
14: Lots of Firsts.... | First church visit. | First walk. | First Kansas City Chiefs game. (sort of.)
16: Sister | Love
17: Lots of visitors!
18: Bath | Time
19: Funny Faces
20: Happy Halloween Hope!
21: Tiny Tiger Fan
24: Meeting Santa
25: Hope's First Christmas
26: Christmas Day 2011
27: This is a picture of Hope Margaret with her namesake, Margaret Hinton Broderick.
29: We're packing up and moving to Little Rock, Arkansas. Good-bye house on Fawn Drive!
38: Roaring | River | Hinton Reunion