Baby Girl

Our first pregnancy resulted in a pre-term delivery on Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 17 weeks. I wrote this letter to family and close friends soon after.

Hi, everyone.

First, thanks so much for all your love, prayers, and well wishes. We have seen all of it, whether or not we have responded. It means the world to us to be surrounded by so much love.

Writing feels good, so here you get it.

The events of our Sunday came as quite a shock. We were eagerly anticipating learning baby’s gender this Thursday, but we learned a few days early when Baby Girl came at about 1:00 p.m. Everything happened very quickly, and I’m not sure we fully internalized what was going on. Stephanie’s parents were with us in the delivery room. It was nice to not be alone. There was a lot of emotion, and yet it was strangely peaceful throughout the day.

We got to hold baby throughout the afternoon — Nebeker toes (which Tyler doesn’t really have anyway), long fingers, and her momma’s chin. With her feet tucked up, she was about the length of my hand. She was beautiful and so fragile.

After a long day and a number of treatments, we were able to come home at about 9:00 p.m. We slept quickly, but woke up throughout the night. At 4:30 we went on a walk and then read scriptures, fittingly, Moroni 7. God has not ceased to be a God of miracles, and sends His angels among us “in every form of godliness” to guide and correct us. We are so assured by the gospel!

We spent the day together at home. Stephanie is recovering well physically, and we are dealing with the changes. She is terrific!

We love you all, and look forward to seeing and visiting with you in the days to come.

Love, Tyler

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