Monday, February 23, 2009

Baby Girl






So the big news is that Sharon and I are the very proud parents of a beautiful baby girl !!!
Her name is Eliana Grace Mormance. And just because there is already confusion about the pronunciation its (el-ee-AH-nah). She was born at 10:30 pm on the 20th. She weighed in at a whopping 6 lbs. 2 oz. with a length of 18 inches.

The Story:
It was a little bit of a surprise when Sharon's water broke Thursday night just before midnight. And though she was 2 weeks early and we didn't "feel ready," God thought it was time. We raced to the hospital and started the long 22 hour process of meeting our daughter. Things started out slow and continued that way until 9:30 Friday night. We had a few scares with our little girl's heart rate dropping and Sharon's body not cooperating like we had wished. So after some wise counsel and careful consideration we decided the way to go forward was a C-section. Everything went smoothly and we got to meet our baby girl at 10:30pm.
Eliana is healthy and Sharon is recovering well as we all figure out this parent thing.

By the way... her name not only is beautiful, like my little girl, but the meaning is important too. Its Hebrew origin means, "my God has answered." And that's just what He has done. He has answered our long time prayers to be parents and brought joy to our hearts where confusion and pain used to mingle as we tried for years to have this little girl.

Thanks for your prayers

18 comments:

Alison said...

Beautiful!!

Amy Woodard said...

Such a beautiful little girl! We're rejoicing with you! We have friends in Czech with a daughter named Eliana, they call her Lia. Oh...they're going to be your friends too!! Soon, soon! So happy for you all. Enjoy every sweet moment!

Emily said...

We are so excited for you! She, her name and her parents are all beautiful!

Krista said...

Hurray! Congratulations! We're excited for you guys. Thanks for posting pictures so quickly. She's a beautiful little girl.

Nancy Jordan said...

Dear Sharon, Matt and Baby Eliana,
You are right...she is beautiful! How lucky she is to have two such loving parents! How blessed you all are! Enjoy each and every moment of this precious child's life! God bless you all!
Love and prayers,
Wayne and Nancy J.

Carolyn said...

Wow, I'm so excited for you guys. Girls are the best and "El..." names are the best! What a beautiful family!

Josh and Stacy Mathews said...

She is soooooo beautiful!!!! We are praising the Lord with you! Having a daughter is so amazing!
Sharon you look great!

Trisha said...

Yeah Yeah Yeah!!! I LOVE her name and we're sooooo happy for you guys!!! Can't wait to meet her!!!

Jeana said...

She's so beautiful! Congratulations!

Kelly said...

Well done you two! Mom and baby look great. Tre and I are so happy for you guys.

Anonymous said...

I see the Love and Joy and AWE in your eyes when you look at her! Brings tears to my eyes...and great memories of meeting my Melissa!
How Wonderful! How Marvelous! Is HIS LOVE FOR US...to create this Marvelous way of continuing HIS CREATIVITY! :-) It will be very special to meet her and give you two a HUG! Mary

Lauren Bozon said...

Congratulations! Saw the update on the JV Hub -- we're JVers in Czech. Love the name -- our daughter is Eliana Joy! :o) Hope to meet you soon! Enjoy your precious gift from the Lord.

Sebastian said...

Congratulations!!!! And praise to God for you all. We look forward to meeting you in Slovenia. Until than every blessing,
Sebastian & Gloria

Andrea's Adventures said...

She is a beautiful girl, and is already blessed by coming into a loving home. Congratulations!!!! Thanks for posting pics!

FE_MAN said...

She is Beautiful. 22 hours! wow. this is proof that women are tougher than men, hands down.

Congrats you two.

Tom

Matt Guerino said...

Congrats guys - that's awesome!

The Ashmens said...

Congratulations you guys! We rejoice with you on the miracle of joy God has given you two. Praise Him. We hope to meet Eliana some day! Blessings~ K

Rakel said...

Wow....we are so thrilled for you. Sorry we have not been around yet, but the flu has gotten the better of us...and until that is over, we will have to wait to see this beuatiful little miracle...God is so awesome...Congratulations you guys!!!