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Bethany had her baby!

Elliora Violet Gronberg

Elliora Violet was born at 11:20 November 29th! Six pounds, 6 ounces, 19 inches and healthy! Three hours of labor without an epidural and Bethany is doing fine!

It couldn’t be a better day to be born!

I wanted to organize the office today but Bethany had other ideas. Apparently Bethany doesn’t nest. She paints. She was very adamant about painting and well, you know me, I’ll never turn down a trip to a pottery studio. I love to paint! So paint we did. We painted for four hours while Grandma Debbie (Bethany’s mom) watched Bug and Annalie. It was delightful. I worked on some dottery (which I cannot show you because Bethany took her camera with her to the hospital and I didn’t have a chance to download the pictures but who cares! We have a baby!) and Bethany painted some ornaments, including one very special one for the baby. Now that I think about it, I wonder if Bethany knew on some instinctual level that this was probably her last chance to paint for a while. We talked about it jokingly but then we’ve been thinking every day was going to be the day.

We came home, cooked up some delicious tamale pie and then Bethany laid down on the couch complaining of some “annoying” braxton hicks that she assured us were just the usual. Grandma Debbie and I shuffled the girls off to bed thinking it was just another night like all the rest. When I came upstairs after Bug was asleep, Bethany and Troy were packing her hospital bag and heading to the hospital because her water had broken. Three hours later we got a text from Troy that Elliora was born! Three hours and no epidural!

Then Bethany called and asked me to quickly blog it so she could make her midnight deadline of posting every day this month. She wasn’t participating in Nablopomo but it was just a personal challenge for herself. Silly Bethany, how I love you so. I’ll blog it today and tomorrow! I hope you don’t mind the typos!


  • Laura

    Phew…. for some reason I feel releived, you all must too. A huge congrats to Bethany and the family; a huge hug to you.

  • beck

    Oh I love her for not wanting to miss her daily blog post DESPITE having just given birth. My kind of priorities. =)

    So happy you got to be there for it. =)

  • JennyBean

    Hooray! I’m so glad you’ll be able to meet her before you have to go! What a precious wee girl, and her name is lovely! Lots of love and hugs to all of you!

  • Sam

    Oh! I am so happy she came while you were still there! What a sweet, sweet baby girl she is. Babies just make everything GOOD, don’t they? (And completely upside down and topsy turvy, of course.)

    I love that Bethany doesn’t nest, but she does paint pottery! too funny.

  • Kari

    Hurray!!! How exciting for everyone! Congrats to the Acutally Family and I’m so happy that you and Bug were still there to meet Elliora Violet. :-)

  • BeachMama

    Woot! Woot! Still a little bummed that I missed meeting her, but so happy I got to spend time together before her arrival. Congratulations to the Actually’s!

  • Ninabi

    What happy, happy news! You DID get to be there to welcome the new baby, it was a quick delivery and the baby is healthy and beautiful.

    Congratulations to Bethany and her family!

  • Jodie Love

    Congrats!!! I was super excited when your page popped up this morning & saw Bethany had her baby… Like you’re family! I know, I’m a Nerd!! Congrats Again!!!

  • Mrs. Wilson

    Bethany makes me laugh. I love that you guys painted instead of doing anything else!!

    I’m so happy Elliora decided to come before you and Bug left! That is so awesome! Have an amazing time meeting her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stephanie M

    I’m so glad that you could be there for this, it’s so awesome to have friends that involve you in their lives that closely.

  • Chelsie

    Thank you for updating us! I’ve been obsessively checking your blog, hoping to read good news soon! I’m so glad for you that you were able to join Bethany’s family in a moment of pure joy… I’m sure that you need that shot in the arm… hopefully this bright spot helps to carry you through the next few not-so-bright moments.

    Thinking of you and Bug and wishing all of the best for you and your entire family.

    And congrats to Bethany and co.! Welcome to the world, darling baby girl!

  • Yara

    Oh how I love you two… let’s go paint incase the baby decides to come today.
    I just had a baby- must get it blogged immediately.

  • Kristie

    The BEST kind of news! Congratulations to Bethany and family!! So happy you and Bug didn’t miss her arrival!

  • Melissa

    So exciting! I was starting to worry you wouldn’t be there for the birth but glad Elliora decided to make her grand entrance before you left!

  • Gena

    YAY! Excellent work to the mama! And congrats to the whole family! What a beautiful sweet love–and how polite of her to arrive before you leave. :-)