Tuesday, March 19

Magnolia Grace

Thank you all for your sweet, generous words of love and joy! We are so pleased to introduce you to our Magnolia Grace Hickok. She is the third little flower following behind Lily Sophia and Adelaide Rose. It has been a crazy wonderful couple of days. 

I have always told people how much I love the whole labor and delivery process. That must seem strange to hear, but for me, it is a time of complete team work with my husband, complete focus on God's promises, and complete, pure joy when that babe is placed on my belly. My husband was my rock, encouraging me through all the pain. We battled together, working hard to focus on the little life we would soon hold.

For those wanting details, read on (all others should skip to the pictures of that sweet little baby!). 

After a few hours of very mild contractions Sunday night, the mister and I went to the hospital around 2 a.m. Monday morning. 

I began having stronger contractions between 5 and 6 a.m. Around 8 a.m., my OB let me know  I was dilated to 6 centimeters. I thought, "Good gracious! I still have a ways to go. This is going to be too much for me to handle!" 

I should have known the second that thought entered my brain she would be born very soon. As with my other two deliveries, it's at the moment I think the pain may be too great that they seem to come. I went from 6 centimeters to holding a baby in a matter of ten seconds. She came so fast, she surprised everyone in the room and was almost born on the walk from the bathroom to the bed! The mister and I looked at each other in complete shock! "How could she be born already?" 

The nurse cried out, "Strawberry blond!" Well, as you see up above, she is mostly just blond, but we'll keep her all the same. 

God is so good to sustain us in childbirth. We both cried with joy over this very pink, very noisy little thing God placed in our care. 

Let the adventure begin!


  1. What a wonderful Blessing from the hand of God
    I am overjoyed with you on the Birth of your precious daughter...Allen Minton

  2. Congratulations!! What a joy! I can see little Lily expressions on her face already. :-) ahh so much the sisters will have to teach her! Love to all of you!

  3. joyce CecsariniMarch 19, 2013

    I love love love how you put into words your birth story......I especially LOVE the team that us wives have with our husbands in the most intimate way during child birth. Thank-you for sharing your story with us so soon.....congrats too!!!!

  4. We're GLAD to offer our MOST congratulatory congratulations! Welcome indeed to your latest addition to the beautiful and well tended Hickok Garden. God bless all 5 of you!

  5. Oh my goodness!! She is perfectly pink!! I just want to hug her and kiss those cheeks and let her lay on me all day long!! Lydia, you and Stephen and the girls are so blessed! I hope that Maggie will be the easiest baby just like my number three was!! Still praying for you dear friend. Praying for your recovery, everyone adjusting to the new baby, and that she becomes an excellent nurser!

  6. Congrats, friend!!! She is beautiful and I couldn't think of a more perfect name for your little southerner!! Love you!!

  7. Beautiful baby! So fun to read your birth story. Congratulations!

  8. Dad (Grandpa)March 19, 2013

    Thanks for the pictures Lydia. Maggy a beautiful girl to go along with your other cute girls. Hope you are
    doing well. Love you all. Dad I will call sometime this week.

  9. SO happy for you. She's beautiful,made in heaven. You look amazing. Praise the Lord for another miracle brought into your family. Miss you!

  10. Katie YokersMarch 19, 2013

    So sweet, so special...what an awesome story!

  11. Oh, I am overjoyed for you. God is so very present. That sounds so dumb, because of course He is, but I mean at that moment when you feel like you just CAN'T...He is there. Magnolia Grace is beautiful. Oh, I can almost smell her. Praising the Lord for your safe labor and delivery, and her arrival. May these next "gone way too fast" early days be cherished by all of you.
    P.S. - so just how "late" was she?