Sunday, January 9, 2011

Surprise! He's Here.

Good morning, sunshine!
Well, Daniel Wells Collett apparently decided that January 7 was more appealing than his due date of February 7, because I woke up at 4:45 am on Friday with my water broken and we welcomed Daniel into this world at 11:25 pm. We will be going home from the hospital today, and we are both doing great.

Our new son is named after various family members. Daniel Collett was his great-great-great-great-great grandfather. He was born in England and died in Utah. He was an American pioneer who walked across the plains and helped tame the wild west, working hard to turn the desert into a livable home.

Wells Ivins Collett is his great-great grandfather, and Wells Frost Collett is his great grandfather. And my husband's middle name is Wells, so now you know where our new baby's name is from.

Of course, it must be noted that I do have a brother named Daniel who is very wonderful and I love very much, but both of my brothers are wonderful and have great names. I just happened to marry a man who wanted a son named Daniel.

Dr. Jill
We have been blessed with not only the wonderful blessing of health to mother and baby but also the assistance and kindness of many attentive nurses. I am so grateful to the service they have rendered and how their caring made our stay as comfortable as possible, under the circumstances. One nurse was very sweet to Jill and let her play dress up.

I have also received great care from two physicians from my OB/GYN office. I had already met and liked both of them, so I was happy to have them on my side. I do wonder though how long I will be remembered by them as the patient who requested a fourth fern test.

After the first three, the doctor did not feel like he could say with 100% assurance that my water was broken. At 4 1/2 weeks early, you don't want to induce labor unless it really has already begun on its own. He told me to go home, and my discharge papers were printed. However, I requested and was granted a fourth fern test and finally was able to prove that Daniel was on his way.

It was incredibly relieving and gratifying to show that I had not lost complete control over my bladder. (If the amniotic fluid were not leaking, then really the only other possibility for the underclothing moisture was wetting my pants!) Hopefully if I ever do lose control of my bladder muscles, it will be much later in life. I am too young for that sort of blatant organ disobedience!

First Family Photo
So, long story made short, our family has increased to four, and we are all happy and well. Daniel has already been held by all four of his grandparents and half of his parents' siblings. We feel very blessed and humbled by this gift from God. And Jill seems thrilled to be a big sister.

That reminds me. One of the most touching memories I will take with me from yesterday is Jill constantly sidling up to my hospital bed and saying, "Mama okay?" One of the lessons I will take with me is to always eat before going to the hospital, because they probably won't let you eat. And the experience I will never forget was the miracle of watching Daniel emerge (with the assistance of a well placed mirror).


  1. Congratulations to Mimi and Daniel!!! You both did your parts well. Our thanks to the Doctors and nurses too. Our Father in Heaven has one more son getting ready to make his mark in the world. We're all happy that our prayers are still being answered. You and Daniel continue to gain strength and we will continue praying that you'll both continue to be healthy and happy. Love, grandpa H.

  2. Hey! You used a mirror! It's kind of weird, but I liked it with Hallie.

    Devin and I both laughed at Jill's face in the family picture. SOOOOO classic.

    Devin said, "Shouldn't it be 'Dr. Bean'?" to the picture of Jill as nurse (or doctor?)

    We love you, and can't wait to hold that little bundle ourselves.

    Also, is Frost a family name then? Because Nicole just gave her daughter the middle name Frost because it is a family name in her family (obviously...) so, that might be a random connection?

  3. That's so neat that you used the mirror to watch the birth. I didn't want one with Benji, because I thought it would distract me. But I did reach down and touch his head. Then, with Gideon, I didn't have a good mirror to use, and I wasn't in a position to even see the birth in a mirror (hands and knees...I would have had to look under my body/belly through my legs! lol) But, I also touched down and helped support for his birth. I'm glad you are all doing well! He seems to be nice and healthy (and a good weight) for being a 35 week baby! (That's so funny that on Wednesday, you were saying how you were excited to say you only had a month left. You could have been saying you had less than a week left! :D)

  4. Congrats! I am so relieved that he is here and healthy. I was worried when I heard you were getting induced month early. He is adorable and Jill looks so happy to be a big sister. Enjoy your family of four! I already showed Brady a picture of his future BYU roommate! The Bellows-Collett freshman roommate legacy must live on!

  5. congratulations!!! he is so cute and small! what a precious baby! congrats to the whole beautiful family!!!

  6. Congratulations! I'm so happy to hear that you are both doing well - especially with him being a whole month early! He's adorable!

  7. You're so lucky you had both of your babies early! I'm glad to hear he's healthy, and it's fun to see your cute family all together. I hope you have a good recovery and are able to enjoy these first few weeks. :)

  8. awww Congrats!!! Yes after my first kiddo I always went to dinner/lunch right before we went to the hospital. Ok, I guess I will wait until you all settle in but I can't wait to meet the new little one and to see how much Jill has grown!


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