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Monday, July 16th, 2012

Brynley's Birth Blog

Well the big day is finally here! It's time to take this family from three to FOUR!! Erika and I are so excited about getting to hold our little girl later today!

2:09 AM- Around two o'clock this morning, just as I was heading to bed Erika woke up and told me her water broke and she was going to look some things up online.

3:30 AM- After Erika took a shower and talked to the doctor, it was go time! Erika woke me up and said it was time to go the the hospital. We had Bernie come down to watch Mason while we made our way to the hospital. On the ride to the hospital Erika said she was experiencing level 3 pain. Erika had an appointment scheduled for today at 8:30, but Brynley had other ideas.

4:10 AM- Erika started checking in. Let me tell you, finding the place to have babies at four in the morning is no easy task. This place was creepy! We didn't see or hear anyone!

Once we got all set up Erika was at 3 cm and we are monitoring Brynley's heartbeat as we speak.

Stay tuned!! More updates to come. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.

5:17 AM- We got moved into the Birthplace a few minutes ago. Nana and Chuck arrived about an hour ago. Erika is doing well, her mom is going to get Mason in a little while. I think I'm due for a coffee!!

7:34 AM- The doctor just came by to check on Erika. They have started a pitocin drip to get things moving along. Nana and Chuck went to get Mason and bring him to the hospital. Erika's contractions are about five minutes apart.

As for me, I'm doing great. Just a tidbit of info on Dad.

8:25 AM- Mason just arrived! He was so excited to see his Mom and Dad! We just ate McDonald's for breakfast and Erika is getting her epidural in the next few minutes. In honor of Brynley's arrival, I wanted to post our 1st picture together as three and our last picture together before we become a family of four.

8:50 AM- Carol just arrived. Erika is closing in on her epidural. I really think that Mason is doing a great job. He has been playing on the iPad and watching Disney Jr. in the room.
He isn't too excited about being by Erika, but he is excited about his baby sister coming soon.

10:00 AM- Epidural- check! Erika is feeling great. I had the doctor slip one in on me too! He told Erika that after getting an epidural you can't clean house, wash dishes or do the laundry for a year. That's why I decided to get one too! Mason is now in charge of the housework.

10:30 AM- The Gigis and Pap and Alta just got here. Everyone is spending time with Erika.

Also, the last time we were here I was the one feeding Erika ice chips. It seems the roles have reversed.

12:10 PM- Mommy and Daddy just took a short nap and Mason was watching Cars. Just waking up from a short nap.
The doctor came in and Erika is at 5 cm and progressing very well. The doctor will return at 2:00 to check in with Erika.
Mason is being awesome! He is getting more and more excited about Brynley's arrival. He has spent some time this morning touring the hospital with Nana.

1:55 PM- Erika is at 10 cm and we are getting ready for labor as soon as Brynley moves down just a little bit more.

2:30 PM- We are pushing...well Erika is! I'm pulling...FOR HER!! Let's Go Erika!!

6:14 PM- Erika just went back for her c-section. Some families throw exciting parties that last through the night and day. That's how we handle births. On a side note, Mason has been the most amazing big brother ever. I can't wait to get him a special treat for everything he has done today!!

6:33 PM- Brynley Hunter Swann arrives. 10lbs 3oz 22 1/4 inches long. More to come. Big Brother Mason is so proud!

Lawton, Erika, and Mason

Tags:  Baby, Brynley, Mason
Thanks for the update. Keep us posted. We're having coffee and getting ready to leave. Probably around 8 or so.
Pap   Monday, July 16, 2012

Thanks SO much for the updates! We're so excited for you guys! Can't wait to see and meet your newest miracle!
Jessica Ackerman   Monday, July 16, 2012
Love those pictures! Praying for y'all!
Jamye   Monday, July 16, 2012
So happy for y'all!!! Keep us updated!! :)
Brittany Watson   Monday, July 16, 2012
Looks like things are getting exciting!! Hope you all have a very special and wonderful day.
LGrant   Monday, July 16, 2012
Thanks everyone. I'm taking better pictures with our nice camera, but to save time the iPhone is getting the job done.
The Swann Family   Monday, July 16, 2012
Yay! Happy baby day! Can't wait to see miss Brynley! Praying for a safe delivery! Love the updates!
Brooke   Monday, July 16, 2012
What wonderful updates! Thanks for sharing with us all:) I have to say I loved the 1st and last pic of you guys as a family of 3! Good luck!
Tara Melton   Monday, July 16, 2012
We are so excited for you guys! Praying for a easy, safe delivery!
Branna   Monday, July 16, 2012
Thanks for update!
nancy   Monday, July 16, 2012
Congrats! Take care! Love you guys
Tara   Monday, July 16, 2012
Thanks Lawton for letting us share your special miracle day with you all across the miles. We will continue praying for Brynley's safe arrival and good health for her and Mom. Love to you all!
Aunt Charlene and Uncle Mike   Monday, July 16, 2012
AAWWW! This is so awesome and so sweet!! You guys are such troopers and Erika looks lovely (for someone whose in labor!) Mason is just to precious!! Can't wait to hear more updates!!!
Kristy   Monday, July 16, 2012
This is so cool !!! Can't wait to read more !!! Hi Mason !!!
April Caddell   Monday, July 16, 2012
Oh my goshhhh pushhhhhhhhh Erika
nancy   Monday, July 16, 2012
Push, Erika, push! Can't wait to see pics of Brynley!
Tina   Monday, July 16, 2012
Pleeeeeeeeeeease push that baby out, Erika!!!!!!!! :-)
Dana   Monday, July 16, 2012
so excited over here, sending our love xxxx
Tanya   Monday, July 16, 2012
Cant wait to see your new little girl....Thank you for all the updates....
kathy cartzendafner   Monday, July 16, 2012
So excited for your family! Happy birthday Brynley!!
Nealy   Monday, July 16, 2012
Can't wait to meet Brynley. Go Erika!
Tonya Conway   Monday, July 16, 2012
Congratulations! Soooo happy for the 4 of you! Can't wait to see pictures!
Evans, Jamye, Clark, and Wyatt   Monday, July 16, 2012
Yay! That's a big baby:) congrats to all four of you!
Tara Melton   Monday, July 16, 2012
Congrats!!!!!! I am so happy for y'all!!!! Can't wait to see pics!!!!!
Jessica Stein   Monday, July 16, 2012
dannie   Monday, July 16, 2012
Wow....that is a big baby...Erika you are my hero! Get some rest girlie because you sure do deserve it! Can't wait to see you guys!
Brooke   Monday, July 16, 2012
Congrats to you all! Just saw the FB pic. She is sooooo beautiful!
Aunt Charlene & Family   Monday, July 16, 2012
Congrats everyone!!!
Richie & Ashley   Monday, July 16, 2012
Congratulations!! What a day!! Glad all went well and Brynley is here with the family!
LGrant   Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Congratulations on a beautiful family! We can't wait to see you all.
Uncle Robert & Aunt Sharon
Sharon Lawton   Tuesday, July 17, 2012
girlcarew   Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Congratulations Swann family!!!
Auntee Jenn & Uncle Terry
Jennifer China   Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Congratulations!! beautiful baby gir!
Bek   Thursday, July 19, 2012
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