A whole new World ~ the birth of Baby Julia Currell Retherford

The birth of our baby daughter Julia

Canon Camera Baby picture

Our baby was due on March 15, 2010.  We had a baby appointment on Wednesday and we didn’t have any idea what was coming the next morning.

I awoke with Megan at 6:30 am and started my day as normal.  Sitting on the couch putting together a packing plan for the baby birth at 7:30am Megan called for me to come upstairs.  She says, “I think my water just broke.”  If you could have seen the blank stare on my face, not to mention all the things that ran through my head in less than one second.  I switched into high-speed packing mode.  Megan called the hospital which was 1 hour 20 minutes away.

Not only did I not have my stuff packed but I needed to pack for the dogs too.  Megan had her stuff almost ready and the baby things were ready too.  By 8:00 am the car was warm, packed, and ready to roll.  We were on the road to the kennel calling Carla to be prepared for the crazy doggies.  A quick drop off and back on the road to Petoskey ~ Northern Michigan Hospital Emergency.

When we first arrived they had Megan in a wheelchair, she was laughing and nurses were commenting that she must not be too far in labor.  In fact, she didn’t start active labor until almost 6pm.  It would be a LONG day and night with the baby being born at 5:17 am on February 26, 2010.  Julia was 6.5 pounds and 19 inches long.  She is beautiful, healthy, and our first adorable child.

Megan is doing great recovering.  It looks like we will be heading home today, about 36 hours after the birth.

You can watch the blog and see LOTS of images of Baby Julie or “Jules” for the rest of her life.  Get ready to be in front of the lens ALOT baby.  We love you more than anything and we can’t wait to raise you and be a part of your life!

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  • Jennifier Dunwell - Paul,
    Congrats and welcome to your whole new world. Daughters are so wonderful and so much fun, you will enjoy every second. Just when you think things can’t get better, they do. Every second is something new and great!! I’m so proud and love seeing friends as they welcome their new families. Congrats again.
    JenReplyCancel

    • Paul Retherford - Thank you Jennifer. Julia is already sleeping a large portion of night. Meg got good sleep last night too. Already, day 6, starting to get easier. Thanks for the comment.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifier Dunwell - Paul,
    Congrats and welcome to your whole new world. Daughters are so wonderful and so much fun, you will enjoy every second. Just when you think things can’t get better, they do. Every second is something new and great!! I’m so proud and love seeing friends as they welcome their new families. Congrats again.
    JenReplyCancel

    • Paul Retherford - Thank you Jennifer. Julia is already sleeping a large portion of night. Meg got good sleep last night too. Already, day 6, starting to get easier. Thanks for the comment.ReplyCancel

  • Chris Ann Nelson - Paul and Meg, we are so happy and surprised at the early birth of Julia. She is so precious and I am thankful for the answered prayer for her safty in the womb and the speedy delivery. I have a swaddleing blanket ready for her but by the time we have our tweet up in Mackinaw City she will probably have teath and a very strong neck :). congratulations and enjoy EVERY minute!ReplyCancel

    • Paul Retherford - Thank you Chris. Julia is in great health and sleeping a large portion of the night. Megan is doing great. Megan was grateful for the early delivery.:-)ReplyCancel

  • Chris Ann Nelson - Paul and Meg, we are so happy and surprised at the early birth of Julia. She is so precious and I am thankful for the answered prayer for her safty in the womb and the speedy delivery. I have a swaddleing blanket ready for her but by the time we have our tweet up in Mackinaw City she will probably have teath and a very strong neck :). congratulations and enjoy EVERY minute!ReplyCancel

    • Paul Retherford - Thank you Chris. Julia is in great health and sleeping a large portion of the night. Megan is doing great. Megan was grateful for the early delivery.:-)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Haley - Congratulations, Paul! Hope you’re enjoying your new life. What a genius idea for a photograph, love it! 😀ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Haley - Congratulations, Paul! Hope you’re enjoying your new life. What a genius idea for a photograph, love it! 😀ReplyCancel

  • kari - Congratulations Paul! I just had to check back to see if your wife had the baby… I was wondering if you got the shot you were talking to me about at the Michigan Photographers Convention! Did you???ReplyCancel

    • Paul Retherford - Hello Kari,
      I did get the shot and it turned out great, just not one I would share with the World. Keep checking back for more images of Julia.:-) Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • kari - Congratulations Paul! I just had to check back to see if your wife had the baby… I was wondering if you got the shot you were talking to me about at the Michigan Photographers Convention! Did you???ReplyCancel

    • Paul Retherford - Hello Kari,
      I did get the shot and it turned out great, just not one I would share with the World. Keep checking back for more images of Julia.:-) Cheers!ReplyCancel

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