Iris Reilly Mitchell

newborn baby IrisWe had a baby.

Iris Reilly Mitchell was born on March 17, 2012 at 2:11pm. It was a Saturday, about 80 degrees, and I’m told that flowers were blooming and people were celebrating in the streets.

Maaaaaaybe that’s because it was Saint Patrick’s Day, but let’s just say it was also to honor my daughter. She is, after all, the newest member of the Grand Rapids American Irish community, and will probably have the coolest 21st birthday ever.

After 30 some hours of labor, 17 of them being the trial of my life, she is well worth it.

This may be my last post for a while… I think things are going to be a little busy. See you when I resurface!


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8 Responses to Iris Reilly Mitchell

  1. Jen

    She is beautiful and I just love her.

    I hope that someday, you know when you have a free minute, you will right her whole birth story. I am such a sucker for a good birth story. 🙂

    • Katie

      Thank you! She loves you too:) I should write it out… I suppose that while it wasn’t so outstanding compared to other births, I could make it a decent read. It happens to be MY favorite birth story;)

      • megz

        I wrote down Evan’s story in the hospital so that I could remember every little detail. I don’t recount it much– it’s too precious to me, but I’m glad that I have it documented for me. Believe it or not– it becomes a blur after a while~

        • Katie

          There’s a big blur of memory from the pre-epidural hours. It’d be interesting to see what other folks remember from that time – I know the pictures make me look pretty unhappy:)

  2. Wow, congratulations on a beautiful baby girl! And she’s very luck to have great parents as evidenced by her really cool name and the marathon labor you endured just so she could be born on Saint Patrick’s Day ; )

    • Katie

      Thank you!! We are quite fond of her:) And I think the name is suiting her quite well too. I was actually hoping she’d be here before the holiday, or wait until the 19th or 20th – St. Paddy’s is kind of like Christmas around here… But, we’ll find a good balance, and hope that Iris doesn’t come to hate my favorite holiday;)

  3. Oh, I think sharing the day will be fun for her. Should help her form a sense of place. I gather that’s very important up there.

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