Saturday, November 22, 2008

Welcome Rya Diane Balent

Rya Diane Balent joined our family on November 17th 2008 at 1:03 PM weighing 9lbs 4ozs and measuring 20 ½ inches long. She was delivered via scheduled c-section (a lot easier and less panic than Currier's emergency c-section!) by Dr. Geier at the East Cooper Regional Medical Center.

We chose the name "Rya Diane" because I liked the name Riley (a nice Irish name) and Trent liked the name Raya (Hebrew for 'light') so we compromised and named her Rya. Diane was my late mother's name so naturally we honored her.

We knew Rya was going to be a big baby but we had no idea that I was giving birth to a third grader! At 9lbs 4ozs, she was just 2oz shy of Currier's birth weight.

Currier is thrilled to have a baby sister. He wants to hold her, kiss her, hug her and give her Eskimo kisses. So far he's been really gentle with her. Let's hope he stays that way!

Trent's parents, Mimi and Papi, came up from Florida to be here for the birth of their eighth grandchild and to take care of Currier during our 4 day hospital stay. Thank you Mimi and Papi!

Rya shares her birthday with both of her grandfathers, Papi Balent and Papa Currier. We had a little birthday celebration to honor the BIG day. Currier now associates hospitals with ice cream cake and party hats!

And now we're a family of four (actually six counting Bruco and Paolo!) and we couldn't be happier! Thank you for all your well wishes.

Look out... Rya D. is in the house!

18 comments:

Elams said...

AHHHHH! So gorgeous and I am so happy for you :-) Lots of love to Rya (great name) and all of you!

Nicole said...

Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful and we're happy to hear that everyone is doing well! Can't wait to hear about your new adventures :-)

michelle of bleeding espresso said...

How cute! And what a cute name! And you look fabulous!

Auguri e benvenuta Rya Diane :)

Anonymous said...

OH I LOVE HER. Congratulations! We couldn't be happier for your perfect little fam.

Love,
The Wisslahs

The Waggoners said...

She is adorable and you all make a beautiful family!!! Now, you have two little turkies!!: ) Well, 3 counting Trent...oh and the doggies, so 5!!! make that FIVE lil turkies!!! :) Love you all! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!

Sue Curtin said...

Congratulations!!!!!! She's absolutely beautiful!!!!!

M to the S said...

What a cutie pie! It's incredible how something so little will evoke so much love in you. BTW, your still loking fabulous! - Sandra

Stacy Lewis said...

Congratulations Balent family! Rya is beautiful. Coleen, you look so good!
Love,
Stacy

Andrew Desmond said...

Congrats, Balents! We can't wait to keep up with Rya's new adventures on the blog... if you have time to keep it up! :-)

Mrs. Crab said...

WoOOhhoOOO!! A baby girl to spoil... I can't hardly stand it :) I'm so proud of you guys and of Currier for being such a great big Bro!! I'll hopefully be seeing you soon ;)

Loves, hugs and kisses
Meagan

South of Rome said...

I am so happy for you ALL! AUGURI!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!!! Now you have completed the perfect family... 2 kids, 2 dogs, a house isn't there a song about that????

Dave V.

THE KIMBALL CLAN said...

OMG Coleen .. love this picture!! She is so beautiful! I am so happy for you all. You were such a beautiful family before but Rya brings it all together!! Congratualtions guys!! Great job!! Hope there are many adventures to come!! :)

Love you!!

karin said...

Congratulations! You have a beautiful little girl and an adorable boy to watch over his sister.

Take care,

Karin

Rachel said...

so cute!!

The three r's in Italy. Rob, Rebecca, and Ruth said...

Congratulation to you and your family. She is absolutely beautiful and I wish you the best of luck!

Swindells said...

OMG Coleen she is beautiful. Huge baby. She doesnt look like a newborn!!! I hope my dress fits!!

Love Cookie

Amy said...

What a wonderful post and pictures! I love the idea of cake, ice cream, and party hats! What a beautiful family. I'm looking forward to reading more and comparing notes!