Just a few short weeks ago, Brad and I were highly anticipating the arrival of our new niece or nephew. Having been told around 9 p.m. that labor was slow going and that another check of progress wouldn’t happen till morning, we were surprised when our phones kept us up through the night. Just around midnight we received notice that Ashley’s water had broke and that her labor had essentially started on it’s own.
Fast forward to earlier in the day! Ashley + Derek were suppose to check into the hospital on February 27th at 7 a.m., but due to a busy labor and delivery floor, they pushed it back to 11 a.m.! At 11 a.m. it quickly became 3 p.m. before they were even able to get her in. Trying not to get frustrated with the lack of progress her body was making, they gave her a 12 hour sleeping pill at 9 p.m. and said to get some rest! Well, according to momma, Little Miss Evie had other plans! Contractions started to come quickly, and after only 5 hours in active labor, and a half hour of pushing, Evelyn Kay Kovalcik made a fast entrance into this world.
Even though Ashley had the epidural and sleeping pill in her system, she still recalls the moment that they held Evelyn up and asked Derek what the gender was! Derek quickly announced it was a girl! My precious little girl!
Evelyn made her entrance on February 28th at 4:32 a.m., becoming the first grand daughter amongst 3 boys on Brad’s side of the family! She weighed in at 8 lbs. 2 oz. and 21 inches long! Everyone was thrilled, and when we received the phone call of her arrival at almost 5 a.m. we were more than ready to meet her! The most special part for us was to hear that she was being named after Brad + Ashley’s grandma, Evelyn! Ashley writes, She is named after one of my hero’s and someone I have looked up to since I was young. My grandmother is one of the hardest working people I know and I am so very blessed that I was able to grow up with her so near. I love her incredibly!
That evening we had the opportunity to drive to Michigan, and couldn’t wait to meet our sweet little Evie the next day! Surprising Ashley + Derek, Brad and I couldn’t wait to get our baby fix in before our own little blessing arrives! I was so enamored with the awe and love that new daddy Derek had for Eve. He wouldn’t let her out of his sight and was already keeping tabs on her wherever she was. Ashley told us, From the moment she was born, he never let her out of his sight, and is SUPER protective already! That’s a daddy for you!
Ashley says she loves how Evie just melts into her arms. She went on to say, My favorite thing about Evie is the bond we already have, and how I can feel her relax and calm down in my arms. Its amazing how you can feel the love between us in those instances. Being a brand new parent to Evie is a full time job, one that’s scary and amazing at the same time. Its scary because we want to make sure we are doing everything possible to take care of her, we are terrified of messing something up. And of course its so rewarding seeing her growing every day, and how she has bonded completely with Derek and I. Its amazing the bond you have with this little child immediately.
Her big brother, Denali wasn’t quite sure what was happening at first, and probably wanted her to leave. But I knew after a couple days when I told him to go see his sister, and he threw the ball in her lap, that he knew what she is and already wants her to play with him! When we got home from the doctors, he didn’t give me kisses first, he shoved his head into her car seat to give Evie kisses with that I now know he loves her.
So without any more waiting, I give you our sweet little niece Evie!
Derek + Ashley! We couldn’t be more blessed to call you family! We are overwhelmed with joy and thanksgiving that Evelyn arrived safely and healthy! I can’t wait to continue to spoil her and to be the best Aunt I can be in her life! We love you all more than words can say, and I can’t wait to help add another little blessing to our growing family! Thank you for allowing me to take these few images before we had to dodge the winter blizzard, so glad I had the opportunity to capture her tinyness! It’s only that way for so long!