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Introducing River Rae Bella

annoucementWe’d like everyone to meet our little girl River Rae Bella. She showed up Friday night at 11:49p.m. perfect as can be.  We are so overwhelmed with love for our new little one, we can’t stop staring at her and giving her kisses.  Early Friday morning contractions started feeling quite strong so we stayed up and kept track of them.  Around 6:00a.m. we called Jill our Midwife and after speaking with her awhile it seemed that we where in the early stages of prelabor.  Our birthing tub arrived at the house around 9:00a.m.  As labor progressed we really started seeing more action around 11:00a.m. from there we continued our Hypnobirthing and relaxation to manage the pain, kept moving around alot and did some Yoga.  Around 6:30p.m. I got in the tub and started experiencing much stronger contractions, a couple hours later my water broke and within the next 30 minutes I had the urge to push.  Jill checked me and said well lets have a baby!  We where so exstatic as we where all kind of starting to think we had a lot more laboring to do.  So little River just snuck up on us!  After pushing for a little over an hour little River emerged in the tub safe and sound at 11:49p.m.  Jill plopped her up on my belly and a huge emotional rush just overcame Jeff and I as we looked down at our little miracle we created.  I don’t think either of us have felt so much love all at once.  I couldn’t have managed my way throw my labor without the attention of my husband.  Jeff was so amazing as he talked me through it all staying positive the whole way.   We are so happy with the choices we made with our Birth, she was safe and calm the whole way through.  Jill said it was as if River didn’t even know she was in labor.  We’d like to thank Jill for the amazing job she did and the education shes brought us through this whole process.  As well as Kat, thank you so much for your support!  And Mom you have such a calm gentle nature about you and it was truly a blessing that you where there.  Thank you to all of our family and friends who’ve come by and called, all your support and well wishes are so appreciated and we love you all so much!

The Proud Parents

XOXO Riversmom
12 Responses
  • Andrea
    November 12, 2008

    wow… she is remarkably beautiful!

    I am so happy and excited for you guys! Congratulations 🙂 I’m proud of you guys for doing the birthing process in the way that suits your philosophy on life, and am glad it turned out so well… don’t know when I’ll be up there to see the three! now of you, but hope it’s soon!

    Love you guys!

  • Denise
    November 12, 2008

    To the Janke Family,

    Thank you so much for the announcement. What more could I say except: What a beautiful, precious child so perfectly fitted to her parents. I am not sure who is more blessed River for such great parents, or you two for such a blessing. I am going to say it has to be a draw. I can’t wait to see her. May God Bless you all always. I LOVE HER NAME!

    Luv Denise

  • GG
    November 12, 2008

    What a beautiful baby girl. She is absolutely a doll. . Can’t wait to hold her and tell her I love her. Good job.

    Love GG

  • alex hayek the 1st
    November 12, 2008

    I wish I coulve been there. Jeff I’m so proud of you. Remember when we were little and we went to get ice cream at the store. You got cookies and cream and I got chocolate. We walked all the way home eating our ice cream and I remember you saying to me maybe we should make a left on the next street. Look how much has changed since then. You know have a little baby and you also have my heart. With that mr Janke, I take another sip of my beer and put down my shoes to tell you…. Take great care of river the way you took care of Steve. Xoxo

  • Alex
    November 12, 2008

    Jeff and Amber, after looking at these pictures I felt a surge of joy flow through me. This is my new favorite website!!! I have waited so long for this day to finally come. You and Amber have done what I thought might happen years into the future. I see pictures of River and I remember a time when we had that talk up on the roof of your old house in Mission Viejo. I told you that one day we’d be 10 years older and have kids. You said you would love it if one day we could go to the mall and pick out a stereo system for your car. I hope that River (not Pheonix) has everything she could ever want in life. I was watching a movie the other day. Jeff, it makes me so happy to know that there are still shops that sell british chocolates. I look back at the choices we made in life and then get food from the fridge. I love you. Thats what I would say to a victorias secret model.

  • Andrea Carpenter
    November 13, 2008

    Dear Jeff & Amber,

    Baby River is incredibly beautiful! Sincere congratulations, the gang at Gordys Auto Body wishes you and your family joy, laughther and love.


    Andrea Carpenter

  • Tricia Cendejas
    November 13, 2008

    I am trying hard to write something, after I wipe the tears from my eyes. You look absolutely beautiful and River is breathtaking. Welcome to the most wonderful experience of your life.

    Love and Kisses

    Aunt Tricia

  • Rainier de Ocampo
    November 13, 2008

    Amber and Jeff : Congratulations to the two of you and welcome ot the newest member of the Janke family, River Rae. She is absolutely adorable and incredibly precious. I hope you keep me posted with more pictures and stories and the weeks and months go by.

    Thank you very much for keeping me in-the-know on how the delivery went. Amber, I’m incredibly happy for you and cannot believe you have a little one. That is so cool and hope you don’t mind me sharing the great news with the few people I still keep in touch with at Audiobahn. Actually, it would only be Sim.

    Congratulations again and much love to you both and baby River Rae.


  • Sim
    November 13, 2008

    Congratulations, Amber & Jeff! Wow, River is so beautiful. I’m so happy for you guys. I’m bookmarking your site. Hope to see more pics of the happy family.

    all the best,

  • ruth wilson
    November 15, 2008

    Oh My!!!! How totally wonderful and now the fun begins….
    It really thrills me to see a man and woman so much in
    love create such a miracle from love. Makes me want to
    have another little girl but “”” thats not going to happen””” so
    I have to wait for my Grandchilden……..
    Love you both and can’t wait to see little River Rae… I am
    sure you are having the time of your life right now…. Enjoy,
    Enjoy, Enjoy….

  • Karen Smarsty
    November 15, 2008

    Amber & Jeff…congratulations on producing such a “class act”….River is absolutely wonderful and you both look like you are in a state of bliss!! What a great way to give birth; I was amazed that you did this so easily and naturally….good for both of you…and good for River Rae for such an easy entry into this great big world! Grandpa and I are very happy for you…all three of you …and we look forward to seeing many more beautiful pictures of all of you. God bless you and that precious new life you have produced….love Grandma Karen & Grandpa Richard

  • Hayden
    December 8, 2008

    Well done Janke’s! Hope all is well 5 weeks on and you are getting some sleep! Hope to see you all in 2009

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