February 27, 2003

Posted by Ryan on Thursday, February 27, 2003

Welcome, Tanner!

Tamie, Ryan, and Tyran would like to announce the newest arrival at the Heaton Home, Tanner Alma Heaton! Weighing 8 lbs, 11 oz. and 21 inches long, this little one was born at 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2003.

He certainly took his precious little time getting here! We went in early Thursday morning for the last appointment with Tamie's midwives, and they insisted that we induce before the two weeks were up on Saturday, lest she be considered "high risk" and be referred to the doctors. And we couldn't induce on the weekend lest we risk inconveniencing the doctors if there was a problem (don't get us started...).

So, we went to Target, calmed down a bit, and bought some food to sneak in while Tamie was in labor. The food was a very good thing, too, since the induction started at around 11:00 a.m., and basically nothing (strong enough contractions to cause dilatation of the cervix) happened for seven hours. So Tamie would take just a little piece of bread or a small swallow of Gatorade watching the door for any sign of the nurse so she could cover it up. We felt so rebellious. We asked for the remote monitor so we could walk around. We also read scriptures, called our families, talked, asked the nurse a lot of questions and waited. After so much waiting Tanner was still trying our patience and it seemed even the pitocin wasn't going to bring him.

So at about 6:00 p.m., Tamie had dilated to about a 2-wide enough to strip her membranes and accelerate her contractions. At about 7:00, she was at a 3, which was enough to break her water. That's when the contractions started to grow more intense. She labored on the bed for an hour, in the bath for an hour, and then over the birthing ball and leaning over the bed for the last hour during transition.

Tanner finally arrived at 11:00, with his elbow above his head, and foot pressed against his chest. This position made transition and pushing incredibly intense.

Tamie was incredible. For all her internal struggling, she was very composed and collected as she labored. We used the "hypnobirthing" technique that basically helped Tamie to deeply relax and trust her body. The birth was as natural as possible considering the circumstances. We would have much preferred no pitocin or breaking of the water to induce labor, but no pain-relieving drugs or epidurals were used. For those of you who may be interested why we went natural, we wrote up a little explanation (click here).

We thought it would be fun for you to hear why we chose the name "Tanner," and the significance that the name holds for us.

The Enoch Train

In 1857, the Enoch Train carried 534 members and missionaries across the Atlantic Ocean to Boston. A large number of this group-including our own family missionary William Heaton-became the very first handcart company to arrive in Salt Lake City.

As we were reading some of the compiled records of these saints, it was curious that three births occurred during the Ocean journey and the babies were all named Enoch. Apparently, it was fairly common to name a child after events or places in your life.

As we considered this tradition in choosing a name for our own baby we thought about both of our graduations. We feel so blessed and enriched from our experiences at BYU. Tamie, in particular, just spent 2 1/2 years building a foundation for service in attending her MPA classes-all held in the Tanner building. This building was named after the late President N. Eldon Tanner (a member of the Church's First Presidency).

The Tanner Family

President N. Eldon Tanner is a descendant of John Tanner, a name that will be held in remembrance forever in the annals of church history. One of Ryan's most moving and memorable classes this year was church history from Susan Easton Black. As we were considering the name Tanner, Susan told a story about the John Tanner family in one of her classes that solidified our decision to use the name:

As Joseph Smith was heavily involved in church affairs during a particularly difficult period in Far West, it would often be the case that he would come home to Emma telling him that there was no food. Nevertheless, according to the Prophet's direction, they would set the table and offer a prayer that God would send someone to provide the family with a meal for the night.

Then they would wait.

Invariably, someone would be inspired to bring food for the prophet's family. Joseph would graciously accept, and before the meal was begun, Joseph would lift a prayer of gratitude to Heaven and leave an unusual blessing upon the heads of those who brought them food. The blessing was unusual because he blessed the family-through all generations of time. One of these families was the John Tanner family.

"Elder Tanner brought me half a fatted hog for the benefit of my family. And whether my days be many or few, whether in life or death I say in my heart, let me enjoy the society of such brethren." (Signed Joseph Smith)

We found several more examples of the Tanner family being an answer to prayers time and again. For instance, at the very time the Prophet Joseph Smith and other brethren met in prayer asking for a brother or brethren with means to assist them in lifting the mortgage on the farm upon which the Kirtland temple was then under construction, John Tanner received the impression by dream that he must leave his estate in New York and go immediately to the Church. He loaned money to pay for the temple site and then sold his twenty-two hundred acre farm in New York in order to give three thousand dollars to buy supplies.

As a family, we aspire to be an answer to others' prayers and thus a tool for our father in Heaven. If our family can develop such generosity as the Tanners exemplified, the Lord will be able to use us in any physical or spiritual blessings others may be in need of. There is nothing higher we could wish for this little guy than that he will be an answer to many prayers and follow the example of the Tanners in following the Spirit.

Love,

Tamie, Ryan, Tyran, and Tanner!