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August 12, 2009

This past week has gone so fast that I can’t believe our baby is one week old today.   About this time last week I was getting my epidural for Ainsley’s grand entrance.  I am way behind on my blogging, so I guess I will just start at the beginning.  It is funny, I struggled for things to blog about before I had her, now I have plenty to blog about and no time to do it.   I would prefer the latter, so life is good!

To set the background for Ainsley’s entrance, I was not due for another two weeks.  So needless to say when my water broke, I was in some serious shock.  I was leisurely starting my day, when the action began.  I couldn’t believe that it was really happening…so who did I call?  Kim.  Not my OB. Kim.  She told me that I should call my OB.  Glad someone was thinking clearly, because it wasn’t me.  Needless to say I called my husband after my OB and we headed for the hospital.   A 1.5 hour drive away.  Luckily I was not in any pain, so it was an uneventful drive, but also a silent one.  Would I leave home and come back a few days later with a child?  It was a lot to think about, mixed in with some disbelief I was actually in labor.  When I checked into L & D, that is after I walked through the parking lot and lobby of the hospital soaked from the waist down, they told me in fact I was in labor.  To which I replied…are you sure?   They said…um..yeah.  After I had been checked I was transferred to a different room.  To which I asked that nurse…is this where it all happens?  She of course said yes…and I said…seriously?  At this point I was still in shock that I was going to be having a child in the next couple of house.  Long story short, it was a great labor.  I had a wonderful experience, except for the epidural which took 3 tries to get in, but once it did…it was good stuff.  I had toyed with the idea of not getting an epidural, until I felt the real contractions.  I was over my needle phobia.  Once I had my epidural, I had some time on my hands.   We contemplated life as we know it changing in the next few hours and what joys and challenges that would bring, we also were still in disbelief that we were going to be parents.  And scared.  After 30 minutes of true labor, she made her grand entrance and it was perfect.  I really could not have asked for anything better.  I have always been a little iffy about labor–all the placenta, catheters, and needles–but the end result is so much more that I would do it all over again in a second.  God has answered our prayers and brought us our daughter.

Ainsley Birth 094

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Mandi permalink
    August 12, 2009 10:06 pm

    Wow, you are a birthing champ! She’s just gorgeous. I can’t wait to see her some time!

  2. August 12, 2009 10:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing this story! How beautiful! And I love that you had the time, during labor, to contemplate how life would change. It’s so, so huge how that little tiny person changes life as you know it forever! Congratulations!!!

  3. August 13, 2009 7:11 am

    Congratulations!

  4. Liz Wyman permalink
    August 13, 2009 12:55 pm

    Yeah! We are so happy for you guys, and we can’t wait to meet Ainsley in person.

  5. Melissa permalink
    August 13, 2009 9:18 pm

    Has anyone else told you that she looks like she is winking in this picture? I think she’s going to be a sly one…

    She is gorgeous. And I was like the 10-15 person to hold her (guessing here, based on the visitors I know you had and a really really rough estimate of hospital staff)!

  6. skja permalink
    August 14, 2009 10:47 pm

    So priveleged to be your baby consultant and will continue my duties, as needed. Doing great! Keep up the good work!

  7. skja permalink
    August 14, 2009 10:48 pm

    Forgot to tell you that you and Jeremiah look like GREAT parents. She’s a lucky girl…and a beauty!

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