Thursday, March 19, 2015

Emilia's Birth Story

Being my forth pregnancy, you would assume I know how this goes.  My first, Ayla, came in a surprise.  I was not quite 36 weeks finishing up a 12 hour shift at the hospital.  A bit of light cramping sent me home and after a hot shower my water broke.  My second, Leah, came much like her personality.  I had premature contractions keeping me on my toes from 32 weeks on.  I gave birth to that spunky girl at 37.5 weeks.  I greatly assumed I would have another early babe nearing the end of my third pregnancy.  But, Abram's pregnancy was very different in a lot of ways.  He hung in there until 38.5 weeks when my water broke in the wee hours of the morning.

Emilia, you stuck with mama the longest.  We carried each other right up until my due date.  I rocked, walked, stretched, and swayed to encourage you to come meet us.  You had other plans.  I was anxious soI asked to have my water broke to start labor the day before your due date.

March 12 2015
Early morning.
The day was calm and wet.
Once my water broke, labor was fast and hard.
Your mamaw, mimi, and daddy were all there.
We joked and guessed your weight.
I pushed longer and harder than any other labor.
I was worried.
All the sudden, you were here.
So tiny.
So lovely.
From the moment our eyes met, I knew you were mine.

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