15 months ago today was my due date for our little baby girl! My heart was set that she was going to come that day! I was prepared! The house was clean, laundry was done, and I took the day off of school teaching 6th grade because their was a field trip to the ICubs game and I did not want to go into labor at the ICubs baseball game.
So I packed..... and packed....
and repacked again for the hospital..... All of my bags were ready!!! :-) I have a bit of a packing disorder. Love all the 31?
I remember being home this day on her due date and decided to relax, because I just assumed she was coming any minute!!! I had a Dr. appt on my due date 5/21/12 and I was 3cm dilated and 50% efface and I asked them to strip my membrains and they did. (That was a little painful!)
So I get home and thought for sure I would go into labor that night! Nope, wrong! So the next day I stay home again and decided to shampoo the carpets in the house. I have no idea why, but that's how it goes. So I am shampooing and the neighbor had just come over to re-gravel the front parking area of the house and I begin to get a few little cramps here and there. So I call Nolan he says to call the nurse and call him back. I start timing my contractions and realized they were pretty consistent. So Nolan comes home and we head to the hospital. I get checked in around 5/5:30PM. They monitor my contractions for a couple hours and said I was having some pretty intense ones they called the Dr. in.
They decided to admit me! :-) I was ready for her to be in my arms! I don't think the Dr. wanted to stick around for memorial weekend! :-) So they decided to break my water.
Getting all set up in the room!
Once they broke my water I knew my body was ready to go. I had intense pain fast. There was no turning back. I immediately asked for an epidural. The anestesiologist came to my room as soon as he could and once I got the epidural I was able to relax and enjoy my last few hours with my husband. The nurses would periodically check on me, but told me they didn't think I would have the baby that night since I was a first time mom it was going to take a long time. So I just assumed this would last all night. I remember talking to Nolan, watching a little bit of T.V. and then 9PM rolled around. The nurse says that the dr. wanted me checked one more time before she left for the night. So she checked me and said I was already at a 9.5 or 10 and she was going to go get the Dr. and I was going to have to start pushing soon. So they came in and got everything ready. I started pushing at 10PM and Hadley was born 35 minutes later! The most beautiful thing I had ever seen! She was beautiful!!! I remember an AMAZING euphoric feeling of having her placed on my chest for the first time and repeatedly kissing her and telling her how much I loved her and that she was beautiful!!!
She was here!
She was beautiful!
A miracle with 10 fingers and 10 toes!
She was here! The girl that grew inside me, that I felt kick inside me, was really here! I could see her, touch her, and kiss her!
A beautiful HEALTHY Baby girl! I wouldn't trade any of it for the world!
It felt so good to love on her! Our little miracle and piece of heaven!!! :-)
Hadley Ann Benge was welcomed into the world on May 22nd, 2012 at 10:35PM
We love you and pray for you everyday Hadley Ann! :-)