Four years ago tonight, I had been in labor for over 24 hours and was just 9 centimeters dilated. I was texting my great friends Emmy, Mindy, and Jen like a crazy fool. I warned Guy that the texting that month was going to be astronomical!:) I think I knew that this was my one and only chance I would get in my life to give birth to a child, and I didn't want to forget any part of it even if it meant texting every last detail to my lovely friends!:) (Aren't you all so lucky!!) Although, giving birth turned into a c-section....so I really did get to experience every single part of having a baby!!!:)
Some of you may be thinking how strange that I am writing about giving birth to my daughter when I adopted my son a few years before. Let me just tell you about the road of life....just when you think you have it all figured out (and that is how I want to live my life), everything as you know it can be turned upside down and wonderful surprises are in store! All those years while we were trying to have a baby before we brought Jeremy home, I prayed and prayed and prayed...I don't think I have ever prayed for anything harder in my life (other than for my Grandma) than to have a child. I thought when we brought Jeremy home that was the answer to all my prayers.....and it was, but there was another part I didn't see coming. Before we brought Jeremy home, I had a dream that I was pregnant, and I had a baby girl and her name was Hannah. I know that sounds crazy...like something I am making up, but it really did happen. I remember the dream very clearly, but the only thing was I couldn't ever see the baby's face clearly. A few months after I had the dream, I found out the name Hannah means "grace" or "favor". Hannah (in the bible) was the mother of the prophet Samuel. She had been unable to become pregnant and prayed to God that she would have a child, and she was blessed with Samuel.
Fast forward four years, and on my 31st birthday, after finding out I was pregnant ( after taking 11 pregnancy tests...all digital ...I was done looking at lines!!...because I couldn't actually believe this could be true...and I had to go to the emergency room because the doctors thought I was having a miscarriage...or a blighted ovum as they called it. Not to mention having been told we had a less than one percent chance of ever getting pregnant) my doctor did an ultrasound and sure enough there was the tiniest flicker which my doctor told me was the heartbeat of a baby. Guy and I were dumbfounded. I cried.....I just couldn't believe that I was so lucky to be blessed not once with Jeremy but twice with another baby!!!!!! Guy had tears in his eyes, too, about seeing the heartbeat. But, I think some of them were for fear of having a girl!!!:)
Words can't express how happy and lucky we felt when Elizabeth was born (all 8 pounds 6 oz. of her..and she was two days early!!)) after being induced on Tuesday and ending up with a c-section early on a Thursday morning. She has definitely been our feisty one...she loves to take the hard way and she is stubborn ( Guy says she gets that from me!) We didn't name her Hannah, but she is a miracle from God. ( We named her Elizabeth after my grandmother) But, she is our baby girl and we couldn't be happier than to have spent another year with her and watch her grow. Tonight I gave her her last three year old kisses and told her when she wakes up she'll be four. I feel a little sad that I won't ever have another three year old, but I am so happy and excited to see what adventures my four year old little girl will have in this next year!!! We love you Elizabeth Anne!!!! We've enjoyed every day of our 1459 days with you!!:) We can't imagine our family without you!!!!:)
|cupcakes all ready to celebrate at school tomorrow!:)|
|Last picture as a three year old!|