I'm BACK! And I'm on pain meds- watch out! Just kidding, I ran out a couple days ago. And what a sad day it was...I turned that container upside down as if by magic one more might fall out. Ok, before you go thinking I've become hooked and feel the need to drop down on your knees and pray for my deliverance you should know I am totally kidding. In a way. And any mom who has ever gone through a difficult childbirth or c-section can relate with me so quit judging!
I read over my last entry and wow I can not believe how much my life has changed in just the matter of 11 days. As I type this my precious gift from heaven is peacefully sleeping beside me. The sound of her little breathing is so sweet, I could listen to it forever.
I have so much to say and don't know where to start. As I went back and read a bit of my posts I realized how happy I am that I started this blog. It is as much for me as it is for others. I love that I've captured moments in time through my writing. I love that I can look back on just a short matter of time and see how much God has already done. It is so easy for us to go through the motions of life and forget. I do not want to forget!
So, that being said, I wanted to start out with a little glimpse into the day Mia was born. My birth story, if you will. However before you get scared off at the sound of the words "birth story"...don't worry. This isn't one of those birth stories where I go into way too much detail, fill it with way too much information pictures, then end it with a nice story about how I saved my placenta and planted it in my backyard beneath a peach tree that now has the best peaches you will ever eat.
You think I'm making this stuff up but I assure you it's out there. And tragically I stumbled upon it and have now been forever terrorized with the memories of the words and pictures. Just take my advice, don't go searching around the internet for stories about other women's birth experiences. Better yet, just don't even google peach tree because you never know. Better safe than sorry.
Now that I've ventured completely off topic, let's try to hop back on.
I did not sleep one wink the night before we went in to have Mia. Can you blame me?! I was WAY TOO EXCITED! I did make an attempt at about 2:30 in the morning but I just lied there listening to Brandon snore (he still denies the snoring) with all sorts of thoughts running through my head and finally gave up. Instead I nested like a crazy person. I swept, mopped, folded laundry, looked for things to do, realized it had all been done-TWICE and finally just got in a bath. I sat there for a while savoring the feeling of being pregnant, knowing that as hard as it was to believe at the moment, I would miss it. I also tried to wrap my mind around the idea that my sweet baby girl would be in my arms in just a few short hours. Well that just got me going all over again and I couldn't take it so I woke up Brandon. A little early. 8 measly minutes to be exact, but let me tell you I heard all about those 8 measly minutes. PUH-LEASE. There was a baby to be had!
I have to say the whole c-section experience was much better than I expected it to be. I was put completely out for my c-section with Faith so I don't remember any of it all. I closed my eyes for what seemed like seconds or minutes and when I opened them much more time than that had passed and so much had happened. A surreal feeling for sure.
With Mia however, I was completely aware of every second and loved it. I loved the nurses, loved the anesthesiologist...the whole experience. Yes it was strange and uncomfortable at times to have the sensation of tugging on your insides but I didn't care! My little girl was about to be here! I thought I might feel robbed of the regular delivery experience that I'd been blessed to have with Asher and Bella, but I didn't. Truly all that mattered was my baby girl getting here safe and healthy! The feeling of relief, love, peace and just pure JOY, way overshadowed any other feelings that might've tried to creep in.
Right before Mia came out Dr. Farhart said "Well, I see a lot of dark hair!" Ah ha! I thought! I knew my theory about heartburn and hair was true! She came out screaming and perfect and beautiful and I will never forget that moment. I had told everyone in the room that as soon as she came out I wanted to know she was a girl. (Me and my paranoia) So when she came out everyone around the room had to reassure me she was a she! Oh thank you Jesus, I don't have to re-do her room!
She weighed 7 lbs 3 oz and was 20 inches long. Brandon did an excellent job of being "that" dad with our camera in one hand and video camera in the other. He was so proud. I was so proud. One of the best parts was looking over to see my sister waiting to take Mia into the baby nursery where she was able to be the nurse who transitioned her and do all that stuff they do to babies when they first come. So there went Brandon with Mia and Nurse Jacquelin while they put my insides back in order (Brandon loves when I talk like that) and then I was wheeled into recovery where I was totally forgotten about for a good 30 minutes. I mean I knew once the baby got here it'd be all about her but I wasn't expecting it to be THAT fast! I sat there all excited with no one to talk to!! I kept asking my new BFF (my nurse, Ashley) if she had seen any of my family members...Husband? Mom? Dad? Anyone? I even answered Brandon's cell phone at one point just so I could talk to someone! Imagine my mother in laws surprise to hear her daughter in laws voice who just GAVE BIRTH through C-SECTION answering a phone call all non-chalant. I'm telling you the meds were AMAZING.
Brandon did finally find me and I could tell by the look on his face he felt really bad because he had no idea I'd been wheeled into recovery already. It was ok really, I was so happy to know he and my family were with Mia and I couldn't wait to hold her myself!
I didn't have to wait long. Soon I was in my room and my sister "the nurse" (can you tell I'm proud ;)) brought Mia in. The moment I'd waited for was finally here!! I was meeting my little glory girl, My Mia Glory.... Finally!
I have to add a side note in here to show how good God is. Our nurse Ashely was also our nurse the day we lost Faith and I'd told her that day that we would be back soon to deliver a healthy baby and I remember thinking I hoped she would be our nurse again. It was such a blessing to me that she was there when we met Mia and such a testimony of how sweet our Jesus is to do things like that for us.
And on that note, this will have to be continued because my sweet girl is calling for my attention and there is nothing else I'd rather do! I can not wait to tell you all about her... She is so sweet, angelic, peaceful, beautiful...everything her name means and more....Our splendor and bliss of heaven!!
Part 2 tomorrow....hopefully!!
“Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the LORD rises upon you"