Thursday, February 6, 2014
Meet the newest member of our family!...She arrived a few weeks ago and has been filing our lives with joy ever since! (I've decided not to post her name on the blog for safety and privacy reasons, so I'll be referring to her as "Baby Girl" when I write about her.)
Being a mother is not easy, but it is definitely the best job ever. It has challenged me in ways that I didn't expect to be challenged and blessed me in ways that I didn't expect to be blessed. Before she was born I didn't really understand what it would be like to have a little person so fully and completely dependent on me and I didn't realize how deeply I would fall in love with a baby that I just met.
I was blessed to have a really smooth labor and delivery. Once my contractions started, things progressed fairly rapidly and by the time we arrived at the hospital I was already 8 cm dilated. I had decided ahead of time that I would probably want to have an epidural...and I was right. The pain was pretty intense, so I was glad that I wasn't too late to get one. I know that there are many different philosophies about anesthesia during labor, but for me an epidural was definitely the right decision. Once it was in place, I felt like I was able to be much more present during the whole process of labor and delivery, rather than being so focused on the pain. Baby Girl was situated very low inside of me, so once I reached 10 cm and started pushing, she was out in no time. The birth of a child is a mind boggling miracle.
Having a baby has changed Andrew's and my life in more ways than we can count. While the adjustment process has been a little difficult and uncomfortable at times, this new stage of life is truly wonderful. There is nothing like the feeling of having a newborn baby asleep on you chest with her head nuzzled underneath your chin. I'm doing my best to soak up all of these sweet moments with my tiny baby, because I know she won't be tiny forever, but I'm also looking forward to the journey ahead. Motherhood is going to be a beautiful adventure.