Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Emma's Birth Story

This is mainly for me, I want to remember this special day. The birth of my second.
It was scheduled this time around. Scheduled on January 10th, my mom's birthday. We like to share birthdays in our family. We had to be at the hospital at 6:00 and I think I was up every 2 hours looking at the clock, at 4 I gave up and the day started. It was a rough start as they tried 10 times to get the IV in, after 3 people success finally was obtained. Dr. Reeves arrived shortly thereafter and we would be getting started shortly after 7am. The ride to the OR was much different this time around. No emergency, thank goodness. The thing I think I will always remember was how cold it was. The spinal was given as Dr. Reeves held my shivering arms. I did not like the feeling that I could not breathe but was glad it passed quickly. Jarred was finally allowed in. Boy was I happy to see him. Jarred stood during the entire procedure and saw everything. I asked him many times, "do you see her yet?" How amazing to witness the birth of your baby, Jarred was in awe. Emma Ruth Tompkins was born at 7:42am weighing in at 6 lbs 10 oz and 19 1/2 inches long.
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It was different this go around as only Jarred and one other were allowed in the recovery room. They were strict about this and I was a little bummed I didn't get as many pictures as I did with Ava. As they wheeled in back in the first thing Jarred said was how pretty she was. Even the nurse made a comment. I could not wait to really get a good look at her. We were so tickled at her dark thick hair. Susie was allowed in to give Emma her first bath. This is a family tradition.
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Finally we have a room. I know everyone was so anxious to meet Miss Emma Ruth. We are so lucky to have our family and friends, it was so nice they shared our day with us. I could not wait for Ava to see Emma. I called my mom and told her we were in our room and big sister could come. She ran right in and wanted to see her sister. As she sat on the bed with me, I could tell she was upset. She told me she wanted to cry. Not because of Emma but because she did not like to see mommy with an IV. She knew I had a bobo. She perked up quickly with her big sister gifts that she got. I hated when she had to leave. I felt torn because she cried to stay with mommy and daddy. Oh how I love her and hate to see her upset.
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The first night there was not much sleep. How can you will all the nurses constantly coming in? Emma did great, such a sweet baby. I loved the moments I got to feed her because for 30 minutes she was all mine. We had many vistors the second day, again I was so happy to see big sissy. Ava held her sissy for the first time today and seemed to be in awe. I pray they will grow to have a true love for each other. Maybe even be best friends.
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Finally Thursday came and it was time for us to go home. How blessed we are to be leaving as a family of 4. I am one happy mommy, my cup runneth over.
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1 comment:

  1. I read the whole story and loved it all. :) You are such a creative, talented photographer. I definitely need to take lessons from you! Emma is beautiful!!! And, Ava is too. Very blessed indeed! :)



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