On May 10th, 2002 a beautiful baby girl was born to a man and woman who had NO IDEA what they were getting into...
All the diapers that would need changing.
All the late night feedings...
All the unconditional love that can only come from a child.
I remember that day like it was yesterday. You were born on a Friday evening. I was put into the hospital on Wednesday. My doctor told me that I needed to be hospitalized to be monitored and possibly induced because of preeclampsia. I was scared and excited but mostly scared. I wasn't fully prepared for you to arrive yet, you weren't supposed to make your appearance until May 29th.
So I was admitted and by Thursday evening was told that I was definitely going to be induced. It's weird the things you remember. I remember watching ER that night, all drugged up and in a fog but it sticks out because that was the episode where Dr. Greene died. That was the first time I heard the beautiful remake of "Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole (may he rest in peace). I fell in love with that song. That is yours, mine and Daddy's song. I cry every time I hear it.
I was induced at 8pm Thursday evening. I was in labor ALL FREAKING DAY LONG. That was my fault though because once I really started feeling the PAIN, I wimped out and asked for the epidural. I should have waited for a little bit and walked around and tried to help the labor along but I was SCARED to death. I had never felt pain like that before in life and instantly started begging for drugs. Live and learn is all I can say. Finally after being in labor for almost 24 hours, you decided to show. You were born Friday, May 10th at 7:57pm (3 weeks early). We stayed in the hospital for 2 days and then we finally got to come home on Sunday. My very first Mother's Day. I will never forget it, ever!
Happy Birthday my Pumpkin! I can not believe you are 8 years old today! I love you with all my heart and soul and with every fiber of my being. I am so happy that God blessed us with you!
Just a few pictures from through the years... The last one is the most recent!