Happy Birthday, Emily!!!
For you see, 15 years ago today my daughter was born. It wasn't a drama-filled birth; there were no contractions. There was no stomach pain, no pushing, and I didn't yell at anybody. Although I did tell the nurse after she had stuck both my wrists twice each with needles trying to start an IV,"You have one more chance. You miss it this time and you will go find somebody else to do it." (That's probably why getting the catheter a few minutes later was so painful, but I'll save you the details of that. You're welcome.)
Emily must have been a bit nervous about making her entrance into this cold, hard world. She flipped over two weeks before my due date like babies usually do to prepare for the "regular" birthing procedures (with her head facing the "door," so to speak). But then decided she wasn't ready after all and flipped right back over. My girl was ready to come out of the oven butt first. In medical language, she was full breech. Her head, shoulders AND feet were all jammed up into my ribs and diaphragm, which made it a little difficult for me to breathe during that last month or so. She showed no signs of flipping over again, so my doctor decided I needed a cesarean section.
The one thing I can say about a C-section is that you have an appointed time to be at the hospital, and two hours later you have a baby. It's a snap! It's also easier on the child. Emi came out an interesting purple color, but once the purple faded and they washed the goop off, she was absolutely beautiful. Seriously... the prettiest child I ever saw. And I'm not saying that because she's mine. She really was perfect. Dark hair, a little ribbon mouth, and a perfectly round head. No cone head on my child!
Recovery was somewhat difficult since my stomach muscles were all cut and sewn back together. But the joy far outweighed any pain I felt. And who wouldn't be thrilled to be this child's mommy?
In honor of her 15th birthday, here are a few more of my favorite pictures.
Happy Birthday, My Precious Punkin! I love you more than you will ever know, and am so happy you are mine.