Her birth was long and exhilarating, and the most difficult and exhausting thing I have ever endured. At the end of a 26 hour labor, where most of it was done without the use of drugs, I pushed her from me in less than an hour. We checked in to the hospital around 2:30 am the previous morning after laboring all night at home, and she wasn't born until 10:10 pm that night. I'll never forget that feeling as long as I live. In that moment she changed me. It feels like yesterday and yet it feels like forever ago. I remember thinking how clean and pink she looked, and I felt like I had just won the lottery and finished the Ironman at the same time. This baby I just delivered was actually mine. Mine! We were an instant family. What a beautiful three years it has been...
|Still connected. 3 seconds old.|
|Still in the delivery room.|