Monday, May 8, 2017

On the night you were born

It has officially been a year since our sweet Evelyn Tate was born in the early hours of May 8th, 2016, Mother's Day. All day yesterday, Brian and I reminisced about this day last year. Here is her story. 

I woke up Saturday May 7th, 2016, 40 weeks and 3 days pregnant with slight lower back pain from yet another poor night sleep and we headed out for a morning at the softball fields. I remember it being so hot and sunny, I could not get comfortable. After the game we took advantage of the beautiful weather and spent much of the day outdoors, dropped Liv off for a sleepover at a friend's house and Brian grilled dinner. Around 5:30pm I started having what I thought were just some more Braxton hicks from being on my feet all day. I was used to having braxton hicks throughout this pregnancy. I remember getting a wave of energy as I started cleaning the house just in case these were more than just braxton hicks. 

By 7:30pm the contractions picked up a little and I had a hunch that this might be the real deal. This was a new experience for us as with our previous pregnancies my water breaking had been the only sign that labor was starting. Brian and I agreed that if the contractions stayed consistent we would give our midwife a call at 9pm. As 9pm rolled around I wasn't fully convinced and we decided to wait a little longer before making the call. At approximately 9:45pm contractions were starting to get pretty close and picked up in intensity so we called our amazing midwife to let her know that it was baby time and our sweet Ev was on her way.

As 11pm approached our midwife arrived. Contractions were getting really close but I was still relatively comfortable and walking around the house hoping to keep things progressing. At midnight, the contractions were every couple of minutes and stopping me in my tracks. I kept my fingers crossed for a quick labor and it seemed to work. Our sweet Ev was born into the loving hands of our midwife, fast and fierce just after 2am. She was perfect. The wave of emotions and adrenaline coursing through my body was nothing like anything I have felt before.

Evelyn, our first year with you has been so surreal. We have cherished every moment and have found so much joy in watching you grow. Happy Birthday baby girl.

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