Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Labor Day Weekend Delivery

Kelly Cheryl Barrow decided to join our little family on Sep 2, 2012 at 1:44 am weighing in at 7lbs 6oz. Perfect in every way. She decided to join us a little earlier then we planned (4 weeks early) but she couldn’t have had better timing. Because it was Labor Day weekend, my ENTIRE family was able to come and visit us! It was also a long weekend so Steven was able to spend more time with me trying to figure out our little girl. Friday: I knew she was coming soon because I kept having random contractions throughout the day. Nothing serious but not something I could ignore. Before Steven went to school I reminded him to take his cell phone. To be exact, I said “Don’t forget your cell phone. I don’t want to jinx anything but just don’t forget to have your phone on today…” Well, he forgot his cell phone. Haha. Luckily, I was fine. But I knew she was coming. Saturday Night: Water broke around 6am. Yahoo! But still no real contractions. Steven and I decided to go for a little walk to try and get my contractions to come. We even went out to breakfast. But still nothing. Just to be safe, we went to the hospital to make sure it was my water that broke. Sure enough it was. They wouldn’t let us go home for a number of reasons. Right away they started me on Pitocin and 12 hrs later I got the much loved epidural. So my birth plan 100% went out the window. I’m still upset about some of the things that Steven and I felt “pushed” into. But either way, our baby Kelly is healthy and strong. About 2 hrs after the epidural I was fully dilated and ready to push. I pushed for 2 hrs. Yea, I was pretty tired by the end of it. I couldn’t believe she was finally here when they put her up on my chest. Steven and I just started balling our eyes out. She cried just a little bit but then she would just stare at us. Because she was a little early they had to take her away from me for a few minutes. Steven stayed with her the whole time keeping a hand on her, reassuring her with his voice that her dad was right there. Those first few moments with just the 3 of us will never be forgotten. Steven and I have dated each other for most of our lives. We’ve been through everything together. I’ve never loved anyone else the way I love Steven. I couldn’t believe that he and I created this little baby. I remember when we got married; I kept thinking “I can’t believe we’re finally married.” Now I look at him and Kelly and I stand in awe that we made her. That she is ours. The growth in our marriage that Steven and I have had since bringing Kelly into this world is greater then what can be measured. I am so thankful for him. Kelly is now 9 days old. To say that the past 9 days have been the hardest 9 days of my entire life would be an understatement. Apparently, it’s a big transition to be a parent. Luckily, I have SO SO SO much support; especially from my mom and mother in law. They’ve both come to stay with me for a few days. Those two women are truly Heaven sent. This is a time in my life where I can see the Lords had so clearly, directing me to become more like my Savior. Sometimes you need to be pushed and pulled to fit your heart over what the Lord has planned for you. That pushing and pulling is not always fun. But with faith, we grow closer to our Heavenly Father.