This little angel of ours turned one today! I can NOT believe it. I am so overwhelmed with both joy and a little sadness. I would love if the first year was dragged out over two years. I still pinch myself thinking that I have a girl of my own! Ever since my mom died when I was about 12-years-old I have been longing for that mother-daughter relationship. Emilia, you bring sooooo much joy, happiness, and laughter into our family. You truly complete us.
This little one-year-old is growing out of alllll of her clothes. Below are the cutest things I have in my shopping cart for this little peanut.
- I think this floral dress is going to be her Easter dress!
- Dying over these Birk look-a-likes,
- I have a feeling Josh would die over Emilia in this Peter Pan Collar Top.
- I can’t tell if these are the cutest things ever or the ugliest. Either way, they are on sale and I want them for Emilia!
- This new arrival, OVERALL DRESS is a must for summer!
Emilia’s Birth Story
Emilia Faye came into the world 8 days early on Tuesday, 2/7 at 7:04am. The Friday before, I had gone into the hospital thinking it was the “real deal” but got sent home. With my previous birth (Kai) I got to the hospital and was already dilated between an 8-9 and almost didn’t get my epidural, so I was maybe a little over cautious this time. A little disappointed, I went home and started trying every induction home-remedy to get this baby out. #ImpatientMuch Then on Tuesday morning at 4am I woke up to a pretty painful contraction. I thought it could be “time” and started getting ready. We left our house around 6am, just a couple hours later. By this time the contractions were just 1-2 minutes apart. We got to the hospital and Josh dropped me off and went to go park the car. The instant I stepped out of the car I thought “oh crap, this baby is coming.” I hobbled into Labor and Delivery begging for a wheel chair and a room. The lady at checkin asked me why I was there… Finally once Josh came running in, I started crying and yelling “this baby is coming!” They wheeled me into a room, checked how dilated I was, and saw I was already a 10 and ready to have the baby.
So you probably guessed it, but apparently when you get to the hospital and you’re dilated to a 10, you don’t get an epidural… I asked the nurse if I would be getting one and she said “oh no, honey.” I was half expecting it at this point, half terrified (I had epidurals with my last two babies). The contractions we’re getting crazy painful and even though I hadn’t done hypnobirthing classes or anything to prepare myself for a non medicated labor, I realized I was mentally going to have to fight through it. So during the contractions I was visualizing I was in a meadow of flowers and mumbling “it’s so beautiful” like a crazy person. The nurses kept telling me to try and wait until my doctor got there in 30 minutes or so. Finally I said “this is crazy, I feel like I need to push & I’m going to start pushing.” The nurse ran to the door and yelled “help, somebody help me!” (keep in mind Emilia was born at 7:04am and the nurses change shifts at 7am, so this nurse had been there for just a couple minutes).
I finally told the nurse I was going to push with or without my doctor. She frantically said “ok, just let me get my gloves on.” I hadn’t screamed the whole time but when it came time to push, I let out one huge war cry (my husband likes to call it) and then with just my husband and nurse there, I pushed once and out she came. At first I just laid there in complete shock with my eyes wide open. I could not believe my body just did that/went through that. My body instantly felt amazing and so relieved. It was the weirdest/coolest feeling ever, I felt like I could suddenly go run a marathon. Then still in shock they laid Emilia on my chest and I instantly fell in love (and checked to see if she really was a girl)! She was born only 24 minutes after I checked into the hospital (and that was with them telling me to wait for my doctor).
Emilia came into this world with a bang and I hope she can leave an amazing mark. I instantly worry for her and want everything good and beautiful in this life to be hers. Welcome to the world and to our family Emilia Faye. I feel like I just gave birth to my best friend.