Dear Brooklyn, April 22, 2017
Today we welcomed you in the world and into our hearts, home & family. Your arrival was much-anticipated and we could not be happier that you are here in our arms.
It was a beautiful April Saturday. We had lots of family in town and we had spent the morning at your cousins baptism. When we left the baptism I started feeling contractions. We went home and I changed my clothes. Daddy asked if we should go to the hospital. I said no let’s go to the baptism open house at our cousins home and get waffles and I’ll keep monitoring my contractions. *Waffle Love was catering and I didn’t want to miss it 🙂
I couldn’t sit down as the contractions were getting stronger and closer together. I started walking around the house and felt some pain in my back as well. Our family friend Molly went and got Dallin and told him that he better take me to the hospital because she was not about to deliver a baby:)
We went back to our house, put my hospital bag in the car, and headed to my favorite place, the hospital. I love it so much, this is where I have met all my children. It is a very special place to me.
We checked in, and we walked past my favorite delivery room. I undress and get in my hospital gown I call in a nurse via the panic/pain button. I needed to switch rooms, I needed the room where I delivered all my previous kids, room 17, I needed the pretty view of the mountains. We were lucky enough that the room was vacant.
My Dr’s partner comes in and checks me. He tells me it’s a good thing I came in because my baby was coming out with his hands above his head if I was any further in labor this could have resulted in a c-section birth because with the arms above the head the shoulders are a lot wider. He went in and pinched his little hand and thankfully Brooklyn moved it back by his side vs above his head. As soon as he was pinched Brooklyn disengaged his head from lining up with the birth canal.
In came the anesthesiologist. I kept telling him that I felt like I was in my mini van watching Sing bc he sounded identical to the koala bears voice that I hear as I drive everywhere. *for those of you who are unfamiliar the koala bear is Matthew McConaughey. It felt like Matthew McConaughey was talking to me as I was arched in the cat position.
I got my epidural, which never worked.
In came the orange peanut.
I bounced my leg up and down on it until I told the nurse to get my dr. and that the baby was coming now. She told me the dr. was about 20 mins away. She grabbed another dr. who sat there with his nose pressed against the window looking for my dr.s white car. It was so funny to me and was a perfect distraction as I had two nurses teaching me on the spot how to breathe through contractions and to not fight them when they come. I had never experienced pain like this. It was a completely different experience.
I am so grateful it was a fast delivery, about two pushes, and then my eyes saw your sweet face for the first time. You were then placed and cleaned on my stomach I anxiously waited as you were finally in my arms, a moment I had anticipated for 39 weeks.
I love you so much already Brooklyn!