Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Baby Girl

Well, I guess it's to be expected of a Mom of a newborn to not be able to keep up with a blog! I have yet to write about the birth of my little girl, Julia Grace. Oh well, living life is more important than keeping up a blog and I would much rather spend my days playing with her! But here we go with the story.

We arrived at the hospital at 5:30am on the 22nd of September, 2010, ready for the C-section. Our little baby was frank breach and therefore needed to be delivered by C-section and she had shown no signs of coming before this day. It was 4 days before her due date and all was well with her. I was prepped for the surgery and Dr. Barker came in around 7:30am and prayed with us for the safe delivery of our little one before he started. I was then rolled (in the bed) into the operating room and given a spinal (which was very painful!) and in minutes I couldn't feel my lower half of my body. We had a very sweet anesthesiologist who held on to my hand and talked to me to keep my mind off what was going on. Stephen came in all dressed in doctors garb and mask and watched the whole procedure, much to the nurses amazement. They said most Dad's would have fainted on the floor at that point. Our little girl was born at 8:02am, weighing 7lbs. 10oz., 20 inches long with blue eyes and dark brown hair. We named her Julia Grace Hall! I was so happy I cried and Stephen brought her over to me so I could see her while Dr. Barker was stitching me up. We were in recover for a while, just the three of us and I was able to immediately start breast feeding her! It was one of the most special days of my life!

We had lots of family and friends who came to celebrate the arrival of little Julia that day, especially grandparents and aunts and uncles who were so proud! We had to stay in the hospital for 3 days while I recovered from the surgery and was able to get out of the bed and walk. Boy did I ever feel like I would never be able to walk again that next day trying to get out of the bed! It was a difficult recovery, but everything healed well and we came home on the Saturday with out little girl, only to realize what did we do now! She was crying and we could not console her at all! So we did what any self-respecting adult new parent would do...we called my Mom for help!! She came and stayed with us and helped me SO much those first few weeks, I don't know what I would have done without her! And of course she enjoyed it too, first grandchild and all!!

Children really are a blessing from the Lord and Julia has become such a blessing and brought so much joy to our lives! God truly is good to us and gives us good gifts, especially a smiling little girl to love, train and play with. My life has taken on a different course since I got married and now with my own daughter. I look forward to the years ahead with her and maybe more children if the Lord blesses us!