Saturday, April 26, 2008

Code Black

There was a "Code Black" at the hospital and there I was nine months pregnant. The nurse came into my room and told Blake and I that we had to be moved into the safe room. I was surrounded by other pregnant ladies as well, one of which who was in the middle of labor. I prayed that our little girl would hold on till the storm was over. I couldn't imagine giving birth without power in the hospital or a even a working monitor. My mom had traveled from Seattle for Molly's birth and was holding down the fort in Grapevine. I called her from the safe room in the hospital while my cell phone still had reception and told her to hunker down with the cat during the storm. As I watched the lady in labor and another recuperating from a C-section I became terrified. How the HECK was I supposed to deliver this child?

The storm finally ceased, but my nerves were still raging. I barely slept that night, obsessed with the monitor and my little baby's heart beat. When the morning finally came the doctor gave me Petocin (sp?). Man I hate that stuff. The contractions came harder and faster, but I still didn't dilate. They broke my water and still nothing. Finally the C-section was inevitable and they wheeled me in. I prided myself on laboring 6 hours without an epidural... I'd like to say I could have had a natural birth ;)

6:18 PM. She was perfect. My angel was born. There was nothing in the world that could have prepared me for the love I felt in that moment.







One year later (exactly)...








It's been a year and I can still remember that moment. My angel can walk now but I still picture her cradled in my arms. Blake and I dressed her in a birthday onsie and went outside at 6:18 PM. We blew out a candle and gave her a kiss. I was looking a little disheveled due to the 200 cupcakes I had been baking for the party, but who cares. My little girl is one and I can't believe it.
Happy Birthday Molly, we love you!

8 comments:

Chris and Tara Mason said...

Molly was a beautiful newborn - seriously that is remarkable because most babies are ugly newborns (sorry if I offend anyone, it's just my opinion)!
And, great party! It was fun for adults and for the kiddos! Daniel has been toting around his bag and bandana all day!

ashlee said...

Wow! I never heard your birthing story. That must have been so stressful, but what a fun memory! Molly is adorable. I love her lil onesie. I hope you post pic's from her 1st birthday party!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOLLY

Ostler's said...

So thanks for the water works over that post! You almost need to turn that into a book! Happy Birthday Molly. I have been driving around with her gift in the back seat for a while....I should probably send it soon. I love the wagon. I want one for my birthday please.

Meggie said...

OKAY did you HAVE to make me cry! RUDE! So sweet and just so you know it made me even more sad that Maura is now 19 months! Thanks a lot friend!! But seriously what a cutie newborn! THe party was great no relax and enjoy the next year!

karenh said...

The party was awesome and Molly was SUPER CutE !! is there a picture of her and her cake ?? :) Thanks for having us!!

Katie Anderson said...

I didn't know that story...CRAZY! She is a cutie! I want to see pictures from her birthday! Love you tons!!!!

John, Carrie, Baby Boy, and Swampy Coplen said...

Happy Birthday Molly!

Kristen said...

I didn't know you had to have a c-section. I must get your birth story sometime! It sounds so interesting. I am glad everything went ok. Happy Birthday Molly! See you in three weeks!