So Julia - the story continues...
They came in at 7am to tell me that my induction would be pushed back a little bit since Dr. Ed was in a c-section. At a little after 8am he came in - and we commenced with the fun. As soon as he broke my water - your heart rate took a dive. It was so scary. It finally came back up - but I was put on alert. With each contraction you were having a difficult time. I was so scared for you - but I also knew that Dr. Ed would wisk me away to the OR if you needed to come out right away.
After 4 1/2 hours of super fun labor, vomiting, passing out (the last would be your dad), I was ready to push. Dr. Ed. warned me that if I didn't push you out fast that he'd have to take you by c-section because if you didn't like contractions - you REALLY didn't like it when I was pushing! After 20 minutes of pushing (about 8 or so) you came out. You had the cord wrapped around your neck twice, but pinked up great.
Really - I was finally a mommy. I was so surprised by your big, beautiful brown eyes, and curly dark hair. It's funny to think back on that now that you have such light blonde hair. I knwo I've said it before - but it was truly the first time I wore my heart on the outside.
Now you are 5 - and I wish I could really tell you all that's in my heart for you, but sweetie, words just don't really cut it here. You bring such joy, love, drama and happiness to our days. You are a natural performer who thinks the entire world is a stage. You are so kind to those around you, even Anna who you just adore. I treasure the moments you share with your sister that are based in the pure joy of our love for each other - I love watching you teach her and guide her as I do you.
The moment I found out you would be coming into our lives I fell in love. I used to dance with you in my belly to a CD we still listen to. It's one of my fondest memories, and I like to think it's why you love dancing so much. You are so intuitive and sensitive but share yourself with those around you. I love that about you.
Thank you so much for all you have brought to our lives - and I will struggle each day to do my best in teaching you as you do grow. I can't wait to see you continue to grow up into the beautiful, smart, funny woman I know you will be - but a little sad of losing that same sweet little baby and now girl as you do grow. You are so loved. You will always be special, don't ever forget that.
All my love and I hope you have the happiest of birthdays,