Thursday, November 8, 2012

The first night...

Little Miss Matilda
was born on November 7, 2012 
weighing 7 pounds 15 ounces
and a long little girl at 21-3/4 inches

I couldn't wait to meet you.
On election night, I watched President Obama give his acceptance speech,
and then I labored most of the night with contractions every 7 minutes or so. 
It wasn't until they were approximately 4 to 5 minutes apart that I woke up your dad. 

It was supposed to be my first day of maternity leave,
I had planned to go out to lunch and have a mani/pedi, 
but I'd much rather have you in my arms.

As we rushed to the hospital on that Wednesday morning,
I called your Onnie and Aunt Allie to get on the road, 
since they had a 3-hour trip ahead of them.

We waited for confirmation from the hospital staff 
that we were truly in labor before calling everyone else!
We were.
And so everyone else got on the road too,
including your Ronnie & Papa from Georgia,
and your Granddaddy, and Great-grandmama from Santee.
Papa Gene and Uncle Brad and Cousin Ellie made it in time as well.

As everyone waited in the waiting room,
and time was slipping away,
your Granddaddy was nervous that you wouldn't make it before midnight!
November 7th is his birthday as well,
and he really wanted to share his big day with YOU!

We had a lot longer than we thought we did to greet your arrival. 
Even though we checked into the hospital at 6 am, 
you didn't make your debut until 10:11pm! 

Your short umbilical cord was keeping you from dropping,
but we didn't know what the problem was until after you arrived. 
A C-section would have been safer for that torn cord of yours, 
but we didn't know at the time. 

I was happy to experience natural childbirth,
and although the pushing wore me out, it was so worth the effort!
I was even caught napping (snoring) between pushes,
it was a long, long day.

So happy you were safe, healthy, happy,

I loved seeing your face for the first time. 
You were beyond my wildest dreams.
You took to breastfeeding right away, 
and all I could do was stare at you. 

I love you.

Happy birthday to you (and my dad)!


  1. So exciting! She's a beauty! Congrats!
    Jennifer Pitman

  2. I can't believe Obama's speech is mentioned and beibg born on Grandaddy's Birthday is not!
    Grandaddy(who was very relieved you made it before midnight)

  3. Haha! Oops... I'll be adding that in shortly! Did I really not mention that?

  4. All is forgiven - except the part about Obama's speech.
    Love, Dad