7 years ago tonight I was in the hospital. I had been in labor for 41 hours at this point, and had just finally given in and decided to get the epidural. My birth plan had been to go completely drug free, but at 2 weeks overdue and labor not progressing I was worried I wouldn't be strong enough to deliver you if I didn't get some rest, which the epidural did allow me to do. I don't regret that decision, although I wish I hadn't had to make it. I remember that The West Wing was on when they came in to give me a shot, and I was trying to watch it at the same time that they were sticking a needle in my spine.
I would be in labor for another 7 and a half hours beyond that, with nearly 2 hours of that spent pushing.
I think you must have been pretty comfortable in there.
But on October 3, 2002 at 4:35 am, PST, you finally entered the world.
And my world will never been the same.
You have brought me immeasurable joy. Pride. But most of all, love. Some days you exasperate me to no end, but the love is still there. Will always be there. There is nothing you can do that will change that. Nothing. I will always love you.
48 hours of labor. It's a story I always tell expectant mothers to ask for AFTER they've given birth. I don't want to scare them.
But I always end the story the same way.
I would do it all over again, in a heartbeat. Without a second thought. It was more than worth it.
Happy 7th birthday, baby.