My Journey To Motherhood

I could never kick off my blog without giving thanks to God for beautiful soul He has chosen me to birth, care for and love with all my heart and soul, my son Easton. From the moment I found out I was pregnant with him, he has rocked my world. The minute he came into this world, I knew I would never be the same. I am truly grateful to be able to feel a love that is so great, so deep and endless; a love that has changed my heart and mind in ways I didn’t know was possible. Easton, thank you for making me a better person, thank you for making me a mommy.

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I always knew I wanted to be a mommy. In fact, a couple years after dating my high school sweetheart hubby, that’s all I thought about. I was young and naive of course, but when the heck was he going to put a ring on it and give me some babies!!?? That would be seven years later he would “put a ring on it.” You know what, a lot of people can’t believe it took that long, but I am happy it did. We were so young when we got together, we grew up together and experienced a new type of love in maturity that I really cherish. After he “finally” proposed, I wanted to get to really know him as my husband and build a foundation for our  family first. I am not saying it’s the right way, by any means, but it was right for us. After two years of fun and a little bit of travel, I had the yearn in my heart for a child to call our own. It took a few rounds of trial and error (if you know what I mean, ha!), and right when I started to worry it might be harder than I thought, I went  to the doctor, feeling sick, KNOWING I wasn’t pregnant, but it turns out I was! You can watch the video of how I surprised Michael and our family here.

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My road to delivery was not easy. Many people don’t know this about Michael and I, but we shared our pregnancy news knowing that we may not get to keep Easton. I have tears welling in my eyes as I’m writing this because it was so hard to love this tiny human so much, and also knowing that we could lose him. We did not worry about sharing the news and then having to explain what happened, because all people needed to know is that we created this human and we would love him forever no matter what happened. After being put on bed rest twice during the first and second trimester, we rejoiced around 20 weeks when my doctor said everything looked fine with my body and our baby and we should have a normal pregnancy. Along with the worry, I had this peace from God that everything would be okay and now I get to share that story with you.

 

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Most of second trimester was pure bliss as a lot of women experience, but most of third was torture… I’m just being totally real here! I was in a LOT of pain. Yes, I tried walking, I stretched, I bounced on a yoga ball. I am also 4’11” and could barely walk or sleep because I was so uncomfortable. I’m in that club of pregnant women who tried everything I could to naturally induce labor starting at 36 weeks, but Easton was ready to come a day before he was due! The day before I delivered him, my friend and hairstylist Kristin text me and told me to come in and get my hair done. I honestly thought he was never going to come out, so I obliged. She’s a hair goddess and so it looked so good, that when I got home I put some makeup on to complete the look. My hubby wanted to stay home with me in case I went into labor, but I told him to just go to work and I would call him if I felt it was time.  I headed to my my parent’s house for the evening and within 30 minutes my water broke! I called my husband who was already at the hospital 45 minutes away. Since, he is an RN there and we decided that is where we wanted to have our son. With my hair on point (thanks to Kristin) and my makeup done, I walked into that hospital ready to have this baby!  Labor went pretty quick and in 6 hours, On May 7th at 3:31 AM I had my perfect, platinum haired boy.  Our lives would be forever changed and in the best way imaginable. No one can prepare you for that kind of love. Even on the craziest days when I want to pull my hair out, I look in his eyes and feel it all over again.

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You can see here another video my husband put together the days before and after the arrival of our son.

Thanks for taking the time to read my story,

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