*WARNING: Extremely long post/lots of pictures:)*
I know this post is overdue. But honestly it has taken me that long to absorb what turned out to be one of the most profound and beautiful experiences of my life.
I saw a baby being born.
Not just any baby, but my baby sister's baby.
As I have shared before, Walker was born via emergency c-section after a full labor. And part of me grieved the fact that I didn't get to have the birth experience that I envisioned.
But my sister did.
Let me back up to our Thanksgiving festivities.
We started out the morning by throwing Walker into his turkey shirt and taking belly pictures to commence 13 weeks of pregnancy (look at that bump!!!).
We scooted over to the Webbie Household for lunch and QT with four generations of Lee's family. Y'all know how I feel about my beautiful nieces, Grace (tickling Walker on the left) and Harper (putting make-up on Uncle Lee). Well, it was cool whip on the pumpkin pie when I got to feel my nephew (Henry aka Hank) move for the first time. That was enough to make my day.
Fast forward to 1:00 a.m...Lee and I had spent the better part of the evening setting up our Christmas tree and we were just settling into bed when my phone rang. It was Anna telling me that her water had broke at work when a doctor said something funny that made her laugh.
My adrenaline was pumping. But I tried to stay calm as I drove through the snow to pick up my mom and head to the hospital. Right before we were about to leave my mom's house, Anna called to tell us that it might be a false alarm. We were bummed and so was Anna.
I went home and crawled into bed, only to be stirred by a phone call 30 minutes later. No false alarm. She was definitely in labor. Wooohooo!!!!
Here is the scene we found when we arrived at the hospital...mom and I were so happy to be there.
Anna's labor progressed throughout the night and morning. Approximately 12 hours after labor started, the doctor said it was time to push. Chris, my mom and I were in the room - ready to coach through hours of pushing if need be.
Thirteen minutes later, Maggie was born.
She came into the world at 1:26 p.m. on Friday, November 26. Seven pounds, six ounces, 20 1/2 inches of pure goodness. And at that very moment all of our hearts grew a little bigger to make room for Miss Maggie Sue.