when the kids are old enough we’re going to teach them to fly

I’m sitting in bed with butterflies in my stomach while I wait for Dani to wake up. It’s her birthday so I took off this morning so she could sleep in (she is just like her momma).

Today she turns three.

It is a little difficult for me to believe that 3 years have gone by since the day she was born.  Best day EVER!

She amazes me every single day by how much she has grown and changed since that day I brought her home from the hospital. I remember when she fit underneath my chin and her legs barely dangled below my breasts.

Dani's going home
Dani’s going home May 16, 2011

Now her legs dangle below my knees.

Dani Jumping
Dani Jumping May 10, 2014

She dresses herself, is potty trained, speaks in complete sentences.

She is intelligent and kind and strong.

She makes my heart sing.

I feel lucky every day that she chose me to be her mother.

So last night, before bed, I told her the story of the night she was born. I can’t believe how crystal clear it still was in my mind…

I remember waking up at around 1 am feeling odd… and not well at all. It was something that is hard to explain but I am certain many other women have felt the same.

After about an hour or so, I realized I was having contractions so I woke my dad and he took me to the hospital. It is kind of funny but we really didn’t know where to go. Labor and Delivery looked dark so we went in the emergency room walk in entrance which, of course, was not where we were supposed to be. They soon remedied that. though, with a personal escort who had his own wheelchair.

I am not sure exactly what you call the area we arrived in but I do remember being told that I couldn’t possibly be in labor because I was still smiling.

The nurse was kidding and humor has always been my way of dealing with situations that I have not dealt with previously, but even though there was pain and I was scared, I was mostly just excited to meet my daughter.

Dani was butt down so Dr. Wynnecott decided to do an emergency c-section (don’t let that scare you, in my case it was just a c-section that was not planned) and they wheeled me off to the operating room.

By this time my mom was with me. She was my birthing partner and actually watched the whole procedure. I almost wanted to watch myself, but decided it wouldn’t be so good if I passed out. I wanted to be awake for my daughter’s birth.

Dr. Courtney, my anesthesiologist, took good care of me even after my water broke all over his brand new tennis shoes. I paid his bill first lol.

The first person to hold Dani after she was born was Nurse Cindy. When Cindy saw me come into the unit that night she grabbed me as a patient because she went to church with my mom.

Dani didn’t cry for a long time. I remember being worried there was something wrong but it was all in vain because Dani was absolutely perfect.

I can still remember  when they finally placed her in my arms. It was love at first sight.

The only time I have ever heard anyone voice what I felt at that moment was recently on the finale of How I Met Your Mother when Barney met his daughter for the first time.

“You are the love of my life. Everything I have and everything I am is yours. Forever.”

And that is exactly how I felt and still feel about Dani.

So with that, I leave you today, because there is lots of fun to be had today and I must be ready for it!

HAPPY 3rd BIRTHDAY DANI!!! Momma loves you to the moon and back!!



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