Today I’m so excited to finally be introducing Grace Elizabeth to you all! Grace Elizabeth was born two weeks ago today, on December 6th at 4:49 pm. She’s the sweetest baby and we couldn’t be more in love. My water broke and I went into labor on the night of the 5th, while Brett was at the Jay-Z concert. I’m pretty sure our friends and family were shocked that he was at a concert when I was one day overdue, but I was pretty convinced that this baby wasn’t going to come on her own and we had already scheduled to be induced that Friday. (This is why we’ve nicknamed Grace Gray-Z.) My contractions weren’t yet regular, and to be honest I wasn’t actually sure if my water had broken at all so I figured I would just wait it out until Brett got home a few hours later. When he did get home, I told him I thought I might be in labor and he was ready to leave for the hospital right away. My contractions still were still anywhere from 6 – 10 minutes a part and I really didn’t want to go to the hospital until they were more regular. I did not want to get to the hospital in the middle of the night only to be turned away. (Knowing now that my water had actually broken we would have been admitted right away.) I told Brett to try and get some sleep and I took a shower, tried picking up the house a bit and waited it out.
Finally around 2:30 am I felt like it was go time. I don’t remember much of the drive to the hospital (at this point, my contractions were about 1 – 2 minutes a part), but Brett says he may have ran a red light or two. We arrived at the hospital and left the car with the valet and headed straight to triage. Brett started unloading the car and this may have been the only time I came close to loosing it. I got so upset with Brett for bringing all our bags (and a sleeping bag that I made him take back to the car) into triage when I still thought we might be turned away. Luckily we were the only ones there!
Once checked in, they confirmed my water had broken and I was sent up to delivery. Not too long after they came in to give me my epidural and Brett left to call our parents. Getting the epidural was one of the best things ever and even though my contractions weren’t as painful as I thought they would be, I still can’t imagine going through labor without it. Once I had the epidural Brett and I were able to sleep until around 11, when the nurses started to come check on me more regularly. My parents arrived around noon and Brett’s parents, who had driven up from St. Louis that morning, were at the hospital shortly after. We all sat around talking for a couple hours just waiting for me to get to 10cm dilated. I wasn’t planning on having anyone in the room with us, but it really made the time go by a lot faster while we waited. Once it was go time, we kicked everyone out and got to work. We had an amazing team of doctors, nurses, residents and interns coaching us along and just over an hour later, Grace Elizabeth was here!
The past two weeks have flown by and I am loving every minute of newborn snuggles. I’m already starting to feel sad night when I put her to bed, knowing she’ll be another day older and another day out of the newborn phase. I’ll be sharing more about life with Gracie in another post soon.
Thank you all for your sweet comments on Instagram! Brett and I are so excited for this new chapter in our lives and can’t wait to see what the future holds for our family and our little girl.