At the beginning of January 2011, I planned with my doctor to have a scheduled induction on March 8th. I knew what day she was going to be born, barring labor before then. This date was a week before my due date, but by February 25, I was ready to have her out. I had read many places that Black Cohosh Root was supposed to induce labor. I had a friend who recommended it as well. I also got castor oil, and Daddy was checking my cervix constantly at that point.
Then we walked. Almost everyday, and I ate more spicy food. I did just about everything I could think of to get her out before the induction date, but she was determined to stay in until the doctor forced her out.
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 we arrived at the hospital at 7am. They started me on Pitocin within an hour - why they waited that long, I'm not sure. My sweet mom - she showed up after being up all night and getting off work at 7am. No one else showed up until around 9am. That's when Corey went back home to pick up the kids - Azariah (eleven at the time) stayed home from school and got all the little ones fed (twins were four and Syleii was two). My friend Christy, her husband Chris, and their youngest daughter Lydia came to visit while I was in labor. At some point while they were there, the nurse came in and broke my water. After that, it progressed pretty quickly.
|Gg & Kelsey|
|We're all in awe.|
|Love at first sight.|
|My amazing doctor.|
Kaleii and I spent the next two days in the hospital, in a mostly quiet room. We had a few visitors, and our siblings visited with Daddy a few times. We just got to know each other and enjoy one another for those two days. If she left my room, I went with her. We were in love. And we still are.
To this day, I don't understand how a year could have already passed us by. My precious little girl, who was just nursing and not even rolling over, is now a one year old running toddler. She's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen in my life. One of four. I love you Kaleii Liberty, and I will love you until my dying breath.
|My beautiful one year old.|