So as I was trying to write out Reagan's birth story I kept going back, and then farther back because her story really starts with her oldest sister's birth and the lessons in faith and God's perfect plan that followed all the way through to today.
Not because I didn't want another child, I had always planned on more than one, but rather at the thought of going through another birth. I just knew I couldn't do it, but you can't exactly take back a baby and get a refund :) So I prayed and did some research and found the most wonderful, gifted woman in the childbirth world who had opened a beautiful free-standing birth center 10 minutes (thank goodness it is close) from my home. She listened to my fears about a repeat of my first birth. She educated me. She guided me to wonderful stories to encourage me. My pregnancy under her care is the best I have felt in my life! Our 20 week ultrasound showed us that Cadence Emerita was *expected* November 22 2008. November 14th I had an appointment scheduled for a chiropractic adjustment (car accident in week 19) and then a pre-natal. By the time I got to the pre-natal visit I was contracting regularly but only every 20 minutes. I said I'd see her sometime in the next few days....she said she'd see me sometime that evening. Turns out she was right. She called me every few hours to check on me and insisted I come in when I was contracting 7 minutes apart even though I was afraid it was going to be another 17 hour marathon. Turns out she was right...I barely made it there and Cadence was born 15 minutes after we arrived.
My intention really was to put this post up a week ago, but two things held me back. First I suddenly had a high amount of traffic coming in from a link here and much of it departing to the Quinn's blog where the fundraiser for Autumn is still in full force (check it out if you haven't yet) and I didn't want to interrupt that perfect timing. Second and more practical....I couldn't find the pictures I was intending to insert here. (I really did have it all written a week ago!) Tomorrow is October 1st and the beginning of Down syndrome awareness month. My intention is to blog every day in the month of October about many things great and small. And considering the trouble I had finding old pictures for this post you may be subjected to old photos as I go through and edit (hee hee). So my official kick-off for October really will be the rest of Reagan's birth story tomorrow (I already have the pictures this time).