Thursday, November 26, 2009

Look Who Came Early!

This is me at 34 weeks, one of the last pregnancy photos taken. We were planning to have time to take a few more!

On Monday, November 23rd, I got to school at the usual time and began preparing for my first class of the day. Class was about to start when I stood up from my desk and, much to my surprise, realized that my water had broken! Without saying anything to my kids, I left the room and grabbed another teacher in the hall. She called the secretary, who made a lovely announcement over the intercom for the entire school to hear: "David Williams, please go to your wife's room immediately!" We quickly headed home to pick up our bags and go to the doctor's office. They confirmed that my water had broken and we took off for the hospital. With much excitement and a little bit of nervousness, we checked in and labor soon began in earnest.

We called our family and friends--the local ones waited by the phone for more news while the out of towners began scrambling to get here. Sarah and Elle hopped a plane from Dallas, my dad and Marsha left work early to drive from Abilene and my mom and Rich had to rearrange vacation plans and catch a flight out of Chicago. Susan just started a new job and was not able to make the trip right now.
David and I were by ourselves for most of the day and he was a great help to me through all of my labor which progressed quickly. Dr. David (not my husband--that's the doctor's last name!) checked me at 4 PM and said it was time for us to meet Emery. Dad and Marsha had just arrived in time for us to say hi before beginning to push. Mom and Rich made it to DFW but Mom's flight to Amarillo wasn't till 5:20 so she was disappointed that she would probably not get there in time. David's cousin Michael picked Sarah and Elle up at the airport, drove like crazy to the hospital and dropped Sarah off at the front while he took care of Elle. Sarah ran past our room and almost into the room next door before bursting into our room, throwing open the curtain and frantically calling my name as the doctor looked at her like she was crazy! Luckily, she made it in time to help David and me during Emery's delivery. They were both so encouraging and a huge help during delivery, as were Dr. David and the nurse. At some point, Sarah began to feel faint so I offered her some of my ice chips and Dr. David suggested that she put her head between her legs. :)

The rest of the family were gathered outside the door trying to hear what was going on! Emery Jane entered the world at 5:25 PM, weighing 6 lbs., 7 oz. and measuring 19 inches long. She has a little bit of dark hair and her Daddy's long fingers and toes. It was the happiest moment of our lives! We are so thrilled to have our little girl.

Mom finally arrived about 6:45 PM and poor Rich got left behind at DFW to catch a later flight since there was only one seat left and Mom insisted on taking it. Our room was filled with visitors till late that evening, all waiting for their chance to see and hold Emery for the first time. Besides having my parents, Sarah and Elle, we were happy that David's parents, grandmother, brother, sister, niece, nephew, and cousin, as well as many of our friends were there to share this happy time with us. Thanks to David's brother Jonathan and cousin Michael for running back and forth to the airport to pick people up! We looked forward to our first night with our brand new little girl and were able to keep her in the room with us all night long.

The next couple of days were a blur but we are now at home and taking advantage of my mom's help and Rich's wonderful cooking. Dad and Marsha spent the first night and visited again on Tuesday before heading home. Sarah and Elle were only here for a day but we had a lot of fun with them and were happy they made it. Elle was very interested in Emery and seemed to be excited about having a new cousin. We think she will be a good big sister one day! We don't have all the photos of everyone who was here so we will post them soon!
We are now a family of three! We can't describe the happiness that Emery has already brought to our lives.