At 10pm, I decided to go to bed and try to sleep, because if it was labor, I knew that I'd wake up at some point and when you go into labor, it's always better to be rested, if at all possible.
I slowly got ready for bed, wondering if this cramping was in my head or if it was the real thing. Surprisingly, I was able to fall asleep. About 2 hours later, I woke up, excited that I was about to be face to face with my baby girl. I called my Mom and sister and they came over. Shortly after, we left for the hospital.
After we'd been at the hospital for only 30 minutes, we prayed and then Eliza was born.
I didn't know that Judah and Paisley would treat her with love and kindness ALL THE TIME. I didn't know that even one year after her birth, they would smile at me and tell me how glad they are that she's in our family. One of my favorite quotes from this last year....
"Mama, having a baby in our family is better than sticking my head in a pie!"- Judah
This year with her has been above and beyond all I could have asked for or imagined. She has made me want to smile, when smiling doesn't feel natural. She has taught Judah and Paisley to be gentle and to look after someone smaller than them and she showed me just how compassionate and sweet a 5 and 3 year old can be.
She has shown Paisley how fun it is to be a big sister and what a joy it is to have a little baby in the family. She's allowed Paisley the opportunity to share me and to see her Mama caring for a baby. She has shown Judah that's it's very cool to have 2 little sisters and that you can be a boy and still play with girls.
Today I decorated cupcakes, set out presents on her highchair that her brother and sister picked out, and tomorrow we'll meet up with friends and celebrate this girl. I'm overflowing with thankfulness for this first year with her. Being a Mama is such an honor, if only we can always remember that!