• Dana L. Butler

Maia’s Birth Week: Part 1 [A.K.A. “Oh My Goodness, This Is Really Happening!!”]

Hey there, my friends!

Grabbing a few minutes to myself here during nap time to try to begin documenting the week of Maia’s birth.  Not sure how long I’ll have before one or the other of them wakes up, so just gonna dive in:

It was Monday morning, June 17th when our birth mom “Amber” had an appointment with her doctor.  The same doc who hadn’t felt like Amber was ready to be induced the week before, now felt that her body was ready.

Amber called to let us know that the plan was to induce on Wednesday morning, the 19th if she didn’t go into labor on her own before then.

Woah.  Okay.  This is really happening.

By this point my mom had been in town for a few days already, and she was ready to roll in regard to understanding our routines with Isaac and how to care for him.  I was so thankful to have her here and felt super confident leaving Isaac with her.  It also helped that our house mate Jerusha planned to be around whenever she wasn’t working.

We planned to leave town Tuesday afternoon, spend the night at a hotel in Salina, and then drive the rest of the way to our destination early the next morning.

Tuesday came and oh my GOODNESS – I was so excited.   Stan worked a half day, came home to help me load up the car and spend a few minutes with Isaac, and then we took off.

We enjoyed our drive, enjoyed each other’s company.  Some friends had given us a Starbucks gift card at our baby shower, so we decided to stop at the Starbucks in Junction City since we weren’t super pressed for time.

I was beginning to have some cold symptoms at this point, so I thought, “Better drink something healthy.”  Those of you who know me know that this was a major sacrifice.  Sigh.

Enter: Green beverage.  Supposedly healthy.  It did not serve its intended purpose.  Cold symptoms intensified. 🙁

Then we decided to get back on the road.  Just in time to experience this.

And then this:

The video doesn’t come close to doing justice to the intensity of the hail storm.  Every bridge under which we could have sought refuge had already been claimed, so we pressed on, just knowing that our car would look like Swiss cheese by the time we got to our hotel.  We crept along at a snail’s pace.  I kept involuntarily flinching when the hail stones would hit our windshield, certain one of them was going to shatter it.

But, miraculously, upon arriving at our hotel and examining our car, there was ZERO damage.  Unbelievable.

Anyway, we ate dinner at the restaurant inside our hotel and tried to hit the hay fairly early – an effort which was only minimally successful.  Even with the Nyquil that Stan had run out to purchase for me, I only slept a little bit.  Much too excited, and simultaneously, much too miserable and sniffly. 🙁

And when I finally DID fall asleep in the wee hours of the morning, I was awakened in what seemed like NO time by a text from a dear friend:

Um, yeah.  The alarm clock provided by the hotel was a dud.  Lesson learned.  We would have been so late had Alissa not texted me!  As it was, we rushed to get ready, scarfed down some (yummy!) hotel breakfast, I chugged water and DayQuil and (a lot of) coffee and we raced out the door on our way to the hospital.

We had an hour and 20 minute drive that morning.  Turned out we really didn’t need to hurry, because they didn’t end up actually inducing Amber till closer to 7:30.

Here’s the picture we took as we pulled into the hospital parking lot.  These are our “oh my goodness this is really happening and we couldn’t be more excited” faces:

Annnnd, this is where I’ll leave off till next time.  I’ll try to post again soon with Part 2! 🙂

Side note: We are all doing well around here.  Really loving this season.  Taking some extra down time as a family and savoring the moments together.  Isaac is adjusting well, and thus far, the transition from 1 to 2 kiddos has been a really good experience for me.  Definitely helps a LOT that Maia’s an easy going lil’ gal.  Such a sweetheart.  I soak up cuddle time with her whenever I get the chance.  Which, by the way, I’m heading off to do.  Riiiiiiight… now.

Blessings to y’all today!  I so love having each of you in on this amazing journey! 🙂

P.S.  Wanna link on through to Part 2 of Maia’s Birth Week?  Here ya go!

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