Time Flies

My husband’s unit threw a baby shower for us on October 5th. I was able to get off work a little early. I felt so blessed that someone would throw us a baby shower. I was afraid that no one would show up. Thankfully, a lot of people showed up and we were wonderfully blessed with the gifts that we received.

Last photo of me pregnant. I was almost 40 weeks. This was the day of our baby shower!
Emily came 3 days later.

My daughter was born on October 8th, 2018. She’s almost two and a half months old now. She’s perfect and healthy even though the delivery was a nightmare.

She didn’t cry when she arrived. Her eyes met mine and I was instantly in love.

My delivery was long and rough. I don’t recommend having a child at the Nellis AFB Hospital. I wasn’t administered an epidural until I was already 8 cm dilated! That bullshit happened because the anesthesiologist wasn’t called until the OB doctor arrived at the hospital. It took the OB doctor an hour to arrive at the hospital and it took 3 hours for the anesthesiologist to arrive once they were called in. The triage nurse was rude. She acted like I was a major inconvenience and treated me like I was lying about being in labor and the pain I was in. I ended up pushing for 4 hours before the doctor finally let me have a forceps delivery. I had a second degree tear (that is finally healed) and a prolapsed uterus. I strongly feel like this delivery was traumatic and it has reaffirmed my desire for sterilization. I am so relived to not be pregnant anymore. I can’t wait to resume my normal activites.

My husband and I named out daughter Emily Catherine Michelle Henseler.

She is growing quickly and has been very healthy so far. We are lucky that our child has been sleeping through the night since she was about two weeks old. A lot of the people that I know that have babies that are around Emily’s age aren’t getting more than 3-5 hour chunks of uninterrupted baby sleep. My parents bought us an owlet sock so my child sleeps in her own room and in the crib. The owlet sock gives us peace of mind that she is safe and ok while she’s sleeping. I think the big reason why she sleeps through the night is because we are consistent with her bedtime and because we don’t bed share or room share.

We made the decision to exclusively breastfeed/pump and use disposable diapers. Cloth diapers wasn’t worth the commitment since I go back to work on the 7th of January. Thankfully, I’ll be out of the military soon so I won’t be separated from her long. I’m grateful that maternity leave is a lengthy amount of time. It’s hard when I’m away from her.

We are very excited to watch her grow up. We cherish every moment with her because we know that she will be an only child. I try to remember every detail as she grows because I won’t ever have those moments again. It amazes me how fast she grows and how much more aware she has become since she was born.

I wanted to be a mother for so long and I am so happy that the moment finally arrived.

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