Wow! I can’t believe how much our lives have changed over the past couple years. Let me start off with a recap… Fair warning: It’s kind of a long one!
May 2009: My husband and I are on a tour of Europe. It’s something we always wanted to do especially before we had kids. So we saved up our money for almost a year, found a great intro to Europe trip, and went on an adventure of a lifetime! We had such a great trip! We met new friends (who currently live in Australia) and experienced culture…and food…that was amazing! Our trip ended in Paris and we were given our last day to do whatever we wanted. I know what I wanted to do…shop! =) I woke up before Tim (which is strange) and didn’t feel quite right. I don’t know what prompted me to even take a pregnancy test, but I did anyway. There I was…sitting alone in a Parisian bathroom (which really is small) waiting to see what would happen. And then…two lines! I couldn’t believe it! Shocked I ran and jumped onto the bed waking my husband up. We just sat there for a while, then decided to make the most of it.
We also visited Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart)
A cathedral in Paris that Tim and I visited the night we found out we were pregnant. We lit three candles at the alter. One for the new mom, one for the new dad, and one for baby. We prayed for our new addition and it was such an amazing moment for us.
February 8, 2010: The night before Camille was born, we were just sitting at home watching the Colts not play football. Anyway, we went to bed and all night I was cramping slightly. I didn’t think I was in labor because I had had cramps before. These latest ones happened all night causing me not to sleep well, so I decided to call off work. About seven in the morning, they started getting a bit worse so we called the doctor. She told us to go ahead and come on in. So we did…after we took showers of course! On the way to the doctor, the “cramps” starting getting worse and I could tell they were contractions.
We got to the doctor’s office at around eight thirty. She checked me and was amazed to find that I was already 5 cm and 100 percent! She told us we needed to get admitted to the hospital asap. So after being offered a wheelchair, I opted to walk. I don’t know what I was thinking?!?!?! I had four contractions on the way to admitting. By the time we got there, we had to wait because there were people in front of us. After contracting several more times while waiting, I started to cry because they were so bad. With me crying in the lobby, the nurses quickly went to work. I got into a room and they immediately called for an anesthesiologist. Once the epidural was in, life was much better!
We waited around for a bit and were checked again. I was at 6 cm so the doctor said I’d probably increase a cm an hour. Almost right after the doctor left, I started getting a really sharp pain in the right side of my uterus. It was getting worse with every contraction so I called the nurse in. In the last thirty min, I had gone from 6 cm to 9 cm! They couldn’t believe it! But it also turned out I had a “hot spot”. This is where a certain part of the body is not getting the drugs from the epidural… um very painful!!!!! Our only options were to either have a semi-natural birth or another epidural. I chose to have another epidural. Another man came in and redid my epidural…several min later…life was better again!
The time came to push…here we go! We tried to push for a hour and a half. Camille just wouldn’t turn and come down. She was stuck on my pelvic bone. Our option: C-section. This was not what we had in mind. I was very nervous…We were taken back, prepped, and well…cut open 🙂 Within thirty min, our little one was born.
We are so very blessed to have Camille in our lives and so thankful that the Lord was with us every step of the way. On a snowy night in Nashville, Camille McAllister Smith entered the world at 7lbs, 7oz…and in an instant our life changed for the better.
February 2011: I have a one year old! It’s just crazy! This past year, our daughter has taught us many things, but I know our journey is far from over. If the rest of our lives with our daughter are anything like this first one…I am SO looking forward to it! She is our light and our joy and we coudn’t be happier. Happy birthday my sweet angel!