I didn't want to be one of those girls who got sent home from the hospital being told it just wasn't time yet. And, I'd already been to the hospital once and maybe twice to slow down my pre-term labor.
We agreed that the polls opened at 7, so we would each get a shower and get our things together and go vote on the way to the hospital. And, we pulled in promptly to the local elementary school to vote.
By the time we got to the school, I wasn't interested in voting any more :) and we agreed that David should go in and vote while I waited in the car. You know, it usually only takes a few minutes to vote, right? I was supposed to honk the horn until he came if I needed David - we had our little plan in place.
I don't really remember how I passed the time - but I do remember that I kept moving my foot forward and back - just some movement to help me feel a little more comfortable. I was getting more and more antsy and ready to go and eventually found out there was some problem with the voting machines.
An hour later, David was back explaining all the hang ups and I was ready to go. Turns out, I was 8cm dilated when we got to the hospital and needless to say - it was only a few hours later that our Emily made her appearance.
I had wanted to have a little girl and name her Emily for years! My great-grandma's name was Emily and I was hoping no one else in the family would beat me to it. I was hoping that Memee could meet her new Emily (she did when she was almost three months old). And, I was so excited that God was allowing these dreams to come true for me.
Today, she celebrates her 7th birthday and I can hardly believe how the years have flown by. Emily is my child who wants to try everything, who seems mature beyond her years, who challenges me in ways I hadn't imagined one at this age would.
She is incredibly smart, picks things up very fast, is a great reader, loves babies and kittens and horses. I love the freckles sprinkled all over her face and often see a beauty that will develop as she grows.
I am so thankful that she has Jesus in her heart! I am thankful she is part of our family! And, I am trusting God to lead her in His ways - oh, how I pray for this!
We're having her party on Saturday - but for today, she has requested Lucky Charms for breakfast, hot dogs for lunch and pizza for dinner.
I love you so much!