It is a tradition in the Schmidt household to announce the birth of a new baby with a bow on the tree in the front yard. Momma Starbody decided to continue the tradition by decorating our front yard for the arrival of Brynzlee Grace.
She is here!
On Thursday we went in for our weekly doctor’s appointment and for the first time I was checked to see how dialated I was. After measuring one centimeter, we were told we were on track to have a baby in the next week. The doctor also said to watch out because storms were supposed to bring on labor. At 7:00pm I started having what I thought were cramps (a common result from the check up) and contractions. We wearily timed these for the next three hours and were told to come in to see the doctor. (This was about 11:30 pm) I just knew we were going to be THAT first time couple who were jumping the gun and going to be sent back home…WRONG!
Dr. Teter came in and confirmed that we were going to be having a baby in the next 24 hours! We called my mom and she drove through the storm and past flooded streets to arrive right as I was receiving the epidural at 3:30am. Shortly after they broke my water and we were all able to catch a few zzzz’s before the excitement began.
At around 8:00am we were still waiting around. Mom stepped out to get some coffee and call dad to let him know that it was going to be awhile. As she was out, Dr. Teter came in and I told him I was starting to feel my contractions a bit more and wondered if I needed more drugs since the epidural was almost out. He checked me and said I was feeling more pain because I was fully dilated and should start pushing! We were all shocked and ready to have a baby! After 2 and a half hours of pushing and a lot of “come on, bud”- from Dr. Teter, we had a new love. It was amazing!
I am still amazed that that little miracle came out of me! Birth…something I have feared for a long time….and I conquered it! :) I can’t get over how precious she is and all of here dark hair….just gorgeous.
First car ride…destination…home! :)
So, she is here and we made it through our first sleepless night at home. We couldn’t be more in love or feel more blessed.
It was also neat to see Dr. Mernitz before we left the hospital on Sunday. He came in and was just as excited as we are. He kept saying that he wished he was able to deliver her and was so happy to see us finally get our miracle. After he left I started crying just thinking about our angel babies and how God is taking care of them and us. It is hard not to look at this beautiful girl and not think about all the wonderful family members we have lost in the past year. I can’t stop thinking about Robert and how tomorrow will mark the one year anniversary of his death. It all seems so bittersweet but it all brings me back to trusting in God and how he definitely has a plan for everything, we just have to continue to walk by faith and not by sight.