I’ve heard it so any times, “every pregnancy is different”, and boy was that true! This pregnancy was proving to be the total opposite of the one before it. With Landen, I wasn’t sick, didn’t vomit, didn’t have weird cravings, wasn’t sensitive to any smells, nothing! Yet, here I am in the second pregnancy and I can’t keep anything down, the smell of coffee, and cologne both result in my face in the toilet, and speaking of my face, I looked like I had just hit puberty (severe acne!) Don’t even talk about weight gain. My pants literally looked like I had stuffed two basketballs in them.
I mean These pregnancies couldn’t be more different.
I couldn’t believe all the changes I was experiencing that didn’t exist the first time around. Nonetheless, we were excited. That excitement soon went to a whole new level when we learned we were expecting a daughter. Before We knew Our son’s gender we had two names picked out, Ava and Landen. We of course chose Landen for him and gave him the same middle name his dad has. We wanted to keep the name Ava for our daughter and since everything I know about being a mom, and everything I hope to be as a mom comes from the amazing mother that I have, I wanted her to have Marie as her middle name which is my mother’s name.
Time was passing by quickly and before we knew it the due date was upon us. My back hurt so bad and everything was so swollen that we did not want to go too far past the due date and had an induction the following day. Emotions were running high but we just prayed for a complicated free delivery and a healthy baby girl.
We were at the hospital July 2nd at 6:00 a.m., and I got pitocin at 6:45. It didn’t take long for things to get going. When they did, the pitocin was kicked up a notch and those contractions began to kick my butt. My pain tolerance is zero on a scale of anything so I was in agony. At 10:30 I couldn’t take it anymore and got the epidural. At 10:45 my water broke. I started feeling like I had to poop and kept thinking please God, no! But nope, that was just Ava making her way down and letting me know it was almost time to push. The tables were being set up for the Dr, everybody’s getting suited up, and my feet go in the stirrups.
My Dr then asks if I want to use the mirror. I quickly said oh God no, but she encouraged me. She said, “I think you’ll enjoy it, Come on, use the mirror. So I did. It’s 10:59 and I start to push, and I’m looking in the mirror, and time stood still. Every time I ever threw up gone! Every back ache, gone! Every pound I gained, gone! Watching my daughter make her entrance into the world took away every pain I ever had, every complaint I had during this pregnancy, every complaint I’ve ever had in life!!!!! It was an indescribable feeling. I would push and then break down in tears, push again and bawl some more! I think I pushed 3 times and at 11:02 Ava Marie Henry was here. We were in love as soon as we laid eyes on her. God gave us more than we prayed for. Her birth was one of the most amazing moments of my life and one I’ll never forget.
Ava’s been here for one month and has already made such a huge impact on our family. Her brother adores her and her father and I are just crazy for her. She’s just perfect in every single way. I wouldn’t change anything about this pregnancy or her delivery. We are so grateful that God chose us for another parenting journey. Our children make us so whole and they both fill our hearts. Landen started our family, and Ava completed it. Dear children we love you both endlessly!