We welcomed you to the world on an unseasonably warm November day. Your due date was November 8th, Election Day, in one of the most controversial elections to date. But you decided to join our family 4 days early.
I was scheduled to be induced with you. Not because we had any medical issues, but because of your older sister. Eden entered the world within 3 hours of my first contraction. She was born so swiftly, my doctor was concerned you would be born at home or in the car if my water broke.
At 6 am on Friday morning, your dad and I drove to the hospital with our bags packed. We checked in and sat in a quiet waiting room. I was nervous and uncomfortable, but had been uncomfortable for weeks. We were told there was an abnormal amount of births during the last 3 days and we may be bumped. The nurse asked me if I was having contractions.
“I mean, maybe…but I did eat a spicy buffalo chicken sandwich last night and it could be indigestion,” I responded. She insisted on me being checked and found I was already in active labor.
I was terrified because the epidural did not work with your brother and your sister was born too quickly for one. Surprisingly, the epidural took and you were born at 1:09 in the afternoon. Calmly and my easiest delivery.
I cried. They placed you in my arms and you didn’t leave for 2 hours.
When you were finally measured, the nurses asked me how big I thought you were. “8 lbs maybe?” I was sure you were my smallest baby. 9 lbs. 8 oz. We named you Adam William. William for your great-grandfather and uncle.
Adam, you have made our family complete. You have an older brother who wants to help change every diaper and sing How Much is That Doggie in the Window to you. He asked me today if you’ll play baseball with him. But he said you can’t cry because there is no crying in baseball.
You have a big sister who adores you. She asks to see you every time you are near. She wants to hold you and sing to you and kiss your head. She can’t wait until you are old enough to dance with her.
You have a mom and dad who love you to the ends of the earth. Adam, you have expanded our hearts to limits we didn’t know existed, and we are beyond blessed to be your family.