Monday, July 18, 2011

Belated Post, On-Time Delivery

Hazel Lorraine Pope: Born June 13th, 2011, 1:02 a.m. 6 lb 6 oz. 18 3/4 inches

I was scheduled for an induction on June 13th (a day after my due date) at 10:00 a.m. because my mom and mother-in-law had both scheduled their flights. I did not really want to be induced but I also wanted to make sure that baby sister arrived around the time that my mom was coming into town. Let's be honest, we needed to utilize all of our help! :)

I felt like I had been having contractions for weeks, so I wasn't sure that I was really in labor on Sunday June 12th (my actual due date) until that evening when my contractions became quite painful and regular. We called our friends Jason and Alicia and they frantically rushed down to our neighborhood. Mike and I were surprisingly calm...Mike had even composed a detailed list of Asher's routine for the following day. Mike and I continued to stay calm as we got stuck in unbelievable traffic near Soldier Field (the stadium where the Chicago Bears play) due to a Mexico soccer game. When we finally got downtown, we got stuck behind two different horse and buggies...really?! Once we found parking and made our way into the hospital, my contractions were about four minutes apart. Still we were calm, which is now funny to me because Hazel was born just four hours later at 1:00 a.m. I even had to ask the Doctor to wake Mike up because we did not anticipate that things would progress so quickly, and that I would only have to push for three minutes. Luckily, Mike roused himself up for the event. :)

We are so grateful that everything went smoothly and we love our little Hazel. Big brother Asher is doing well and loving Hazel, although the first week was a bit tough. We cannot believe that she is already five weeks old!

Also, we are so grateful for the help of my mom and my mother-in-law.