May 20, 2021
In just a few days, on May 25, we will celebrate Elyana’s 4th birthday!! When I look back at photos and videos, I can hardly believe it’s the same girl. At the beginning of Covid and just in case something happened to both Caleb and myself (NOBODY knew what this pandemic was going to do), I carefully wrote out our kids’ birth stories. I’d been meaning to do that for awhile, and I’m so glad I did!
Happy Birthday, little one!
Elyana Lene’ Larson, born May 25, 2017
Oh, my sweet little girl, I was so excited that you were a girl. Rhys wanted a brother, but I wanted another little girl. I knew you’d be so fun!
Wouldn’t you know it, I was also so thankful to be back in my hometown again for your birth (we’d moved back to Minnesota from Texas a year earlier). I missed Doctor Norgard. I’d also had four miscarriages by this point. I was so relieved to be with this doctor. He knew so much about my history and what I needed to do to feel at peace. Our Texas doctor was wonderful, but HE is the cream of the crop!
I was SUPER impatient to have you. This mama felt more tired, fat, and achy with you, and my hip hurt all the time. And why have I always been so paranoid about missing my window of time to get an epidural? It worked so well with Kaylen and Rhys, so I think I was hoping and praying for an experience that was so similar. Oddly, I was worried that you’d be the one…that ONE delivery that would be SO different. Ha!
About a week or more before your due date, I’d gone into the OB a few times and mostly because I’d been having some contractions. I just didn’t know if they were real, and I’ve never been able to discern the real ones from the practice ones. The only pregnancy I experienced real contractions with was with my pregnancy with Kaylen. Even that was short-lived due to pain management medication.
On a Thursday night, I went in and the nurses monitored me for awhile. I was worried that I was dealing with a UTI infection. I was right! I’m glad I went in, because I know those can be problematic for pregnancies and births. It was getting later into the night. The nurse came in and told us that it would be ok for me to come in and be induced the next morning, if I wanted to be.
Are you kidding me?? YES! Yes I did! I was so glad to have a plan! As you know, Elyana, your mother loves to plan. I’m a control freak, I know.
The next morning we arrived at the hospital at 5:30 in the morning. Daddy was tired. I was wide awake. They hooked me up to the monitors and started the Pitocin to start contractions. They also administered the epidural. AMAZING. Later, Dr. Norgard came in to break my water and to check my progress. Later in the morning, while I was watching television, I felt a familiar “change” in my body. I still can’t describe it (I experienced the exact same thing with Rhys and Kaylen). I told Dad to find a nurse and they checked me. You were almost here, and I hardly felt it!
At this point, the nurses were already prepping the room for your arrival. They also asked if a hospital administrative student could observe the birth, as it was a requirement for his education. I said that this wasn’t a problem at all. Even with epidurals, moms aren’t always aware of who is there and who is not. For me, the more the merrier.
Apparently, Dr. N wasn’t expecting us to progress so quickly. When a nurse called him out of his regular appointments, he said, “Already??” Ha! Each of you came faster and faster and you were the fastest yet at this point! So fast, in fact, that I felt more sensation with you during the birth than I had ever felt with Kaylen and Rhys. The epidural must not have had time to settle in, or it favored one side of me more than the other, because I FELT you! However, I was still blessed to have a relatively pain-free birth with you. I remember every minute of it. And sure enough…a few pushes later, you were out! You were staring at me and crying! What a pretty little girl!!
And I couldn’t (I still can’t) get enough of your soft, fuzzy head.
I remember at that point looking up at the young man who observed your birth standing by the wall. He’d never seen something like this before. When you were laid on my chest, I looked up and he was grinning in awe! He couldn’t believe he’d just seen this happen! Apparently, he later called his dad and said, “Dad, you’ll never guess what I just saw!” The young student later came in with a card just for you, thanking us for the opportunity to see such a beautiful miracle. We still have this card, and (as a teacher who recognizes the importance of experience) will treasure it always.
Elyana, you truly ARE a miracle to us. We pray so many things for you, and you delight us every day with your funny comments and curious looks! We know this upcoming baby will be a big change for you, and we see it reflected in your behavior, in your questions, and in your grins. I will always pray for your safety, for your health, and for your future. The ONE thing we want for you more than anything else in the world is that you will “love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, and with all of your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
You are a precious, eternal gift.