Addison Grace Dearman arrived on October 3rd at 5:46 am, weighing 7 lbs., 7 oz. and 20 inches long. Here's a little perspective of what labor and delivery were like. I started having contractions Tuesday night, October 2nd around 7:15. The contractions weren't hurting too bad, I honestly thought they were just Braxton Hicks contractions. We went to dinner with a few youth leaders at T.J. Ribs that night. After dinner I felt like the contractions were starting to get worse. When we got home, I just tried to relax, take a bath, and I lied down for a little while. Well, the contractions didn't go away, they began to get worse. So around 10:00, I started timing them. Every 5 minutes for an hour...okay, time to go to the hospital! So we loaded up the car, headed over to Woman's and went to Assessment.
Assessment was probably the worst part of the whole experience. Having to be in a room, without Matt, while they looked at your contractions and waiting to see if I really was in labor, let's just say, I was ready to get out of there. Well, it was finally go time. They took us up to the Labor and Delivery room. At this point, I was ready for the epidural! So around midnight, we were in the room, had the epidural and just waited. My mom, Matt's parents, and Lyle were there with us, just waiting with us. We had the best nurses taking care of us and honestly, this time really did go by pretty quickly. I couldn't feel anything- I totally recommend epidurals by the way. Well, it was time to push, so they started getting everything ready, the family went to wait in the waiting room, and the moment was here. I'm not going into too many details, because who really wants to know all that. But the moment I saw Addie Grace for the first time was the most wonderful moment I've experienced. I was so overwhelmed with joy and excitement, words just can't describe what a beautiful miracle it is to see your child for the first time. It took a while to clean her up but we finally got to hold her! The family came to see her and then we moved to the Mother/Baby Suite. Once again, we had the best nurses! Seriously, I hope everyone who has a baby at Woman's is as spoiled as we were! The first few days were so crazy. It consisted of us figuring everything out, seeing friends, the nurses coming to check on you a lot, ordering food from the cafeteria (not too bad by the way), and mostly just enjoying this amazing new blessing in our lives!