It started out like any other day. I went to work, had lunch with my co-workers, came home, took a nap before dinner… What happened in the next instant completely changed my life and Rob’s life forever. My water broke. I thought I peed. I called my best friend to ask her what I should do. She laughed and said, "Girl! You’re having a baby!". 20 min later I was in labour. It was too early – I was only 36w 0d. But boy oh boy, did that baby ever want to come out. 5 hours later we were joyfully greeting our beautiful (yet small) daughter. We named her Sierra, after the Sierra mountains in Nevada as Rob and I were married in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Today we celebrated Sierra’s "birth"day. 3 years – so much has happened over the past 3 years. She has grown so much, so much has changed, yet so much remains the same. The first 6 weeks was a fight to feed her. Keeping a sleepy, jaundiced, preemie baby awake to eat was a challenge. We finger fed her for a day, we nursed her with a SNS (supplementary nursing system), we stripped her down to her diaper to keep her awake, we put a cold wet cloth aka "the clooooooth" on her back to keep her awake, we flicked her feet to keep her awake. This morning, we fought with her to eat her breakfast, as we knew her party would be far too exciting for her to eat. Eating was and still is a challenge. At 3 yrs old she weighs a whopping 27 lbs fully clothed.
We enjoyed celebrating her ‘birth"day today – we had a pool party, and when the kids weren’t swimming they were enjoying the fruits of Rob’s 15 hrs of labour yesterday – a brand new swingset/climber aka "The Park" in my side yard. Sierra got many great new toys – games, books, cars (yes cars! finally! a boy toy!), and the best gift of all – a new bike! The guests have left, my living room and kitchen are a mess but I’m taking this moment to reflect on that day 3 yrs ago, that moment when I heard my baby’s first cries – the cries that have forever changed my life. Nothing ever could have prepared me for the love I would feel, how it would rip my heart out to hear her cry from being sick, tired, hungry or even hurt. I’m thankful for the love she has brought us and the joy. The first day with her by my side was the scariest I’ve ever experienced. I had never even held a newborn baby. But suddenly, not only was a I responsible for a newborn, but I was responsible for a newborn preemie!
3 yrs! Where did the time go? When did my wee baby become a big girl? Sleeping in a big girl bed, potty-trained, drinking from a cup and even riding a bike! Holy smokes! 3 yrs… It doesn’t seem long, but when I look back on the changes it seems like an eternity. Our lives have forever been changed. We’re more patient now, we’re more grounded, we’re more of a team than we’ve ever been – all because of a dynamo that couldn’t wait to come out 3 yrs ago.
Happy 3rd Birthday Sierra! Mommy and Daddy love you very much!
June 2005 June 2008