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one breath at a time {sadie rose’s birth story}

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hdfc car loan bangalore contact number One month ago today, Sadie Rose came into the world and changed our lives forever.

bamboo finance guarantor loans I labored for over 15 hours without medication – just the in and out of my breath and the trust that my body and my baby already knew how to do what they were doing. As the sun rose over our hospital room, I shed tears for the first time. I wasn’t crying because of the pain. I was crying because it was all so beautiful. I was crying because this was the day we’d meet our daughter. I told Jason where the tears were coming from and we held each other as the next wave passed.

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And then came the pain. After 15 hours of labor and an hour of pushing, I felt pain like I’d never felt before. Then came the warning signs. The red flags. The dipping heart rate. The doctors and the nurses and the urgency. The worried look in everyone’s eyes. The fear on my husband’s brave face.

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There was only one thing to do at that point. We had to get the baby out – and fast. We were in a race against time. As soon as I gave the go-ahead, the room turned into a scene out of the movies. Scrubs were handed to Jason. I was rolled toward the operating room. The entire way, I heard Jason’s comforting voice repeating over and over, “I’m right here. I’m right here. I’m right here.”

And he was.

Then – talk of general anesthesia. I would not be awake for my baby’s birth. Jason would not be in the room. I quickly requested that my husband be brought in as soon as the baby was born. A mask was placed over my nose and mouth.

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Then quiet.

I woke up and standing right in front of me were my husband and my daughter. With tears in his eyes, Jason said, “She’s here. She’s here.” Sadie was here and she was perfect. Her dainty mouth, her full head of hair, her wise eyes. She was here and she was ours.

They put her on my chest and through the mask, through the haze of anesthesia and life-changing adrenaline, I sang to her. I sang the song I’d been singing to my belly for months…

“Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.”

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Tinachicky - November 30, 2011 - 6:14 pm


Angie - November 30, 2011 - 6:30 pm

Oh I'm a mess of tears. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing…

Jenn - November 30, 2011 - 6:35 pm

Oh, the tears. Loving you, D.

Erin K - November 30, 2011 - 6:59 pm

Such a wonderful story! Congratulations to both of you, and welcome to the world Sadie Rose!

Sara Cheng - November 30, 2011 - 7:00 pm

Darrah, I'm so happy for you. Though we've never met except through SOL, I can see what a beautiful person you are. Can't wait to hear and see more of your beautiful moments with your new family.

Janie - November 30, 2011 - 7:24 pm

Darrah – the story of Sadie Rose is beautiful! What a wonderful present to you and your husband! Enjoy the holidays!

Patti Scanlon - November 30, 2011 - 8:26 pm

So Beautiful and So happy for you all.

Michelle - November 30, 2011 - 8:28 pm

Huge congratulations to you, Darrah! What a beautifully told story. Weepily, Michelle.

DebZozrn - November 30, 2011 - 8:41 pm

I have tears in my eyes. Such a beautiful baby girl for you to love and cherish – forever.

Yvonne - November 30, 2011 - 10:58 pm

Thanks for sharing this. I'm so happy for you three!

Gerard Brightman - December 1, 2011 - 2:44 am

This is truly life changing! Thanks for sharing those photos. Congratulations to you and best of luck to your wonderful family. πŸ™‚

Misty - December 1, 2011 - 5:50 pm

What a beautiful birth story. My sincerest congratulations to your new family and best wishes for the road ahead.

keishua - December 2, 2011 - 2:58 pm

What a beautiful story. I love the last picture.

Krista - December 3, 2011 - 1:15 pm

The picture of you and your daughter is beautiful Darrah. Such an amazing story.

Cassie Baker - December 13, 2011 - 3:05 am

BEAUTIFUL Darrah. She is a beautiful baby! (actually, I saw that first photo & knew immediately she was delivered via c-section baby…. she looked so pristine!)
You look beautiful too! Mothering suits you!
Congratulations to all 3 of you.

Naomi - December 25, 2011 - 3:16 am

Darrah, I love this. I got so emotional reading it and the flood of memories of my own birth and early days just keeps coming. Ah, yes. It does suck for awhile. For me, after 4 months, things got way better. Just keep perspective and get as much sleep as you can. Sleep changes your mindset, which changes everything. You were meant to be a mommy and I'm sure you are everything little Sadie needs. You are a beautiful family!

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