Three or four weeks before you were supposed to arrive, I began itching like crazy. My legs, arms, belly, head - it was unbelievable! My doctor finally took a blood test, and called me late in the afternoon on January 20th with the news that I had cholestasis. She said it wasn't too serious, but that since I was so uncomfortable that we should induce me either that night or the next. It was 3:00 PM, and here she was saying to come to the hospital that night at 8ish! I was in shock - but so excited at the prospect of finally meeting you, and especially finding out who you were - were you a girl or a boy? Did you look like The Daddy or like me?
I immediately called The Daddy, Mimi and Lulu and wrapped things up at work - I know I had a meeting but I was so excited, and flustered, and barely remember what happened! All I know is I left my office at 5 to get home, shower, finish packing and get to the hospital.
I pushed for not even half an hour. I put everything I had into those pushes and finally at 10:11 PM on January 21st, 2011 heard the doctor say that you were a girl as they rushed to clear out your passageways so we could hear your voice and cries for the first time, something that absolutely brought me to tears. The Daddy followed you with our camera as they took your footprints, cleaned you up and made sure you were okay.
You were perfect.
They eventually rushed down the hall, and got to hold you for the first time - there wasn't a dry eye in the house. And I finally got to tell them your name! Our little Rebecca Ellie, named after her great-grandfather Ralph and her two great-grandmothers, Elaine and Esther, and her great-great-aunt Ely.
I love you, baby girl!