On July 26, 2015 at approximately 1am, labor began. I was fairly certain from the beginning that it was the real thing, but I knew I wanted to labor at home as long as possible before heading to the hospital for risk of being sent home. I woke Trey up at about 2:30am and he stayed right beside me as I endured contractions and helped me breathe through the pain. The time came when my contractions were 4 and 5 mins apart for over an hour so we left for the hospital around 6am. When we arrived, they monitored me for roughly an hour before admitting me. To spare you of too many details and make a long story short, I wanted to try giving birth without drugs, but I grew very tired of the back labor I was experiencing and decided that in order for me to relax I was gonna need something. I decided to get an epidural, and was very thankful that I did, even though it ended up wearing off before I actually started to push. Finally, at 10:13pm, we welcomed our little boy, Lincoln B. Woodruff, into the world. The whole thing is kind of a blur. I just remember feeling so relieved that it was all over and thinking, I need to open my eyes now and look at my child for the first time. It was a mix of excitement, fear, relief and utter joy. All those months were now completely worth it. Our little man was finally here and we could finally hold him and look at him.
Now he’s a week old already, and I am already thinking about how fast he will grow up. I’ve heard so many mothers say how they wish time would slow down and they could have their little ones little forever, and I’m finally understanding how they feel. I just sit and look at him and smile. This is our child, the product of Trey and I. And even though I’m still slightly terrified of the task that lies ahead in being a parent, I find peace in knowing that all we can do is our best and love this little person with all our hearts. I have been blessed with the most wonderful husband and now father to my child, and I would not be able to do this without him. Seeing him love on Lincoln, my heart is so full of joy. God is so good, He’s a good, good Father.