Nolan Lane Eldreth
December 23rd 2016
7 pounds, 15 ounces
B I R T H
Labor began on Thursday, December 22rd around 10:25 p.m. After being told that he wouldn't come for another few days I pushed off the trip to the hospital thinking I would only be sent home. Little did I know it was the real thing; around 12:15 in the morning we were rushing to the ER with contractions only 2-3 minutes apart. By the time we arrived I was already dilated to 6cm, then on to 10cm all within 45 minutes. I had hoped for a slower process so our family and friends could get there in time but that wasn’t the case. Our little bear was ready to see the world rather quick. My hubby was such a wonderful coach through it all trying to keep me calm and assuring me everything was fine. I went natural for over an hour then (due to complications) the midwife decided that we would finally attempt an epidural, not knowing 100% if it would work. After two epidural attempts I was able to rest for a little while in hopes that a Cesarean wouldn’t take place. We gave it another go after I had rested and finally, Nolan Lane Eldreth, was born early that morning. The moment we saw him our hearts dropped to the floor and tears of joy overflowed us in such an indescribable way. A precious 7 pound, 15 ounce baby boy would hold our hearts in the palm of his hands forever.
1 Samuel 1:27 says "For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him"
I had prayed for many years for a baby but wanted it to be in Gods time. The wait was a little over four years. We vacationed, traveled, and enjoyed every moment together. Now, we have a brand new addition that has given us purpose. As I sit here and type this all up he's sitting by me while I'm in tears. The love is so unreal. Currently, he looks just like Brandon. He has his dad's dark hair and the prettiest blue eyes. I'm sure they will most likely turn green later on like ours. He has the softest baby skin and wrinkles that melt me. I never knew my heart could hold so much love. Life has gotten so much sweeter with him in our lives. I am completely obsessed with this little human. He completed me in every way and now that he's here it’s almost like I have to pinch myself and realize, yes, this is real life. I'm so blessed to have a happy, healthy newborn and an amazing, genuine husband who has stood by me all during my pregnancy. The man that gave me foot rubs every night and never complained once, he is truly heaven sent. I love my life and this wonderful journey of parenthood so much.
The moment I saw you there was a place filled in my heart that I didn't know existed. You have brought so much happiness into our lives. We love you more than words could ever express. Thank you for making me a mama, I love you my little bear.
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Haley is a wife, mother, photographer/ blogger, located in the North Georgia Mountains.