On January 14th, 1997... I had a Dr. appointment that morning and found out I had preeclampsia and toxemia...and since I had been dilated to an 8 for 2 weeks...they said...go to the hospital...though I wasn't due for another 2 weeks!! I called my mom and they immediately jumped in the car and headed that way. This was at 10:00 am. My parents lived an hour and a half away...Matt's parents lived 3 hours away so it was going to take some time to pack and get there. Well..little did they know...umm...Miss little Lauren was in NO hurry to make her grand entrance to the world! Since I was dilated to an 8 the Dr. wouldn't give me an epidural (which when it's your first you don't realize you have to listen to them...that changed with the other 2). They gave me some Staydol just to make me a little loopy around 3:00. Still nothing...so I bared down and made it thru hours of contractions. Finally at 6:00 they said it's time to push...push...push...um no baby...no baby...no baby! Then at 9:00 pm the Dr. says...10 more minutes and we are doing a C-section. I was so upset. I really didn't want to have a C-section, but I was exhausted. Laboring all day with no epidural...3 hours of pushing...I was whipped! But I mustered up one last push...the Dr. told Matt...grab her legs and pull them up to head...he was like...huh? They cleared the room and wouldn't let anyone in. He gave me a paracervical block and boom out she came! They rushed her away...we were left there for a few minutes to wonder...why? Soon after the Dr. took a look at her...he came back to tell me...he had to break her collar bone to get her out...she was too big for me and she almost didn't make it out...she ripped me from one whole to the other (sorry if that is TMI)...I sat on a donut for about 2 weeks. But he assured us in about 2 weeks she would be fine if we keep her wrapped up in a blanket...and you know what...she was fine. Now while all this was going on...one of the biggest ice storms hit Joplin and my family barely made it back to my sister's house after she was born.
We took Lauren Ashton home to our cute little house....so clueless of how to be parents. My mom stayed with us for a couple of days to help out. So glad she did...I cried when she left. I have to say...being a first time mom was hard on me. I was so scared...and worried I would screw this little baby up. But you know God took care of us...he showed us how to be parents. We had such great friends surrounding us at Carterville. So many new moms along with me to help and reassure me I was doing a good job. S
My Lauren....you know...we butt heads a lot. I think it is common for first born girls and their moms. But...she is a great girl. She loves dogs and all animals really. Every dog we have ever had loves her and adores her. She enjoys going in the backyard and training them. I swear she is great at it too! She amazes me. In fact for her bday she wants a furminator to brush the dogs with.
This is her when she was 6...a little dalmatian for Halloween...so cute!
She loves to cook with me and she loves sweets also!
She will have breakfast with dad and then I am doing something I have never done...I am letting her skip her first hour (remember that have more fun goal) and get her hair highlighted. She doesn't know...it's a surprise! Then after school we are going to take some fun pics and then head to Pei Wei's for dinner. And of course stop by and get our famous Krispie Kreme donut cake! On Friday we are having a big party for her at the church with all her family and friends. It will be fun to see everyone! She is so excited! 13 years ago...I didn't think I was ready...but God knew I was...and blessed me with this sweet girl of mine!
Happy 13th Birthday Lauren Ashton!!
We love you!!