On Thursday, September 24, 2015 we welcomed our firstborn son, Everett Levi, into the world after 24 hours of labor. I had very minimal signs of labor in the weeks before his arrival and I kept saying that I had a feeling that once labor started I would clearly know. On Wednesday I went to the Cincinnati Zoo with my mom and brother for a couple of hours and toward the end of our visit, at 3pm, I decided to start timing the contractions I had been having since 3am the night before. I had a weekly checkup at 4pm and by the time I got to the doctor I knew something was happening. Sure enough, our doctor confirmed my suspicions and said I'd likely have him that night or the next day.
At 36 weeks my belly started measuring two weeks big and by 38 weeks they scheduled an ultrasound and a second glucose test to check for gestational diabetes (which causes big babies). At 38 weeks the ultrasound predicted Everett was already 9lbs (5lbs is the norm) and whispers of induction started floating around. Through all of this I felt perfect peace and I knew that he would come when he was ready and be the exact size that God wanted him to be. Everett was born two days before his due date and came all on his own. He was born at 3:01pm, weighed 8lbs 11oz. and was 21.5 inches long with extra long feet. Jordan was the most phenomenal partner and encourager and the nurses and our doctor were amazing. His birth was beautiful and all that I hoped for and more. We are completely in love and overjoyed.