When she finally arrived, she was 9 days late. She was born naturally 26 hours after my water broke, but only after the doctor threatened to do a C-section if she wouldn't hurry up.
When she emerged, all red and feisty, she captured our hearts and changed our lives forever. The day she was born I learned that all my living up till then was in preparation for this...being a Mom. Never in my life had I felt such responsibility, never before had I felt such peace. How those two sensations ever found harmony I'll never know. But they did. Our hearts grew that day, more than I ever thought possible.
We thank God for her. Happy Sweet 16. Our firstborn. Our only daughter. Our Valentine.