We welcomed you into this world on a Friday, it was September 16th. Naturally, true to your Arthur/Rushing heritage, you were five days late. You and your big sister already have a lot in common.
On a Wednesday, after an ultrasound and an appointment with the midwife, due to medical reasons, we were encouraged to schedule an induction. After discussing with multiple doctors we decided to schedule our visit for later that evening. We sat patiently (or as patient as one can wait in this situation), awaiting the call to tell us it was time to head to the hospital. Due to an abnormal number of recent births that week, we were bumped. We were nervous and anxious. Your dad must of called the hospital at least four times to check for availability.
Finally, what felt like days later, on Thursday afternoon, the call came. We grabbed our bags, took Sloan to Granny B’s and gave her all our hugs and kisses and said goodbye to our family of three.
We checked in at the reception desk, full of sarcasm and jokes in high spirits. We unpacked and settled into our room. Our midwife felt confident you would arrive by morning and we were eager to meet you! Again, true to your Arthur/Rushing heritage, you are stubborn and no one can rush you. Twelve hours later, and little to no changes it was time to change plans.
We walked, bounced and swayed, and we laid in our birthing pool surrounded by warm water. Eight difficult hours later, with a few alarming moments, you graced us with all 10 fingers and toes and a head full of hair.
You laid on my chest, in total content. Your father and I both with tears of happiness. After nursing you, I must have drifted off to sleep. When I woke up, I looked over to my left and saw a moment between father and daughter that will warm my heart forever. There, sat your dad, sitting cross legged, with you in arms. He stared at you for what seemed like hours with pure bliss on his face.
You weighed 6lbs and 9oz and were 19 1/4in long. We named you Lucy James. James after your great grandfathers and your papa.
You have a big sister who adores you and is such a big helper. She loves holding you and singing to you. When she walks up to you, you have the biggest smile.
Today marks two months since you came into this world. You are such a gentle soul and a blessing to our home. You are loved beyond measure.
We checked into the hospital on a Thursday, as husband and wife. We left the hospital on a Saturday with a newborn, and as a family of four.