S: The Birth of Monroe Eden Arnold
BC: With Love Forever and Always...Mommy
FC: Monroe Eden Arnold
2: On March 27, 2012 about 11:50pm...I woke up in the middle of the night with cramping...me being the way I am just assumed that I had to use the bathroom. I gain the energy to get up and head to the bathroom. When I get back into my room I peed my pants! I had a thought in the back of my mind that my water broke but me being a hypochondriac dismissed that thought, I changed my underwear and head back into bed. Then I peed my pants again! My heart started pumping and I started to panic thinking ok I there's a chance that my water broke and I am going into labor. I pulled out some packets about labor and as I am reading them I had a slow leak going on. Once I realized that I am in labor I go to wake up mom (Mema). I walk into her room and am little shaking her...saying "mom." Nothing. I shake her again "mom." NOTHING. I walk over to Josh's side (Grandpa) and lightly shake him, he wakes up. I tell him that I can't wake mom up. He panics thinking that something is wrong with her, lightly touches her and says "baby" and she jumps up saying "what." I tell her how I had cramps, went to the bathroom, peed my pants multiple times, and that I think I am in labor. She gets up and says "ok." I head back into my room and am now having the bloody show. Mema gets on the phone and heads outside. She calls Auntie Tonia and on the other end Uncle Barney jumps out of bed and says "It's Megan," before she could even answer the phone. Mema talks to her then calls Darlene freaking out to both of them not knowing what she is supposed to do. After Mema collects herself she comes back in and is talking to me telling me that we should probably head to the hospital because she thinks that I am in fact in labor. The whole time we are talking I am leaking fluids and a puddle is forming under my feet. At this point Grandpa Josh is on the phone with the hospital and I am packing my overnight bag. You see you were a month early,
3: Mema and I were going to go to the hospital over the weekend to get a tour to prepare for your arrival. Mommy didn't have anything ready, no new car, no maternity bra, and no overnight bag. You didn't care you were coming and you were coming now. In a panic I started throwing anything and everything I think that I might need. As I am packing my bag Mema goes to wake up Uncle Dillon to let him know that we are going to the hospital and to see if he wanted to come with. The first thing that comes out of his mouth is "Are you kidding me." The thing you will learn about Uncle Dillon is that he takes his time with everything....there is no real urgency when it comes to his movements. As Mema, Grandpa, and I are all running around in sheer panic Uncle Dillon is asking if he can take a shower, if he has to wear a hat, and if he clothes match. Now at this point it is about 12:30am and Mema is trying to push Uncle Dillon out the door because we have to leave NOW. Mema, Uncle Dillon, and I head to the hospital as Grandpa Josh stays behind to get things situated with his work to have someone open the store for him. On our way to Puyallup Mema is going about 60-70mph WAY over the speed limit because she is panicked. I tell her that she can slow down that there isn't a big rush my contractions are 5-6 minutes apart. We arrive at the hospital at 12:50 and this is your story....
4: MCR | Mema && Mommy Lighting up the mood during mommy's labor pains. | You will quickly learn that we are, indeed, a gaming family. To help mommy with contractions and to lighten the mood Mema imitated the DBM from World of Warcraft. Before every contraction Mema would say "5...4...3..2..3...BEWARE!!!"
5: Mema, Grandpa Josh, && Mommy Timing contractions
6: Labor Pains
8: Walking the halls of the hospital to kick start labor.
10: FIRST MOMENTS
11: Monroe Eden Arnold | 03/28/2012 | 6 pounds, 6 ounces | 20 3/4 inches | Puyallup, Washington
13: I wanted to keep the secret of whether or not I was having a girl or a boy. Once you were almost here my doctor told everyone in the room to take last minute bets on your gender. Right after I deliver you, Dr. Obregon sticks you in front of my face and says "What is it?" I have a puzzled as I try to focus and in pure excitement I screamed "IT'S A GIRL!!!!!'
15: Getting all cleaned up.
18: Mema's first time holding Baby Monroe.
19: Mommy's support team!
20: Calvin curiously watching how mommy feeds Baby Monroe!
21: Great Grandma Kathi visiting Baby Monroe for the first time!
23: Baby Monroe having a car seat test so mommy can take her home.
24: Jazmin seeing Baby Monroe for the first time!
25: SWEET LITTLE ANGEL
26: BABY MONROE
27: Getting ready to go home!
28: Time to go!