Dear perfect little one,
We finally know your name. It's Tayzie Blake Moody. We are elated to be getting to know who you are, we love having you home and we are so happy and blessed you are now in our lives. One of your mom and I's most cherished blessings is just the fact that we get to have you here. Now. That we get to hold you in our grateful arms whenever we want and love on you constantly, whether you like it or not! We love you more than anything in the world.....anything.
Monday September 1, 2014 was the great American holiday, Labor Day. You know, the one where we celebrate work by not working? Anyway, your mom and I were scheduled to go to the Orem Community Hospital that night at 7 p.m. for mom to get some medicine that would help get her body ready for your to come out. At this point you were being rather stubborn, were 9 days late and we were MORE than ready to meet you. That morning we attended the infamous Onion Days parade in Payson with your grandma and grandpa Moody and your three aunts. Later that day we went to Tucanos with your aunt Jazz and then went home and got ready to go to the hospital.
Speeding to the hospital was all I could think about while we were driving. I felt like maybe if I got there faster, I'd get to meet you sooner. Nonetheless, you still weren't magically waiting for us in the hospital room when we arrived. The nurses checked us into "Suite 16", the biggest labor suite the Orem Community offers and also had a great view of Mt. Timpanogos. We settled into our room and got ready for a long night, awaiting 8:00 am the next morning when Dr. Harward was going to come induce mom. The nurse gave mom the medicine to help her body get ready and we started a movie. Aunt Jazz took some pictures of mommy's big, beautiful belly and decided to head back to our apartment until the next morning. It was around 11:30 at night and mom started to get sleepy so I jumped up in bed to cuddle her and wait out the night. You know that crazy excited feeling you get on Christmas Eve when you know Santa is coming with all of your super awesome presents? Yeah, pretty much that times 1,000.
I was rubbing momma’s belly, thinking about how cozy you must have been in there considering you didn’t ever want to come out, when all of the sudden mom’s water broke! I got of the bed and we double checked to make sure we weren’t crazy and sure enough, mom’s body kicked into gear a little earlier than planned. We called the nurse, still trying not to get our hopes up that you would come sooner than in the morning, when she confirmed that it looked as though you had decided you were finally ready to come meet us! I called Aunt Jazz and she rushed back over as she didn’t want to miss a thing. Over the next few hours mom had some pretty strong contractions and she handled them like a champ. She never complained, rarely didn’t have a smile on her face, and kept talking about how excited she was to meet you. If it was me having contractions I would have been rolling on the floor crying and yelling, so I was rather impressed to say the least. The nurse anesthetist was a little late coming in for the epidural because he had been in an emergency C-section. He was super nice although he did take a little longer than usual to get mom’s epidural going because he was showing daddy how to do epidurals. I think mom would have hit me when I asked him to show me if she knew how long it was going to take. But again, she never complained. After he was done, mom was able to relax a lot as she couldn’t feel her contractions any more. We rested and waited, hoping you would decide to come sooner than later.
Around 3:30 a.m. mom said she thought she could feel you coming down a little further. We called the nurse and sure enough, she could feel your head! You were coming! SOON! All of the sudden there was a new feeling in the room. I think we finally started to realize that we were ACTUALLY going to meet you. Up to this point, it had felt like an event that was so far away. It was hard to actually picture seeing you for the first time. To envision where we would see you, when, and what it would feel like had been so obscure but was finally starting to come together as it was happening.
Anyways, after mom had been holding you for a minute or two, the nurse handed me some scissors and I cut your cord. Another nurse whisked you away to the warmer where they made sure your lungs sounded fine (although it still sounded like it), cleaned you up and weighed you. Aunt Jazz was still being a professional photographer and got tons of amazing pictures of you. After they were done cleaning you up and making sure everything was working fine, they wrapped you up in a blanket and handed you to me.
I would be lying if I said I had a decent recollection of what happened the rest of the day. I don’t know if it was because I hadn’t slept in 30 hours or if it was because I was just so mesmerized by your presence. The fact that you were ACTUALLY here. I do remember your Grandpa Gary came by to visit on his way to work around 7:00 am and I haven’t seen him that happy in a long time. He had been giving us a hard time about giving him a grand baby for a while and I think he was beyond content that he finally got to hold you. I also remember your Grandma Sherry and aunts came by later to see you. We had some family friends that came over to meet you and Janae, the newborn photographer, came by with Andrea to take lots of really cute pics of you. I also remember that every single person that met you that day, and even since, has immediately fallen in love with you. It could be that you’re a sweet baby but it could also very well be that your mom and I made a pretty cute baby (we’re biased though.).