Once upon a time, in a suburb of Atlanta, a mom and daughter picked the wrong battle (or was it?). It was a normal September Sunday, just 10 days before Lady A’s fourth birthday. Todd was out of town on a camping trip with his buddies and I had been solo-momming it up all weekend. All was going well until lunchtime… at which time things went very, very wrong.

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Before we agreed to try for a second baby, we thought long and hard about whether we wanted another one or not; we felt complete with just Lady A. Looking back, I can’t believe we even questioned it. Ever since she was born, there has always been something special about Sweet E. She has always had a way about her that was just soul-soothing. I describe her as the blessing I never knew I needed.

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On Monday, September 15, 2014 {6 days before my due date}, I went to my 39 week OB check-up. At that appointment, I was already 75% effaced with 4cm dilation… but no contractions. Being that this was my second pregnancy, my body must’ve just known what to do. I’m sure the evening primrose oil capsules helped, too. My doctor and I agreed that she would do a membrane sweep at that appointment {a very uncomfortable but quick procedure}. There is a 50% chance that labor will ensue within 24 hours of the sweep. She sent me home with very clear instructions… “When you go into labor tonight, make sure you tell me that you’re 4cm and 75% so I know to get my butt out of bed.” I had a membrane sweep with Lady A a couple years prior but with no luck so I wasn’t optimistic. But, I went home, made sure my bag was packed just in case {it had been packed for awhile but I added some last minute things}, and emailed my boss to let her know that I would be working from home until the baby arrived.

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It was a cold February morning. A Wednesday. The 24th to be exact. I had been averaging 60 hours of work per week for the previous 4 months and was finally coming to the beginning of the end of my busiest season. It was the day that everything I had been working on up to that point needed to be physically assembled and distributed to the company and it had to be done that day. I was running on 4 hours of sleep and was physically and emotionally exhausted. Naturally, I was already running late(r than usual).

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