It’s hard to believe so much time has passed since the littlest Sanchez was born. When Dahlia told me the news that they were expecting I was ecstatic. We go to the same church and she and my husband lead worship together on Sundays. Dahlia was in charge of the nursery, and since I have two little ones I got to see her most Sundays. My youngest was almost two, so their announcement was the perfect timing to help tame any baby fever I was having, thank you again for that Sanchez family ;)
Dahlia was using one of my favorite OB’s, Dr. Andrews. Her pregnancy was throughout the fall and winter holidays and before we knew it March had arrived and it was baby time. At least that’s how the time felt for me, I’m sure it was much slower for the woman that was growing this sweet little girl.
I met them at the hospital early Monday morning. Mom had a scheduled Cesarean and they got there nice and early to finish any paperwork , with the bonus of getting to meet their baby as early as possible. Before we knew it Dr. Andrews arrived and they took Dahlia back for prep while dad and I waited behind. I prayed a quiet prayer, knowing Dahlia was nervous, asking for a calm morning and protection for mom and their little girl. Not 30 minutes later we were in the OR and Dr. Andrews lifted baby Lillian up as she cried her first requests to her parents. Dr. Andrews immediately carried her over to show mom. Getting to capture her first glimpses at her daughter was such a joy. They took her over to cut the cord and grab a blanket and it was fun watching dad hold his wife’s hand while also not letting his eyes off his new little girl. He only left her side briefly to cut the cord. They lowered the lights and quickly wrapped her up and brought her over to lay on Dahlias chest, where the three of them were able to meet one another quietly and intimately in the room where Lillian was born. It was amazing how peaceful it was, just like she was hoping. Their family had one more girl, and she had a head full of dark hair and the biggest brown eyes.
Here is a little excerpt from Dahlia about their daughters birth-day.
When we were going in to have Lillian I was on a roller coaster ride full of emotions. I was nervous for so many different reasons. I was about to have major surgery to have a baby. I hadn’t had a great birth experience with Xavier (also a cesarean) and thought I knew what was about to happen. I just knew it was going to be a fiasco that was going to keep me in the hospital for a week. Oh me of little faith! The Lord put so many pleasant and caring people in our path. The hospital staff and Cassie helped Thomas and I so much. From putting us at ease by explaining everything, to making sure that my whole family had their needs met. My favorite part was that the O.R. was quiet and calm and they put Lillian straight to my chest as soon as they did a quick check of her vitals. Instant love! I’m so grateful our experience ended up being very much family oriented.
This was the start of Lillian’s story.