Dear Tama and Saffron,
I apologize that it's taken me this long to organize my thoughts and send you this heartfelt thank you. Your support, care and dedication before, during and after the birth of our first child allowed us to bring little Edith into the world in the exact way we had imagined and hoped. We truly don't believe that would've been possible without you.
When my contractions started at 4:30 in the morning, I wasn't scared or anxious. I was able to feel only excitement, knowing I was well prepared for what was to come, and that I had the best team to look after me and guide me through. What an amazing gift you gave us, enabling us to be excited about such a monumental event that so many people dread.
Tama - your strength, stamina and determination during my very long, very trying labour was unbelievable. When I wavered and didn't believe in myself, you were there to tell me that I could not only do it, but that I was doing it. When I thought I had reached the end of my abilities, you encouraged me to breathe through just one more contraction, reassuring me that our baby was close. When George needed to close his eyes after 24 hours of helping me through contractions, you stayed by my side with a water bottle, loving hand and kind words. When the medical staff was happy for me to stray from my carefully crafted birth plan, you fought for me when I couldn't fight for myself. When things went a bit haywire after she was born, you were there to reassure George that everything was okay, and there to hold my hand while the emergency team worked. My parents will never forget your constant contact with them throughout the process, and the way you were able to keep them informed every step of the way, easing their anxious minds. Working closely with our lovely midwives, you were the piece that held the whole process together, and gave me the birth that I wanted. We feel incredibly lucky to have had you with us, and to be able to bring Edie into the world the way we did. Almost 6 weeks later, we can't stop talking about it and going over every incredible detail.
Thank you both for the incredible work that you do, and everything you did for us. We can't wait to tell Edie all about the day she arrived, and the wonderful ladies who helped us through it all. Thank you for all the ways you went above and beyond the call of duty (long walks with your pups in Richmond Park when I was overdue, lending us a carseat to take Edie home from the hospital, checking in about midwife appointments and how I was doing when induction was put on the table). We cannot sing your praises loudly enough.
Now we just have to figure out how to have you present at the birth of all of our children in the future. Connecticut is beautiful - you'll love it.
All our love and gratitude,
Lindsay and George