"I Hope you don't mind,
I hope you don't mind,
That I put down in words
how wonderful life is now you're in the world"

Henrietta Mae Thomas
 

November 15th 2015

Its hard to find a words to put to the story about my nieces birth.  I'm still in wonder as I sit here, thinking about how much the world changed for us all the minute she entered it.  She was our itty bitty surprise baby, shocking those of us who had guessed she was a boy, by being 6lbs, 5.3oz and 19.5 inches of adorable little girl.  

Lauren's water broke late Saturday night, and she waiting through the night and through a pancake breakfast out with her Thomas parents before gathering her stuff and making the drive from Mount Morris to Sisters Hospital in Buffalo (stopping on the way for some last minute Starbucks).  Well waiting to be admitted, they sent out the news that "TODAY WAS THE DAY"  The room quickly filled with Parents as everyone came to support Ricky and Lauren and excitedly wait to meet the new baby, and find out if it was a boy or girl!   
Lauren said "I want the baby to be born by 6" and Henry must have heard the message because Labor went from very slowly progressing to pushing very quickly!  Henrietta made it to the world before the doctor even made it to the hospital to deliver her!  I could not have been more in awe of Lauren as she rocked her natural birth, she was so strong!  She was amazing, as she delivered Henrietta and was sitting up nursing shortly after.  I loved watching the man my brother had become as he sat by her side supporting her every step of the way, encouraging her, calming her, and being 100% her partner as he sat rubbing her head.  
Henrietta Mae was the cutest little peanut ever! (heres my bragging moment) Being in the room when she was born, being the one to say "its a girl" and cutting her umbilical cord was one of the more surreal experiences in my life.  I feel so blessed to have experienced that and thankful to My big Brother and Lauren for letting me be a part of it.  
The parents came back into he room and were so happy to hear "its a girl".  They all held Henrietta with tears in their eyes as they stared at this little one who would forever be a part of our lives.  
Henrietta, we are so excited to have you in our lives, to watch you grow, learn, play and blossom into the person you will become!  We love you!