My husband deployed when I was 5 months pregnant. There was a lot of fear that he was going to miss the birth of our daughter. She was due January 7th, 2011 which was the day that he was supposed to be released for leave. As the days got marked off the calendar, I still was not thinning, yet somehow I knew she wasn’t gonna wait. Just days before Christmas my husband was given an amazing opportunity, change his leave date and come home. He got off the plane on Christmas Eve, Santa brought me my present early! After Christmas the doctor said I was finally starting to thin but we were already talking about induction. My induction date was set. 3 days later, I woke up, I looked at my husband and said “I wanna walk. I want to go in to labor by tonight and have this baby by tomorrow morning!” and that’s exactly what I did! We went to the mall and walked. I began to get pains but I didn’t think anything of it. I guess I didn’t believe that that was really gonna happen. 7 hours later, after spending most of that time playing Wii, I finally get convinced to go to the hospital where I found out I had indeed been in labor for the last 7 hours! I thought I’d be in more pain then I was, so I guess I was in disbelief. I took the epidural when I was 5cm because I was told it would help me progress. Looking back on it, I wish I hadn’t or at least had waited longer. The epidural wasn’t as bad as I expected though, being scared of needles I think I was more scared of that then anything else but my husband was there for me every step of the way! It was an easy delivery, 4 pushes is all she took. It was nothing like I had imagined from the movies. It was calm and quiet, I didn’t scream, I didn’t moan, I didn’t even sweat. Cadence Rae Pauley was ready to enter the world, and she did at 7:11 a.m. on December 31st, 2010! What a Happy New Years Eve it was! Lol She was 7lbs 13oz, 20 and 1/2 inches of pure perfection!!! I couldn’t take my eyes off her, me and my husband both cried as the nurse handed me this beautiful little girl that we made! It was the perfect way to end the year!