|Dear <<First Name>>,
As many of you know, I'm a woman of intention...or at least I try to be! When Eric and I got married almost 4 years ago, we had a strong intention to have a child. We went to great lengths to make this happen, including doing Invitro Fertilization twice. We suffered from the loss of 3 babies in the 8-11th week of pregnancy (2 natural and 1 from IVF), which had a profound effect on us and after 3 years, we surrendered to God's will -which we thought was to put our maternal and paternal energy elsewhere, and stopped trying to conceive. Our hearts, spirits and my body were tired.
I turned my attention to healing from my losses and the loss of the dream of motherhood, and to create a new vision for my life that would include many children, but not my own. I started to volunteer with kids in a foster group home and focus my attention on "baby-ing" my business. I turned a corner and, once again, I looked forward to each day, as well as my future. My natural optimistic self re-appeared. I had missed her!
And then, 9 months later, I became pregnant miraculously and unexpectedly. We were on pins and needles for the first 5 months and did every test imaginable, only to find that the baby growing inside my 46 year old body was perfectly healthy. It was a true miracle. I had an absolute blessed pregnancy (only gaining 21 pounds and having no typical pregnancy symptoms).
Our little guy, Connor Eric Floch, arrived on 9/15/16 at 9:14 pm weighing in at 9 lbs 15 oz and 23 inches long, after a not so blessed delivery that included 64 hours of labor (39 active hours) and an emergency C section when he went into distress one inch from crowning. Turns out he had an umbilical chord toga wrapped around his neck and shoulder three times. The only way this guy could have been born was via C section, it turns out. Although I know the journey was hard on him, I was actually grateful to experience the whole journey, even though we had to abandon our very well thought out birth plan. As always, create a great plan and be willing to dance in the moment because life just never goes according to plan. It was a beautiful but exhausting experience. But Connor is a fighter. Despite the difficult birth, he still got a 9 out of 10 on his Apgar score. Connor ended up back in the hospital with jaundice but we now have our footing and he is super healthy. I am looking forward to a 3 month sabbatical where I can focus on motherhood and having the occasional check in with my clients so they continue their momentum during this special time, while I get to focus on Connor. I'll be returning to work and taking on a few new clients in January. I look forward to nurturing my baby and my business simultaneously!
Thank you for all the supportive emails, texts and Facebook posts from so many of you!