When Benson hadn't made his arrival by December 27th (due date was December 30th) we made the decision we would make our way down to Las Vegas for Sierras (the birth mom) "final" doctors appointment and just stay in Vegas until the baby was born. It was the holidays so Ben was out of school and I had a few days off of work and it seemed to be a good plan. We had the chance to spend the holidays with all of our family and spend time with those that were visiting out of town before leaving, so it really was great timing. We packed up the car with two weeks worth of stuff for ourselves as well as a newborn. Let me tell you, trying to prepare for a baby when you have never had one is hard enough, but trying to know what you will need for the first two weeks of a babies life and pack that is nearly impossible. We pretty much packed the car with anything we thought we might possibly need. We also had to bring the breast milk that a very thoughtful friend had been freezing for us, so getting that ready and taken care of was an additional task. We were finally ready and on our way first thing in the morning on December 29th. We went straight o Kim and Byron's (probably the BIGGEST blessing in the baby being born in Vegas is that my very best friend lives there and we had a great place to stay for free. HUGE), dropped off all of our stuff and drove right to the doctors appointment. Everyone was excited and Sierra was looking like she was pretty ready. Well, the doctor had a different idea. Sierra wasn't at all dilated and the doctor just said to keep doing what she had been doing and come back the following Tuesday if the baby hadn't arrived yet. We did get to hear his heartbeat again and the doctor confirmed he looked big and healthy, so that was a relief. We were anxious for him to get here, but doing our best to be patient. We spent the next couple of days hanging out with Kimmie and Byron as well as spending more time with Sierra. On Friday, Sierra's due date, we went to lunch with just her and the case worker. It was a lot of fun to just spend more time with her, chatting and getting to know her better. She truly is an amazing girl, wise beyond her years! We also got to go to Chuck E Cheese for the 2nd time that following Monday with she and her family, so that was a lot of fun. We got to spend a fun New Years Eve with Kim and Byron as well as Matt and Krissy (Kimmie's brother and soon to be sister in law). We definitely didn't hurt for fun while we were waiting.
|Kimmie and I on New Years Eve. She is such a good hostess!|
(I will stop there for now but if you need a Benson fix in the meantime, check out the pictures on facebook here or here