Last week we added our second Bohle boy to our family. Harrison Siders Bohle was born on September 30h at 2:15 in the morning. When I started having contractions around 4:30 in the afternoon while shopping at Meijer, I dismissed the idea that he could be on his way. After all, my due date was October 8th. And I planned on teaching till the 9th. And having the baby on the 12th.
I was in denial that these odd pains coming and going could be contractions. I got home, unpacked the groceries and started dinner. It dawned on me that I should start timing the odd pain to prove that it was not contractions. Sure enough, they were about 40 seconds long about 7 minutes apart. The pain was getting worse. Chris started packing bags and I started to feel the anxiety of going into labor unplanned.
We had friends who were in the hospital with their newborn baby. Since I wasn’t convinced that I was in labor we decided to go meet their new little boy and wish them well. Chris put our packed bags in the car in case we just ended up staying. While at the hospital, I continued to have contractions and was still in denial that this could be the real deal. I thought if I went home and laid down, they would go away. My plan was October 12th. NOT September 29th.
Upon leaving the hospital, I called the doctor on call who advised me to come to the ER. We frantically packed a bag for August, packed our bags, called friends to come take August for the night, washed dishes, put away toys and drove to the hospital. By this time I was needing to breath through contractions and was becoming more uncomfortable.
Once we got checked into the hospital (around 9:00pm), the nurse determined that I was truly in labor and that more than likely, this baby would be coming during the night. From there, everything was pretty smooth–once I got the epidural. 🙂 When it came time to push, I pushed for about 2 minutes and just like that, we welcomed Harrison into our family.
Many have asked where the name Harrison Siders came from:
Harrison–we wanted to stick with family names. Chris’ grandpa’s name is Harry–which is what lead us to coming up with Harrison. Right now, we plan on sticking to calling him Harrison.
Siders— Siders is my mom’s maiden name. August has Chris’ mom’s maiden name. Siders is especially meaningful since my mom passed away 5.5 years ago. It’s a pretty special way to honor her and her family.
We are still adjusting to life as a family of four. August is smitten with Harrison and has transitioned pretty well to the new role of “big brother”. We feel so blessed to have been given another precious boy to raise to know and love Jesus.
As with August, our prayer remains the same for Harrison–that he will grow to know how long, wide, and deep God’s love is for Him. That Harrison will experience the love of Jesus in a real and raw way that will lead him to loving God’s people deeply.
We love you Harrison and are thankful for the gift you are to our family.