Grant Michael O’Quinn made his debut Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 10:02am.
He was scheduled to arrive Monday, May 3 but Thursday, April 29 I started feeling contractions around 4am. First, I thought they were Braxton Hicks but I was wrong. After timing the contractions to 5 minutes apart, we headed to the hospital.
I was nervous because there I was walking in the same hospital where I lost my mother five years ago this month. I mentally tried to prepare my mind for it but it’s impossible. It’s one of those situations where you put one foot in front of the other and trust God.
Grant was born 7lb, 11oz, and 21inches. As I sit in his nursery thinking of my mama, I smile because this is the first year I‘ve been filled with joy Mother’s Day weekend since losing her. I’ve chosen to focus on the good memories of her and I can literally see her smiling right now.
As the first grandchild for both sides of the family, he has brought endless joy. From watching my mother-in-law light up on FaceTime to seeing my dad hold him as he shared stories was surreal.
Grant reminds me why investing in my mental health and wellness in 2018 was the absolute best decision. With the tools I learned and my support system, I was able to conquer my fear of motherhood.
Children choose their parents and when it’s time to enter the world. I thank Grant for choosing us and changing our lives.
Happy Mother’s Day y’al!