Tuesday, December 7, 2010

the arrival of Delaney Hope, part 1

The last time I blogged, our family was waiting impatiently for the arrival of our baby girl. Obviously, since then, she has arrived, and I want to write down bits and pieces of her birth story so I don't forget. It seems to me that I could never forget any detail of everything that happened, but I am human after all. It was a crazy and overwhelming experience, and, without a doubt, one of the very best days of my whole life. :) :)

I had two due dates -- July 21 and July 23. I chose to stick with the earlier one, because, well, it was earlier. :) :) I remember going to the hardware store with Jamie on July 21 to pick up some garden stuff. The cashier looked at me sympathetically and asked when I was due. It was so fun to say "TODAY!!" Haha, she looked at me like 'get out of this store before you have that baby on the floor!!' Anyways, Jamie had to go to work at 4pm, so I decided to take a drive to pick up a dehumidifier that we desperately needed. It just so happens they were on sale for a great price at Canadian Tire, but the closest store that had one in stock was about an hour away. Jamie agreed that I should go get it. I was thinking to myself, I'm pretty sure that store is by a Burger King -- perhaps I can get a Whopper Jr for dinner. :) :) Hehe, pregnant ladies have one-track minds.

I couldn't find anyone in the store to help me lift the dehumidifier, so I decided to do it on my own. Why no one stopped to help a 9-months-pregnant-lady lift a very heavy and unwieldy box is beyond me. But so it was. I bought it and was on my way -- put it in the car by myself and everything. :) :) I decided to pass up Burger King and headed to the bookstore instead. I figured I would read and sip a cold Starbucks. It was hot!! Now, look at the title of my blog -- I normally LOVE Starbucks. But earlier this year, they decided to change the way they make their frappuccinos (to total grossness), and I could never figure out how to tell them to make it so I would love it again. So I basically went my whole pregnancy without a frappuccino!!! Insane, I know. But that night, I decided I NEEDED one and asked the girl to make me one that tasted like the old kind. She looked at my gigantic pregnant belly and said "yes ma'am!!"

I sat and read for a bit and then headed home. Jamie was working til 2am, so I thought maybe I'd stay up and watch TV until he got home. I turned on Gilmore Girls (fave show ever!!) and chilled. Just after midnight, I hoisted my gargantuan self off the sofa and headed for the bathroom. Only (yes, TMI, I know!!) I didn't quite make it. Or so I thought. I figured my bladder had had enough of this belly stretching and had let loose. Then I thought -- ahhhhhhhhhh!!! Maybe that's my water breaking!!!! Ahhhhhhh!!!!

***insert major freakout moment***

Like a good expectant mama, I googled it and figured out it probably was my water breaking. I called the hospital, and they said the only way to know for sure was to come in. I said can I please wait until 2am when my husband gets home from work?? :) :) Then I called Jamie and freaked HIM out. I guess we really WERE going to have a baby after all!! I spent the next hour and a half straightening up the house and running around trying to make sure I had everything. I had a slight aneurysm when I realized I had *still* neglected to pick up some nursing bras. Oh well, babies don't wait for things like that.... :) :)

Jamie came home kinda bleary-eyed and we were on our way. I was nervous, excited, and totally and completed scared out of my mind. He was just tired. Hehe. I had NO idea what the next 24-30 hours held. None at all.

To be continued.....

so I'm gonna try this blog thing again....

I know what you're thinking......yeah yeah yeah. :) :)

It's true -- I kinda stink at blogging. But now that we have a kid (!!!), maybe I should give it a better try for the sake of preserving our memories. I mean, we've already had 4 1/2 months with her and what do I have to show for it?? Well, since you asked, I have a perfectly gorgeous baby girl, thankyouverymuch. :) :) Anyways, here's to trying again!!