"I should not talk so much about myself if there were any body else whom I knew as well."
-Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Nephew Day

Pat & Alex are in the hospital and laboring for baby Corbin today!  He was due a week ago, but Alex has just made him so comfy that he's been in no hurry to come out!  They check in to the hospital early this morning to be induced and now the rest of us just wait while Alex does the hard part.  We are so excited for Pat & Alex to become parents! 
Drew is pretty well recovered from his cold, but now I have it.  Sunday night I started feeling bad and no I'm feeling snotty, sneezy and yuck.  Not cool.  Especially since there's a new baby on the way and I won't get to see him until I'm 100% healthy. 

When I had my Alex, I remember having this conversation with my mom...

Me: What happens if I get sick?
Mom: What do you mean?
Me: I mean, if I get sick, what about Alex? 
Mom: What about her?
Me: Who takes care of her if I'm sick?
Mom: You do. 
Me: Oh. 

She wasn't lying. 
Welcome to motherhood.  Don't feel good?  Oh well, here's your kid.  Hemorrhaging snot?  That sucks, here's your kid.  Can't remember what it feels like to breathe through your nose or actually taste food?  Too bad, here's your kid. 

I'm being slightly dramatic here, but not really.  Moms don't get many sick days.  It's got to be pretty bad to call in reinforcements.  I have a cold.  I'm still a mom.
 
My original point... I'm taking care of my daughter and just praying she somehow avoids getting this cold.  So far, so good.  Still, I'm looking forward to feeling better and meeting my newest nephew in a few days. 

Alex being in labor makes me think about how my own babies came into this world.  I think about my labor & deliveries with Alex & Emma and have such fond (and funny) memories of each.  Meeting your child for the first time is nothing short of awesome.  Life changing.  Drew & I also had the privilege of being the support team for Eleanor's birth mom.  We attended each doctor visit and then, when the time came, took her to the hospital for labor to be induced.  We were with her through it all and witnessed Eleanor coming in to this world.  I consider it an honor & such a gift to have shared in those moments.  I'm thinking of Eleanor's birth mom today and, like I so often do, thanking God for the love & effort she put in to this child that is my daughter.