My 4PM surgery was delayed because of an overcautious anaesthesiologist who didn't like that my blood pressure rose in anticipation of receiving my epidural. My blood test results came back normal within half an hour, the only problem was 3 other women came in, in labour, and bumped me out of my spot. We waited in this room, I was attached to an IV with a gurney that I had to drag with me everywhere, starving, and listening to 3 other babies born while we watched old episodes of Jackass and Beavis and Butthead on the overhead television. When MTV's best wasn't entertaining us we tried and failed at getting my engagement ring removed from my swollen fingers.*
At 7pm we finally went into surgery and once I was properly frozen Chris joined me with his engaging conversation. He'd spent the past two days researching interesting and amazing things that happened on August 10th.
Did you know that on August 10th in:
1990 - U.S's Magellan spacecraft landed on Venus.
1984 - Michael Jackson bought ATV Music (every Beatles song) and essentially ruined his friendship with Paul Mccartney.
1966 - Daylight meteor seen only from Canada to Utah. Only known case of a meteor entering and leaving the earth's atmosphere.
1833 - Chicago incorporated as a "village" of 200 people.
1500 - Diego Diaz discovered Madagascar.
And then, August 10th, 2011 - 7:21 & 7:22PM - Molly & Jack were born and none of that mattered any more (to Chris and I anyway).
I can't believe that you are 1 today. We are so happy and blessed to have two healthy, vibrant and character filled babies.
Miss Molly, you are clever, spunky, funny and have the lungs of an opera singer.** Your great grandmother has aptly coined you "The Growing Concern". You are a people watcher with a contagious smile. We survived colic together, so we can tackle anything.
Molly - August 10th, 2011
Mr. Jack, you are sweet, kind and curious. Sometimes you'll stroke your sister's hair when she's upset, other times (when you think she's over-reacting we assume) you'll squeal in delight in her face. You have a calming energy about you that makes everyone feel at ease.
Chris (Dad) and Jack - August 10th - 2011
I have no other words than, Wow! I never would have believed that I'd enjoy being a parent until it actually happened. Molly & Jack, Happy Birthday - we love you both so much! Chris, Happy Anniversary to parenthood! It's been a trip!
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*And this never made my version of Hell. Maybe it will make my version of limbo.
**Your dad has his fingers crossed.