What a Difference a Year Makes!

Posted by Jen on December 25, 2008 in Family, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of... |

Merry Christmas!!! I hope you had a great day with friends and family!

This time last year (literally folks) I started having contractions. We’d had a wonderful Christmas – good gifts, good food, good times! I’d cooked much of that good food – I have no idea why, really. I mean, I was REALLY pregnant and big as a stinkin’ house. But, I was in the mood so … I cooked.

I’d been having contractions on and off for most of December and I’d basically just decided that BK was coming on the 28th as planned. On Christmas day, just in case,  I told her to stay put. I didn’t want to have to explain to Little Man that Santa doesn’t usually bring babies. I didn’t want his Christmas to be interrupted because I knew his next year would be for sure!

So, at around 10 PM, when the contractions started up? I didn’t think too much about it … until I couldn’t sleep through them. Then, I thought, “Hmmm … I think these might be real.”

I woke Husband up around midnight and we talked and timed until about 2. Then we woke the neighbors who’d agreed to watch Little Man, and went to the hospital.

BK stayed put on Christmas. She arrived the next morning at about 9:45 or so. It was not a long labor, really. In fact, I slept through most of it. It was a very peaceful event. Very calm, cool, and collected.

Fast forward to tonight.

BK has had her first Christmas. She ate a lot of wrapping paper. [We tried to keep her from actually eating it, but she's fast and wrapping paper gets mushy pretty quickly.] She played with her big brother. She took a nap. She creeped around and basically got into everything. It was the total opposite of how she came into the world. Not much was calm, cool, or collected.

And now? She’s finally asleep. [I think.]

I could never have guessed, a year ago, how much she would change our lives and I can’t really put my finger on where this year has gone. It’s flown and she’s grown. Last year she wasn’t here and now I can’t imagine life without her.

So, where does that leave us tonight? Well, Husband has gone to bed and will probably get to sleep though the night. Little Man is snuggled up, tired and content. Me? Well, I’m definitely NOT having contractions.

Tomorrow, this little family will wake up and enjoy the day together – just hanging out and playing. [My guess is that there will be some cake involved!]

What a difference a year makes!

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