...Vern and I became brand new parents.
It was an evening that was both terrifying and exhilirating.
Five weeks before my due date, I went into premature labor. After a brief hospital visit, I was sent home with instructions to stop working and begin bedrest. One week later, on a Friday afternoon, my water broke. I called Vern at work and he raced home to take me to the hospital. I was admitted at 6:00 p.m. The nurses settled me into a birthing room, told Vern to go get something to eat because it was going to be a loooong evening and suggested that I make one last potty stop before they hooked up the fetal monitor. It was during that trip to the potty that I began bleeding...it was bad. The nurses helped me back to the bed, called the doctor, and paged Vern back to the room. Fortunately, the doc's office was just about a mile away, plus he drove a snazzy silver Porsche :) so he was pretty speedy. Vern told me later that when he came into the room, the place was bedlam...blood on the floor, nurses scurrying around...he didn't know what was going on.
In walked the doctor...he started "barking" out orders to everyone, gave Vern a pair of scrubs and got the whole entourage moving into ER surgery. There's not a whole lot more that I remember from this point...at first I was kind of numb with shock, moving robotically, doing what they told me to do, then I was totally silly with the morphene epidural they gave me.
I was awake and alert enough to know that at 6:20, after the longest 20 minutes of my life, little Ashley joined our family.
She was small, but perfect. Vern got to hold her and went with the nurse to bathe her and do the Apgar...they bonded right then and there.
I hope you have a great day today as we start the celebrating...judging by cards and gifts are already on the kitchen table, I guess I should say as we continue the celebration :)...enjoy your day with Elizabeth today. We're looking forward to dinner out this weekend and, of course, the family get together...a long celebration.
Happy 21st Birthday, Ashley!