Twelve years ago today I had an appointment with my obstetrician. Though it was the exact date he'd given for my baby to be due, by my calculations she was late. It was the Monday before an historic election day and the year's first skiff of snow covered the ground.
Convinced that I was leaking amniotic fluid, I'd been to the hospital the previous Saturday, but they soon sent me home as pregnant as I'd arrived. I'd spent the weekend feeling frustrated and growing increasingly impatient.
When I finally saw my doctor around noon that Monday, I explained what had been happening. He did a quick exam which included a ph test of the fluid I'd been leaking and announced, "Go directly to the hospital. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200." (Good thing my smart mom had advised me to take my hospital bag to the doctor appointment.)
We departed for the hospital and I was on a mission to have that baby before midnight so that we wouldn't spend the rest of our lives sharing a birthday. I felt strongly that we each needed our own day.
We checked into the hospital at 1:00 in the afternoon and at 5:02 p.m., we welcomed the most perfectly pink princess into our family. We couldn't have been happier!
The next night, I lay in my hospital bed cuddling the best birthday present I'd ever been given while watching the news coverage of Election Tuesday. It was a tight race between Al Gore and George W. Bush. Late into the night it still hadn't been decided. I soon succumbed to my post-partum exhaustion and decided that I'd just find out who the president was in the morning. Who knew that the ballot counting would go on for another six weeks!
Today, another presidential election will take place and if all the polls are correct, it will be another very tight race. We'll be keeping a close eye on the election, no doubt, but our first priority is to celebrate that baby girl who today is a beautiful, twelve year-old young lady. Oh how we love her!
Birthday breakfast--gluten-free cinnamon roll and pumpkin spice cocoa.
Sporting her new birthday coat. :)
Happy 12th Birthday, Alyssa!