While most memories we have of our kids are memories about our oldest child, I decided to dedicate this post to my second child. I only have 2 little girls and I love them equally, but I really wanted to talk about my moments about my now 4 year old. While I was in the hospital ready to deliver all I could think about was my 1st born who was home with a friend. Being as she was not yet 2 and never away from me for a single night you can imagine my dilemma.
The male OB on call in the hospital, the same hospital that I had my first kid in, was not buying that I had contractions. In fact he told me “they’re not that painful”, yeah – I know – the nerve of him. Anyway I went all the way home in pain, cursing him as you can imagine having contractions in a car is no fun. Since I lived a while away from the hospital it was an extra long ride, but I really loved the hospital so I did not budge.
I was home for less that 45 minutes when I knew I had to go in again. This time the doctor said “oh, I see you are dilated, must have just happened” – I know, he was so lucky I had my hands full. Then he asked me if I wanted an epidural, and when I said, “Yes,” he muttered, “I thought so!”
By now I was fuming so much I just whispered to my belly, “Baby, hold on until the next doctor on-call arrives,” as I did not want him delivering her. My baby listened and even though I knew she would be mocked for being an April Fool’s baby, I thought that would be better than not having a wonderful experience.
The next doctor was fabulous and though I had some minor issues, when she was born I felt so confident. She was the perfect addition to the family and I could already imagine the fun days the sisters would have, and it brought memories of mine (all 4 sisters – a party right there, I tell you).
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