I remember 23 years ago today very well. I had my first baby – a baby girl we named Ashlee Renee.
It’s funny how some events in our lives we never forget no matter how much time goes by – or things happen to us – good and bad – as a mom – I will never forget the day I delivered both of my babies. And the first baby is very special. I remember feeling very ill prepared for the task ahead. I remember being very emotional. And I know that was normal – and still today I feel the same when I think about those days.
My labor was not text-book at all. I was admitted to the hospital because I was a favorite of my doctor – and I think he took pity on me not having any air conditioning in our home. We lived in New Castle, PA – a VERY hot a muggy summer! And since it was cool and comfortable in the hospital – and I was having some signs of labor – he let me check in. At first I was happy – in no real pain and left to watch TV or play games with Greg – talk on the phone to relatives and just relax. My sister thought it was really unfair that I had no pains and was dilated – but I was pretty happy about it ☺ My mother told her, “they will come” and so they did – after they had to break my water.
5 hours of labor later – our baby girl was born – 7 lbs 10 oz. And they put me in a room to try to get some sleep – she was born at 2:27am – and I did not sleep the rest of the night. I had sent Greg home to get some rest – but then called him back first thing in the morning – and tired though he was – he actually came back!
That very day Greg locked his keys in the car – he’s never done that before or since – so I know how befuddled he was! Being a first time parent was certainly taking its toil – and the excitement was more than he could handle!
We look back at those early days of parenthood and laugh at some of the silly, crazy things we did – and poor Ashlee was our experimental child – so I know we did many things wrong with her – I’m just so glad she didn’t hold it against us – and in spite of us – she turned out beautifully!
Blessings on my married daughter of 23 – may the next 23 be even more wonderful – filled with parenthood and many other precious memories!