Friday, April 24, 2009

One Year Ago Today...

April 24, 2008

12:30am: roll my round pregnant belly out of bed to go pee and realize my water broke. 
12:31am: Wait stunned in the dark until reality sinks in. (TEN days before my due date?!)
12:35am: try to wake Ryan up. "Ryan?... Ryan... RYAN! I think my water broke." Ryan, out of a dead sleep, sits up too fast, "You THINK, or it did?" "Um... I think it did."
12:40am: call the doctor and explain my symptoms. Dr. H. says, "Okay, I think it's time for you to head on over to the hospital."
12:45am: Ryan and I run around the house like crazy people trying to pack a bag. Since I wasn't prepared, I got out the "What to Expect When You're Expecting," book and looked at the list of suggested items to bring with you to the hospital. I was so irrational, I wanted EV-ER-Y-THING on that list (yes, Whitney, including the ipod dock and board games). We hadn't even got the carseat out of the box. 
1:15am: On the way to the hospital, I have my first contraction.
1:30am: We arrive at the hospital. It's almost empty. The nurses are waiting for us when the elevator doors open on the maternity ward. "Mr. & Mrs. Williams? Welcome. Your room is all ready for you, right this way..."
2:ooam: Ryan falls asleep on the pull out chair/bed. I'm hooked up to monitors & too excited/uncomfortable to sleep.
2:00am - 8:30am: I watch movies on HBO (princess bride, the graduate, rumor has it, etc.) and eat ice chips while my contractions get stronger.
9:00am: Ryan wakes up and calls our parents. I'm READY for the epidural!
9:30am: while filling out paper work, Ryan asks me, "What's the abbreviation for New Mexico?" "Why?" I ask. "Because they want to know my mother's place of birth." I laughed SO hard. "Ryan, I think they mean the mother giving birth, not your mother." We still didn't have it in our heads that we were about to be parents. He needed a whole knew packet of forms, he had filled out pages of information about his mother & father.
10:00am: Very thankful to have a large needle shoved in my back. Ryan goes to the cafeteria to get some breakfast so he doesn't have to watch (needles make him pass out).
11:00am: Our parents and my Grandma Lamb show up. They're almost as excited as I am. 
1:3opm: Our visitors leave and I start to push. Ryan makes me laugh during the pushing and all the women in the room who've given birth without drugs are slightly baffled.
2:57pm: My sweet Wendy FINALLY joins us. One of the best moments of my life.

I don't quite remember anything for about 4 months after that though. 
Good thing I've got a lot of it on video.


Heather Pierre said...

What emotion those words of yours evoke. I teared up while I was reading (uncontrollably) . I am so happy and proud of you for your little family and I love you. Tata

rookie cookie said...

I still remember getting the text from Ryan with her name, weight, and time of birth. It was totally a surprise.

You forgot to mention the things you guys brought to the hospital. Ipod dock, Scattergories, etc. And then you also forgot to mention that Ryan asked you the abbreviation for New Mexico because the form was asking him the mother's place of birth.

Larsen Party 24/7 said...

aw! that was fun to read. yay for baby wendy! i can't believe you have a one-year old! so crazy.

(isn't that the weirdest feeling in the world to have your water break? i was so confused.)

Lana said...

awww, that was so sweet to read! Happy birthday Wendy :)

Christy said...

Awww. I can't believe she is a year! That is crazy. And thank you for reliving the timeline for me. Gotta love Ryan having to leave the room. :) congrats! She's a cutie!

Jones Family said...

Ryan's comments are priceless. I can totally hear him... "you THINK or it did"
I love it!
I can't wait to see Wendy's b-day party post.
Her party was so cute. Kevin even said he enjoyed it... yea, Kevin enjoyed it. Uhh-MAZ-ING

Shannon said...

Amazing how a whole year just flies by and your itty bitty baby starts looking more like a kid and less like a baby. Happy Birthday Wendy!

Beth said...

It was fun reading about your big day 1 year ago, how time flies. What a joy Wendy Lu has been in our lives.

I LOVE that last picture of Ryan kissing her...she looks the say just bigger.

PS I vote that you make a blog of a video of how Wendy scoots around. : )