Sunday, February 14, 2010

Things don't always go as planned...

I've been sick as a dog this weekend with a rotten cold. I never get sick like this. If I'm not a little better tomorrow, I will call the dr. I feel like I have pneumonia or something.

My husband and I went out to eat for Valentine's Day on Sat. because we were celebrating my son's birthday Sunday. His birthday is Monday, the 15th, but he has to work from 1 to 9 p.m.

I clearly remember this day twenty years ago. My neighbor and I were both in labor at her son's 5th birthday party. We were best friends and everyone joked that we did everything together. The biggest laugh was when we both found out we were pregnant. She was due two weeks before me, but I ended up going early.

We had no family close by. We were living in PA and our family was back in MA. Her family adopted us for holidays. They were great! Half of them spoke in Arabic but we didn't care. We eventually could pick up a few things they were saying.

We planned on her having the baby first and she knew she would be having a c-section. We figured two weeks later, she'd be fine to watch my oldest son who was best friends with her son.

So we were both having contractions at her son's birthday party on the 14th. I thought they were false. I ended up pacing the floor all night long with real contractions. They weren't close enough so I just hung on. At about 4 a.m. I heard a car door shut and I peeked out the window. Sure enough, she was headed to the hospital. I was in a panic because I knew I'd have to go as well and I didn't know what to do with my son. Day care didn't open until 7 or so. So I held out for a bit and finally called the dr. who said to head to the hospital. My phone rang and it was my friend's husband saying that she was convinced I had to go too and she made him call. They made arrangements for her mom to come and get my 4 yr. old so I could get to the hospital. I ended up having Greg a couple of hours before she had Chelsea.

Sorry for the long reminiscing but I couldn't help it. I recently connected with our old best friends on Facebook and was shocked to see how grown up they were! It's been 13 yrs. since we've seen them.

I made this card bleary eyed and sniffling and sneezing so don't mind the simplicity! I wanted to match the tissue paper and bag though.

Happy 20th Birthday, Greg!! And Chelsea!


Cheri said...

I love the story!!! Awesome! that's a great memory!

maia said...

What a great story to reminisce! And its great you have reconnected with them through FB.

SnoopMurph said...

I love this story-what a great connection to have with your children and I am really happy you could reconnect. I am sure it is a lot of fun remembering all the events around their birth day.

Mary C said...

Michelle I hope that you are feeling better! I know how hard it is to be creative when you don't feel great. The birday card that you made for Greg came out wonderful! I always have a hard time with guy cards, you have a knack for them, Great Job!