Friday, December 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Megan!

Seven years ago today, my hubby and I made our way to the OB/GYN office for one of those routine end-of-pregnancy checkups.  Since I had just had this same appointment a week earlier and hadn't had any contractions at all, I was really hoping to skip the most uncomfortable part of the check up.  However, since I was already past my due date (by one day) the doctor wanted to do the whole shebang.  DW tried to lighten the mood by joking that maybe I would already be at 6 or 7 centimeters, which of course, we all laughed off as impossible.  The doctor did the exam and was eerily silent.  I honestly had a brief moment of panic thinking that something must be horribly wrong.  She casually walked over to the sink, de-gloved, washed her hands, and slowly turned to face us.  Then, she looked at my husband and asked "Are you psychic or something?"  Turns out I actually was dilated to about 6 centimeters.  The doctor instructed us to report to the hospital within an hour.  We made a quick trip home to grab my hospital bag and make sure our oldest was situated with my in-laws.  Then, following doctor's orders, we headed for the hospital.  (Still no contractions, mind you.)  Upon arrival, we found out that I had progressed even further.  They put me in a room and after three hours of what barely even felt like labor (thank you, epidural), we had our second beautiful baby girl; our sweet Megan Julia.

Just like the other two, Megan's arrival was a clue to her future personality.  She is full of surprises and completely unpredictable.  She is also a whirlwind of energy.  In fact, her energy sometimes frustrates and exhausts me.  However, I am indebted to one of her former teachers for keeping it in perspective for me.  When Megan was in PreK, her teacher had scheduled routine conferences.  I have always known that Megan is super smart, so I wasn't worried about that part of the conference.  I was worried, though, about her behavior because she never sits still and rarely stops talking.  I walked in, bracing myself for what I was about to hear.  Instead, her teacher greeted me with a smile and said, "I just love Megan!  She is so joyful!"  Joyful??  I had never thought of it that way, but she was right.  Megan is joyful.  She is excited about learning and always ready to try something new.  (Thanks Ms. M-J!!)  And, while her energy drives me bonkers occasionally, I also envy it.  If I had even half of her energy, I would get so much more accomplished!

We love you , Megan!  We love your energy, your quirks, your silliness, and your joyful spirit!  We wish you a happy, happy birthday today and many more in the future!!

Garrulous (I had to look this one up, but it is perfect!)
Never still

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1 comment:

Martha said...

You dilated to 6cm without even knowing it!!!! You lucky woman! What a fabulous story! That Megan sounds like my kind of girl!

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