Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Today is my son's 26th birthday, and that's no joke!

Leave it to me to have a baby on April Fools' Day! Of course my mother's constant warnings to not have the baby that day (her own parent's disastrous marriage began on April Fools' Day) may have something to do with it.

I hate being told what to do!

This was my first baby and I have to admit that the Lamaze Classes really did come in handy. It was a pretty typical labor other than the fact that all 8 pounds and 4 ounces of this kid got stuck like a cork and I pushed for the last 4 hours for nothing! Later, one of the nurses was kind enough to inform me that she'd never seen a doctor, while using forceps, actually brace a foot on the birthing bed to pull a reluctant baby out of a mother. Thanks to anesthetic, I was numb from the chest down, although the doughnut that came home with me was my best friend for about two weeks!

To this day I still laugh because that kid was a week late and even after 14 hours of labor he was in no hurry to be born. Growing up he was always the last one out the door and when he played hockey in high school, the staff at the rink would just yell into the locker room, "Hey First Born, remember to turn the lights out behind you!" This was while I sat steaming in the car because I knew once again he'd be the last one out.

And he always was.

Today he has a job that requires a ton of flying but I think he's learned that while Mom may wait for him, the plane won't!

Here he is when he was around 16 showing us how the Amazing Flash Cat turned into The Amazing Stretch Cat.

Flash Cat is no longer with us (and we still miss him), he died at Thanksgiving a few years ago and that is a post that needs to be written.

We will celebrate First Born's birthday at Easter as we always do since that seems to be the best time to try to get everyone together.

And in addition to being born on April Fools' Day it also happened to be on Good Friday that year!

And I guess it really was!


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to your first born! Mine wasn't in much hurry to get out either. She was 11 days late. :)

Mary Witzl said...

Happy birthday to your son! I had one born on Mother's Day, Laura -- and it really was.

And boy, I loved my donut. I used it faithfully for over a month, both times.

laura said...

Babies arrive when they're darn well ready!! My friend was a month overdue with both of her children but I've always found that hard to believe as neither baby had 'overdue' issues. I just think her doctor didn't know how to count.
And years ago, upon cleaning out a closet, I found 3 doughnuts (sp?) and 3 sitz baths. It didn't bother me a bit to throw them out!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to your son. At least most people probably won't forget his birthday. I hope nobody played any bad jokes on him.