Just a little after midnight today I got a phonecall -- and since today, July 14th, is my birthday, I just assumed it was my husband calling from work wishing me a happy birthday (calling at midnght so that he could be the first to say it to me) but instead of Rich, it was my sister in Austin, TX.
Here's how the phonecall went:
"Hello?" I said.
"Treene?" she said.
then a pause from me...
....and I said, "What?"
because I knew she couldn't have been waiting up just to wish me a Happy Birthday, afterall...there's a two hour time difference which would make it 2:00am over there. So right away I was guarded as to why she was calling me...because the only OTHER reason she'd be calling me this late would be to tell me that her baby had been born....and him being born on my birthday would be so crazy because we have been saying all these months that it would be so cool if the baby were born on my birthday. But I had just talked to her maybe 5 hours ago. She couldn't have had the baby inbetween that time! She wasn't even in labor when we hung up the phone.
Sure enough, she said, "I had the baby!!"
"You did???!!! Oh my gosh!! When?? Today? On my birthday??"
Just too good to be true!! A healthy little boy.
They named him Jason Robert.
He is 8 pounds 8 ounces and 22 inches.
I'm so excited!!
She called me right after he was born and he hadn't been weighed yet. He was born at home, so she had him in bed with her. He was still naked and they were skin-to-skin and I could hear him nursing in the background, and every now and then he'd let out a long, whiney cry....and oh the memories of those very first minutes with a newborn just came flooding back to me. Those first cries are just precious. I could hear that new-mom excitement in her voice, talking fast and telling me everything she could. And then stopping to talk to the baby whenever he'd start to fuss. There is just absolutely nothing on this earth more precious than those first few hours after a baby has been born, when you are cuddling skin-to-skin and discovering what your new baby looks like. Man, I love it so much.
I hate that I'm getting older. It means that my childbearing years are coming to an end. Today I am 38 years old. Thirty-eight! I certainly do not feel thirty-eight. And I look more like twenty-eight.... (ha! I wish. I'm just saying that right now to make myself feel better....afterall, today's my birthday!)
Anyway, I am soooo excited to be a new auntie! I am Auntie Trina now to Jacob and Jason (my sister Kelly's children) and I am "Aunt Trina" to Rich's two sister's children; Phillip, Miguel, Gabriel, Angelina, Kathleen and Yvonne. And I'm Aunt Trina to my half-sister, Theresa's children; Andrew and Noel.
BUT the only one who shares my birthday is little Jason...so he is my favorite! (shhhhh....let's just keep that between us!)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME --- I'M A NEW AUNTIE !!!!