Long ago I posted that I was pregnant. And then I announced that one of my close friends, Ali, was due about a week after me, then that another very close friend, Rachel, was due a couple months later with twins, and finally, one of my best friends, Debra, was also pregnant and due 3 months after me.
Lots of babies from my very closest friends. It was not planned this way. But it was a wonderful surprise and one which has made this transition easier.
Note: I did not say easy. I said easier!
On Friday night, the last remaining pregnant friend came over to our house for dinner. We were supposed to do spicy Indian to get her baby-a-movin'. But she wasn't feeling up to it.
My friends like to eat. In fact, we love to eat. So, when she called to say that Indian food didn't sound good anymore, and, in fact, nothing sounded good...I knew something was not quite right.
They came over for dinner. We had matzo ball soup as Debra still just did not feel right. She had been having intermittent contractions for days, but nothing consistent or strong.
Until dinner. Debra is stubborn. And does not like to listen to her body. She is a wonderful, amazing, kind and hilarious person, which makes up for the fact that she does not listen to her body. She could literally have gangrene on her foot before she would mention to someone that, hey...do you think I should have someone look at my foot? The foot could be moments away from falling off her body and she would still find a reason why it was "probably fine".
So, I forced her to track her contractions as she thought they were no big deal.
6 minutes apart. Lasting at least 1 minute. For a half hour. Then they went down to 5 minutes apart. And finally, 4 minutes apart and I literally walked her out the door and made her go home. This baby was on its way!
She went home and on her way, her mom, sister-in-law, sister and I started a group text message to discuss the issue at hand.
Debra arrived home.
And decided to take a shower. Then she thought it would be a good idea to relax for a bit. WITH CONTRACTIONS 3 min 45 seconds apart!
Her mom, sisters and I thought this was not such an excellent idea. I think this group text exchange may deserve a spot in the baby book.
Finally, around 10pm, she called her doctor, who sent her directly to the hospital.
And, the next morning, after a textbook perfect delivery, an amazing, beautiful, perfect little girl entered the world.
Welcome to the world Margot Jean. We have been waiting for you for a very long time. I am not your real Auntie, you already have three fantastic Aunties, but I love you like you're mine.
And to Debra and Alex, Saturday you began the most amazing, scariest, most life altering journey of your lives. You will be incredible parents, and we will be here for you every step of the way.
And finally, to my Mollie. Your best friend was just born. I wish you just as much happiness in this friendship as her mom has brought to me.
And now we have Mollie, Annie, Scarlett, Burton and Margot.
Up next...MY SISTER IS PREGNANT WITH TWINS!!!!
I am one happy Auntie Kara!