The whole family, minus the nephew and nieces, and Michael's sister (who lives in Scotland,) were there...what a moment. There are pictures of Michael and I, and we are completely SHOCKED, it's written on our faces. I will be posting those at some point, but not tonight...I'm too tired. There was chaos, laughter, tears, questions, it was unbelievable. The room was spinning.
So...we leave bright and early in the morning to go to a hospital about an hour from our house where we will meet our baby boy. From the moment we received the news, I have been all over the place. For right now, I am keeping his story--our story private. Until we know more, and until we meet him and sign important papers, I don't want to say too much. He was born on April 28th, and he is a healthy baby boy.
My family...well, there are no words for my family, they are simply awesome. While we were waiting for the ceremony to begin, my older sister gave me a "mother blessing ring" that she had clearly been keeping in her purse for a long time. The envelope is wrinkled and worn...sort of like my heart. That was when the tears came. I had been trying to hold them back so I could focus on my little sis and her big moment, but the mother blessing ring did me in.
After my sister's pinning ceremony (I am SO proud of her!!!) we went to Babies R Us and got there 15 minutes before closing time.
My parents bought our travel system for us so that we will have a car seat in which to place...our son. We also bought A LOT of newborn outfits for baby boy, including a special one that he will wear tomorrow.
And Michael, he is so very sweet. He gave me the most lovely "pregnancy pictures" I have ever seen. He has had them since the early days of our marriage. They are custom made pieces of glass with paint actually inside them. They are a lovely treasure that I will cherish always. I will post photos sometime soon.
All of this is unbelievable to me. I am in a complete state of shock, and so is Michael. We did manage to get the car cleaned out, and get the car seat installed (WE THINK) properly. Despite having cared for babies for years, and pretty much knowing most of what there is TO know about said little people, we are still NEW and trying to place ourselves as MOMMY AND DADDY!! We are both terrified and overwhelmed, alternately mixed with excitement and happiness. There is much to do and much to think about. I will certainly be posting more soon...when there is more to post, and more time.
To all of you--my friends and supporters, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. You have been right here with me, through so much and so many ups and downs that I have felt. Words are not enough. Your prayers, support, encouragement, and advice have been and are priceless.
For now, I will leave you with some songs that I really love, and that I think are particularly pertinent to what is happening now. One of these songs is old and one is new...sort of like our family will be (some old, some new) in only a few short hours. *WOW!!!*