7 Years ago, I came home from my ob appointment upset with news that I was going to have to endure a c-section. I had always dreamed about the excitement of going into labor and rushing to the hospital to deliver the precious new baby. Hoot was breech my entire pregnancy and after a routine ob appointment my doctor sent me over to the hospital to see if they could convince the little Hoot to turn. After lots of pushing and pulling and more pushing my doctor scheduled his delivery for September 21st and told me to go home and take it easy. As I drove home I teared up a little. I had just had my baby showers that Sunday and I was ready for my water to break that day! I was swollen (really swollen) hot and miserable. I just knew that he was going to come into the world that day. I called Lambert and told him the news and how disappointed I was about the c-section. We had just completed labor and delivery classes and he was ready to be my coach and support through it all! So as any good husband would say, he told me to meet him at our favorite Chinese restaurant for dinner. I had Kung Pao Chicken lots of water and went home to bed. At 1:52AM I woke up and told Lambert I had wet the bed!!! It must have been all the water I drank at dinner. Then in my dazed confused state I realized I did not wet the bed. My water broke and it was game time! We called my doctor and she called right back. My contractions were coming hard and fast. I told my doctor I was going to shower and fix my hair and she said I needed to get in the car and get to the hospital ASAP. We were met at the door rushed to the delivery room and the next thing I knew Hoot was welcomed into the world. It all happened so fast. Lambert almost missed the delivery because he was still getting scrubbed up. The anesthesiologist took pictures for us and finally Lambert made his way in. It truly was a beautiful time for us. We enjoyed the quiet special time we had together and by the time I got to the recovery room my mom and sister were already there. They flew in from Dallas and got to see the Hootser after his short stay in the NICU. He was the sweetest baby I had ever laid eyes on. I never knew love the way I knew love that morning. I was able to grasp God's love for us in those early hours. Nothing he could do could make me love him more... or less. He was perfection. Everything about him was perfect.
Fast forward 7 years!!! Hoot is amazing. He's funny and kind. He's honest and compassionate. He keeps me in check and he is still perfect in this mamma's eyes. Ask me again in 7 years and I may not have the same response (he'll be 14). Where did 7 years go? How does it go by so quickly? Everyone told me it would happen just this way, but I didn't believe it. Raising children is such a huge responsibility and it seems like I've blinked and a third of it has already passed right before my eyes.
I love you Hootster and I am so thankful that I have been blessed to be called your mom. We are so proud of you and can't wait to see what big plans God has in store for you. We know you are going to do great things. Nothing could make me love you more or less. Happy 7th Birthday!!
He's the sweetest sleeper ever!