27 joyously delightful years.
27 years filled with the kind of love that springs from a place that seems to have always been. But miraculously came to me 27 years ago today.
Today is Jane’s birthday. Today is a precious day!
27 years ago this morning, I was getting all prepped and ready for a planned Cesarean delivery at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, RI.
Back then very few Mamas-to-be knew the genders of their babies-to-be, and I was no exception. So I waited and wondered and guessed all morning, just as I had for all of the anticipatory months.
My husband Barry was with me. Nice and early. My prep was scheduled for 9:00 am, but the nurses came to my room at 6:30 am. Seems that my obstetrician was able to get the delivery room a bit earlier, so I made the frazzled call to Barry very early that morning to get to the hospital… fast!
The nurses were very funny. Very fun. I was amazed at how much they loved their jobs. Their calling. They spread joy inside the hospital just as the trees were spreading their beautiful leaves outside. The day was perfect. Cool. Windy. Peeking sun. My favorite kind of day.
Everything seemed to be going so quickly. Yet everything seemed to be standing still as well. A swirl of colors and sounds and voices and people. The earth turning. Getting ready for our miracle.
I truly had no idea if I was carrying a girl or a boy. It didn’t matter to me. But I did think that it would be nice for Audrey to have a sister. I did not have a sister, and that is the one and only thing in my life that I missed. I still to this day miss not having a sister. Maybe I did know that this baby was a baby girl all along!
But Barry and I had decided on our name for a girl long before I even conceived. He had picked the name Audrey. And one night, long before we even considered having another child, he told me that he loved the name Jane if we ever had another baby girl. Turns out that I loved, and still love, the names Audrey and Jane. So that was settled.
We waited. Then we got started.
And within minutes, at 10:07 am, we had our miracle.
Our new baby girl. Jane Hillary. Her name a combination of “God’s gracious gift” and “cheerful one.” 7 pounds, 6 ounces. 19 ½ inches long and strong.
Jane cried loudly. She squirmed. I think she even smiled! Jane entered this world with such conviction. Such joy.
And today we celebrate 27 wonderful, joyous, delightful years!
Happy Birthday to our beautiful baby girl Jane, who will always be our “baby” Jane!
Time to celebrate! Let the joy continue!
We love you with that love that springs from a place that has always been.
And always will be!