Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Hey Scott, we should invite Jenna and Steven to watch Emma’s school musical with us tonight. I’ll send her a text later.
Yeah, that text was never sent.
Jenna went into labor that morning. The hours ticked by into the evening. My little niece – nicknamed The Great Bambino – was throwing a curveball at me. I had to chose between attending my daughter’s musical or stay at the hospital to stay near my sister. Torture! Oh, my heart.
5:30 pm: showtime. I had to choose – go with Scott and Emma to the school or stay at the hospital with my sister pushing a room away.
I stayed at the hospital.
Scott took off with Emma and the HD video camera in hand.
I had Miss Evelyn Fay in my arms just about the same time Emma took the stage.
I could not be prouder of both of them. One day, I’ll show Evelyn her cousin’s big school musical. I’ll tell her it was filmed at the exact moment of her birth. Emma, Kate, Evelyn and I will pig out on ice cream while singing along with 6-year-old Emma on the screen. I know Evelyn will just love it.
That’s not the only way Aunt Jules documented her birth. Aunt Jules live-tweeted from the waiting room!
For those that don’t follow me, here is a re-cap:
- Guess what time it is?! It’s
#auntjules time!!! You’re in for a ride, Twitter!
- Well crap. Emma’s school play is tonight. Kids kids – Aunt Jules/mommy can’t be in both places! Work it out.
- Yes! Sisters water broke! Baby girl popped that bubble when she knew
#auntjules was here!
- Message from my other sister in Tulsa: “Keep your legs together until I get there.” Hope you understand OK and KS hwy patrol.
- I’m here, baby niece. Inches away.
- Epidural in. Momma feels better. Oh, I’m crying. I’m crying.
- Ah! Push, push, push that baby girl to meeee!!!!
- My phone is dying. I need a phone charger. How am I supposed to live-tweet this thing?!
- Come on, little girl! Slide out! Weeeee! Like a slip n slide!
- Overheard in waiting room: oh just sittin’ here waitin’ on Jenna to push that baby out of her Va-Jean.
- Overheard in waiting room: Back in my day I would just drive and nurse at same time.
- Tried to sneak back into sister’s birthing room. Nurses said no. I’ll be back, nurses. No one puts
#auntjules in the corner.
- Baby Niece – you have 12% battery power to get out of that watery bubble. Get. Out.
- My niece is here! (And found a charger) 6 pounds, 4 oz!! That’s all I know. I’m about to bust down some doors, nurses!!
- Evelyn Fay is finally in my arms 🙂
- It’s my favorite shirt.
Yep – Evelyn was 6 pounds, 4 ounces. Emma was 6 pounds, 4 ounces. My other niece, Gabby, was 6 pounds 4 ounces too.
3 sisters all having first born daughters weighing at 6 pounds, 4 ounces exactly. What are the chances of that?!
Maybe that is why Evelyn decided to come out at that very moment. Maybe she knew her mommy would have pigged out on ice cream with Aunt Jules after Emma’s musical that night. It was some kind of force of nature telling her she needed to come out at 6 pounds, 4 ounces even if that meant throwing a curveball at Aunt Jules. That’s what I get for calling her The Great Bambino.
I love you, Evelyn.