Sunday, October 26, 2008

a trip down memory lane

I know I've taken you all on this trip before,
but I'm going to venture there again.
On this eve on Nalani's fifth birthday and on Macy's actual 5th birthday, I always find myself heading down this road.
It started with Lisa making the big announcement that she was expecting at the dinner where Paul and I were going to announce that WE were expecting.
She could tell by the look on my face.
She said, "You're pregnant, too, arent' you!"
Um, yeah.
She was due October 21 and I was due October 31.
A mere 10 days apart!
I think Donna's heart almost exploded on the spot.
It was so special.
We are not only sister-in-laws, but very special friends.
Friends even before there was a "Paul and Cassie" (but just by a couple months!)
We emailed virtually everyday during our pregnancies.
Shared stories and feelings and aches and pains.
We had a baby shower for Lisa at Paul and Lisa's parent's house.
In this photo we are laughing because our babies were kicking eachother.

Neither of us found out the sex of our babies.
I was sure I was having a boy.
She was sure she was having a girl.
Well October 21 came and went.
I informed Lisa that I had been having LOTS of contractions and many other signs of labor.
After Brigg had been born Lisa said, "Let me have the first grandDAUGHTER."
I had agreed.
But this was going to be close.
I called Donna and told her it was going to be soon.
She decided to come to our house and stay with us a few days until I went into labor.
We lived about 2 hours from Lisa.
Donna arrived early afternoon on October 26.
I asked if she had talked to Lisa and she said she hadn't.
Lisa was 5 days overdue and she didn't want to keep bothering her with that age-old question.
She was at our house for approximately 30 minutes (after driving nearly 5 hours to get there!) and Lisa called.
She was in the hospital, in labor!
I was sobbing. I SO BADLY wanted to go!
Paul said no way.
I had been having pretty regular contractions and he did not want me to deliver this baby on the side of the road.
I begged. Literally BEGGED. He wouldn't budge.
So Donna headed out.
I remember watching her drive away with tears streaming down my face like it was yesterday.
I sat by the phone all afternoon.
The night we got the call that she had delivered a little girl!
Macy Grace.
The next day I found myself in labor and delivery.
And Tom and Donna found themselves back in the car, driving the same roads they had driven the day before.
Just 25 hours after Macy made her way into this world, we brought OUR first daughter into this world.
Nalani Alma.
Four days later, on Halloween 2003, we introduced these precious cousins and our lives have never been the same.

We should have known from that first photo that they would be the best of friends.
They have this amazing bond. Truly like sisters.
On our apple picking trip we celebrated their birthdays TOGETHER for the 5th time.

Even though I wasn't there on the day Macy made her grand entrance into the world,
I've been there every year since.
And we are so blessed by this relationship.
By the opportunity to experience pregnancy and childbirth and these first five years with daughters together.
We all share something very special.
And we are eternally grateful for that.

Happy birthday Macy Grace!
And happy five years as her mommy, Lisa.
So thankful for both of you.
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steffany said...

That is such a cool story.

Amy said...

That is so sweet. Makes me want to have a sister.

amy smith said...

and that made me tear up.

Candi said...

I cannot believe those 2 little monkeys are 5 already! We have watched them grow and even with the time & miles that separate them, they remain close as close can be.... what a special bond they have!

Courtney said...

ok. i'm a mess!