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09 May 2006 @ 08:56 am
 
Exactly one year ago at this time I was excited and nervous and very, very uncomfortable. I was also nine months pregnant. I was scheduled to go into hospital the next day, May 10th, at 1pm to have a C-section. It was our first baby and we were scared and happy all at once. I somehow found it appropriate that my son was to be born on Bono's birthday, given how strongly and how long I have admired Bono. But Devon had different ideas.

Being the headstrong, determined child that he has proven to be, he decided he'd waited long enough to enter this world. So, at 9pm, as I went to roll over in bed, my water broke. My husband popped me and my bag into the car and drove to the Emergency drop off, where he confused the heck out of the parking attendant by insisting we were going to "nativity." Finally I realized what he was saying and leaned over and informed the attendant that I was in labor and that we needed to go to maternity triage, at which point he got us parked in the correct emergency area and got my a wheelchair.

Once Mark had wheeled me into the triage area, I explained to the nurse on duty there that my water had broken and that I was in labor. As I was sitting there with -- literally -- a puddle under the chair, the nurse turned and phoned a doctor to say "There's a lady here who claims her water has broken." Claims? Claims???? Hello! I'm soaking wet. Believe me, it has broken!

Once they got me into an exam room everything moved quickly. They found I was four centimeters dilated and within an hour I was in the delivery room for the C-section. Devon was born at 11:31 p.m. on May 9, 2005. He was 21 1/2 inches long and weighed 8 lbs 6 oz. And thus began the fabulous journey of parenthood. Nothing can prepare you for the challenges of being a parent. Likewise, however, nothing can prepare you for the utter joy of being a parent. Having Devon was the best and most rewarding thing I have ever done, the thing I am most proud of in my life.

Happy Birthday Devon Stuart Galliver
 
 
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Happy Birthday (in head)
 
 
 
Megs: Megs spazzingthemegs on May 9th, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC)
YAY! Happy birthday to Devon.
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on May 9th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you from him. :D He was soooo puzzled this morning when I bounced into his bedroom and sang Happy Birthday to him. I think he thought his mam had gone nutters. *giggle*
(no subject) - themegs on May 9th, 2006 01:30 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Clandestineclandestine269 on May 9th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
Awww! He's adorable! (I assume that's him on your icon)

Well, I guess he didn't want to share his birthday with some rock star from Ireland, no matter how great. *snickers*

"Nativity" - he!

A BIG Happy Birthday to all of you! *throws confetti and birthday cake*
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on May 9th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's him at a few days old. Not too long ago in my journal I posted recent pictures of him. Maybe two weeks ago? Not long. Anyway, feel free to take a look at them for an idea of what he looks like today.

And nope, he must not have wanted to share. Although as it turns out he shares his birthday with one of my dearest friends, so he still didn't get his very own day. Heeee.

"Nativity", Heeee. I was so out of it that it took me a while to realize what he was saying. And then I had to correct things. Typical, isn't it, that the lady in labor has to take charge when the man accompanying her gets all flustered. ;D

Thank you! He thought I had lost my mind this morning when I bounced into his bedroom and sang Happy Birthday to him. He just stared and stared at me like he was thinking "What is wrong with you, Mum?"
(no subject) - clandestine269 on May 9th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
You want to kiss my egg?melissa2u on May 9th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to your little guy, and congratulations on your first year of Mommyhood!
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on May 9th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon! *smooch*
stdivine on May 9th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
Awww Happy Birthday to the little guy!
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on May 9th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
gandolforf on May 9th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
Happy first birthday, Devon!

<:3D~
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on May 9th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! His first ice cream sundae tonight to celebrate!
 Duracell Bunny: smilela_woman on May 9th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
Happy 1st Birthday to Devon, NV. :)
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on May 9th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I can't believe it's been a year already!
subterranean homesick newsoccula on May 9th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
"Nativity"! I love it.
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on May 9th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
*facepalm* He couldn't believe the guy didn't get it, so he just kept repeating it louder and louder. Heee.
i'm shifting into soup mode.: bono - a celebrationoffside on May 9th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
N'awww, hapyp birthday to your little guy ♥
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on May 9th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
PopDaisy: Edgelet by Meggiepop_daisy on May 9th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday to your little one and here's to many wonderful years ahead!

nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on May 9th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm looking forward to each and every one of those years. :D
Desert Rose, dress torn in ribbons and in bows: Alishedancesalone on May 9th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
*huggles* Congrats on your first year of being a parent.

And a very happy birthday to your little guy. ^_^
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on May 9th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, honey. *snuggles tight*
HOLLA!: any orthodontists in tha house?ruidoso on May 9th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
aw, what a great story! happy bday to the little guy and happy early mother's day to you! :)
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on May 9th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Shannon! :D
Dawn: largrinladylardence on May 9th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
Give the lil guy a smooch for me! :)
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on May 10th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
I will, thank you!
MysteriousAliWays: Ali the Dancer by Owlmysteriousaliwz on May 9th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to Devon :)

My daughter was due on 9th May, but decided to make us wait till the 15th. She'll be 11 next week.
Having a child is such an amazing thing, isn't it? I can barely remember what it was like before seh and her sister came along :)
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on May 10th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Yes it is. I never knew just how incredible it was. I've always wanted children, but I never really understood the true wonder of it until Devon was born.
Jem Lerose: seamonkeylady_lerose on May 9th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
*giggles* maybe Dev thought that May 10th was already too crowded to be born on since Bono AND Memphis Eve already celebrate it as their birthdays. The 9th is still a very good choice.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEVON
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on May 10th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
Not Memphis, Jordan, I think. But yes, it is very crowded. *giggle* Thank you for the well wishes. *smooch*
problématique: loveidlehands on May 9th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's so sweet. Happy birthday to Devon! :D
nosferatuvoicenosferatuvoice on May 10th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
Thank you!