Our sweet Isabel turned four today. Four years ago…in 45 minutes…Isa was born. Four years ago at this time I was in labor. Crazy.
Funny what we block out or fail to remember. Yesterday, my sister had to remind me of the details of Isabel’s birth…how I went to my doctor’s appointment and then got sent over to the hospital from there. Oh right! I started to remember. How Isa was born at 10 pm to the shock and amazement of us all. A girl? How can it be?!
Those days all seem like a whirl. Not a blur because I do remember them, but I think back to that time and the details seem like watercolors, soft edges and faint. My book had been published April 1, a book about life with boys! And then a few days later, I give birth to a girl. What a crazy time. I remember one early morning radio interview where I had to ask the show’s hosts to repeat the question three separate times. My brain, my sleep-deprived self, was totally useless. I was promoting a book! But really, I was a zombie. A very happy zombie.
What an adventure this has been. So beautiful. Not better — just different. So sweet and lovely and yes challenging too. Parenting at its finest.
Here’s what I wrote right after Isabel was born. I’m amazed how true it rings for me still.