Thursday, April 1, 2010

My April Fool Surprise

Today is the birthday of my first born.
My daughter, April.

I remember coming home from the doctors office after having been told that I was pregnant.
I walked into our apartment and was suddenly starving.
I made myself a fried egg sandwich and devoured it without breathing.
Then I immediately threw up and so it continued for the first three months.

I remember her dad calling me as he was out of town for work and was unable to go with me to the doctor.
There were no cell phones then so her dad called my from a pizza parlor he stopped to have lunch at.
He was excited to hear and when I told him yes...I'm pregnant. He let out a joyous yell that everyone in the restaurant heard. Everyone congratulated him and he gave me the biggest hug ever when he got home, then released me in a panic he might have hurt the baby.

I remember being pregnant and feeling April move inside me.
She liked for me to lay on my back and sometimes I would turn on my side and she would kick like crazy.
When I wanted water in the middle of the night I would turn on my side and place my belly against her dad's back and she would kick him awake and he would go get us water.

I remember the day I knew she was going to be born.
I woke up feeling it.
I woke her dad who called my mom.
My mom immediately got ready to come over and spend the day with me as he had to go to court to testify for an arrest he had made.
I remember feeling really great, serene almost.
When the pains got closer and I knew that I had to go I paged my husband, again no cell phones. He called me and told the judge he had to leave as his wife was going to give birth.
He told me the judge told everyone in the court and they all clapped and congratulated him as he left.

I remember being in the hospital and hoping I would have my baby before midnight so she wouldn't be born on April Fools Day.
I remember yelling at her dad because he was watching tv while I was having contractions.
I remember going into the delivery room and the pushing. I don't remember the pain.
Then I remember my baby girl coming into the world...on April Fools Day.
I remember her little head coming out of my body and that she had so much black, black hair.
I remember them cleaning her up and I couldn't let her out of my sight.
I wanted her in my arms NOW!
I remember when they put her in my arms and I saw those big black eyes looking at me like she knew me already, like she had no fear and it was normal to be in my arms.
I remember looking up at her dad who was in tears and I remember saying, "I want another one".

Then we took her home and life has never been the same again.
I love you April, my daughter, my first born.



  1. A wonderful post. Happy Birthday April!

  2. You remember those most precious moments in a woman's life - the pregnancy and the giving birth to April, as if all that happened yesterday. How beautiful and moving!!
    Happy Birthday to your daughter April!

  3. Happy Birthday April!!!! So that is why you named her April:O)
    Thanks for sharing your birth story!!!

  4. Awwww... this is so sweet. A tear jerker for sure. :o)

    Happy Birthday April!

  5. What a very sweet post! Happy Birthday April!

    ~ Tracy

  6. What a beautiful post! Happy Birthday to April!

    I LOVE the part about you laying on your side so baby would kick Daddy in the back. You are one smart chicken! :)

  7. Thank you for this post, you had me and everyone at work very teary eyed. This is the best gift you could have given me. Thank you for tonight, I had a lot of fun. I LOVE YOU!

    Also, you looked really good tonight :)

  8. What a beautiful post. And what a wonderful mom April has.

  9. Oh, honey...that a beautiful, heartfelt post! You got me all choked up with this one.

    It's impossible to explain this kind of love, right??

  10. From one Aries to another: Wishing your daughter a very happy (belated!) birthday. This is a beautiful, heartfelt post~you sound like a wonderful mum :)

  11. What a wonderful April Fools story - no fooling! Happy birthday to your daughter, and Happy Birth Day to you!


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