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Tomorrow my youngest child turns six. Of course he’s all excited about getting older (OK, yes, and getting presents.) For whatever reason, I always get a little teary the day before my children celebrate another year of life. My mind drifts back to what I was doing the day before they were born.
In Grayson’s case, with a scheduled C-section, six years ago today, I knew it was the last day of my pregnancy. With a one-year-old and two-year-old at home with me (I know, right?), being a 38 year-old pregnant woman with a 10 lb. baby in my belly I was mostly focused on gettin’ that kid out. FAST. I seem to recall a tearful checkup with my OB where I pretty much begged him to move up my delivery date by a week as I just didn’t think I would make it to the finish line. He didn’t. I did.
The aching back, insomnia, swollen feet and baby shoved so far up my rib cage I couldn’t bend forward to even wash the dishes by this point… all those memories have dissipated by now. Mostly now I think back and realize that six years ago today I was pregnant for the last time in my life.
I felt then and still do feel so incredibly lucky to have carried three amazing little people in my belly. From the first to the third I marveled at them from the moment I looked into their brand new eyes. I kept them in the hospital room with me and despite exhaustion and the opportunity to rest before returning home, even with my not-so-little guy I held him and gazed at him constantly. Just couldn’t get over the miracle of the whole thing. Still can’t, really.
Tomorrow I’ll be awakened early–I know it–by an eager kindergartener who can’t wait a moment longer to open his gifts. But today I will sip my coffee for just one extra minute and bask in these quiet memories.
Introspection French Toast
Ingredients: for every 3 eggs, 1/4-1/3 cup butter milk, dash of sugar, dash of vanilla, 1/2 dash almond extract, few shakes cinnamon. Bread of any kind. (I don’t really measure–sorry Teri and Lisa. These measurements should work though!)
Directions: Put bread aside. Mix everything else together. Dip bread into mixture and cook on griddle. Serve with butter and real maple syrup whenever possible.
Tip: I often make this recipe with a dozen eggs and an entire loaf of bread. Freezes great, pop it in the toaster and wah-lah! French toast any time you want. Life contemplation is optional.