He also wanted to have a "kid birthday" party and this year only boys were invited.
There was also the requisite family party... always the most fun of all with grandmas and grandpas and cousins who also love playing with Legos. Here was the centerpiece, in a piece of nice crystal from our wedding that normally collects dust in the buffet cupboard.
Five years ago today I went to work as usual. I taught five Spanish classes, thinking it was just a regular day. My water broke at school during my prep period, thankfully not in front of students. Ever the planner, I just changed into my spare clothes and sat down on a towel at my desk, giddy with emotion that this baby was finally arriving, but also freaked that my students wouldn't be able to serve their detentions with the sub. I stayed at school for another hour and a half (am I crazy??!?) to finish the sub plans and wait 'til someone could pick me up. When I got home I sat at the sewing machine finishing the curtains for Carl's room until my contractions started a few hours later. Um, wasn't I paying attention in class? You're supposed to GO to the hospital when your water breaks, not sit around nesting at home for a few hours.
We arrived at the hospital in time for a nice, leisurely check in and Carl was born shortly afterwards, at 10:04 p.m. My life has never been the same. I love you, Carl!