It was about 5am Sunday morning when I woke up with contractions. I leapt out of bed and into the shower. That shower would probably be my last for a while. Then I ran to the kitchen to make 5 dozen finger sandwiches for church that morning. There was a Shower planned for our new nursery at church and I was to bring 5 dozen sandwiches. Did you notice that Mr. Bug was still in bed snoring. He sleeps like the dead. In between contractions I cut rolls, filled sandwiches, and made room for the platters in my fridge. At 7am I couldn't take it anymore and I woke Mr. Bug. Upon hearing the news that "it was time", he leapt out of bed and ran around trying to get organized while accomplishing only a shower and a cup of coffee. Basically, he was nerved up! I called my parents to come and take care of #1 Son.
Mr. Bug and I said our goodbyes to my parents and #1 Son and jumped into our cute Saturn Wagon. I normally drove the Saturn, but in my condition, Mr. Bug was going to drive it. He put the key in the ignition and turned. He also pumped the gas about 2 times to many. Yup he flooded it. Poor Mr. Bug. He really got freaked out!! He was so upset with himself! I was howling with laughter... I'm sure he was afraid that the baby would arrive in the Saturn before we made it to the hospital!
He got the car started and off we went. The rest of the morning went as is normal when one is in labor - walk the halls, breathe, walk the halls some more... breathe... Eat popsicles... eat more popsicles... breathe...
At noon, I had a visitor. Our minister - a very sweet older gentleman, whose kids were probably older than I was at the time - came to see how I was doing. I'm sure he thought I'd surely already had my baby by then, but NO... So he told Mr. Bug to go get some food and he'd sit with me.
That's very nice, but by then I was in hard labor and I simply wanted to "vent" without having to be nice. I was breathing through those contractions -- not one nasty word came out of my mouth, but I was thinking them!! He tried to make small talk about the shower and all the things that had happened at church that morning all the while his eyes kept darting toward the door - I could almost hear him thinking "when was Mr. Bug coming back? How far can the darned cafeteria be from here?" When his wife had their kids, he was only allowed in the waiting room! When Mr. Bug came back with a tray about 15 minutes later, the minister leapt up and pretty much bolted for the door. He couldn't get out of there fast enough!!
Poor guy - He's never been the same...
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