When we had Ben at 11:16 pm on September 30th , I was a little happy, a little sad, and a little crushed. Let me explain...I was happy because from the very beginning I had hoped for a September baby. Why, you ask? Because I love the September birthstone - the sapphire. Gorgeous. Plus it will look great in combination with Claire's ruby birthstone. However, even though I wanted a September baby, I did not want a September 30th baby. My cousin Andrew and his wife found out they were expecting a couple of weeks before Patrick & I. Their due date? September 30th. We were all happy and celebratory and joked about the possibility of giving birth on the same day. And then they faced the absolute heartbreak of miscarriage in their second trimester. I didn't want to have my baby on their due date because I feared the additional pain it might cause their family to be reminded again of their loss. I didn't want my joy to cause someone else additional pain. So even though my heart was overflowing with love for baby Benjamin, a tiny piece of my heart also broke for them at the same time.
So what about the crushed part? I was crushed because Ben was born at 11:16 pm, so that meant my first "night's" stay in the hospital was only for 44 minutes. Bummer. Claire's birth was the exact opposite since she was born at 1:25 in the morning. We got a FULL day for our first "night". That meant I got less time for help with the baby, with nursing, less time for visitors and sleeping, less free hot meals. I love the experience of the hospital stay so I was a little crushed that we got cheated out of extra time.
Regardless, it was a great stay. The highlight was definitely Claire's visit. She was so sweet and happy to see her "beebee".