Friday, 19 March 2010

Double Digits

Today is a very special day... my little boy turned 10! Not so little anymore... Even though our day in Melbourne is almost over, he'd officially only be 10 three hours ago, as he was born at 2.32 a.m. in Portland, OR. I still remember the birth very vividly.

My waters broke around 4.15 p.m. on the 18th. We went straight to the hospital as I didn't want to create a mess at home. The contractions didn't start until around 9.00 p.m. I dilated rather quickly, but not fully. All the medical staff (too many if you ask me) kept telling me that I wasn't allowed to push as I had a little rim which could cause swelling if I would push.

Assuming that they informed the gynaecologist, I'd accepted it. Minutes became hours and they even put me on a drip, which didn't make any difference. After every contraction (which had been pushing contractions for the past couple of hours) they wanted to check me internally, which really started to annoy me.

At one point all staff but one nurse left the room. While she was checking for any progress she asked me to push and Ruben shot out like a rocket. From nowhere to be delivered any time soon, half his head was born. Next thing I know, the nurse tells me not to push. Yeah right! I'd had to wait for the gynaecologist to come in just in case there were any complications with delivering the shoulders. It turns out he'd been asleep the whole time. I did push out the head completely and then obediently waited until the gynaecologist walked in, put on his apron and gloves and said 'push for the shoulders' and that was it, Ruben was born.

Here's a picture I snapped of Ruben just before going to school:

Ruben's had a great day for the most part. It started of with family ringing from England this morning wishing him a happy birthday. It was free dress day at school, and Friday's also the day that the kids have lunch order at school. All very important when it's your birthday.

After school when we got home, Ruben was still outside and when he was just about to open the door Renee wanted to open it from the inside, which led to the corner of the door cutting into her little toe. We ended up taken her to the emergency room as the cut looked pretty deep. Thankfully the cut wasn't too bad. After the doctor cleaned the wound and bandaged it, we could go home again. For dinner we went to TGI Friday's where the staff sang for him.

Back home we also made sure we lit the candles on the cake that Beth (our babysitter) baked for him.

This is the card I made for him:

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Patterned Paper + Alpha Stickers: American Crafts
Border Punch + Star Punch: Fiskars 'Uppercrest'
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Corner Rounder: Woodware Craft

I wish everyone a great weekend.

1 comment:

Ingrid Danvers said...

Happy Birthday to your handsome boy!! Good to hear he had a wonderful day. You made him a great card. Love it! It was nice talking to you on Skype. Next time we'll chat longer to catch up.