Prompt for December 29: Defining Moment. Describe a defining moment or series of events that has affected your life this year.
I was scheduled to be induced on a Monday. As a life-longer planner, I was totally psyched about this idea. Everything was set. The hospital was expecting me. Our parents had been informed. I knew which OB was going to deliver me. And, most importantly, Dan and I had one last weekend as a childless couple. We were going to have one last date. I was promised Cheesecake Factory.
Then late Wednesday night, the contractions started. And kept going right into Thursday morning. And by Thursday afternoon, I was on a train to Parent Land and there was no getting off. I remember thinking, “but I was supposed to have one more weekend. I was promised Cheesecake Factory. This is going to have to wait a couple of more days.”
Turns out, once you get into that Labor and Delivery room, well, those hospital folks expect you to Labor and Deliver. And no one cares that this was all supposed to happen on Monday, not in the wee hours of Friday morning, right before my last weekend as a childless person.
It was then I realized life no longer marched to the beat of Sarah Time. I can plan and arrange and try my darnest to keep to Sarah Schedule, but, it seems things have a funny way of working out on a different time frame. And while that time frame probably will not be Sarah Time, the chips fall as they will and it is really not so bad.
Kate decided to arrive on her own time, in her own manner, and on her on schedule. And she will crawl when she is ready and talk when she is ready and walk when she is ready and not a moment sooner.
And so it goes. Since that moment at Fairfax Hospital when the sweet Labor and Delivery nurse told me that come hell or high water, this baby was coming TONIGHT, I realized that, try as I might, some things are just out of my control. But maybe, just maybe, in 2011 I can still get to Cheesecake Factory.