Avery in TX for Thanksgiving about a month after getting glasses
Having a child is like having your heart walking around outside of your body. This is the best way I can describe it to someone that has never had a child. It's gratifying, terrifying and awe inspiring this journey we call parenting. I don't think you realize how self centered you really are until your whole world is turned upside down by someone that comes to you in a totally dependent state.
Driving Avery to school this morning I was remembering the year of my life when she came into the world. Danny and I were as prepared as we could be. We had both finished our education, bought a house and saved a little money. I always said I wanted to wait until I was 30 to have a baby but my brother dying (August of 2000) changed my life in such a way that all my "career plans" didn't really matter anymore.
I remember driving up to MI for a family wedding and making the decision (Danny and me) to try to have a baby. It was about a month later a pregnancy test came up positive and that propelled the both of us in a new direction.
The Albertsons generally produce boys so I had prepared my heart for a little boy. Imagine my surprise when we went to the ultra sound (the day after Sept. 11th) and found out we were having a girl. I was in total shock for at least two weeks.
My pregnancy was physically difficult. I was nauseated for about 30 of the 40 weeks. Fortunately, I had stopped working and was able to vomit in the privacy of my own home or take a nap if needed.
On my due date January 29, 2002 I went to my ob appointment and she said, "See you in a week". What? I wanted this child out! I needed my body back, it had been stretched and pulled in seemingly every direction.
I had a good cry and drove straight to the movies, bought popcorn and coke and "ran away" for a couple of hours.
Five days later Danielle Avery Albertson was born weighing 7lbs 8oz on Super Bowl Sunday. Life hasn't been the same since.
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