April 30, 2003 began as any ordinary day, meeting my friend Shannon at the park so William could run off some toddler energy with his friend Sydney.
|Wyatt at 3 months|
"You're 8 cm!" my midwife exclaimed. Without a further word to me, she was on the phone to labor and delivery with strict instructions to have my room ready. She was sending me straight over. Vann and I quickly summoned our friend Denise who had been placed on call for William duty. I called my sister in New Orleans who was on the road within 5 minutes.
Not due until May 15, I worried about the baby's size. "How big do you think?" I asked my midwife as she felt my belly. "6, maybe 7 pounds." "Feels bigger", I grumbled.
My water was broken, and I was given the no time for an epidural speech.
At 1:17 that afternoon, my heart filled with joy as our 9 pound baby boy was placed in my arms. He has made me smile everyday since.
I called Shannon. "How'd your appointment go?" She asked. "Great! Wyatt's here!" We still chuckle about that.
|Wyatt, so proud of his brother, at the the Fall Classic in 2006|
Wyatt does not remember life before BMX. His brother started racing when Wyatt was two. He would cheer for William, and was always so proud. When Wyatt started racing at age four, he still seemed more interested in digging holes and collecting bugs, than riding his bike.
On Wyatt's 8th birthday, he thrilled us by making both the 8 challenger and the 8 cruiser mains-- not a small feat. While we cheered and bragged on Wyatt's accomplishments, we felt some disappointment over William's third place finishes. Since then I've wondered, why do we cheer for one who comes in 8th, and grumble over the other who comes in third? I've come to realize that it's not entirely fair, but then life never is.
We wrapped up Wyatt's raceday/birthday sharing hot dogs and cookie cake with some good race buddies.
|Celebrating Wyatt: Rowdy Houston, Zane VonBergen, |
Wyatt, Vaughn Phillipus, Zach VonBergen and William
This week we look forward to more baseball, and hopefully a little bit of rest!