Monday, January 14, 2013

2 years ago a baby girl was born.

On January 14, 2011, I got to watch my best friend become a superhero. It was one of the best days of my life. Today, her baby girl turns 2.

This is the letter I wrote to her about the day she was born.


Sweet Olivia,

On the day you were born
Your mom sent me a text at 4:30 in the morning that said, "Call a sub. We're having a baby today. Now get some rest. See you in a little bit." This was one of the funniest things your mom had ever said to me, "Get some rest." There was no way I could rest after knowing that this would be the day that we would finally meet you. I lied awake in bed imagining who you were, what you looked like, and said a prayer that your entrance into this world would be peaceful.

I waited until about 9:00 and then went to your house. I came in to see your dad taking care of your mom as she lied on the couch and hummed to herself with her eyes closed. She was still able to talk a little and laugh but with every passing minute, she was turning more and more inside of herself and focusing on you. As those minutes passed, your dad also started focusing more and more on you and your mom. I have known your mom and dad for a long time and this was the most in tune that I had ever seen them. They knew their job that day was big and it was all that mattered to them.

On the day you were born
Your house was more full of love than it has ever been. It is amazing how one little person can cause so many people to drop everything and focus on one thing. When your mom and dad were alone that day, focusing on you, your Aunt Katie and I sat and talked with the midwives about what an amazing day this had already been. We didn't even know yet how amazing it would turn out. Every once in a while, your Abuelo would check in. He was beside himself with emotion, excitement, and nerves for your mama. Your Tinka was taking care of your mom, and everyone else, all day long just like she has always done. Hours passed where we didn't see your mom and dad. This time was clearly so sacred for them and they had already begun their roles as amazing parents, completely devoted to you.

On the day you were born
Your mom, a woman I have loved for so long, became stronger than I knew possible. When it was time for her to start the hardest work, pushing, we all wished we could push with her. She clutched my hand and your dad's hand harder than I can ever describe. After a while, we started to see the top of your head. For what felt like a long time, that's all we could see. Your mom was working so hard but she never once looked defeated, never once looked exhausted, and never once lost sight of her job. We tried everything possible to make her comfortable. We pushed on her back, held her legs, cooled her forehead with rags. And the whole time, she didn't speak. She kept her eyes closed tight and kept all of her energy focused on you.

And then,
with the mightiest of pushes, we saw your face for the first time. All squished and brand new, it was perfect. With one more push, the rest of you squirmed out and you were bigger than we all expected. I said to your dad, "What is it?" and after a short pause, he said, "It's a girl!" After all the time we spent wondering and dreaming about you, as soon as we heard those words it was like we had known you all along.

All of a sudden, your mom had to share the spotlight as the most important girl in the room.

On the day you were born
I felt something that I hadn't felt in a very long time: untethered joy. Thank you, baby girl. That's all because of you.

You are loved more than you will ever know.

Aunt Kacie

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You look really pretty today.

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