Thursday, October 2, 2008

Happy 4th birthday Cole and Bella!

It's a habit I just can't stop. For the last 4 years, about 2 days before Cole and Bella's birthday, I start in with the "hey you guys, at this time X years ago, you were still in my belly and I was in the hospital laying around, trying to do everything I could to keep you in my belly for a little while longer". Then the day before their birthday, I start in with the countdown..."hey you guys, exactly at this time X years ago, you were still in my belly and I was in the hospital but I was able to take a shower for 3 minutes...a whole glorious 3 minutes"...."hey you guys, exactly at this time X years ago, I was hoping I would be able to eat another hospital lunch without puking my guts up"..."hey you guys, exactly at this time X years ago, the dr said I could go home as long as I stayed in bed for the rest of the time you were in my belly"...and then....

"hey you guys, exactly at this time X years ago, I was only home from the hospital for 6 hours when my water broke unexpectedly and you both were on your way into this world"....

The funny thing is that they actually like to hear all this and I should probably enjoy that fact since I know when they're teenagers, they'll probably roll their eyes when I start in with the birthday countdown. I can just hear it now..."oh Mom, do you have to do this AGAIN, EVERY SINGLE YEAR?" I'll be calling them when they're 32 years old and saying "hey, at this exact time 32 years ago...." and I'll probably hear a click and then a dial tone.

So yesterday I started the countdown, as usual, but this year, especially, they were very into it. They wanted all the details....the whole enchilada from start to finish....their birth story in total completion. And they were so cute...they added in little things here and there, like when I told them my water broke and they asked what that meant, I kinda had a hard time trying to explain it to them. The best I could do was to say "you were in my belly in your own little bubble of water and the bubble popped and all the water leaked out"....hmmmmm, yeah, that sounded pretty good. But of course I got the "why and how did it break"....then Cole surprised me by saying "I did a karate chop, like this" and he got up and demonstrated a huge karate chop, "and then I said 'I'm outta here' and then I said to Bella 'later chump'"....(and a huge thank you to Tim for letting them watch Spiderman 3 repeatedly, where they learned the line "later, chump").

Then they wanted to hear, again, exactly how the dr took them out and then they wanted to see my c-section scar. They asked who came out first and what they did as soon as they came out. I said "Cole, you were very quiet so much so that Daddy and I worried about you but you just needed some oxygen to help you breathe better....Bella, you cried the minute you came out". They giggled over that and kept asking over and over again, "tell us again what we did when we came out". Thank God they didn't ask how they got in my belly in the first place....I'm just not ready to go down that road yet. Plus it's a complicated story anyway...what do I say "well, it all started when an egg was fertilized by a sperm, which was injected into it with a huge needle in a petri dish in a lab in Las Vegas under the steady hand and the watchful eye of an embryologist....". Sure, the whole "the stork dropped you off on our doorstop" story is easier but someday, when they can understand it all, I'd like to really be honest with them about how they were created.

As I tucked them into bed last night, I couldn't help but say to them both, "thank you for being born" and Bella said "thank you for borning me". And I told them when they both woke up in the morning, they would officially be 4 years old. My babies....my little miracle babies....the babies I never thought I'd be able to have.

Last night before bed, we watched a video I had made for them to celebrate their 4th year. They watched it over and over and over...they loved it. They loved that I had included one of their favorite songs "Rainbow Connection", which I sing to them every night at bedtime.





So...happy 4th birthday, Cole and Bella!! I can hardly wait to see what this next year holds for you both. You are growing up right before my very eyes and in a way I'm happy about that but in a way it makes me sad because I wish you could stay little forever. You'll understand that someday when you both are parents yourselves. You both have brought such sunshine and joy into my life...I simply could not imagine my life without either of you. You both are my heart, my soul, my life....

7 comments:

newlyweds said...

Happy Birthday Cole and Bella.

What a great video, I especially love the last part of them all running around, so sweet!

twinmama said...

Happy Birthday Cole & Bella!

I am choking up over here. What a great post and video to celebrate your two little miracles. They are so sweet, funny and so good to their younger brothers.

Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth Channel said...

OK, I'm crying over here that is so sweet! It's so funny how they love to hear their birth stories so much! My children ask to hear theirs probably every few months...even the three-year-old.

Happy Birthday Bella & Cole!

Kim said...

What an awesome slideshow, especially for your family (far away) to see how the kids have grown and what they've done over their third year. I love how you mixed photos with snippets of video. Very precious children you have there!

mrsbear said...

Happy Birthday to Bella & Cole. It's amazing how fast four years can pass you by. I think you've started a lovely tradition of remembering those days leading up to their birth. I think all kids like to hear them for some reason...until they don't anymore that is. The video was lovely. Hope you all have a wonderful celebration. Your kids are beautiful.

Supermom said...

Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry I am a day late!! I just read your Oprah story, OMG how awful!!

bonnieearly said...

Aww Happy Birthday Cole and Bella! I love the video Helene. It makes me wish I were one of your kids. Your pictures capture the fun and excitement of being a kid. LOL

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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