Monday, April 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Ryan!!

I can never celebrate a child's birthday without thinking back to the day that child was born. When Ryan joined our family, we already had one little girl and were very excited to get a baby boy. So excited in fact, that in my eagerness to deliver, I went to the hospital in false labor. Afterward, my husband joked that he wasn't taking me again until he could see the head.

Funny joke.

A couple days later, around 11 at night, my water broke. Not being too concerned, I went back to bed and waited for the contractions to start. An hour later they did. I didn't want to wake Wes too early, so I thought I would wait until they were a little closer together. But by the third contraction I was in a LOT of pain. Twenty minutes later I was in so much pain, I told him to call the doctor and tell him to come to our house because I was not going anywhere!

Of course, he didn't do that, much to my dismay. So I allowed him to help me out to the car and to our friend's house to drop off Camille while we went to the hospital. I asked my friend to please call the hospital and let them know we were coming so they could have a wheel chair ready for me.

She did and they did.

But when the nurses tried to get me out of the car and into the wheel chair, I told them to wait because I was having a contraction.

They waited and then once again tried to help. But no sooner had the first contraction ended, than another started. Once again I asked them to wait, but one nurse said to the other, "Her contraction are 90 seconds long and on top of each other, we need to get her in now!"

They wheeled me in, ripped off my clothes, put me in a bed . . . and then EVERYONE left me! My husband was sent to sign me in and the nurses left to get the delivery room ready (that was the last time I used a regular delivery room).

Lying there alone, I could feel the baby coming. I tried not to panic. Finally they came back and took me into the delivery room, where thirteen minutes after arriving at the hospital, and just one hour and forty three minutes after going into labor, Ryan was born!! (None of my others were that quick)

And he has been a blessing in our lives ever since!!

So tonight we celebrated that birth. He and his sweet wife Kali came for dinner. It was so nice to have so many people sitting at our dinner table!! I love that!!

Kathryn and I made very yummy homemade salsa earlier in the day and then we picked up some delicious tacos and enchiladas from Ramirez on the corner of 83rd Avenue and Lake Pleasant Pkwy.

After dinner we brought out the cake and ice cream. Unfortunately Kathryn had bought some trick candles so it took quite a while before Ryan could get them out as they kept coming back to life.

And then everyone posed for a picture outside. And yes, there really were four dogs at this party--three of theirs and our one --that Ryan gave to us last summer.
We then continued our family tradition and brought out a pinata filled with treats and toys.

Unfortunately the rope we usually use to hang the pinata was busy keeping a tree straight in the back yard, so we improvised. Wes and Kathryn took turns tossing the pinata back and forth while Ryan swung at it.

Good job Ryan at breaking it!! Here Michelle runs to get the candy, Ryan saunters, and I am not quite sure what Kathryn is doing. It looks like an impersonation of an umpire calling someone safe. :-)

Everyone filled their bags and we called it a night.
It was so much fun to have them visit with us.
We love you Ryan!! We wish you a wonderful new year of life!!
And may the new year bring . . .joy to your journey.


MissKris said...

Happy birthday ryan!!! I've been missing home so much today... Can't wait to get back to celebrate too!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looks like it was a fun party :)

Lisa said...

A pinata birthday tradition. Love it. What a birth story! Happy Birthday to Ryan.

Handsfullmom said...

I'm going to have to use that pinata trick sometime! Loved hearing about Ryan's birth and how they left you all alone. =)

Jenny-Jenny said...

What a crazy birth!

That party looks like a blast! Happy Birthday to Ryan!

Momza said...

What a fun tradition...pinatas! And tossing them back and forth too--lol!

Amazing birth story! I bet you WERE stressed, driving there--you were in transition, and then to be left alone--my goodness, you are a strong woman!

Rebecca Irvine said...

Happy Birthday!

Funny that Ryan was the boy name we were going to use next -- Ryan McKay. I guess we have the same taste in names with Kathryn and Ryan.

Heidi Ashworth said...

Your kids are all so good looking. :)

Sue said...

What a fun party! The food looks really tempting. (Trust me to notice that...)

I love the pinata toss.

Happy birthday, Ryan! (My Ryan's b-day is in August, too.)


Suzanne said...

Happy Birthday to your son! We just had a birthday party for my neices last weekend and had 2 pinatas. Although, I do like the tossing across the yard idea. Very crazy! ha! Have a lovely day! -Suzanne

Dave and Camille said...

Happy Birthday to Ryan!!!

Carolyn said...

What a story!

I love the pinata idea. I think I'll try that for my daughter's birthday next week.

Marilyn said...

The pinata is hilarious! And also I can't believe we have so much in common! I've been connected to two people in your life in less than one month! Crazy....Happy birthday to your boy.