As I was walking down the stairs today leaving work, I was thinking how thankful I am to not feel the way that I did one year ago. At that time I was in labor. In fact, I had been in labor pretty much all day at work. My classes were reading To Kill a Mockingbird, and I remember planting myself in a chair and reading Atticus's closing argument aloud to them while feeling increasingly regular twinges. The kids were on to me and were worried I was going to have the baby right there! I assured them this was not the case.
I headed to the doctor's office as soon as I got out of school and found out I was 6 cm dilated. Great, I thought... less work for me to do in active labor. This was no easy delivery, however. (It would turn out to be only the second most challenging one for me, actually.) Long story short, Ryan Matthew (over 22" long and nearly 9 lb.s) joined us hours later and has changed our lives for the better with his charming personality, sweet smile and bright blue eyes. We cannot get enough of this little guy!