My mother-in-law and I were discussing this subject last weekend, since she was recently able to witness the birth of her newest grandson. She had four children herself, but this was the first time she was on the other end of the situation! It brought tears to her eyes just speaking about it, and I completely understood. She had trouble finding the words to describe why it affected her so much, and I completely understood. We tried to explain to Jer what it was like, but I know we fell short of doing it justice. It's really something that has to be experienced first-hand. Considering childbirth is a very emotional, vulnerable, and personal process, I can see why some women only want their husbands there in the room. But after having witnessed a birth, and knowing how much joy it brought me, I think I want to share that with others too. Of course this is me saying this now, with no bun in the oven, but I hope I still feel the same way when the time comes. I hope I'm comfortable with letting my close family members be a part of it.
I can't believe it's been eleven years since that day. Michael has always been "Mikey" to me, but pretty soon I probably can't call him that anymore! He's always been smart, courteous, athletic, and loving. I am very, very excited at what the future holds for him. I get the feeling it might include something baseball-related in it, but that's just a guess......HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL!
Mikey and Joe with Josh Hamilton - 2009