Thursday, April 26, 2012

Six Years Ago...A Miracle at Malice

Ellery Adams

Six years ago at about this time, I wasn't getting ready to attend the Malice Domestic Conference.
Yes, I was supposed to attend. In fact, it was to be my first Malice. I was on my first panel and was invited to attend the New Author's Breakfast. I was so excited.

I was also 33 weeks pregnant and had just been told by my doctor that I was already dilating and he forbid me to travel.

Heartbroken, I contacted the Malice folks and canceled my trip. I also stopped mowing the lawn, running the vacuum, and carrying heavy groceries.
And even though I listened to my doctor (for once) my little girl decided to enter this world prematurely anyway. I could have been sleeping in an Arlington hotel when she arrived or safe at home with my husband, son, and father.

It was one of those middle-of-the-night emergencies that had me praying my most fervent prayers, but Sophie was strong and feisty and is now the apple of my eye.

Now Malice falls every year on her birthday and every year for the past 5 years I've missed her birthday. This year, we got lucky and it's falling on Monday. I'll be home to bake her a cake, give her a present, and show her the baby album I made for her. And I can tell her how the story of her was more beautiful and wonderful than any I could ever write.

Happy Birthday, my darling girl!

Did any of your children (human or four-legged) surprise you with how they arrived?


Gayle Carline said...

When my mare was pregnant, I didn't expect to be there when she delivered. Horses don't want anyone around when they give birth, so they typically wait until very late at night. On that Thursday night, however, at 6 p.m. I looked in on her and asked my trainer if a horse's water breaks, like a human's. She said yes, then pointed to Frostie and said, "It looks just like that."

I not only watched my colt being born, I stepped into the stall and helped pull him out.

I love my son, miracle of childbirth and all that, but nothing beats pulling on a foal's leg to help him be born!

Anonymous said...

Malice 25 and 26 will be the first weekend in May, so you'll be able to celebrate with your girl next year and the year after. See you at Malice!

Dru said...

Happy Birthday to your angel.

Aurian said...

Happy Birthday to you little princess! Hope you both have a great day, and I wish you and the other Cozy Chics lots of fun at Malice!

Nancy said...

Happy birthday to your little princess! She is adorable.

Leann Sweeney said...

First of all--I was the moderator of that panel and we showed off your book anyway! Second, a good long time ago my daughter Jillian arrived 45 minutes after we arrived at the hospital. The anesthetist never even made it. I had not counted on natural childbirth--I'm all for the drugs--but I got natural childbirth anyway. And you know what? Having done it with drugs the first time and without the second--NO DIFFERENCE. That's a pain you cannot make go away. But SO worth it!

Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

What a wonderful way to mark her birthday! Who knows, maybe someday she'll be celebrating her birthday at Malice herself!

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Sophie. What a great story.

Debra said...

My son (now a 20 yo!) arrived ten days later than scheduled. My due date was our anniversary, and when the server asked me when I was due and I said," Today!", boy did we get served fast.
Thanks for the reminder about the baby book, I really need to get that going:)))

Linda McDonald said...

She's so adorable. Happy Birthday to Sophie! As for my, my fur child (dog)was adopted from the local shelter. I fell in love with her instantly, as she got up from the enclosure she was in to greet me and kissed my hand through the chain link fence. She's now been a part of our family for over 10 years.

Annette said...

Happy Birthday to Princess Sophie. She is adorable.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

What beautiful story...and what a darling little angel you have!

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Unknown said...

I have always had my babies a bit early.

Baby #1- 36.5 weeks
Baby #2-37.5 weeks
Baby #3-almost 38 weeks (1 day before)
Baby #4- 36.5 weeks
and #5- Was born at 34 weeks after 1 week on hospital bedrest trying to keep him in for a while.