Late February, 2018 – I’m just 4 months out from delivery. No, this Grammie of 11 isn’t having another baby, but I am “birthing” my newest adult child out into the world. My seventh child and second daughter graduates from High School June 23 and will need to be in West Virginia to start college that next week. This birth is coming earlier than we expected. We didn’t know we would lose our last summer with her, but duty calls and she needs to take classes and do training this summer so that she will be ahead of the game this fall when volleyball season starts. It’s actually a great plan for her and for the team, but I still have vivid memories of the early morning when she arrived right here in my living room. She was early then, too, and it was a very good thing then just like it is now. I had developed cholestasis of pregnancy with her (Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy) which can result in stillbirth so I was scheduled for an induction. The night before the induction I got everybody to bed, packed my hospital bag, and decided to have a nice soak in the bathtub in my quiet house. Contractions began while I was in the tub and less than three hours later I was holding my baby girl. Did I mention her take charge personality? Yes, it was there from the beginning as well.
Mamas, life can be tough with your little ones. You are chronically sleep-deprived. You might feel you are being torn in too many directions at once. Privacy is a thing of the past. You are always “on call.” Whether you work at home or out of the home, there never seem to be enough hours in the day. It is a bit cliched to say “It’s a season,” but cliches get their status from being true. As my time with my girl winds down I am cherishing every long drive we took together, every moment of laughter, every tear we shed together, every adventure, and all the normal everyday moments which have made up our lives. Here’s another cliche: “They grow so fast!” Oh, yes, they most certainly do. Make the most of it in as many big and small ways as you can. The days are long but the seasons are oh so short.