Monday, June 11, 2007

Too Much Excitement

Friday morning around 6:30 am I got a call, and immediately knew it was my sister Steph, who was very pregnant when I talked to her the night before. In the blink of an eye, the world changed - she had gone into labor at midnight, and the baby girl came at 3:30 am, before she could have an epidural and before the doctor could get there (the resident delivered).

Welcome, Evelyn Bea! You were much anticipated, and I still have to wait until next weekend to see you (rats)!

I knew this was going to happen when I heard the due date - same time as the triathlon and Anna's ballet recital. Well, I did ask the ballet studio if they could have the recital closer to the end of school, but they couldn't move it. There's no moving the triathlon, and Steph did her best to have that baby in May. Oh well.

I left work early on Friday to take Anna to her dress rehearsal. It was a crazy busy day (and every time I wrote the date I thought, "It's my niece's birthday!") and I felt pretty guilty about ditching everyone, but oh well. One of our male techs who doesn't especially like kids said to me, "How about I take Anna to ballet and you stay and work for the this afternoon?" Ha ha, ha ha, no.

The recital on Saturday went very well. Anna did look beautiful with her curls and wispies pulled back into a smooth ballet bun. She had subtle stage makeup and a tiara on. She did really well during her dance; even her dad noticed how precise she was. She was beaming from the stage. Colin enjoyed watching the show from the audience.

The triathlon was great. We've had a really mild May here in Texas, so it was especially cruel when this weekend it decided to get punishingly hot. None of us had trained in such hot weather, but here it was. Emily and I were pleased to beat our times from last year. But mostly I was psyched with how well my friends from work (Kareen and Leah) did. They both had a lot of messages in their lives that they could never do something so ambitious, and yet they decided to ignore those voices and sign up. They definitely prepared, and even though they were scared they wouldn't finish, or that they would fall, or drown, etc etc - they got in the water and they both did it. They both finished much faster than they thought they would. It was such a thrill to watch Kareen run across the finish line with her young son. When Leah finished, we all ran with her. I got chills all over again. Way to go, girls!


Leah said...

I just wanted to say thanks for running (very slow jogging) across the finish line with me. It brought tears to my eyes to know that I have friends who really care and are very supportive. Thanks...

A.Norma said...

Missus Brown you have a lovely Daughter!!! she is gorgeous,Jenn. she really is like a Princess with her stance! Good show for you and Em too....xx

ColeBugsmommy said...

Yeah us! I had a great time (although I didn't enjoy the heat or the walk back). I was happy with my time and will do it again next year! Thanks for recruiting us!

Lisa said...

Wow, two great stories! Well, three counting Stephanie's baby. Anna looked so pretty, but I miss her curls in those pics. Congrats all around!

ChickenFlicken said...

Anna looks lovely! You have such gorgeous children.

Reading about your friends' efforts really warmed my heart. I've dealt with those negative voices (mostly my own) and the only way to silence them is to do what they say you can't. Yay for Leah and Kareen! Way to go!

And Yay for Evelyn Bea! Welcome, Baby Girl!

Laura said...

What a great way to kick off your summer: new niece and wonderful triumphs at a triathalon. I can hear my own negative voices right now, just thinking about running, in the form of the aches and pains I'm feeling!

Anonymous said...

Hip, Hip, Hooray for all !!! What a feat to finish that race.

And my beautiful Anna, the ballerina! So sorry I missed the performance. Perhaps she will do it again for me??

Love to you all,

paula said...

Anna is so gorgeous in her little ballet outfit, very pretty. And congrats to you all for finishing the Triathalon, very proud of you.