Monday, August 31, 2009

Hats Off

Shane has agreed to write up his version of Tommy's birth story, now I just need to coerce him into doing it SOON. He has the memory of a fly (and also, he's so not techno savvy that I'm not even sure he knows what a blog is), so he truly forgets everything two seconds after it happens. If he doesn't write it up soon, I'm afraid his version will read like this: "Erin woke me up, then she started yelling, and then she had a baby on the stairs, the end."

I know when I wrote about that night, I talked about looking up and realizing the kitchen was full of firefighters, while I sat there in all my naked glory. I didn't tell you, though, how one fireman was brave enough to come downstairs, and how he was so very nice. He told me that they didn't have an OB kit or a bulb syringe, and I remember thinking, "We have a bulb syringe upstairs," but I was not thinking straight and thought that if I told him that, he'd make me walk upstairs and get it. Instead, I told him that I cleared Tommy's nose and mouth with my finger. Even though they didn't have an OB kit, they did have a teeny, tiny baby hat that he gently put on Tommy's head while holding him ever so safely. Before we left that night, he shook Shane's hand and told him congratulations.

(It fit a lot better the night he was born.)
Isn't the hat darling? When we got to the hospital, they put on the standard pink and blue striped hat, and the nurse tried to throw this hat away because it had blood on it. I was all, ARE YOU ON CRACK, LADY? and instead had her put it with our things. I'm glad I did. It's so tiny and it reminds me how the entire way to the hospital, I peeked at his dark, dark hair curling around the edges of the hat.
It also makes me think of the very kind firefighter, as well as the very kind EMTs. I've already told you how they were my angels, but I didn't tell you how three days after Tommy was born, I received a card from the two EMTs. Indeed, before most of our family sent cards, they sent me one telling me they were so blessed to be a part of his birth. It made me cry. And then a week later, we went to the fair, and Shane saw the fireman who was downstairs with me that night. Shane said, "I think you were there when he was born." The fireman jumped up and shooked both of our hands, then asked how Thomas was doing. He remembered his name. I joked that it was good to see him when I had clothes on, and he laughed and told me to bring him down to the fire station to show him off. Shane thanked him for all they did that night, and he said no thank you was needed, as we'd already done all the work when they arrived.

When Luke was born, I found out who my true friends were, because I lost a lot of friends when I became a mom. But when Tommy was born, I didn't lose any friends. Instead, I saw the happiness he brought to people. To the firefighter and the EMTs who have jobs where they must often see the saddest of cases, he brought light and hope. A healthy, beautiful baby with an APGAR of 9, already cradled in his mama's arms. And to us, he showed us the goodness of the hearts of others, of those for whom work is more than just a job, but instead, a calling. I've always said that as a teacher, I have the utmost respect for those others in the public service calling, like firefighters and policemen, but now that I've truly seen the passion with which they do their jobs... well, my hat is off to those men and women.

21 comments:

Cameron said...

This is so sweet, I have tears in my eyes. Can't wait to read Shane's version of the story! :)

Jenni Jiggety said...

Such a great birth story! And WOW is he beautious...

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

Okay dammit, no tears this early in the morning. I would frame that hat, I swear. Those EMT and firefighters have my utmost respect.

Kristen said...

Oh Tommy is too beautiful for words!! Now I am crying, this is too much.

Stillmary said...

You are such a great writer. I often tear up when reading your posts and this one is no exception. How wise you were to save that adorable, little hat. Thomas is perfect and beautiful and has a birth story that just keeps on giving. Thanks for sharing all the many aspects of it.

Crooked Eyebrow said...

What a great story for Tommy to read one day.

You and Shane are lucky to live somewhere with such caring firefighters and EMT's.

You'll have to send the a christmas card and cookies!

Elaine A. said...

I'm glad you keep updating us on your memories of that night and this one is extra special!!

P.S. tell Shane to get on it already! ;-)

Sarah Viola said...

Holy hell, Erin. Your stupid post made me cry like a baby. SHUT UP already.

Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry said...

I love Sarah Viola's comment.

And I love this post, too. I can't wait to hear what *cough* Dr. Shane *cough* has to say about the birth experience. I'm wondering if he's imagining typing it out on a typewriter, rather than a computer.

MagQ said...

Glad to know you experienced the "friends" issue too. I thought I smelled or something. I am due to have my first baby in ONE MONTH! Your birth story inspires me and I honestly plan on channeling you during my labor and delivery. Your attitude is so positive. I love you blog and check in all the time.

imadramamama said...

He truly had such an amazing birth story! I love hearing about it!

jayna said...

That is so sweet! Our EMTs (two big and burly men) nearly tripped over themselves at the sight of me naked and cradling a baby. They ran as fast as they could to find the one woman on the team :-)

I look forward to reading your husband's story (as I, too, fear mine will soon only remember the short version as well).

~love said...

i love that you have all these details written out now. so, so special.

love that you joked w/ him about you being clothed. bet he LOVED that. =)

shaaaaaaaane.....we need your post. now.

Bacardi Mama said...

It looks like Tommy's hat is off to them too. I can't wait to read Shane's version of the birth.

anymommy said...

That little boy will treasure all of these memories. Come on Shane, he'll want to know what Daddy thought about his amazing arrival!

I loved the post about your Dad too. He's going to want you to live in the hospital from 36 weeks if you have another...or just plan a home birth so everyone is prepared!

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

This is a lovely post! But what kind of ambulance doesn't have equipment in case a baby is born? Sheesh! :-) I'm glad that EMT was there for you, though, when you needed him and that he did his job well.

The Fritz Facts said...

Oh man...you keep bringing tears to my eyes. This is a great post.

EMT's Firefighters are such a special group of people. I am so glad you had great ones by your side.

InTheFastLane said...

Love it! and I can't wait to hear Shane's story!

Bobbi Janay said...

Wow, what a great post.

Elaine A. said...

I love that you didn't let her throw the hat out. Such wonderful memories.

Thanks for linking up... :)

imadramamama said...

I remember this post...it's such an amazing story!