For their parents, it was welcoming their fourth child and ONLY daughter. For me, it was realizing that I would NEVER have to have this experience again!
Our family was complete on this day!
For readers, this picture might cause you to ask, "What were they thinking?"
Here are our reasons for welcoming our 12, 9, and 6 year-old boys into the delivery room:
(BTW: the boys were standing at my shoulders when the baby was born!)
• Sibling bonding: our oldest son would only know his sister for 8 years and 4 of those years, he would be immersed in the selfish teen years and not notice that she existed. Seeing her enter the family in this most miraculous way sealed the deal between brothers and "princess."
• Birth Control: no better way to introduce sex education than beginning at the END!
• Moral Support: during the uncontrolled shaking experienced by my drug-ridden veins, arteries, and capillaries, my "boys" massaged, soothed, and distracted me from the trembling.
• Say YES to the "dress:" confused? I am referring to the epidural bandages applied in the lowest part of my back the moment I entered my hospital room! I wanted my boys to learn that legal, modern, and effective medicine could be SAFELY administered by a licensed anesthesiologist and could aid in a less painful natural birth process! God created a SMART man to invent a way for women to NOT suffer because God knew there would be plenty of THAT during the teen years!
I can safely reveal that this decision led to one of the most memorable and cherished parenting moments. Sealed in my memory and branded on my heart is the expression on the faces of my sons when their sister emerged!
Surprise • Interest • Curiosity • Amazement
• Jubilation • Joy • Love