What I Blogged the Day Benjamin Was Born, 5 Years Ago Today

My nephew Benjamin turns 5 today.

I just can’t believe how quickly this…

becomes this…

One thing I love about blogging is that it allows me to relive special moments in my life, like the day this bundle of joy was born… and remember how nervous I was about him arriving safely in this world.

I wrote the following post on April 4, 2007, a few hours after Audrey delivered Benjamin. It was written on my old blog, which is not published any longer, so I am re-posting it here.

I’m a little exhausted.

I don’t like to complain about being tired. I didn’t, after all, give birth or anything today – like some people!

But last night when I knew my sister was going to the hospital, feeling contractions, I really couldn’t sleep.

I was worried about her being in pain. I was worried they would send her home again. I was worried about the baby. I was even worried about my mom being worried.

If you’ve read my blog before, you may know that 1) my family is the most important thing in my life; and 2) I’m prone to worrying… so my sister going into labor didn’t exactly spell “relaxing night” for me.

I spent the first half of the night online, catching up on blogs that I haven’t had time to read lately. When I was finally unable to keep my eyes open anymore, I got into bed, contorting myself so as not to disturb my sleeping doggies, Bismarck and Ryder.

I woke up this morning with Bismarck snuggling right next to me. I was still nervous about my sister and the baby. I checked my cell phone to see if I had missed any calls or text messages. Nothing.

I got back online to get some work done/take my mind off of worrying. I didn’t want to call my mom yet because she was at my sister’s house watching my nephews, and I didn’t want to wake up the boys if they were still sleeping.

At about 7:30 AM I heard my phone beeping, indicating that I had an incoming picture.

I picked up my phone and saw it was a message from my brother-in-law!  And this is what came through:


My precious new little nephew… fresh out of Mommy’s belly!

It’s so funny and so surreal… yesterday I was walking through Target with my sister (well, I was walking – she was waddling!) and I had no idea what my little nephew would even look like…

And then this morning I was holding him in my arms, kissing his little nose, loving his little squeaks. He went from literally being a part of my sister to being an actual little person in less than 24 hours. So amazing!

And what a small world it is… later this afternoon, when my mom and I went back to the hospital to visit again, one of the nurses looked so familiar to me. I couldn’t place her for the longest time, and then I realized that she is in one of my exercise classes at the YMCA! Too funny!

Anyway, I am again finding it hard to fall asleep tonight.  This time, though, it’s excitement.  I can’t wait to hold my little newborn nephew again, and to see his big brothers falling in love with him, too.

I can’t wait to see my sister, and tell her again how proud I am of her.  She is such a strong woman – 3 boys in 3 years!  And she handles it all with such grace and so effortlessly.

So if anyone has the right to be exhausted, it’s my sister.

But I think I have a valid reason for being tired myself.  I had to worry about my sister and her baby getting through labor.

After all, I am a woman.  A Mommy.  A daughter.  A sister.  An Auntie.  Worrying is my job.

What I Blogged the Day Benjamin Was Born, 5 Years Ago Today was last modified: April 4th, 2012 by Jane Couto Govednik
SHOWHIDE Comments (5)
  1. my favorite saying is “the days are long, but the months are short”. Now my twins are 13, but it feels like I just blinked. crazy how that happens.

  2. You are a one in a million Auntie! I love following your family because I see what true family love is all about. You guys warm my heart!

What I Blogged the Day Benjamin Was Born, 5 Years Ago Today was last modified: April 4th, 2012 by Jane Couto Govednik