It was cold out that morning.
No snow yet, but the weather man was predicting it soon.
My back started aching around midnight.
I hadn’t ever experienced a backache quite like it.
It slowly grew and began to spread to my sides and front.
By the time I realized it was labor, my contractions had already become quite regular.
I remember the ride to the hospital.
It was around 2:30am.
I remember how your dad stopped at that four way stop by McDonalds.
There weren’t any cars around… it was the middle of the night in a small town.
I chuckled that he was a “good citizen”.
He was so nervous and excited and scared, all wrapped up in one.
I don’t remember much pain.
It all seemed to go so fast.
The fad then was to walk out of the delivery room.
I cringe at that thought now.
We stayed in the hospital for two days.
We took you home on Valentine’s Day.
You wore a red dress home.
We were so young.
We were so insecure.
I remember your face.
You were so beautiful.
Nineteen years ago.
I was nineteen then.
It seems like yesterday.
I’ll never forget that day.
I love you.
Happy Birthday Haleigh.