On June 24, 2010 a microburst hit the Charlottesville area. I had NO idea this was a sign of the microburst that was about to hit Team Patrouch.
On June 25, 2010 a Gabers was a born and I was never the same.
So the microburst was a pretty big freaking deal. All I wanted to do the night before my second baby's due date was snuggle with my first baby. I wanted to fully focus on her and love on her and make sure she knew she was still very much loved.
That didn't happen.
The microburst hit in the afternoon, right before the end of the work day. It normally took about 45 minutes to get home. That night it took 2 hours. Marc and I made it home in time to kiss Carter, hug her and put her to bed. I didn't like that so much. I cried. I felt guilt. It was terrible. But it was what it was.
So on that beautiful Friday morning Marc and I woke up hoping we could have a kid that day. The microburst caused major damage and power to go out across the land. Also, no phones! Landline or cell!! It was nuts. When we arrived at the hospital I was greeted by my very favorite nurse of all time, Lietzle. Thank God, too, because I was nervous! There was some scrambling to try and find a room, make sure doctors were coming in, make sure everything was good to go.
Eventually everyone made it and things were ready to happen! We were about to become parents to our little Deuce.
I mean! Look at that belly!
The man that keeps me sane!
So they got me ready, got Marc ready, and wheeled me in. I am pretty positive you don't want to read all the details but let me just say, c-sections are no joke! What I remember most about that time was how the doctor (love ya, Dr. Jimmy!) and nurses, and me, were talking about music festivals and what bands we liked. It was pretty easy-going conversations, light hearted and fun. Before Marc was allowed in the room he said he could hear us having a great time! He sat on a chair and spun around. But eventually they told us it was time to meet our kid! Marc announced that we had to name him Gabriel or Benjamin! A boy!! We had a little boy! And my heart will never, ever be the same.
Me smiling about Gabriel. My anesthesiologist that I loved very much!
Look at that squishy face! I was IN SHOCK when they told me he was 9 lbs 2 ounces!
PS I LOVED the nail polish color I wore. I'm actually wearing it right now!
When you have a c-section they clean up the baby and all that, then they send him/her to the nursery. Don't worry, dad gets to go, the babe isn't all alone in the world! So Marc went with Gabe, his son, while I anxiously waited to be reunited with both.
Father and son, such a cute pair!
Finally got to really hold him. Love at first sight!
So after I recovered and was sent to my room, I was ready to see Carter. I hadn't seen her much in the past two days and I needed my fix. I was also very curious to see how she'd react to this new little being.
Sharing my Jello! And see my red nose? Yeah, pain med makes me a freaking itchy mess. It's awful!
Staring at her brother! Those are my folks on the left.
CJ's face is BEYOND priceless!
Not sure if she wanted me or Deuce.
One of my all time favorite pictures. AHH! I tear up whenever I see it.
Most perfect little face.
He looks so tiny. But I can promise you, he was not.
CJ letting Gabe know who is in charge!
It always amazes me to look back at how tiny Carter was when the second baby came along. That's Marc's mom!
Gabe telling dad about the crazy journey he just went on!
ICE CREAM! Look at those baby blues! Marc representin West Milford, NJ!
Finally home. A family of four. And boy does Gabriel's head look wonky. Oops!
Kisses for the baby!
Look at those skinny legs. Now he's meaty!
Finally at home, sleeping in his bed!
So, this is a picture heavy post because I am not sure I could keep myself composed if I tried to type something out. A microburst really is the best way to describe my son. He's strong and comes and goes in a minute. He can be loud and aggressive. A bit much to handle. But oh my God is there something about this kid that melts me. You see, he has these eyes. These big, brown, round, gorgeous eyes. And he does this thing with them...he looks at me with them. And I can't resist his charm. I am a complete push over when it comes to him. GAH! This morning I told Marc that today is the day they separated us and he said, "Well, not really." And it's true. He's my buddy, my pal, my baby.
Gabriel Benjamin, I love you buddy!