Monday, February 19, 2007

Flashback

I don't remember how it happened. But somehow, as a senior in high school, I became the mother of Steve's baby.

His egg baby, that is.

We were taking the required Family Relations class that spring--a generally fun and easy (and even somewhat informative) class that brought the seniors back together at the end of our high school years. Everyone had to pair up and assume responsibility for an egg baby for a couple of days, and I vaguely remember thinking how great it would be to have Steve as my partner (I was gone over him by this time, though we wouldn't start dating for another three years). We were close friends, and at least once a week, someone was either asking me if we were dating or telling me we should be, so it seemed (to me) only natural that we'd co-parent an egg baby. But I can't recall the details of how we actually became partners. He must have suggested it--I never would have had the nerve. Which means I probably then over-analyzed his suggestion, and ran with the idea that we were parents! together! meaning, like a married couple! (Never mind that it was an egg.)

But I digress. I was absent the day the eggs were actually passed out, which meant Dad was in charge. That's how our baby got the name "Steve Junior," and also why he promptly died that afternoon.

Steve had picked up our baby from "daycare" (Mrs. Widmer's classroom, where the babies stayed during the day while we were in school) and was carrying him up the steps to go home. He turned his wrist to look at his watch--apparently not realizing that the egg was in that hand, or that the turning motion would flip the egg out of its container. SPLAT went Steve Junior, all over the stairs, right in front of Mrs. Widmer. Thankfully she was gracious enough to give Steve a replacement egg rather than failing us on the project. (She was pretty cool.)

All that to say, I think maybe it's a good thing that this time around, I'm the one carrying the baby--at least until August. After that, I'm sure Steve will be much more responsible than he was with the egg. (And no, if it's a boy, we will not be naming him Steve Junior.)

20 comments:

K said...

Many congrats from the Gulick family. What a blessing children are. We are sure you will make great parents and wish you all the best.

laurie said...

I am soooo happy for you! Congratulations!!! How do you feel? tired? sick? You know we girls need more details here, sister.

Amy said...

thanks! details coming, stay tuned :)

Amanda said...

What? Did I just miss a post somewhere, or did your little announcement come outta nowhere?!?

congratulations though!

Kat Coble said...

Congratulations! That's fabulous news.

Of course, I do hope that you all have your second bathroom done by the time Little Sparkles gets here.

Slartibartfast said...

Yipee!

Congratulations.

Burkhalter Ministry said...

So happy for you guys... children are a blessing from the Lord and such a miracle life is!!
Blessings,
Beth and Travis

Kelly said...

You can't imagine the smile on my face! :)

Love to all 3 of you!

elizabeth said...

Yay Baby! Congrats. And I enjoyed the egg story!

Kathy T. said...

Life (as you know it) is over. But that's a GREAT thing! Congratulations!

Lynnster said...

What a great story, and congratulations!

Maria said...

FINALLY, the baby post!!! You little stinker, though...sneaking it in all nonchalantly like it's no big deal. :) I checked for a missed post also, then realized you probably had that exact reaction in mind. You are such a fart. :) See you soon!!!

Anonymous said...

I tried this earlier, so sorry if it shows up twice. I met you through KBM though in the summer of 2003 and you probably don't remember me. However, I check your blog daily now through through some other KBM-ers. I am so happy for you and your hubby! I hope the pregnancy goes well for you and you will be in my prayers!

Malia said...

That's an awesome story.

Congratulations!

rebekah said...

great way to let us bob along through the story, thinking "is she getting at something ... perhaps, very important?"

c o n g r a t u l a t i o n s !!!
much love. miss you.

Tonia said...

YAY!!!!!!! whew..so glad it's out, i'm not sure how much longer i could hold it in!! love you and steve sooooo much!! Maybe someday we'll have kids with a friendship as long as hours..:)

Marc said...

Congrats!

Todd & Micah said...

Congrats! August huh? You've been keeping this little egg a secret then. Come to think of it, he/she is probably about the size of an egg right now :)

kate chinlund said...

AAAHHH!!! YAY Ames!!! Congratulations!!! What awesome news!!! I can't wait to follow along from this point on in your pregnancy... I'm so glad you're feeling better, and so excited for you! Love ya girl!

Jamie said...

I was watching for this post, but it completely blindsided me :) You are SO creative!