Military life is interesting. You make friends fast. There is a joke among the spouses that you go from meeting someone and then immediately asking them to be your emergency contact at the kids school. So when you move from base to base, it's common for you to meet a friend of a friend who met ages ago when stationed together previously. This is not the case with Toni.
She and I met at a play group in Italy during June 2013. Her oldest son Gabe had the best floppy hairstyle and the absolutely sweetest smile. Fast forward to an early alarm going off in late May, so I can meet Toni and her husband Tony at the hospital for their c-section.
Now up until this point every birth that I had attended (other than my own) have all been in the clients home. I was over the moon excited to not only be attending my first hospital birth, but my first c-section where I would be in the operating theatre. We all got scrubbed up and briefed about what to expect in the OR and what we could/could not touch and off we went.
There is something so surreal about laughing and joking with your longtime friends knowing that on the other side of that flimsy blue curtain doctors were performing major surgery. The one part of Toni's birth plan that she was so looking forward for was the dropping of that curtain and seeing her daughter, the little girl that she has been praying for since I met her, arriving earth side, and the fabulous staff of the 48 Med Group L&D unit did not disappoint.
And just like that she was here, and the look on Moms face was priceless.
So thank you Toni and Tony, for not only being awesome throughout the past 6 years but for letting me be there for such a huge moment in your life. I have loved watching your family grow over the the years.