I know we were pushing the call button all of the time, asking all kinds of questions, but they helped make everything much easier.
I have been planning this since last summer and I bought the ring a couple of months ago. I’ve been trying to hide it throughout the house for several months which has been really difficult. We finally got here and I had it in my jean pocket. When we had a room upstairs in triage I knew I had to talk to one of the nurses to help me. I was talking to Kim (our nurse) and she was loving the idea, she was sort of parading me around, and we were telling everyone. The whole plan was to put the ring in his palm or on his finger so that when he went skin to skin she would see that first then I would propose. Kim suggested putting it on a ribbon and tying it around his hand instead so that’s what we did.
When she was pushing I almost passed out because I was so nervous, trying to coach her through the birth. I was so focused on helping her. After he was born my whole body went numb, I took a step back, took a drink of water and we cut the cord. They cleaned him up, put the ring on the ribbon and I said “Babe, will you marry me?” She said yes.
We’re high school sweethearts so it is pretty cool. We talked about getting married a year ago, and I was originally going to do it in Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day because we go there frequently, but then she told me she was pregnant and I had to rethink my plan.
The nurses were awesome and so helpful. Ashley was really funny, and it was easy to let her work on Aly and do her thing, she was really easy going. Kim went and got me coffee regularly. I know we were pushing the call button all of the time, asking all kinds of questions, but they helped make everything much easier.
I’m terrible at keeping secrets. I give her Christmas presents months in advance because I can’t hold it in but I managed to with this one. Now we’re just ready to go home and celebrate.