Growing up I had the fortune of having a close neighbour and best friend named Sabrina. We grew up together and spent countless hours at each others homes. In elementary school whenever we hung out, you would be sure to find us together dancing and singing in our basements as we pretended to be on Star Search, or as characters on Jem and the Holograms (our favourite show). On certain occasions we even pretended to be rap stars – a genre of music that Sabrina introduced to me when we were nine years old. I think that there is a tape kicking around somewhere with an original Amanda/Sabrina rap, including back up vocals by Elina (Sabrina’s little sister).
The beginning of High School was a tough time for me, and Sabrina was my rock. I was bullied and at a time when someone could be your friend one day and not the next for the most trivial of things, I could always count on her to be there for me. She was more than a friend, she was a sister to me. Our friendship was never faked, it was easy and comfortable.
Years later we attended each others weddings, it was amazing – we had really grown up!
The next step – Kids! Sabrina had a very handsome baby boy a couple of years before our girls. I had always joked about having a baby at the same time as her, but wasn’t quite ready when she announced her first pregnancy. At the time, I made some comment to the effect that I would catch her on the next round.
Well as luck would have it (or weird perfect timing) we both ended up pregnant with our beautiful girls at the same time, and with the exact same due date! We followed each others pregnancies through Facebook, continuously checking in on each other. I even remember messaging her the day before Lauren was born to see if she felt like the baby could be coming that night.
As I arrived to the hospital in labour around 2:30am on January 8th, I remember doing a quick scan to see if I could spot Sabrina anywhere but didn’t see her. I remember brushing it off and giggling with Steve about how funny it would be if we actually did end up having our babies at the same time. Moments later, the movie like moment came to fruition and in arrived Sabrina and her husband ready to have their little girl!
They say that only three percent of babies are actually born on their due date, as it turned out Lauren and Sumaiya were part of this three percent, amazing considering that Sabrina and I are not known for our being on time. 🙂
Having Lauren was a dream come true, she was beautiful perfect and healthy. There was nothing in the world that could make that moment more special, well except for knowing that my best friend had her baby girl the very same day!
Oh how that joy has become bittersweet, as a parent you cant help but picture your child’s future unfolding in your mind. I pictured our girls as friends, they would share secrets and play their own games together. They would always have a story that would tie them to each other, a special connection.
Lauren doesn’t live for the future anymore, she lives for the moment. I’m sure that some of these moments will still be shared with Sumaiya, but it is hard knowing that they weren’t meant to shared in the same way that Sabrina and I had together.
Nevertheless we celebrate, we celebrate the life that we have been blessed with. Both Sumaiya and Lauren are such special gifts from God and I am so thankful for every single moment of their lives.
Happy Birthday Baby Girls! We love you both so very much!