Wednesday, July 11, 2012


I mentioned in my last post that Mason was attending Vacation Bible School at a "ginormous" church in Baton Rouge this week with some friends.  Tonight was Celebration Night, and the kids and their families were invited to a special kids' worship service and experience a little of what went on this week.  I, of course, couldn't wait to go.  But I almost didn't.

When I went to the doctor yesterday, my doctor and I both decided that Baby B would definitely make it until Monday.  It seems this baby is perfectly comfortable where he/she is, no matter how uncomfortable I am.  I didn't feel good when I woke up this morning and felt worse as the day progressed.  I began having contractions - the real ones! - shortly after lunch.  They started out fairly regular and close together for nearly two hours.  I wasn't really sure what was going to happen, but they finally started getting farther apart and eventually subsided altogether.  I was super uncomfortable, but I was determined that we were going to church.

As we entered the auditorium, Mason and Hannah Kate both were given a ticket for door prizes.  We later found out that the door prizes were a NOOK, Nintendo 3DS and Apple I-Pod Touch (or maybe it was an I-Phone . . . I don't remember).  Mason and Hannah Kate held tight to their tickets until finally the drawing occurred at the end of the service.  Now.  I never win anything.  NEVER.  And I don't know how many kids were there tonight . . . several hundred . . . so I was sure Mason nor Hannah Kate would win anything.  I mean, you do the math.  THREE prizes.  HUNDREDS of kids.

What can I say . . . we had a winning ticket!  And Mason came home with this:
So I have to be honest.  The winning ticket actually belonged to Hannah Kate!  As Pastor Dino was reading out the six-digit number, Seth and I were watching the kids' tickets.  After the first five digits matched Hannah Kate's ticket, we both looked at each other, and our eyes got really big.  We snatched the ticket out of her hand and gave it to Mason just in time to hear the sixth number match the sixth number on our ticket.  Mason didn't really realize what was going on, but the people around us did.  Our friends started hollering and clapping, and an usher quickly appeared to escort Mason to the stage.  They lifted him up, and Pastor Dino presented him with the Nintendo 3DS.  The conversation went a little something like this:

Pastor Dino: What's your name?
Mason: Mason.
Pastor Dino: Mason, what's your last name?
Mason: Bayham.
Pastor Dino (obviously misunderstanding): Mason MAYHEM!  Now that's got to be the coolest name I've ever heard!

At this point, I am laughing so hard that I'm really about to have this baby in the middle of church.

So then Pastor Dino asked Mason to show him a dance move.  Of course, he wouldn't.  So then he asked Mason to make a funny face.  Well, Mason couldn't pass that up.  So he cocked his head to the side, crossed his eyes and stuck out his tongue.  Everyone laughed and clapped for him.  He returned to his seat, very much in shock.  I think we're all still in shock.
And as for me . . . well . . . I've decided this baby must weigh at least 10 pounds or more!  At least that's what it feels like.  I really want to make it until Monday.  I have an appointment in the morning to get a haircut, of which I am in desperate need.  So I don't want to miss that!  And Friday is Mason's birthday.  And my doctor isn't on call this weekend.  And I still have a few things left to do before baby arrives.  But, at the same time, I was ready to have this baby YESTERDAY.

Five more days . . . or less.

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