Please know this was written in a very light-hearted and fun tone.
I would guess that anyone that has a sibling close in age often finds themselves in quite a bit of competition with that sibling. If you add that with the fact that the Conneely family is extremely competitive by nature, my sister and I were bound to engage in a little 'friendly' competition now and then.
Guess who's fish is bigger???
Well, I am about to lose a huge contest to my sister. My triplets were born at 33 weeks and 6 days. I have been quite proud of that accomplishment over the past few years. I realize that this accomplishment had little to do with things that I had any control over, but regardless, it was a tough road, I worked hard and I was proud. Well..........tomorrow is the day that my sister hits 33 weeks 6 days. While of course, I am thrilled that she has made it that far, a little piece of the child in me is sorta bummed to lose such a big contest.
Now, in my defense, I have to mention two things that I would like to have considered before declaring me the loser of this particular contest. (Maybe I could get a star next to my score or something.)
1. My sister's doctor, who happens to be the same doctor that I used, has been telling Jen for the last few weeks that it is his goal to get her to 34 weeks so that she can beat my family record! I was really surprised that he took such an interest in this. Well, it turns out that he is the "little brother" in his family and his big brother is only a year older. That seems a bit unfair if you ask me. He was totally biased and using his 'doctor power' to give her an unfair advantage.
2. I also did not realize, when I my kids were born, that I was going to be involved in this competition. Had I known that my sister was going to get pregnant with triplet boys almost 6 years later and challenged my family record, I surely could have hung out a few more days. Maybe a couple more days of magnesium sulfate would have kept those boys cookin' a bit longer and I would have been unbeatable by my little sister.
What do you think?!?! At least a star with a footnote?????
So, anyway, in all seriousness, I really am thrilled that Jen is almost 33w6d. It was a very lucky number for our family and a few months ago, it seemed so unobtainable for her, considering her situation at the time. I can't believe she made it this far. Way to go!! If I had to lose a contest to her, I guess this is a good one to lose. Pretty soon, we can talk about first kids to walk, talk, sleep through the night. Actually, I don't think that I am going to win any of those contests. I think that I've got first kid to read locked up though....then again, I've been taken by surprise before. ;)