So this whole experience has come up a couple of times in the last few months and I thought it would be good to get it all on the interwebs for posterity’s sake. You’ll have to forgive the quality of the videos and pictures but this was ten years ago and the only way we knew to capture it was VHS. (If you’re under 30 – ask me what those were and I’ll explain later.) So these videos are literally VHS –> DVD –> YouTube. Honestly it’s a testament to our tenacity that we even tried.
Here’s the back story….
We moved to Memphis in August of 2004. I was 7 months pregnant with Jac and we were starting over in a brand new city without any family. John was working full time with the Ugly Mug and I was nannying part-time and getting ready for Jac full time. Getting ready for a baby is 1 part nursery, 2 parts vomiting, and 3 parts watching TV. (I promise, that’s accurate.) So in the mornings I would watch Ellen because I needed to laugh (this is good advice for anyone – laughter is medicine that works in almost any circumstance).
She started this segment called “RSVP Ellen” where people would send her invitations to random events (birthdays, weddings, showers, etc.) and she would pick a few to read on air every day. I was watching one day and someone invited her to come to a sonogram for their first baby. And I thought to myself, “I can do better than that! I’ll just ask her to come be my birth coach for Jac.” I sat down at the computer at 11 am, and wrote her an invitation. At 8 pm that evening, I got a phone call….
The first 5 and a half minutes are the original phone call and the following are segments taken from the beginning of the show for the next couple of weeks…
And these are more clips from the weeks leading up to his birth. Unfortunately, Ellen wasn’t able to actually come coach me through my emergency C-section, but she DID send a TON of gifts to the house with her producers and surprised me Publisher’s Clearing House style. That comes at the 10:30 mark.
So they came to the house that November to surprise us and then flew us out to L.A. in January for Ellen to meet Jac! I have the whole episode, but I’m having trouble uploading it because of copyright issues. Stay tuned…