Hey everybody, we're home from the hospital as of yesterday. Last night was pretty chaotic but we all survived! And today went quite well with just a few minor melt downs from Sean. This has certainly been quite the adjustment for him.
So now for what you all have been waiting for: Emma-Lyn's birth story...
I think I had told you all how my water broke around noon on Wednesday and how at the hospital they told us we could go home and let labour progress, which we did. And we managed to have one last couple's night out for dinner at the Dundee Arms (it was sooooo yummy, I had the pan fried haddock in dill sauce and a Caesar salad)
After supper we headed home to let things really get going. I had a few contractions during supper but nothing too exciting. Marko got the fun job of getting Sean bathed and ready for bed while I laid down on the bed and breathed through some contractions. Things were certainly starting to happen. Once Sean was in bed Marko called Labour and Delivery to see what they thought about us coming in. While the contractions were getting stronger they weren't consistent and they said that we could come in if we wanted to but it didn't sound like we needed to. So we stayed put.
Then it seemed the contractions were ramping up again so Marko called in again. And again they said that we were more than welcome to come in but it didn't sound like we had to so again we stayed put. The contractions were definitely getting stronger. As I breathed through each one I would recite Psalm 23 in my head which really helped me through them. And then there were the ones I breathed through while on the phone with Brian and Bonnie...now that was just funny. I was almost laughing just listening to their play by play of the contractions. Thanks for the distraction guys!
Finally, the contractions were getting so rough that I was having a hard time just breathing through them. Marko called again and while he was on the phone I started moaning and they were all like, yes, it's definitely time to come in! Marko made a quick call to Mike to come over to watch Sean. Another call to my folks and one last one to Brian and Bonnie and then we were off. Well sort of. I got as far as the kitchen sink when a really strong contraction came on and I had to just hang on to Marko to get through it. Then we got as far as our front entry and we had to stop again.
We got in the car and took off and thankfully made green lights all the way to the hospital. I had a few more really strong contractions that I was now all out wailing through. Marko pulled up and parked the car at the front entrance (which really is illegal but we figured he had a really good reason) Once we were in the first set of doors I had another contraction where I was pulling on Marko's jacket for all I was worth. (He was beginning to get worried that I was going to rip the jacket right off him and he'd be going into the delivery room all Incredible Hulk looking!) While I was wailing in pain a man from inside came out to see how he could help and Marko just said, WHEELCHAIR! He quickly returned with the chair and another woman appeared and helped get it set up and me in it, she even told me that she would pray for me. Then we were off!!
I don't think I've ever gone down those halls quite so fast in my life. As soon as we were in the hallway to Labour and Delivery the nurses were up and prepping a room for me. We flew into the room where the nurses quickly got me undressed and on the bed. No sooner was I down than I was pushing much to their dismay. They kept telling me to breathe and not to push. At this point I really didn't feel like I had much choice in the matter, my body just kept saying PUSH and push I did. They hardly had time to get the baby's heartbeat on the monitor. The doctor and nurses were rushing about and in no time, my sweet baby girl was born. We arrived at the hospital at ten to ten and Emma-Lyn was born at five to ten!! Yeah, so I guess maybe we should have gone in a bit earlier eh?!
The stay at the hospital was great. And life at home is beginning to shape up as well, although we have a long way to go yet before things return to a some sense of normal. Emma-Lyn is doing great. She's a great little nurser and sleeper and just such a sweet little baby girl. Sean is having a tough time adjusting but I'm sure he'll come around soon. Today was definitely better than yesterday. And tomorrow he and Gramma are going to bake cookies together. I'm sure he'll love that!
Thank you all so much for your thoughts, prayers and lovely comments! I had Marko read them to me from home when I was in the hospital.
One very proud papa.
Emma-Lyn just home from the hospital.
Big brother admiring his new baby sister.