Today managed to be even more exciting than that, though ... we have a baby !
Born at 17:04 today, 3.45kg, 49cm, name still to be determined :)
Has the right number of fingers and toes, one pristine suit of skin, and a good set of (newborn) reflexes. Both rwrylsin and baby are doing fine.
Today started for me just before 3am - rwrylsin woke me up to let me know that she was pretty sure her waters had just broken, and the hospital advised us to come in (not in a panicked-emergency-rush, but not taking too long about it either :) ).
I managed to wake up enough to load the car and drive us there, and it was confirmed that yes, waters had broken, and we'd most likely be having a baby today.
That was immediately followed by ... a lot of waiting around. The first wait was for the Obstetrician to turn up, a bit after 7am, to confirm that it was time for some Syntocinon to kick things into action.
This was promptly followed by ... more waiting. We decided that it was a good time for me to head home, feed the cats, and let work know that I wouldn't be in today, and maybe squeeze in a little more sleep. I managed all of that, and headed back in around 11:30.
By then, rwrylsin had started having regular contractions, and the next check by the Ob around 12 revealed about 1cm dilation.
The TENS machine was starting to get a good workout as the contractions strengthened, but rwrylsin was hanging in there.
Lunch was taken ... which proved to be a mistake for rwrylsin, as it all reappeared (projectile-fashion) around 2:30, necessitating a Change Of Everything and a shower.
The contractions strengthened more after that, and rwrylsin added gas (ummm ... nitrous oxide, I guess ?) to the mix, and for a while seemed to be getting very tired by it all (not surprising !). The next Ob visit was around 4pm, and revealed dilation of 5-6cm - good progress, but he said he'd next be back around 8pm, although expected the baby to have arrived by then.
Things seemed to go slowly for a while - somewhere around 10 to 5, I was wondering just how long it could go on, and just how long rwrylsin could hang on.
Suddenly things sped up - just before 5, the head appeared ! Everyone was duly mobilised and the baby appeared moments later !
After that, there was a bit more waiting for the placenta to make an appearance, and various tidying up to be done, and then for a little while it was just me, rwrylsin and the baby.
Various tests followed, plus some dinner and a shower for rwrylsin, measurements and immunisation for the baby, and finally, moving out of the birthing room to the recovery room.
I decided that while I could stay there tonight, if I'm going to be able to help out with anything tomorrow (and drive safely back and forth, etc), I really needed to come home and sleep here.
(also had to feed the cats, before they broke out and came looking for us !)
So, sleep soon, and then tomorrow after setting things up for fencing training (minus rwrylsin, of course), I'll be heading back in to see how rwrylsin and baby are doing, and hanging around there most of the next few days I imagine.
... I think it might be time for a quiet celebratory dram of whiskey.
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