Monday, April 9, 2012

James: The Birth Story

Thursday, April 5th, 2:15am. Just imagine how shocked Kyle was to wake up to his wife telling him "Honey, I think my water just broke!" After all, we had only gotten back from my folk's house the afternoon before. We had made one last trip up to visit and to purchase a mini-van we had looked at up there before settling in for the final wait (Ha!). So when we realized this was it, I think we were both in shock!
We phoned our friend Pam B. to ask her to stay with the kids, and were quite relieved when she promptly answered and assured us that she was on her way. Kyle packed up and prepared the (new) mini-van in record time, and an hour later, with contractions just starting, we were on our way. The (45 min) drive was pretty uneventful, except that Kyle kept driving faster as my contractions got more serious. ;-) When we reached the hospital, I think we both breathed a little sigh of relief!

We got in our room about 4:15 am and, as tradition dictates, Kathy (whom we call the "chicken Midwife" - she keeps hens) told us we were ready to deliver. An hour later, James arrived. One of the nurses said that in 22 years of nursing, this was the most the perfect labor and delivery she had ever seen. I was certainly more relaxed and comfortable, since we arrived with a little time to spare!
James had to go on oxygen to help him through transition. They moved him down to the NICU, but he was able to get off oxygen shortly afterward and moved into the room with us after about 24 hrs. We were very grateful for his quick adjustment and thrilled to have him home with us.

Much to be thankful for!


agingrich said...

Sweet pictures!

~the gambill gals~ said...

Yes, very sweet! So wonderful to have Aunt Haley there to help.

TG said...