Katie Shalom, born to Angela and Peter in Palmerston.
We headed to the hospital around 8:30 at night. My water had broken at 4:30 that morning but then the entire day passed without anything happening. Not a single contraction! I'm not sure who was more anxious for something (anything!) to happen, Peter or I. Around supper our midwives popped by to see how things were going and during that time things finally started picking up. After a little marathon of The Office (our favorite show) my contractions were about 4-5 minutes apart so we (and by 'we', I mean Peter) threw our bags in the truck and scooted over to the Palmerston hospital. Let's get this show on the road!!
The first hour passed really quickly, just joking around and talking about our birth experiences with the other kids. Then things started happening really fast...although in my mind it was not that quick. The above picture was taken at 9:21pm (checking in). The following picture was taken at 9:48pm (baby in arms!) ...if you had asked me, I would have told you that there was at least an hour and a half between the two! I guess high levels of pain affect your judgement :)
This was our first baby with a midwife and we spent the entire first hour of Katie's life just loving, snuggling and being in awe of the amazing gift we had just been given. This was such a precious time and I'm so thankful that we were able to have this opportunity. It was so different than our experiences with the other kids. Not to lessen their precious arrivals into the world but, especially after the traumatic first few hours of Jude's life, having this quiet time together to just enjoy and marvel at this amazing new life
was something we will always treasure.
Another thing that made Katie's arrival extra special was the fact that she was born right into the waiting hands of her daddy :) Pete made an expert "catch" after his explicit instructions to 'Just make sure you catch'em before the first bounce!' LOL!! Can I just say again how amazing our team of midwives were? I could write an entire post about how incredible their care has been! Since the details would probably be way too much information for most of you ;) , I will just say that the care they gave us was such an incredible blessing, not just for me, but for our entire family. For someone who had always been a bit wary of midwifery, I have become the biggest advocate...and am humbly grateful for the unexpected gift we all received when I came into their care.
Thank you Mhairi, Emily, Laura and Sabrina! xo
Around midnight, the girls asked if I wanted to check in and settle down for the night...or go home. GO HOME?? For reals?!? You mean I can sleep in my own bed, with no one bugging me every couple hours to check my temperature and blood pressure, and have only ONE baby crying (who happens to be our own little sweetheart who's cries melt our heart) and eat something delicious and not pre-packaged for breakfast?? Sign me up!! So we cleaned up, threw some snuggly jammies on and headed home for our first sweet night together. It was kind of surreal pulling out of the hospital parking lot a mere four hours later, no longer two but three. Our sweet daughter, who only hours before had been tucked away in my womb, was now clipped into her own seat belt filling up our truck with one more car seat...and even more love.
Did I mention how much we loved having midwives? :)
After a precious night of not much sleeping but lots of snuggling, listening to sweet baby sounds, tender touches and checking her sweet breath just to be sure, Grandma and Grandpa brought the troops over to meet their new sister. So here I am, 12 hours after Katie was born, with all of my babies and I truly couldn't be happier.
Katie Shalom, you were so wanted and we thank God a million times over for sending you into our family. You are such a precious gift and we love to you pieces, baby girl!!