|Welcome Baby Pumpkin!|
I was afraid I would not make it in time. I had to wait for Hubby to come home from work and knowing L., she delivers quickly. I thought for sure that she would deliver well before I arrived, but I was determined to go anyway. I made it to the hospital and greeted three nieces (L's daughters) in the waiting room. My sister-in-law MK gave me the update and I scarfed my dinner so I could check in with L.
|My sister-in-law M.|
While I realize everyone labors differently, it was interesting to watch L. block out the unnecessary, draw into herself, and labor quietly, though intensely, through each contraction. So different from the way I labor. When I have a contraction, I prefer to push against my husband's hands. I think after each birth my arms and shoulders were ached terribly the next morning. There's nothing silent about me. I grit my teeth and grimace. But L.? She relies on an inner strength. It is reflective of her daily self in a different and more intense situation. L. is one of the strongest people I know and I admire her greatly and I am so glad that I am able to call her my friend as well as my sister.
|I love how you can practically feel her excitement.|
However, that was not the case. As I said, L. delivers very quickly. She went from 5cm to 10cm in about 10 minutes. Her sisters and our sister-in-law was in the room along with L.'s husband and daughter. One second she was sitting on the edge of the bed and in the next, her daughter was crowning. She was placed back onto the bed immediately, M. was sent to find the doctor and the nurse delivered the baby. There was no time to pull apart the bed and the doctor missed the birth. So did I. I wasn't called in, and granted L. delivers very, very quickly. Everyone said it happened so fast and I believe them. Totally. But there is a part of me that was incredibly disappointed and my brother-in-law knew it right away. He can read me so well. I'm still reflecting on my reaction on missing the birth of my niece and I will write about it in another post.
|Mama in the middle of her 5 girls|
I am blessed and honored to have been part of this great event. God bless you, Baby Pumpkin. We are so glad you are here. Your sisters love you and your presence has had a big wonderful impact on everyone's lives.