|We'll Forever Share a Birthday.|
Wait, wait, wait, is what it feels like when you're waiting for your baby to be born. We've been fortunate to have been able to come back to the U.S. for Clara's birth, which allowed us to be close to family and possibly more importantly, state of the art medical care.
I suppose I should tell the entire birth story since it is really interesting. Of course by Oct. 6th Julie and I were both ready for Clara to come out and be with us. The day started just like any other day here in Wadsworth, Ohio, at her parents. When we first woke up Julie said to me, "Clara has something to tell you. I think she wants to share your birthday." I thought, well cool, but not much more than that, so Julie's father and I set out tinkering with our cars until around noon.When we came in I checked on Julie to see how she was and she said, "I think we should probably call the midwife and see if we should go to the hospital because I don't feel good." Of course being a man I asked her if I could eat lunch first and call afterwords and she begrudgingly agreed.
By the time lunch was finished she was having contractions close to three minutes apart so I set off in our temporary "trans" to Akron City Hospital, around 25 minutes away. (As a side note, Julie hates the station wagon I bought because she said we don't need one with only one child. She agreed on it since it's only for a few months.Also I paid $1500 dollars for it and it only has 105,000 miles on it. Try to get that in St. Kitts and you'd be spending 5 grand easily.)
By the time we arrived she was having painful contractions. I could tell by the look on her face. We found a wheelchair and a kind gentleman helped us navigate the maze like hallways up to labor and delivery. He pushed the help button, picked up the phone, and told them, "Hey there's a lady out here that is having problems." and left.
Soon the automatic oak double doors opened up and a short dumpy nurse with Halloween springy bats on her head meandered out at the rate of a turtle. At that moment I thought, " Oh my God! If this is the service we're going to get then we're in trouble, because I've never delivered a baby but I will probably have to with this lady as our nurse."
Since Julie was a first time mom everyone thought that we were in for a long haul or that she was overreacting, but two things told me it wouldn't. 1. Julie's mother had really quick births and 2.) Julie is as tough as nails and when she's hurting, something really is going on.
Thankfully once we were there we had two fantastic, friendly, and competent RN nurses and a crew of others who kicked into gear. I'll mention I did stay fairly calm and collected on the outside, but that's not what was going on in the inside. The entire drive to Akron I felt sort of out of body as I tried not to speed and navigate traffic and that feeling didn't leave for quite a while. (I can't even imagine what Julie was thinking or feeling when contractions were taking place.)
I do know that they were asking her lots of information questions and she'd poke me to answer the questions and once she did swing at me in pain. The nurses paged the anaesthetist and soon he was there to give Julie her epidural shot. What a scary looking process and of course I had to watch. First he numbs the area then jambs in a super long catheter with a hook on the end and feeds some wire into it. Then he hooks up the medicine and pushes it in. Ouch! The question was whether or not the epidural would kick in before Clara came. It did.
|OUCH! Courtesty: http://www.gettyimages.com|
Yep, Clara Joyce Williamson weighed 6 pounds 13 ounces and was a tall 19 1/2 inches long. She was born at 3.28 p.m. only a few hours after I was born on the same day 35 years ago. She had all fingers and toes and looked like a perfect mixture between the two of us. What do you think?
|My favorite picture so far of Clara.|
We stayed two days and we were released. I'll tell you that those car seats aren't as easy to hook up as you'd think.
|Cliffs of Moher, Ireland|
|Hot Springs in Nevis. That's why Julie's not in the water.|
We both believe Clara will be an active little girl and I can't wait to share St. Kitts with her. So if you see us out don't be afraid to say hi. We'll be back in December in St. Kitts. You never know she could be the next Island Babble writer.