Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. Wondering why? Well, we welcomed the newest member to our family! This birth was an interesting journey, and a bit of a wild ride…from the very beginning!
Monday morning, we had an appointment with our doctor for our 40 week check-up. Imagine, for a moment, this scenario: You are heavily pregnant, sitting at the doctor’s office…with you four older, very bored children. It’s the day before your due date, and your blood pressure is starting to run just a little bit high. So, the doctor wants to wire you down for a non-stress test…just to make sure everything was alright with the baby. This is the scenario unfolding for me that morning. Fortunately, my husband had met us there for the appointment.
My boys were in rare form that morning…each specializing in the kinds of torture only brothers can provide for one another. They were sitting in the only two regular chairs in the exam room, looking innocent as can be. Soon, Monkey would screech and smack a very still and innocent looking Rhino. Rhino thought it was funny, and started laughing. Monkey was told to leave his brother alone. They quiet down for a couple of minutes. Then, Rhino would screech and smack an innocent looking Monkey. Now it was Monkey’s turn to laugh. They were taking turns poking each other just out of sight of their dad and me, thinking we wouldn’t catch on to their little game. Soon, Bear got into the game. She went and sat between them, under the pretense of helping them to behave themselves. Instead, the two boys both turned on their sister, so instead of poking each other, now they were both poking her. Meanwhile, Lizard was on the doctor’s stool…you know, the kind that’s on wheels with the seat that spins freely. She was propelling herself back and forth across the open section of the exam room while laying across the seat of the stool. The doctor came in to this scene, and fortunately started laughing. He looks at everyone, and said, “Reminds me of my kids. But they’re grown up now.”
None of the other kids had ever made it all the way to their due dates. Baby was measuring big, and I was sick of being pregnant. I was ready for this birth! But, at the previous checks over the past three weeks, my body just wasn’t showing any signs of agreement. We were all getting a little anxious for this baby’s birth…even the doctor! But today was a different story. I was finally starting to dilate and was about 50% effaced. The doctor pulled out his phone to decide when to schedule an induction. Andrew and I piped up, asking, “How about tomorrow?” So, we decided to go ahead and schedule an induction for the following morning.
After the appointment, I called my parents to let them know it was time to come down. We only gave them 8 hours notice to get here. But, that’s a lot longer than they would have gotten if I had gone into labor on my own! They always stay with the bigger kids while Andrew and I are at the hospital for a birth. We were all excited. It was almost time for Baby!
Stay tuned this week to read Part 2, where we finally get to meet our new baby!