Liam Ellis Ash arrived at 2:16pm, Friday the 18th. If the delay of this post is any indication, time has already been twisted and taken on a new form in our lives. A few reflections on the birth:
- Rachel said she felt a little “off” on Thursday night. Her last words before falling asleep at 8pm on the sofa were “I think this could be it tomorrow”
- Rachel’s mom woke up at 3:30am in New Jersey, looked at her clock and said, “Rachel’s going into labor”
- Rachel’s water broke at 4:15am.
- Eli came into our room at 5:15am and for once, we didn’t send him back to bed. One last cuddle for just the 3 of us.
- 5:30-9:45 – Rachel showered, made Eli’s lunch for daycare, watered all plants in the house, emptied the dishwasher, directed me around all while pausing every 10-20 minutes for those inconvenient contractions. :)
- 10am – We leave for the hospital
- 10:30am- We’re set up in the room and ready to roll
- 1pm- 6cm dilated, I decide it’s halftime and a good point to visit the cafeteria. I fill my try with food and checkout with a bill of $4. (Subsidized food!). I sit down and enjoy a leisurely lunch, reading the Ithaca Times.
- 1:30- I head back to the room and run into a couple in the elevator, asking me what I’m there for. I tell them it’s for the birth, and they say “wow, and you’re not in the room?” To which I reply that it’s the 2nd child. And they laughed and said, “of course.”
- 1:40pm- I walk to our room, now filled with 3 nurses staring at me and the baby warmer now positioned near the bed. I take it in, and realize we’re further along than expected. They tell me they were about to page me, and that Rachel is now 10cm dilated and ready to go.
- 2:16- Arrival…of a boy
Since Liam arrived before Thanksgiving, we’ve had a week of family in town and plenty of food. The past two days have been the new reality of our family of four. I started this blog 3 years ago when Rachel and I made the move to Ithaca. As I type this now, we have everything we could have been hoping for…