Good morning! We’re on Baby Watch 2007 here. Chris’ stepsister, Missy, is in the hospital beginning her induction. We can hardly wait to welcome Cousin Ethan Javier into the world!
Last night, I lay down for bed and was flooded with memories of our night in the hospital for Jonas’ birth. Our situation was a little different – Jonas was full term, and my labor was spontaneous; Ethan is about 5 weeks early and being induced for both his & Mama’s health reasons – but still, there is something universal about those wee hours before your baby is born.
There is fear – as a first time mama, you only know what to expect in an academic, word-of-mouth way, and it’s a little nerve-wracking to know that your body is about to go through a marathon of pain and endurance unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. There is excitement – the prospect of finally seeing, holding, caressing this tiny little baby you have carried for so long is overwhelming. There are so many physical and emotional and mental things going on, all at once.
My heart is in that hospital room with Missy this morning. I pray that her experience is beautiful and whole – that her body will respond well to the medications, that little Ethan will descend and engage and start his move toward birth, that her doctors and nurses will provide her with excellent care and help her make the decisions necessary, that her husband will enjoy the experience and be supportive and involved, and that all of us will celebrate the arrival of little Ethan very, very soon