December 2nd, 2017
It was a warm Summer night and my parents had come to stay in the lead up to the birth of our baby. The day before I had felt some minor discomfort and contractions. Bub was now 6 days overdue and all we could do was wait. At 6:25 pm I could feel the contractions becoming stronger. The days were drawing out and the only way I could pass the time was to play Dice (family dice game). Andrew and I were on our 100th game for the day. I was having trouble tallying the scores, so we called it quits for the day and I went inside to cook dinner with Mum.
Halfway through dinner, I got up to get seconds and my waters broke while standing in the kitchen. My contractions were regular but I was still able to hold conversations during them. So while I jumped in the shower to clean up Mum moped the kitchen floors. I came back downstairs called the Hospital and continued to watch the Rugby World Cup with everyone. We wanted to labor at home for as long as possible before going in. I couldn’t think of anything worse than getting into the hospital and being told to go home or sit in a hospital room for hours (or even days) just waiting. I sat rocking on the exercise ball, that had been a god sent through my whole pregnancy, while Australia won the cup.
9:30 hit the game ended and I took one look at Andrew and said ‘Ok I think it’s time to go.’ We got in the car and off we went, just Andrew and I. The car ride felt like it took forever. We got to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital around 10:00pm. If I thought the drive took forever, the walk from the car park to the Birthing Suite was longer still. A lovely staff member met us halfway with a wheelchair. She later said to Andrew ‘We didn’t want another baby born in the hallway’.
Once in the birthing suite, the nurses got all the paperwork sorted and did an examination.
WE WERE ALREADY 10cm dilated.
There was no time for any other drugs. Lucky we wanted to have as close to natural birth as possible. So with the gas & air in my hand, we started pushing.
December 3rd, 2017
It took a while before you started crowning (roughly 90mins). Then it was all go. We delivered at 1:41am and the first thing this Mama asked was
‘Is it a boy or a girl?’
They pulled the blanket back to show us our perfectly pink and gooey little Girl. She was finally here. Andrew and I looked at each other in disbelief. Having boys being
predominant in both families we thought our chances of having a little girl was extremely slim. Andrew cut the cord and they rushed her over to the suction as she had swallowed some Merconium on her way into our world. I finally let go of Andrew’s hand and demanded he stay by her side no matter what happened or where she went.
Waiting for her to cry was the longest few minutes of my life. I felt that my whole world depended on it. I guess to a degree it did. Both our worlds did. That cry was the sweetest noise in the world. They finally handed her to me for skin to skin and I could hardly breathe. My whole world had changed in those few hours.
We stayed in the birthing suite for over an hour just being together as a family. No one else (other than the hospital staff) knew you were Earth-side. You were our secrete. Our perfectly, gooey little secrete. Once we arrived in our room we sent a text out to our parents letting them know both Mother and Baby were healthy and safe, but we decided to keep the secret of your gender for a little while longer. We just laid in bed our new family of three staring at our beautiful baby girl. We
had ideas as to what we would name her but it wasn’t until we spent a few hours with her that we made our decision.
At 6:30 we decided it was time to share our secret with the family. We first called Andrew’s parent with Facetime. We had taken a Blue and Pink blanket to the hospital to let people know. So with you wrapped in a Pink blanket we introduced Millie to her Nana & Mac for the first time (as they were not able to join us from so far away). They were so thrilled to have another little girl join their family. Next, we had to wait for my parents. We had spoken to them on the phone but had not told them yet, as they would be coming straight to the hospital once visiting hours started. The had to wait until 11:00 am (a little bit cruel) but we wanted to see their faces as this was their first grandchild and wanted it to be special for them and us.
The staff told us at 10:50 that they had been pacing up and down outside the doors for at least 15minutes. They burst through the doors as soon as they opened. Grandad rushed past Grandma, Andrew and myself as he was going to be the first to hold his first grandchild. Grandma stood there in disbelief, shaking and said ‘Is it really a girl?’. There was so much love in that room at that moment.
There is still so much love in our lives. This little girl is surrounded by so many loving people who would do anything for her. And though she has only been on this earth a few days, she already has Mama & Daddy wrapped around her little finger. Just the way it should be.