Wednesday, April 02, 2008

My babies and another baby

Where do I begin. First off the kids are home safe. Their flight ended up coming in 3 hours later than originally scheduled but they got here and that's all that matters. I heard all day from Seth, "Hannah, airplane. Airplane, Hannah." Their little friends (the hermit crabs) managed to make it through security. Of course in Orlando yesterday, that isn't the only thing that made it through security. Yeah, some guy tried taking bomb making materials on a flight to Jamaica. Does my family attract weird things? Are we prone to being around strange happenings? Do I live in the danger zone? (Who's singing the Top Gun song right now?)

After dinner the doula that I back up called to tell me that two of her clients were in labor. Of course, I jumped at the chance to attend a birth. Well, one of her clients contractions didn't really get going but client A's did. Since we weren't sure what would happen with the other mama we both went with A and her husband J to the hospital. She wasn't a candidate for an epidural due to rods in her back so she had two options, labor naturally or have a c-section under general anesthesia. With the help of her fabulous husband and two wonderful doulas she did it naturally. Woo, hoo! It's never as easy as it sounds for the mama but she was great. (The other client took a shower and went to bed... still haven't heard if she had her baby or not yet.)

I got home at 6:40 am. I took a 30 minute nap and got up to get the kids ready for school. Once they were off to school I stuck Bob the Builder on the TV and managed to nap for about an hour through Seth demanding, "Mommy, up!" We took a shower and made a run to Costco. I knew he'd fall asleep on the way home and was hoping he'd take a good nap today. Luckily for me he slept for almost two hours. I got all the food put away and laid down for a while. Not long after we were up it was time to get the kids from school. Simon was out about on time and Hannah was late... no wait, she wasn't late after all. She had Chorus and once I realized that today was Wednesday I remembered the had Girl Scouts too. I have no brain on a normal amount of sleep, I think I become utterly useless on roughly 4 hours. Such is life.

I made spaghetti for dinner because it's easy and then we took Hannah to Gymnastics for her make up class. Thank god Simon didn't want to to to Tae Kwon Do today. I think I'd have pulled out all my hair.

I am tired. Hopefully I can get some good sleep tonight. It was worth missing sleep to see another beautiful baby come into this world though. It's such a powerful experience and I always feel blessed to be a part of it.


woman at the well said...

Ellen, your headline is misleading ... "another baby" has a completely different meaning to a grandma :) I'm glad the kids had a good time in Florida. Will there be photos?

Amy Y said...

I agree with your mom! I thought you were going to say you were having another baby! Naughty girl. :)

Glad the kiddos and their critters made it home Ok... Hopefully the crabs don't escape and pinch your butt in your sleep. ;)

That's awesome that you got to attend a birth... It is the coolest thing in the world to experience!!

ellen said...

It never dawned on me that the title of the post would be interpreted as if I was having another baby. If I were announcing that, which I am not, I'd probably say something like, "And one more makes four."

Oh, and Mom, you'd know before I made a blog post!

I am hoping to get some pictures to share.

bundle-o-contradictions said...

Glad to hear everyone made it back safe & sound, despite insanity in the world. Get some rest! :) Autumn