It was 5:11PM when Baby O entered the world. I had been so exhausted from pushing that I didn’t bother to ask the gender, or maybe I just didn’t care. My baby arrived safely, and that’s all I could ever ask for. I looked over at my hubby and with tears rolling down his face he said, “Honey, it’s a boy.” Overcome with joy, I leaned over and gave him a kiss.
As we discussed earlier during one of our chats, the nurse placed Baby O on my chest. It took a few tries for him to latch on. But when he did, breastfeeding was a piece of cake. Meanwhile, the OB stitched me up. Everyone in the room was in agreement that labor and delivery went quickly. It seemed like an eternity to me. But when I checked the clock and saw that only a few hours had elapsed, I became pretty amazed myself.
Due recent hospital policy updates, we were able to spend a longer time bonding with our newborn. I remember Princess being whisked away for stat checks within a few minutes of her birth. I felt less rushed this time around.
A sudden calm washed over me. It was like the room stood still with just the three of us inside. The cameras no longer flashed. The hospital staff had cleared out. It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. I couldn’t be happier in that moment.
Soon after my sister and brother popped in for a visit. Princess was at home with Grandma and wouldn’t be able to stop by until the following day. My Mom said that she cried all evening because she wanted to see her new baby brother.
I was surprised at how much pain I began to feel. I only remembered taking one pain killer after my first delivery. This time I was asking for multiples. Getting cleaned up was tough. I couldn’t have done so without the help of a nurse.
By the time I got settled into my recovery room, hunger had set in. I was starving! But once we saw what the hospital was serving, we decided to get take out. My hubby and I later enjoyed our first meal as happy parents of two.
The next day friends and family came by for a visit. But the biggest anticipation for me was when Princess met her baby brother for the first time. I’ll never forget the look on her face.
I hoped that she’d be able to settle into her new role as big sis, and she’s been doing it so flawlessly.