Monday, December 5, 2011

Yesterday, my niece was born!

My sister-in –law (henceforth “sister”) was due on December 12th, however at 12:50 a.m. yesterday morning, my sister’s water broke! We spent some time confirming that it had ruptured, then she took a shower, and she and I arrived at the hospital at 3:00 a.m. My hubby stayed home with our 3 year old niece, who was sleeping.

Since I don’t have children yet, I really cherished this entire experience. I took notes and a timeline of most events so that the daddy, who is in Afghanistan, would have an idea of what happened. I also took notes so that my sister can use it for scrapbooking in the future! I was DJ, and played Enya and Norah Jones for my sister, because she wanted relaxing music with a female voice. I rubbed her back, which was the source of most of her pain. I used a cold wash cloth to cool her when she was hot. When she got her epidural, I told my hubby and niece to hurry over. They made it just in time (but waited in the family room until after the birth)! I got to cut the umbilical cord and took the first pictures of the baby! 

What amazed me is how mommy’s skin went from ashen and strained to glowing and beautiful. Baby immediately started crying, and when placed on mommy’s chest, she started trying to nurse. She was perfect. The doctors and nurses said that it was a “textbook” birth and one of the least complicated all week.

I kept my hubby updated through text/SMS’s, which he then relayed to the daddy via facebook. Unfortunately, we don’t think that daddy knows yet that he is now father to a second adorable baby girl! My sister has notified the Red Cross, they notify soldiers of emergencies and births while in combat. We’ve also e-mailed him, so hopefully he finds out soon!

I’m not posting a lot of pictures until daddy knows, but here is a preview:

Teeny, tiny foot!

Song of the Birth: Only Time by Enya.


Amanda said...

Oh how lovely! Such wonderful news, congratulations to your sister and family x

Gina said...

Mazel Tov aunty!!!
What a very special experience, so glad you got to be a part of it :)

Vanisha @ Vanisha's Life In...Australia said...

I've got tears in my eyes and a lump in a throat. Such a precious experience. I hope my sister and I are there for each other this way when the time comes :) Congratulations auntie and new parents <3

Sami said...

That was a very special experience for you. Congratulations to the whole family. Sad that the Daddy wasn´t present, hope he finds out soon about his precious little girl.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

How special that you were able to be a part of the wee one's arrival! Well done!