Date of Birth: Sunday, 15th February 2009
Time of Birth: 6.10am
Weight: 9 pound 3 ounces / 4.185 kgs
Length: 55.5 cms
My brother-in-law Dave woke me up at around 4.15am this morning as Sylvia's water broke at 4.10am and I jumped in the shower and got organised. When we were ready to leave, Alexis woke up perfectly on time, so we dressed her and off we went.
It's at least a 30 minute drive from Coomera to the John Flynn Hospital in Tugun and I think we made it in record time ... a few speed laws may have been broken! The contractions were coming about a minute apart by the time we got to the hospital and Sylvia was already 5 cms dialated. The mid-wife had started to fill the bath for the water birth, but it's a pretty slow process and was only half full even with a 20 minute warning that we were coming in. I asked the mid-wife whether the doctor was on the way and apparently he'd been and gone already.
Sylvia was trying to hold the baby in by keeping her legs closed because the bath wasn't yet full, but in the end that baby wanted to come out and there was nothing stopping it. Within a very short span of time, Sylvia was fully dialated and within 25 minutes of arriving at the hospital the gorgeous baby Harry was born ... and Dave (my brother-in-law) wanted to go through McDonald's drive-through to get some breakfast before we got to the hospital ... luckily we all decided to go straight there!! Even the doctor missed the event!!
I was so lucky that I could be a part of the whole process ... Sylvia was a pro ... Alexis was amazing (she kept saying "I want to see the head. I want to see the head." and had prime position when that head popped out) ... wow there's just nothing quite like being right there in the thick of it ... quite amazing.
Alexis, Harry at 7 minutes old & proud dad Dave.
My sister Sylvia - does this look like a mum that just gave birth??
The proud Aunty Di (me).
Weighing in - what a whopper.
Harry at 2 hours old with Uncle Ferg - he's got a bit of colour now.
"A new baby is like the beginning of all things - wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities."
~Eda J. Le Shan~