I leaped out of bed and yelped. Billy startled awake as I ran into the other bedroom where my mom and sister were snoozing. "Mom, I think my water broke! What do I do??"
Even with nine months of preparation and plenty of online reading - the moment you go into labor suddenly you can't remember anything. "Get in the shower" she said. So I got in the shower.
"So, my contractions are pretty frequent....like about 3 minutes apart...and they are pretty bad"
Wide eyes all around and sudden scrambling to get out the door!
A huge, beach ball belly me, about the burst with new life, waddled into our bedroom to grab the bag. In the dim lamp light Billy was hunched over, silent tears squeezing out. "I wish she was here" he wispered. "I know......I do too.....She is, Billy. She is here"
We are loaded into the car, driving down empty roads and running red lights. "I have always wanted to do that!" Billy yelled with a smile. Novant Hospital rose out of the darkness in a glow of a hundred lighted windows.
Check in, hospital gown, 2 attempts at an 18 gauge IV, my sister in laws arriving in the middle of the night, some serious contractions and hours later = epidural at 6cm dilated
8:00am - 12pm - Waiting. Calm conversation, laughing, anticipation, coffee (not for me). It was the perfect morning.
12pm - PUSHING. And gathered on all sides of the bed were my sweet family - encouraging me with every contraction. Billy held my head/shoulders, and my sister and sister-in-laws laws held up my legs! And when the grand moment arrived - the last push, we were all together to look in wonder and amazement at the -
3:02pm --- LONG, blue, wrinkly, perfect little boy who met us for the first time - with a relieving wail.
A crying Billy kissed my head, cut the umbilical cord and followed Lewis in a trance to the other side of the room, taking in all his perfection.
Finally, the 7lb 12 oz bundled baby was placed in my arms. And when I spoke his giant eyes turned to my face. My heart melted forever. In that moment my heart and life and world shifted in a way I can never fully comprehend or explain.