Naomi Shaw “baby stats”:
- Born at 11:30pm on October 12, 2013.
I’ve had thousands of braxton-hicks contractions over the few months, but Saturday morning I commented to Jeremiah that those little contractions felt a bit different and they might be for real. He looked at me with wide eyes, wondering what that meant for his day’s plans. Nothing much, I said. Let’s go the farmers market as planned, and we’ll just see how it goes.
After the farmers market I did some gardening while Jeremiah went to the shooting range. Contractions continued gently while I took Milo to a theatre (yes, we’re in NZ, so that’s the correct spelling) production of Alice in Wonderland.
It wasn’t until a bit before dinner that I called the midwife, and she suggested that I take a brisk walk and then see if things picked up or settled down before evening. Milo and I went, dodging the raindrops. We called our friends after dinner and asked if Milo could do a sleep-over, just in case, so he was cozily ensconced at their house before 8:00. We left for the birthing center at 9:30, waters broke at 11:20, and she was out by 11:30. I’ll spare the rest of the details, but it was efficient, as the midwife put it.
It’s amazing how perfect babies come out. After all those months of feeling muffled thumbs inside, I guess it wouldn’t surprise me if they came out a bit amorphous. But they come out with perfect little miniature features. They go from taking all their nourishment through their belly cord to breathing air and sucking milk (ok, well, colostrum) in almost an instant. When you think about it, it’s amazing how often the whole process goes just right!