I found out yesterday morning that the moment had arrived – and our lives were forever going to change. My niece Gina had gone into labor and was headed for the hospital. Lots of updates, but not a lot of progress during the day – late in the afternoon, all of the grandparents were told to prepare for a long night.
After work, I picked up Emily and we headed there for a quick visit. Little did we know . . .
About 40 minutes after we arrived, my nephew Conner texted this pic out to the waiting room – Amelia Ann had arrived – the first baby girl in our immediate family in my lifetime.
About an hour later, Conner emerged from the birthing suite. That was the second picture I took of him – the first showed how tired he really was after 12 hours of labor. But he faked it well for the second pic – and then went around the room collecting hugs.
Lots of proud grandparents and great-grandparents. Counting my mom and dad in Arizona, Amelia has four of each. Times have changed since Ryan was born – skin-to-skin bonding with the mother is encouraged strongly, so none of us got to hold her last night.
But that changed this morning . . . love my brother’s shirt. So Emily and I hightailed it back to the hospital at lunch today, so we could complete the process we started last night . . .
Please welcome to the world Miss Amelia Ann Smallwood – born Thursday, January 26, 2017 – 7 lbs. 3 oz. and 21¾” – with lots of dark brown hair and long fingers and toes. I heeded Gina’s wishes and took no pictures of the new mother – yet. But all are doing well, and we are grateful.