The story of her birth

The story of her birth

Thank you, once again, to everyone for your congratulations and prayers. I’ve come home for a quick shower, to get the mail and papers, and to answer the flood of email. We live just two minutes from the hospital so it isn’t far.

Everyone is doing very well, and all the nurses ooh and aah over how beautiful and perfect she is, which is true, although I’m sure they must say that to all the parents. Mommy and baby are both in good shape and resting and bonding.

So here’s what happened. Wednesday night, Melanie’s water broke—which I’m sure some of you know isn’t like in the movies, and was more of a trickle than a gush. (Sorry, if you’re eating breakfast but you know…) We called the doctor and he said to go right in. At the time, we’d already had an appointment for Thursday afternoon at which, if nothing had yet happened, they were going to start inducing. At this time, there were only mild contractions, nothing very serious, so they gave Melanie something to help her sleep and I went home. I was too nervous to sleep and got about 2-1/2 hours.

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  • By the way, I hope you know baby-talk is bad for kids’ language learning, so you may as well start with something good now:

    amo, amas, amat; amamus, amatis, amant…

  • Please allow me to add to the many congratulations that you and Melanie are receiving.  May the Lord continue to bless you, now that you number three lovely people.  You chose a beautiful name for your beautiful daughter!

    —John Hetman
      Niles, IL

  • Wow!  I’m so happy at your good news and hope that Melanie is doing well.  Not nice to have to have surgery, but being young and healthy means that in about two weeks Melanie will be doing great.

    Isabella looks so sweet—being a C-section baby she didn’t take a beating and enter the world with a pointed head and puffy nose.

    Enjoy the headiness of these days and get as much sleep as possible.