I know I teased you with promises of the birthing stories; however, we must first revisit The Wait. Jamie and Cory had to be at the hospital for 5:00 a.m. They asked that everyone else arrive around 8:00 a.m. so they could get settled in. The induction began shortly after 5:00 a.m. and Miss Ava was born at 11:18 p.m. I'll let you do the math.
The maternity floor at the hospital has two waiting areas right across from each other. One is a more private area with about eight chairs, a Coke machine and a television. The other is out in the open and has another eight or so chairs. We, more or less, covered both areas (me, Terry, Katie, Jamie's sister and brother-in-law, Jamie's mom and step-dad, Jamie's dad and step-mom and Jamie's other sister and her two young sons.) We all took turns in the labor and delivery room with Cory and Jamie. However, those of us not in the labor room, were mostly settled into the more private room.
As the day went on, people would come and go to the labor/delivery room with updates and news for those in the waiting room. Then, someone else from the waiting room, would go back to the labor/delivery room to stare at Jamie. When not staring at Jamie, we mostly sat around and read or played Nintendo (both adults and children) and raided the vending machines. One of our main topics of conversation involved the pork chop dinner in the vending machine downstairs. Nobody had the nerve to try it. We did, however, consider buying it, dissecting it and sending it off to the lab.
The later it got, the more delirious everyone became.
- Around 9:00 p.m., after twelve hours of waiting and worrying, Jamie's 8 year old nephew began to give everyone massages and did a great job of it.
- When people would come into "our" waiting room to buy a drink from "our" Coke machine, we would strike up random conversations with them and then mock them when they left.
- We discussed wrapping our t-shirts around our heads and peeing into our empty Coke bottles like that guy on Man vs. Wild (we had the television on The Discovery Channel all day).
- We told Jamie's nephew that he could probably make some good money offering massages to other people waiting for babies to be born.
- Being 8 years old, he took us literally and asked a man passing by "our" waiting room if he wanted a massage.
- We're fairly certain that an announcement made over the speaker system was directed at one of our party after said party began offering rides in a wheelchair he found outside of the labor/delivery room.
Shortly after the wheelchair incident, I was summoned to the delivery room after being told that "the pushing is about to begin."
Tomorrow: Ava Adventures - Part 3: The Delivery