On December 26th our granddaughter called us around 8:30 pm to inform us that she was in labor. She had only dilated 1 centimeter so there was a long way to go. We told her to call us in the morning with either the news that the new baby had arrived or she was still in labor.
She called the next morning and she was still in labor. She was now dilated 2 centimeters. We told her we would get around and be at the hospital as soon as possible. We did the running around that had to be done and got to the hospital in the early afternoon. At that point she was dilated to 3 centimeters. Progress. We settled in for the long haul and waited.
The doctor came in around 3 in the afternoon and after his examination she was dilated to 3.5 centimeters. Around 6 in the evening the doctor came in and checked her again and she was still at 3.5 centimeters. Her monitor showed that she had quit having contractions. The doctors recommendation was a C-Section. He was sure that she wasn't going to have the baby in the usual way. Their decision to make and within about 30 minutes they decided to follow the doctors recommendation. Better to get the C-Section than wait for an emergency and that would have happened at some point.
The doctor checked her again just before surgery and she was still at 3.5 centimeters. Shortly before 10 pm they wheeled Sarah away and into the delivery room. Shortly after 10 the brand new father came and got us so we could go see the baby in the nursery. They were doing all kinds of tests and Audi was screaming her little head off. She's got a great set of lungs. Daddy stayed in the nursery talking to Audi and also helped in giving her her first bath, along with putting on her very first diaper. I'm so proud of that young man. No doubt these two young folks are going to be great parents.
In the picture above you can see my head on the left of the picture and the grandmother on the right of the picture. It was pretty tough prying us away from that window. I got to see mother and baby in the recovery room just before we headed home (around 12:30am). A long day that ended well.
Today great grandpa and I went back to the hospital to see Sarah and the new baby. I of course held the baby the entire time. She's just got to be the cutest baby on the planet. Her daddy thinks so too. The circle of life, it's a beautiful thing.