The Waiting Game
Three days after my wife’s due date, Ayden was still in no hurry to meet his parents. He was carrying very high and had not “dropped” into the birth canal which would indicate he was not planning on coming out soon.
Although I was desperately looking forward to meeting my son or daughter, I had found it hard to grasp the concept that the bump in my wife’s stomach was actually going to become my baby. Through all the carpal tunnel discomfort, sickness in the early months, swollen ankles and relentless kicking, Jennifer had already formed a very close bond with our baby. The idea of parenthood wasn’t yet as real for me.
After a cascade of events over the next several days (which included treatment for Jennifer’s high blood pressure, non-stress tests for baby and a labour induction treatment) Jennifer and I were left with a tough decision.
Following a lengthy discussion with each other, our maternity doctor, doula, and the obstetrician on call, we made the decision to pursue a caesarean section rather than trying another day or two of the induction process.
We Finally Meet Ayden!
Ayden John Eisert shot out into the delivery room – a whopping 8lbs 12oz – at 17:20 on Thursday, November 14th. To my immense relief (you can’t help worrying about this bit); he started to cry almost immediately. I had just watched our son emerge into the world – it was a fantastic, frightening, and exhilarating experience!
“It’s a boy! And he’s beautiful!” I belted out to my dear wife who was unable to see the wonder which I was blessed to witness.
The hours after the birth were surreal…When I look at Ayden now the whole birth process seems totally remarkable and watching his mother with him is one of the most wonderful experiences in the world.