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Last Thursday I hurried the kiddos into the car and packed up a couple of bags to make our way to Columbus. My sister gave me the good word that she was, indeed, in labor!
She was a bit panicky because her water was leaking and the midwives were going to induce her — something she absolutely did not want, as she was aiming for a natural, drug-free labor and delivery. I hurried myself down there (as fast as a sleepy toddler and screaming infant would allow — YES, she screamed the entire way…) as fast as I could.
We slept at my sisters that night, awaiting word on how labor was going. And, believe it or not, my kids actually freaking slept! I, on the other hand, did not sleep. I was so anxious about how labor was going for my sister, Shauna, that I was seriously wide awake.
She ended up getting pitocin around 3am and we ended up sleeping until 7. I didn’t know what to do with myself, so I took the kids to get donuts from the Little Donut Shop. Of course, I wore my favorite LLR donut leggings. And Ari walked in and told the owner he wanted a “hot dog. chocolate! with sprinkles!” And believe it or not, the owner knew exactly which one Ari wanted! Ha!
We made it to the park for a donut picnic and spent sometime playing on the playground — and visiting our first every Little Free Library! — before getting in the car to head downtown for an adventure! The plan was to go to the North Market. But I got a text on the way that Shauna was 6cm dilated. No big, right? Wrong. 15 minutes later: another text — She’s pushing!
Whaaaaat!? It was crazy pants!
So we headed to the Ohio State University hospital and waited in the L&D waiting room for more information. Luckily I had a random ‘busy bag’ in the car, so Ari colored, played with his flashcards, and Hot Wheel cars.
Finally, the text I had been waiting for…
“It’s a boy!”
All of a sudden my world changed from being the mom of just two little kiddos, to being an aunt of a beautiful bundle of newborn joy.
Shortly thereafter my mom and dad arrived and with them came what can only be described as a big-ass balloon! Ha! Ari was so confused. He kept saying, “but… hers a girl!” No kiddo, ‘her’ is a boy. And his name is Brennen. ♥
We couldn’t wait to celebrate the news with all of their family, friends, and neighbors!
It was such a perfect weekend spent welcoming a perfect little baby into the world! Welcome home, Baby B!