Luckily, all of these worries, the anxiety, were for nothing. From the moment my water broke to the delivery, everything went great. I would like to note that once most of the fluid had finally flushed out, my belly was half the size! Even the nurse noticed a significant change. It's no wonder I would contract with every movement. The baby wasn't so much gigantic, just his living conditions. The labor was a bit slow, lasting 8 hours, and the baby's head was in fact, not coming down as I had predicted. Until it did. Then, one contraction and he was free!
With all of my births, I remember seeing the baby for the first time. I can remember all my initial thoughts. With Mitch, I saw his quivering lip, and thought, Curtis! I saw his little nose and thought, Brock! I saw his cheeks and thought, George! Then I held him, cleaned him up, inspected, kissed, and hugged my new baby, and realized, he was none of them. He was just Mitch. I saw my husband next to me with tears of joy. I sensed a room full of happy, relaxed nurses, doctors, and techs. I knew that we had done it again. We had created another healthy, happy, beautiful, perfect little baby boy. For the remainder of the hospital stay, and even today, I continue to smile to myself. I reflect regularly, and think, "I have never been happier." Never. I couldn't put into words why I felt this way, I thought maybe some of it was relief that all had gone so beautifully. Or perhaps, because Mitch turned out to be so incredibly cute, and dark haired, and familiar to me. But then, Matt sat across from me the morning after Mitch was born. I look over, and he is holding the baby, kissing his forehead. And Matt says to me, "This is the happiest I have ever been." To which, I reply, "Real nice, what about your other 3 son's?" Matt doesn't even hesitate in his response, "They are part of why. I now have 4 perfect, healthy sons. I have never been happier." It's amazing how frequently my husband of little words can exactly capture a moment in one phrase. Or one photograph.
MITCHELL FRANCIS O'LAUGHLIN
SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2013 at 9:46pm
9lbs 8ozs and 21.5in