Maeyer Eloise Klaassen came into the world fast and furious! First contraction was between 7:30-7:40pm ... and she was born at 9:23pm ... 5 minutes after we arrived at the hospital!
I was on the phone with my Grandma just prior to the first contraction, and had commented on how the day was almost over and so I thought we were in the clear of them having to share a birthday. I figured that even if I went into labour that evening that the baby would arrive sometime the following day. My Grandma said, "not if you have a labour like any of mine." Well -- I had to call her back a few hours later to let her know that in between our phone conversations -- I'd had a baby girl!!
I give Justin a hard time sometimes for driving my car like a race-car ... but I'm pretty thankful for that this time around. My contractions started at 3 minutes apart, and once my water broke (after the 3rd or 4th contraction) I knew we needed to get going. Justin's Mom (thank-you!!) was over right away to stay with Maklin, and we headed out the door (having to stop and breathe through 3 contractions from the time I was putting my shoes on to us pulling out of the garage). The hospital is ~35 minutes away; 10 minutes into the drive I told Justin I was scared ... scared because I already felt like I wanted to push. By the time we were nearing the hospital I was literally screaming, "don't push" over and over to get through each contraction (ya right!!).
When we pulled up outside the hospital, Justin flagged down a security guard, they got me in a wheelchair and he ran me inside. The guard just kept telling me not to push!! I asked him how he thought I should do that and he very sternly told me, "just don't push!!" HA! Because it was after-hours, we had to go through emerg ... the guard wheeled me up to the front of the triage line; the nurse looked at me, picked up the phone and said "no time for paperwork, we've got a woman here who needs to get up to delivery right now."
I won't go into the very brief, but intense, delivery details, but essentially we got into the room, the charge nurse said we were a go, and Mae was half-way out before the Dr. even made it in the room. Quite the entrance!! The car was still parked in the 15 minute passenger drop-off zone!! I remember Justin saying to me, "it's out Devo, it's out!" My response, "what's out?!" At that point I was seriously in some kind of out-of-body experience, and was so excited that at that point the baby's head was there already (I had to push for 3 hours with Mak) ... I was SHOCKED when Justin said, "No Devo ... the baby's out ... it's a girl!!!" For some reason in all the excitement I hadn't noticed the addition of the baby crying.
|I barely caught this moment with my phone ... I looked up to see Mae with her arms stretched out looking adoringly at her Dadda ... precious.|