We waited at home until Mom & Joe could get there to take Kate & Ali -- they were just returning from a trip. I remember Mom being surprised at how calm I was, waiting for her, waiting through each contraction... I wasn't too worried. We probably arrived at the hospital around 7:00 p.m.
My labor with Maddy was pretty quick -- and I knew better some of the things I could do to help it along -- so when the doc arrived at the hospital at about 8:30 p.m. and saw me still walking the halls, he mumbled something about having been called too soon, and that I wasn't even close if I was still walking around.
I'd had a different doc for each delivery, and even though this had been our family doctor for four years, he didn't know much about my birthing.
Shortly before 10:00, my nurse (the same labor nurse I had for Ali -- she was also an elementary school classmate) allowed me to get up and go to the bathroom. Well, that did it! I managed to make it back into the bed, and Maddy was delivered a few minutes later by the nurse who was telling me not to push (at that point, I had no choice!) while DH was hollering down the hallway for the doctor who was visiting at the nurses' station. Doc didn't make it back into the room in time, but did knock a few hundred off his bill. The nurse handed me the little baby bundle and said, "Here, hold her; I've got things to do!"
Happy 15th 24th Birthday, Maddy! (My baby...)
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Happy Birthday, Maddy Mo!
I love you!! XO