This week has been all about waiting for our niece Ella Mae to arrive. She has been taking her time, resting up in the womb until a little too close to the two weeks past due date deadline.
I got the first call that my sister-in-law Liz was in labor. Contractions had
started. They went to the birthing center and were sent home to wait until the
Then time passed. No progress. I woke up Thursday morning and realized first thing that there was no call in the middle of the night, and I said to Matt, "Oh, poor Liz."
More time passed. Friday morning, I woke up again, and again, "Poor Liz!!!"
But Friday morning and afternoon we got some updates that things were moving along as they should. It looked like we would have a Halloween baby. Friday evening, I was sitting outside on the stairs at a neighbor's house while she passed out candy, and I got the call from my brother. Our niece was here, after long last. Ella arrived just as the trick-or-treaters were making their rounds.
Obviously, we're smitten, and we haven't even met her yet. My parents are grandparents. My dad says he's not quite owning up to the grandpa identity yet, unlike my mom who has been in grandma mode for months, but I don't think it'll take him long. He's fond of babies, even though he wouldn't admit it. We're in awe of Liz, who endured three days of on and off contractions and 26 hours of natural labor. We are very excited that my little brother is a daddy. He and Liz are going to be such fun parents. :)