A baby will be born today.
Maybe the trick was to walk around IKEA for two or three hours last night. Cassie is at the hospital, in labor.
Cassie woke up at 5 a.m. Sunday (8 p.m. Saturday, Las Vegas time) with contractions four minutes apart. Kurt was asleep but, for some reason, had set his alarm for 6 a.m. today and awoke to discover his wife was quietly enduring contractions. He called us and by 6:45 we were at the hospital.
Unlike my experience at U.S. hospitals, this one was amazingly quiet — and still very dark — when I walked into the lobby after parking the car. Not a single person was in sight and the hallways were pitch dark on the first floor as I walked to the elevator to the third floor.
That’s where Cassie is — in the labor room now with Kurt and Jeanne and I’m sitting in a hallway chair on the other side of some swinging doors in the maternity wing. I hear a fussy baby down the hallway and breakfast trays are now being delivered….
But I am still in touch with what is going on in the labor room. Kurt used Cassie’s iPhone to Skype call me and, on my laptop, I was able to hear the monitoring machine’s loopy Whoosh Whooosh Whoosh of the baby’s heartbeat. I can hear Cassie and Jeanne talking, and now we’ve hung up to save their cell phone battery for later.
And then I heard our first grandson, Kieran, giggling. This, because Paul and Sarah posted a wonderful little video on Vimeo of their beautiful boy, smiling and giggling up a storm and cooing like a perfect baby.
So I’m hear to tell you, technology is terrific. Sitting in a hallway, hearing my daughter in labor while watching a fresh video of Kieran. Sweet.
Update: It’s been a couple of hours now, and the time has passed with help from new-mom Sarah, who was Skyping us with advice, and then a Skype phone call from Cassie’s best friend, Meghan Trojnar, herself a doctor (pediatrics) in the Bay Area.
We got Meghan to call back on my laptop and for some 30-45 minutes she video-chatted with Cassie, who had come out to the hallway for a change of scenery while waiting to see if these were pre-labor contractions or the real thing. Meghan coached Cassie on her breathing and gave her steady encouragement, and threw in a few sex jokes along the way…
When Cassie was re-examined by the nurses, she was declared to be in authentic labor, and on some chart that gauges the intensity of contractions, she is measuring 7 on a scale that goes to 8.
She has now had an epidural, and Jeanne just came out to tell me how proud she is of Cassie, for how well she is dong.
So stay tuned. Another baby is joining the world today, a Gorman-Geldhof baby to join the Taylor-Gorman baby that was born three months ago.
God bless them and their parents on this marvelous day.