I had my baby last week!
He's doing great, and so are my husband and I. Sure we've got the usual sleep deprivation that new parents have, along with the trial and error that comes with learning how a baby and all his gear work! But, we wouldn't trade it for anything.
For those with little experience with labor and child birth, I'll tell you this: most movies and TV shows have it wrong. There's rarely a frantic need to get to the hospital or danger of having a baby in the car. Most labors (especially with first children) go on for hours and hours and hours. In fact, hospitals discourage you from coming until you've had two hours of 5-minute spaced contractions. That can take a while to get to, and it means if you're in labor for 16 hours, then a few of them are at least in the comfort of your own home, when pain is still pretty light.
Well, here's the thing. That's not what happened to me. I didn't exactly have a Hollywood delivery, but it was amazingly close. I woke up with hardcore, doubling-over contractions that were 5-minutes apart from the start. No warm-up ones for me. We called the hospital after an hour, but they urged us to wait, assuming that I--like most first time mothers--had a ways to go. They suggested "relaxation" activities, like a bath or shower. Seeing as I couldn't stand, this wasn't an option, so after another uncomfortable hour, we went to the hospital anyway.
The staff was kind of lesisurely until someone actually examined me and realized my baby was coming soon. Like, really soon, with no chance of me getting pain meds and maybe not even having my doctor arrive in time. Happily, she made, and an hour after I arrived at the hospital, I had my baby. For those keeping count, that's three hours from start to finish, which is kind of insane. The staff (who did a great job) were kind of amazed. I was amazed too, but that was because of my little guy, unquestionably my greatest work.
So, if I continue to be quiet online, you can understand why! A few things I wasn't able to mention this last week: Succubus Revealed came out in the US on Tuesday and will be out in the UK and its pals within the next couple of weeks (unless you can find imports). Meanwhile, Bloodlines made some great list debuts today: #2 on the New York Times Bestseller teen list, #12 on USA Today's list, and #1 on Australia's bestseller list. This is utterly amazing, and it's because of all of you. So, thank you very much.
And with that, it's time for me to sign off and get back to that adorable baby!