I told a birth story today that I don’t think I have told here which I think was one of the most important things on my birth plan apart from the welfare of Jamie and Reagan!
Keeping everyone informed as much as I could throughput the day but most importantly making sure Pam was the first to know anything, just because it was her daughter all the way over here having her first grandchild!
So, I wrote as much as I could on this blog which wasn’t a lot because I was busy lol and also emailed from my blackberry (sorry Jamie lol) too but it was once Reagan was born that the urgency came. Once Reagan had been checked over and given a perfect bill of health straight after the birth, she was handed to look after in recovery whilst Jamie was put back together. All of a sudden I’m dad without a clue left alone with a baby who everyone was anxiously awaiting news of, and I was sat there in baggy greens but all the phones were all back in room 7.
I decided to nip and get them and carry Reagan in my arms walked the short distance to pick them up…I’d be back in recovery in no time. Exiting room 7 with phones and Reagan I was stopped by a nurse who said “Where are you going with that baby ” which at the time had no tags on? In hindsight it was foolish Rule 1. you do not carry baby’s in the maternity ward you might drop them and if you were steeling a baby you would carry it so they like to see baby’s in the wheeled cots at all times. Rule 2. Baby’s MUST be tagged (Reagan wasn’t yet) because of mixing up baby’s.
OK I now know I was wrong to do that but I now had the phones so I decided to email Pam a photo Reagan’s first ‘published’ shot, half an hour before anyone else even knew of the birth!
Once Jamie arrived in recovery she called Pam to tell her the news while Reagan was weighed and checked over again she was also given her vitamin K injection, then it was time to place Reagan in her mommy’s arms for the first time. If I remember correctly the conversation was ended by Jamie saying “got to go mom my daughters here” as she threw the phone down on the bed. Reagan was placed in mommy’s arms at 23:24 (one hour 17 minutes after she was born)
Up to that point all the contact she’d had with her daughter was the family time we had directly after the birth with Jamie still in theatre. Next the daughter mommy and Grandma conversation resumed and I also got to hear Pam’s reaction seconds later when she first set eyes on Reagan’s photo and the cuffufal around her as she was at work with what sounded like the rest of the office behind her. The last thing we said was just give us some time to tell everyone else now, as they didn’t know and we wanted the chance to spread the news ourselves.
It makes me happy that Pam was able to experience that with us before anyone else in the world even knew anything about the birth. It was one plan I had on the day and I achieved it the best way I could GRANDMA! 😉
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