Friday, March 16, 2018

Lazy Sunday

It's Sunday and everyone is just enjoying their day off.  Let's drop in on a few residents and see who's up to what.

At Ember's home, Parker is visiting to spend time with her and Erwyn.  Ember is working on serving up snacks.

Parker:  Are you sure you don't want any help?  I scoop a mean bowl of ice cream.
Ember (laughing):  No, I think I have it covered, but thank you.  Besides, I'm master of desserts in this house.  Right, Erwyn?
Erwyn:  Right.  Are we gonna watch the movie soon?
Ember:  Are we GOING to watch the movie soon?  Yes, we are.
Erwyn:  Okay.

Parker:  I'm excited to watch it.  I hear it's a good movie.
Ember:  I've heard it's very funny.  Erwyn should like it too.
Erwyn:  I will.  My friends at school told me I need to see it.
Parker:  Well, that settles it, we have to watch it.  

After enjoying their food in the kitchen, they head to the living room where they settle down to enjoy their selected movie.

At the Hamilton's, they are settling into having Cristian home. Although Cristian normally sleeps in a cribinet beside Avery, when Craig is home and to give her some time to rest, Craig will put Cristian in the crib in the room he will share with Aviana.  Today, Cristian was sleeping in his crib while Aviana played quietly in the room, but now he's wide awake and crying.  Craig answers his call.

Craig:  Hey, Little Man.  You're up and at it again, huh?  I'll bet you're hungry. Well, let's go get Mommy so you can get your milk on tap.  
Aviana:  What's on tap?
Craig:  It's just a term I use because he gets his milk directly from your mother, just like you once did.  But now you don't get yours on tap, because you get it in a cup.
Aviana:  Oh!  

Craig transports Cristian to Avery so he can be fed.  She was resting because of her erratic sleep schedule throwing her sleep off.

Avery:  I think I need to start pumping, then you can help with feedings too.
Craig:  Good. You should do that.  You can get some more rest that way too.  Where is the pump?
Avery:  Can you believe that out of everything I put on my registry, that's the one thing I didn't get at the shower?  I wasn't in a rush to go back to the store and get it either.  I just figured I had time, so why rush?
Craig:  I can go get it.  What store?
Avery:  In Style Baby.  If you just go in and ask about my registry, they'll help you get the one I want.
Craig:  Okay.  I'll get it tomorrow.  Will that work?
Avery:  That's just fine.  Thank you.  I appreciate it.

Craig leaves Avery to feeding Cristian while he goes to play with Aviana for a little while before he makes lunch for the family.

At In Style Baby, which is closed, Jaguar is setting up the new cash register.  While his sisters, Mercedes and Logan, and the store's other employee, Waverly, watch and wait.  They need to understand how to use the register before they open Monday.

Jaguar:  We have to make sure the date, time and till count are correct. All of the codes are going to be accessed through the wireless network, so when you scan, we won't have any issues.  You should also be able to pull up customer accounts by entering the account numbers.  It should work.
Waverly:  So it will track inventory too, right?  I hate when counts are off.
Mercedes:  It had better.  That's what the sales person promised.  If not, it's going back where it came from.
Jaguar:  I'm sure it will be fine.  Do we have the up to date manual list so I can check accuracy?
Mercedes:  Yes, we do.  I'll go get it from the back room.  Logan, can you come with me to help me move that new stock quickly while I'm back there, please?  It should take Jag a few more minutes to get this going.
Logan:  Okay.

Logan and Mercedes head to the back office and storage area.  After he is sure they have left, Jaguar walks over to Waverly who has decided to ensure things are straight.

Waverly:  What are you doing?
Jaguar:  You know I can't resist you, Woman.  I just want to be all over you.  You're coming over after we're done, right?  I'll draw us a hot bubble bath, light some candles, turn on soft music, pour some sweet wine.  Just like you like it.
Waverly:  Shhh!  You want your sisters to hear?
Jaguar:  I don't care.  I don't know why we're being hush about it.
Waverly:  You know why.  Wasn't it you who told me that the last person who worked here that you dated ended up being ostracized when they found out about it?  It wasn't too long until Mercedes insisted on firing her?
Jaguar:  Yep,  that was me who said that.  But that was different.

Waverly:  Well, I like my job and although I really don't want to keep this secret, I'm afraid that the same thing will happen to me.  I think we all have a good relationship right now.  I don't want to mess that up.
Jaguar:  I won't let that happen to you.  I promise.  Mercedes and Logan will just have to understand.
Waverly:  If we get serious, then we'll tell.  But until then, I like my job and I have bills to pay.  Unless you're ready to pay them, I think we need to be discreet.  Okay?
Jaguar:  Okay.  So you're coming over for the night, right?
Waverly:  Yes, of course.  A bubble bath sounds great.

They all spend another hour at the store practicing with the register and ensuring things are okay for Monday.  Then they each head home.

At Peyton's house, Henna and Onyx are visiting and chatting.

Peyton:  Then he had the nerve to ask me could he take me to breakfast the next day.
Onyx:  What's wrong with that? 
Peyton:  He wanted to stay over and take me to breakfast.  I've known him maybe a month and he thinks that's okay.  I swear these men out here have lost their minds.  I know there are some good men out there, but he proved he isn't in that crowd.
Onyx:  A good man is hard to find.  I think my man is a good man.  Not sure if we're headed to the altar, but I'm sure I want him around right now and for quite a while longer.  So when you finally get one, it's time to hold on and make it work.  For now, toss that guppy back, Pey, and get a bigger, better fish.
Peyton:  I hear you.  

Onyx notices Henna has a strange look on her face.

Onyx:  Henna, are you with us?....Henna?
Henna:  Huh?  What?
Peyton:  Girl, where were you while the two of us were in this room?  
Henna:  Sorry, I was just thinking....a...about the good man thing.  
Onyx:  Is that a good thought or a not so good thought?  I can't tell.  Please tell me it's a good one and you think you've found one.

Henna:  Don't be mad, but I was thinking about how I had one and threw him away. 
Peyton:  Oh, Boy!  Girl, please tell me we're are not back to the whole Maurice thing.  I thought you moved on from that.
Onyx:  Amen!  To quote the words of a famous song, "Let it Go!  Let it Go!"  Enough already.  There are so many men out there.  I'd rather hear stories about them, not the same guy, who by the way, already has a woman.
Henna (after hesitating):  That may not mean anything.  I..I...never mind.  Let's talk about something else.

Peyton:  I have the feeling there is more to this than you are telling.  Why may that not mean anything?  What are you hiding?
Onyx:  Wait, if this is going to get good, we need some drinks and I'm not talking water.
Peyton:  You're right.  I feel something juicy is coming.  Give me a few minutes and we'll be ready.  That will give you time to figure out how to tell the story.
Onyx:  I'll help you get the popcorn or what will have to serve as popcorn.  

Onyx and Peyton head to the kitchen to get the drinks and snacks to enjoy while Henna tells them what happened.

Well, that's all the catching up for now.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Hospital Visits

Avery had delivered Cristian in the wee hours of the morning.  Craig stayed with her until late morning and then went home to get a little rest in the bed and a shower before returning to spend more time with her and their newborn.  Of course he sent out a group text to his brother-in-law, father-in-law, Ember, Cyann, Grayson, his family members, and some of his co-workers.  He sent out a separate message to Cora, just so Parker wouldn't be upset about his mother having his number.

But first, earlier, after leaving Avery and Craig to welcome their new child, Parker took Ember home, where she kept Aviana for the evening.  Ember called Cyann in the middle of the night to let her know about Avery being in labor and that she would bring Aviana over the next day.

Avery's cell phone rings.  It startles her out of her sleep.  She picks it up to see who's calling.

Grayson (mumbling):  Who is it?
Cyann:  Mmmm...It's Ember.  It has to be important. 
Grayson: Uh huh.

Cyann:  Hello?  What's wrong?
Ember:  Hi.  Everything is fine.  Avery is in labor.  She's in the hospital.
Cyann (in her groggy state, she hears hospital, not much else):  You're in the hospital?
Ember:  No.  Avery is in the hospital.  She's having the baby.
Cyann:  Wait.  The baby is coming?
Ember:  Yes.

Grayson:  They're having the baby?
Cyann (to Grayson):  Yes.  (to Ember) I need to get Aviana.  They didn't call me.  Where is she?
Ember:  She's with me.  Parker and I were together when Avery called.  So we took her to the hospital together.
Cyann:  Okay.  I'm on my way to get her.
Ember:  Girl, don't be silly.  It's late and she's already sleep.  She can stay with us until a decent time in the morning.
Cyann:  Oh.  Okay.  That's good.  I can get her later then.  

Ember:  Well, I'm tired, so I'm going to bed.  I'll have to get back up in no time to get Erwyn off to school.  We can talk later.
Cyann:  Are you going to the hospital?
Ember: Yes, after the baby arrives and we can visit. I want to see the baby.  

Later the afternoon after Avery delivered, she started having visitors.  The first two to arrive are Parker and Ian.

Ian (with a big smile):  He's the most handsome grandson ever.  You did well.  How'd you decide to name him Cristian?  
Avery:  Well, Avi's name starts with A V like my name does, so Cristian starts with C R like Craig's name.  We had a girl's name picked out starting with C R too. 
Ian: That's nice.  So what happens when you have a third child?
Avery:  Ummm...I think we're okay with two right now.  I'm not sure a third is in the picture.
Ian (laughing):  I'm trying to get all the grandchildren I can.  You can't fault me for trying.
Avery:  Parker can contribute too.

Ian holds Cristian for a while as they all chat.

Parker:  Okay.  It's time to share.  I'd like to hold him too.
Ian:  I guess you're right.  I'll share for a few minutes.  You'll get to see him more often than I do.  You live here.
Avery:  There's plenty of time for both of you to see him.  
Ian:  Well, I guess I'll have to increase my travel.

Parker gets to hold his nephew.

Parker:  He's so tiny.  It's amazing to have such tiny people around.  Hi, Cristian.  I'm you're Uncle Parker.  I love you.
Avery:  He's going to love you too, just like Avi.  
Ian:  When is Avi going to see her new brother?
Avery:  Ember and Cyann are coming to visit me.  When Ember called, she told me that they will come at the same time and Ember will bring Avi so Cyann can take her home with her.  I'm so excited for her to see him.  We've been preparing her for, well, I can definitely say 'his' now, so his arrival.

Parker and Ian visit for a while longer, then decide they will leave and get something to eat.  Avery rests for a while until Cristian is hungry and then she starts feeding him.  While she's feeding him, there's a knock at the door and Avery yells out to come in.

Cyann:  Hey!  Congratulations!  
Avery:  Hi.  Thank you for coming.
Cyann:  You know wild horses couldn't keep me away.
Avery:  You're by yourself? I know Brenna's at school, but where's Brooklyn?
Avery:  I thought I'd have to bring her, but I called Eliana and since babysitting is her only job, she was available.  So she's at the house sitting for a little while.  Thank heavens too, but I want to hold the baby and I don't know how she would have acted.
Avery:  Oh!  Well, I can understand that.

Cyann:  Hello there, Little Guy.  What did you name him?
Avery:  We named him Cristian.
Cyann:  Well, Cristian, you certainly are cute, aren't you?  I'll bet Craig is beside himself with having a boy, isn't he?
Avery:  I think he would be just as happy with a girl, but you know how it is for men to have their sons.  He's probably out right now buying a baby football to start him early.
Cyann:  I believe that.  Well, let me cool my heels while he eats.

Cyann sits down and talks to Avery while she nurses.  A few minutes go by and then there is a knock at the door.

Cyann:  More visitors have arrived.
Avery:  I knew it would be a busy day.  (yelling to the door) Come in!

Ember walks in with Aviana.

Ember:  Hi!
Aviana (as she runs toward Avery):  Mommy!  
Avery (happy to see her daughter):  Hi, Sweetheart!  I missed you.  Come give me a kiss.

Seeing that Avery is nursing and will not be able to bend down to kiss Aviana, Ember walks over to pick Aviana up and give her mother a kiss.

Aviana:  Is dat da baby?
Avery:  Yes, this is the baby I've had in my stomach.  He's your little brother, Cristian.  Say hi to him.
Aviana:  My bwotha, Cwistian?
Avery: Yes.  He's going to be so happy he has you as his big sister.  We have to take good care of him and be very gentle with him, right?
Avian:  Wight!  He doesn' wook wike a skewaton anymore dough.
Avery (laughing):  No, he looks like a little person now, just like you once did.

Ember holds Avery up a little longer so she can look at her brother a little longer, then she sits down.  Aviana, however, wants to examine the hospital room, so she starts walking around.

Avery:  Thank you for bringing her and both of you for being so helpful in taking care of her.  We truly appreciate having such good friends.  I don't know what we'd do without you.
Ember:  It's not a problem.  I'm happy to help.
Cyann:  Anytime.  So who has been here so far?  I'm assuming Craig had to go home for a little while?
Avery:  Yes, Craig went home to shower and change and Parker and my father were here.  I'm sure my father will be back.  He'll be disappointed he didn't stay long enough to see Aviana, but I know he'll be back soon to visit again.
Ember:  So it has to be said, the elephant in the room.
Avery:  An elephant in the room?
Ember:  Yes.  You are brave enough to actually wear that gown my aunt gave you at the shower.  Of all the things she can give someone at a baby shower, she gives you an animal print gown.
Avery (laughing):  Well, she gave very strict instruction that I was to wear it in the hospital instead of some boring and not sexy gown.  I am not interested in getting fussed at should she find out I did otherwise.  You are my witnesses.
Cyann (laughing hard): Oh, yes.  We certainly are.  You also have our sympathy for your compliance.

The ladies continue to chat as Aviana wanders around and asks questions occasionally about how long her mother will stay in the hospital, why the room looks like it does and where her father is.

Avery:  Well, that took a while.  I guess he has to get used to eating.  But it's time to burp.
Cyann:  Ooo, ooo, ooo!  Can I do it?  I need to get my hands on him.  Sorry Ember, but I was next in line.
Avery:  Sure.  I can get my hands on Aviana then.  Thanks.
Ember:  I'll pick her up for you.  You know you shouldn't be lifting anything heavier than the baby.
Avery:  Yes, Nurse Ember.

Ember puts Aviana on Avery's lap and then sits down so they can talk some more.  Then the phone rings.  Ember picks it up.

Ember:  Hello?...Yes, it is her room...Oh!  Hi, how are you?  This is Ember...I'm fine.  Thank you. I'll give her the phone...Really?..Well, I think that could be okay...I, uh, yes, that's kind of you...Sure...okay.  I'll give Avery the phone now.

Ember seems taken off guard and puzzled as she hands the phone to Avery.

Avery:  Is everything okay?
Ember:  Yes, it's your mother.

Ember gives the phone to Avery and sits back down in the chair.

Cyann: What was that about?
Ember:  Cora wanted to know if I could meet for her dinner the next time she visits.  She said she could see that Parker and I are seeing each other and she wants to talk.  
Cyann:  When did she...?  At the shower.
Ember:  I really hadn't thought anything of it, but you're right.  I'm sure she saw me and Parker together.  Not that we're hiding anything, but with them not speaking, I guess she didn't know.
Cyann: But why does she want to have dinner with you, when he's clearly not sharing his personal life with her?
Ember:  I'm not really sure, but if I have to guess.
Cyann:  You do have to guess.
Ember:  I think it's to figure out how she can get Parker to speak to her.  I don't want to be in the middle of this.  I'm team Parker, so I'm not going to do something to upset him.  He's in my life, not her.

They can hear Avery saying goodbye, so they stop talking.

Avery:  My mother just tried to quiz me about your relationship with Parker.  I had to re-direct her to other things, like Cristian's arrival.
Ember:  I'm sorry about that.
Avery: You haven't done anything wrong. Why are you apologizing?  I'm just done with her trying to put me in the middle of their rift.  I tried to smooth things over, but right now is not the time for her to put me on the spot.
Cyann:  Well, you just tell her that and keep your focus where it should be, on your family.
Avery:  I know.  So, what has happened since I've been in here.
Cyann:  You sound like you've been locked up in prison for a year.  It's the hospital and it's only been a day.

They continue to talk a little longer until, they are ready to leave.  Just as they are saying goodbye, Craig comes into the room.

Craig:  Hello, Ladies.  (to Aviana) Hey, Sweetheart! 
Aviana:  Hi, Daddy!

Craig takes Aviana into his arms and kisses and hugs her.

Cyann:  Congratulations, Craig.  You have a son now.
Ember:  Congratulations!  I'm so happy for you.
Craig:  Thank you both.  He's handsome, isn't he?
Cyann:  Yes, and don't think that I didn't pick up on the Craig, Cristian thing.  I honestly thought if you had a boy, he would be a junior.
Craig (laughing):  Girl or boy, the name would have started the same.  Glad you figured that out.
Cyann:  When you're home all day with a young child, you have plenty of time to pick up on details.   Mind training or you go stir crazy.

Ember:  We're heading out now.  We'll let you three enjoy your time together.
Craig:  Okay.  Well, Sweetheart.  It's time to go with Auntie Cyann to play with Brooklyn and Brenna.  Be good, okay?
Aviana:  Okay, Daddy.

Craig and Avery kiss Aviana goodbye and Ember and Cyann leave.  Craig and Avery settle down and talk and watch television as Cristian sleeps.

We have to give a shout out to Crafts by Mandee who once again has supplied us with lovely new items - Avery's slippers (I bought pairs in several colors, so the other ladies will get to wear them too) and Ember's poncho.

Thank you for stopping by.  ~ The Proud Parents, Avery and Craig

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The New Arrival

Avery, Parker, Ember and Aviana have arrived at the hospital.  After checking in a registration, Avery was escorted to her labor and delivery room.  They are in the room now and Avery is finishing some more registration paperwork.  Her attending nurse is Mackenzie  (Keni) Tanner.  Mackenzie's sister just so happens to be Idania (Dani)  Nichols, owner of Dani's Bridal.  

Keni has introduced herself and asked to be called Keni to make it easier to remember her.

Avery:  Where else am I supposed to sign?
Keni:  That's the last place.  Any other documentation we need will be provided.  Do you have any other questions?  
Avery:  Okay.  I'll also need my husband to come up when he arrives, which should be soon.  Do we need to let someone know?
Keni:  That's fine. They will let him come up when he arrives. I will tell you that there is a limit of three people in the room for delivery.  Someone will have to leave when he arrives.
Ember:  The three of us will leave once her husband arrives.  We should be okay.
Keni:  Good.  It's just our policy.  
Avery:  Thank you.

Keni (pointing to the gown on the bed):  So, you can take off everything, down to your birthday suit, and put on this gown, which opens in the back.  I'll hang your coat up for you.
Avery:  Okay.
Keni:  Your support team and I can wait outside while you change.  Then I'll be back in to be sure you are comfortable.  I'll need to put a monitor on for you and the little one too when I come back.
Avery:  Okay.  Thank you.

Avery takes off her coat and Keni hangs it up.  Parker, Ember, and Aviana wait outside while Avery changes to the hospital gown provided.

Avery goes through a contraction while getting dressed.

Avery:  Oooooo....I'm anxious to meet you too, Sweetheart.  But please wait for your father to arrive.  We want to meet you together..(in pain).mmmmmmm....

Avery gets the gown on after the contraction is over and the nurse knocks on the door.

Keni:  Mrs. Hamilton, can I come in now?  Just me, your nurse.
Avery:  Okay.  I'm dressed.

Keni:  Before I let your family in, I'm going to check on your dilation and then see how the little one is faring.  Is that okay?
Avery:  Yes, of course.
Keni:  Please lie on the bed, I'll scrub, grab some gloves, and we'll check things out.

Keni grabs a glove after she washes her hands.

She checks dilation and listens to Avery's heart and the baby.  While she's doing so, Avery has another contraction, so the nurse starts timing so she'll know how far apart they are.

Keni:  You were at 5 minutes when you headed over, correct?
Avery: Yes.  I feel like their faster now.
Keni:  We'll see in a few minutes.

Right on time, the next contraction comes and the nurse is able to time it at 4 minutes.

Keni:  You're right about the timing.  You're at 4 minutes.  I'm going to work on getting an IV started soon.  Until I come back you are welcome to walk around since you have elected to go without assistance with the pain.  Walking around could speed things up a little.  I'm also going to place a monitor on for the baby, just to keep an eye on things.  Okay?
Avery:  Yes, thank you.  I left a message with my doctor's answering service on the way here.  Do you know when she'll arrive?
Keni:  Well, we may have some time.  We'll send reports to her.  When we get close, she'll be here.  Don't worry, we'll take care of communicating with her until she arrives.  You just focus on getting through those contractions.  Is that okay?
Avery:  Okay.  Thank you.
Keni:  I'll get what I need and be right back.  I'll also let your family back in.
Avery:  Thank you.

The nurse leaves the room and Parker, Ember and Aviana come back in.

Ember:  This is a nice hospital.  I've never been inside.  
Avery:  You've never been here?
Ember (laughing):  Fortunately I haven't had a reason to be here.  Erwyn and I have been pretty well and not broken anything.
Avery:  Well, maybe you will have the same reason as me one day in the not too far future.  

Parker turns bright red because he knows Avery is implying that it would be Ember with his child.  Ember feels her face get hot because she knows that's exactly what Avery meant.

Ember:  Maybe.  Let's just focus on keeping you comfortable right now.

They sit and talk about other things for a while and Parker sets Aviana on his lap.  She's getting very tired since it's now past her bedtime.  After a while, Craig arrives.

Craig:  Hi, Everyone.  Hey, Honey.  How are the contractions?
Avery:  We're at 4 minutes now and 5 centimeters.  Hopefully it won't be long. I'm trying to hold out from... (pauses to go through a contraction)
Craig:  It's okay.  Take your time. 

Craig:  This is it, Ave.  I'm so excited.  You look beautiful
Avery (still going through the contraction): Mmmmm....

Craig (letting Avery deal with her pain, turns to Ember and Parker):  Thank you so much for bringing her here.
Parker:  That's my little sister, I'll always be there for her.
Ember:  Glad we can help.  Well, we should probably get going before we get kicked out, plus I can see Aviana is very tired.  We need to get her in a bed.
Craig:  Are you dropping her at Cyann's?
Ember:  In the morning.  She can stay with me and Erwyn tonight.  
Craig:  Good, good. Thank you.  I appreciate your help.
Parker:  You can do this, Ave.  I'll be back as soon as I get word my new niece or nephew is here.  I'm excited.  I'll call Dad and let him know so he can start heading this way in the morning.  
Avery (feeling relief after her contraction):  Thank you.  He'd fuss at me if he didn't know it was time.
Parker:  Don't worry.  I have you covered.  Just call or text the moment my niece or nephew arrives.
Craig:  We will.  

Parker, Ember and Aviana leave.  Craig turns on the TV and settles next to Avery to soothe her as much as he can during the contractions.  After a while, the contractions get closer and more intense and the nurse announces it won't be long and she will let Dr. Graham know.

A while longer goes by and Dr. Graham arrives.

Dr. Graham:  Hello.  It looks like it's almost time for delivery.  How is the pain right now, Avery?
Avery:  Bad. Painful. (a contraction hits)...mmmm (Avery starts her breathing)
Dr.  Graham:  I'm sure it is very painful.  But you have done well making it this far with out any pain assistance.  It won't be much longer and it's all over.  I just need to check on progress and see where we stand.  I'll wait for this one to pass and we'll see.
Craig:  She's pretty tired.
Dr. Graham:  Yes, it is tiring, so we'll need to help her find the strength to literally push through this.  It could take an hour for the baby to be pushed out or minutes.  Whatever it is, we will help her work through it.  Are you with me?
Craig:  Yes, I'm with you.

Dr. Graham checks on progress and states that Avery is fully dilated and pushing will begin shortly.  Dr. Graham alerts the medical support team and they start coming in to prepare for the baby to arrive.

They get Avery into delivery position and wait for her signal that she is ready to push.  Keni turns on the light over the bed.

Avery:  I need to push.
Dr. Graham:  Good.  Go ahead and push with the contractions until I tell you to stop.
Craig:  Okay, Sweetheart. Push, push, push.

Avery pushes until the contraction is over and continues to push with Craig and the nurse coaching her until Dr. Graham announces the baby is crowning.

Dr. Graham:  Keni, the light is in my eyes when I look up, please turn it off.
Keni:  Certainly.

Dr. Graham:  We have some hair peeking at us.  Keep pushing when you feel a contraction.  Just go with it.  
Avery (painfully):  Okay.  
Craig:  You're doing great, Sweetheart.  It's almost over.  We're almost there.
Keni (with the next contraction):  Push, push, push.

The baby's head comes through and Dr. Graham tells Avery to stop pushing.  She needs to turn the baby so the shoulders can come through easily. Avery braves through the urge to push until she is told she can push again.

Dr. Graham:  Okay, Avery. The hard pushing is over with the head.  The body should slide out now with one good push.  When you feel it, give it all you have.  Just go for it.
Craig:  One good push, Sweetheart and it should be over.
Keni:  You're in the home stretch.  (noticing Avery is bearing down again) Push, push, push.

Just as Dr. Graham predicted the baby is completely out now.  She gives the baby a quick pat for crying as the nurse places the clamp for the cord.  Craig is beside himself as he hears the baby let out a loud wail.  Avery is anxious to know if it's a girl or a boy making all that noise. What is only taking seconds seems to take minutes for Craig and Avery.

Dr. Graham:  Congratulations! You have a beautiful baby boy!
Craig:  Yes!  It's a boy!  I have a son!
Avery:  Oh!  I can't wait to see him.

Just as soon as Avery finishes her sentence, the nurse encourages her to pull down the top of her gown to expose skin and places the baby on her chest loosely covered by a blanket.  The cord is still attached and needs to be cut.

Avery: He is beautiful!
Craig:  Just like his mother.  I'm so proud of you, Sweetheart.  I love you.
Dr. Graham:  It will take a little while to wrap up things on this end.  Dad, would you like to cut the cord?  Then we'll get baby cleaned up and back in your arms.  You can go watch, Dad.
Craig:  Sure.

Craig kisses Avery on her forehead and proudly cuts the cord then he follows the nurse who will clean the baby up, check on weight and other vitals and then wraps him up to hand to his father. 

Craig can't stop grinning as he looks at his new son.  Avery is tired, but very excited, to hold her baby again.  It's been nine long months, but worth every minute to her.

Keni:  We're going to move you in a few minutes.  Someone from transportation will be here.  I'll place the baby in his small crib and roll him to the room.  You'll have the baby in your room 24/7 unless you need to shower.  Then you'll need to call a nurse.  Your attending nurse will explain each day what's going to happen.  If you are going to have him circumcised, Dr. Graham will schedule a time.  It won't take long.  Do you have any questions so far?
Avery:  No, not yet.
Keni:  Okay.  Let me know if you think of anything. 

After the baby is cleaned up, Craig is able to walk with him back to Avery's side.  Dr. Graham and the team work on cleaning up.  They will be ready to move Avery to her maternity room shortly.

Keni: We also like to put the baby's name on the crib instead of just 'Baby Hamilton.' Do you have a name for this handsome fellow yet so I can put it on his crib card?
Craig:  Yes, we have a name picked out.  His name is Cristian Lee Hamilton.

Welcome, Cristian Lee Hamilton - 6 lbs. 13 oz., 20 inches

Isn't he a cutie?

We'll let Avery and Craig get some rest and spend some time with Cristian.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye