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

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Night Gets Busier

At Reds' earlier, Henna and Syren ran into Maurice. They spoke and then Maurice went on to mingle with other people.  Now Syren, who has been talking to Henna most of the evening, has caught the attention of a gentleman who has come over to speak with her.

Syren:  What did you say your name is?
Jaguar:  It's Jaguar.
Syren:  I like that.  So tell me more about yourself.  I like meeting new people and learning about them. 
Jaguar:  Would you mind if we go have a seat over there and talk so we're both comfortable?
Syren:  Sounds good.  Henna, I'll be back a little later.  Mingle, Girl.
Henna:  I'm fine go ahead.

At the Hamiltons', Parker and Ember have arrived.

Ember:  What can I grab for you?
Avery:  I just need our bags and we need our coats. They're in the hall closet.  
Ember:  Okay, I'll go get them for you.
Aviana:  I can show you the cwoset.
Ember (laughing):  Okay.  Thank you so much for your help.
Avery:  Mine is the blue and white one and Aviana loves her cape, so please grab that for her.
Parker:  I'll grab the bags.  Are you sure you don't need anything else?

Avery:  No, I am all packed and I just spent the last ten minutes double checking my bag.  I have everything I need.  I just need my husband.
Parker:  Do you think he's having phone issues?
Avery:  Sometimes he's dealing with an emer...(Avery's phone rings) Finally. (she answers it)

Hi, Craig...I'm in, can you meet me at the hospital?  Parker and Ember and here picking me up, they'll take me...yes, it's Parker, of course it it's not a problem...yes, I'm fine, just a little anxious and in pain...okay, well get going so you can get there...I love you too.

Ember:  Avery, did you have plans for who will take care of Aviana already?  If not, she can come stay with us.  
Avery:  Thank you.  I was so busy getting ready, I forgot to call Cyann.  She said she'd keep her.  
Ember:  Don't worry about contacting Cyann.  If you're okay with it, I'll take Aviana with me tonight and see that she gets to Cyann's in the morning.  I'll call her.
Avery:  Okay.  That's great.  Thank you so much.  I really appreciate your helping me.
Ember:  No problem.  I'm happy to be helpful.

At Reds', Henna is enjoying her drink when she hears a familiar voice.

Maurice:  Do you mind if I join you?
Henna (surprised): No, I don't mind.  Are you sure you want to talk to me?
Maurice (laughing):  Well, maybe for a while there I wasn't keen on the idea, but I'm better now.  I was just hurt, you know?  
Henna (frowning):  I know.  I...I just...well, it's not that I didn't want to be with you.
Maurice:  I was hoping we could just talk.  I mean, I can't ignore that I know you.  You were a big part of my life for a while.  But are I wasn't really coming over to talk about what happened.
Henna:  We can talk.

Maurice:  So, how's the family?  I can see Syren is still herself, loving and attracting men.
Henna:  Yep, that's my little sister alright.  Everyone is fine.  Ember and Parker are still a couple.
Maurice:  So I've heard.  He's really into her.
Henna:  You knew that?
Maurice:  Sure.  Parker and I stay in touch.
Henna:  I don't think I knew that.  We do still work together.
Maurice:  He's probably being considerate of your feelings.  He knew you were trying to get over things.  He didn't talk about you during our conversations either.

Henna:  Chi sounds like a lovely lady.  I hope she knows how lucky she is.
Maurice:  She is lovely. I enjoy spending time with her.
Henna:  Better her than me, I guess.  You probably upgraded.
Maurice:  I really like her, but she'll never be you.  I wish things had worked out between us.
Henna (feeling tears well up in her eyes):  I do too.  I... (swallowing)... I still love you, Maurice.  I miss spending time with you and lying in your arms talking about my design ideas while you laugh about my imagination.
Maurice:  I'd be lying if I said I don't think about you every so often.  But we are where we are.

Syren:  Hey, I'm sorry to interrupt.  I need to head out.  Are you ready, Hen?
Henna:  We were just talking, but I guess so.
Maurice:  I can take you home.
Syren:  Oooh!!!  Are you sure?  Don't you have a woman?
Maurice (smiling and shaking his head):  Syren, you will never change.  Everything is fine.  I think I can drive Henna home and things will be okay.
Syren:  Well, okay then.  Finish your "where did we go wrong" conversation and I'm out.  Good night.
Henna:  Thanks, Syren.  Good night.

At the Hamilton's, Aviana and Avery have their coats on and the group is heading out to the hospital.

Here's a peek at the baby's side of the room, all ready for him or her to arrive.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Busy Night

It's Wednesday night and Parker and Ember are on a date.  They enjoyed a nice Christmas and New Years with Erwyn.  Parker lavished Erwyn with her recently favorite toys, Monster High dolls.  Ember thought about stopping him, but she decided she would let him since he really wanted to buy them for her.  Erwyn, of course loved them.

It's around 7:00 PM, a little late for dinner, but with Parker and Ember's schedules, they try to make it work so they can spend time with each other as much as possible.  Erwyn has school tomorrow, but Eliana is with her and she'll make sure Erwyn is bathed and ready for bed in a timely manner.  Ember loves having Eliana as her sitter.  She makes sure Erwyn does her homework, makes learning fun for her and she ensures Erwyn adheres to any guidelines and rules Ember had set for her.

Ember and Parker are enjoying their food and chatting.

Parker:  So I told him the stronger wood would last longer.  I know it was an upcharge, but it's worth it.  Besides, this is a project in the millions, there no need to skimp.
Ember:  You really know your stuff, Honey.  I love that about you.
Parker (smiling):  Thank you.  So how is work so far this week for you
Ember:  Well, the girls are getting booked so well, they don't even need their part-time jobs anymore.  Things this week have been great.  My venture with LeeMa Designs is taking off.  Leera is working on some Spring and Summer fashions which will be a big hit, I'm sure.  It's great working with a new and hot designer.  If she continues to like the models I provide, she'll use us when she's really big time.  That makes us more popular and brings in more money.

Parker:  That's great. Your business is growing.  Any new ideas for this year?
Ember:  As a matter of fact, at Avery's shower, I met a beautiful and tall young lady, Sani.  Her mother works with Avery.  I planted the seed to see if she may be interested in modeling. She has such an exotic look, I think she'd be great.  I'm going to set up a little meet and greet with her and my other young ladies.  I think they can sell better than I can.  It's one thing for me to tell her she'd be great, but they are living it.  They can be honest about what they enjoy or don't enjoy.
Parker:  I like that.  I should use that when I'm looking for new crew members.
Ember:  It may just work.

Meanwhile, at the Hamilton residence, Avery is watching TV and feeling a little anxious and a little pain.
Avery (to her belly):  What's going on in there, Little One?  Is that you causing my back to ache?  Something needs to calm down.  This is so uncomfortable.  (painfully) Mmmmm.  What is that about?

Feeling a little pressure on her bladder, Avery relieves herself in the bathroom and then checks on Aviana who is playing in her room.

Avery:  Hey, Sweetheart.  You want to come keep Mommy company?
Aviana:  Okay.  

Aviana brings a toy with her to the living room so she can keep her mother company.

Aviana:  Mommy, you look sick.  Are you okay?
Avery (laughing):  Yes, I'm fine, Sweetheart.  The baby is just restless, I think.  I don't know.  Let's watch something until your bed time, okay?
Aviana:  Okay, Mommy.

They find something to watch until Aviana's bed time.

At Reds', Henna is enjoying a drink with Syren, who convinced her to come out for the evening.  They are chatting when, much to their surprise, Maurice has arrived and they both see him at the same time.

Syren:  Well, lookie here.  It's still a small world.  I hope you don't get all sentimental and stuff. Remember, he's moved on.
Henna:  Please.  It's been a while.  It's over and after that last time of seeing him, I know I'm done.  
Syren:  Good.  
Maurice sees Henna and Syren and stops to say 'hello.'

Maurice:  Hi, Ladies.  It's good to see you.
Syren:  Hi, Maurice.
Henna:  Hi, Maurice.  How are you? 
Maurice:  I'm doing well. Thank you.
Syren:  Umm... you and your lady.  How are you?
Maurice (curious about Syren's question):  We're doing good, thank you.  Well, I had better start mingling. I heard this is a good night for that.  Enjoy yourselves.
Syren:  We will. You too.

Ember:  So I was thinking, I know it's hard trying to, you know, keep certain things from ErwynLike you're not staying over, even though I'd like you to be there.
Parker:  It's okay.  No need to rush things.  Let's give her some more time to see that we're doing okay.  I don't want her to feel uncomfortable.
Ember:  I don't know how you do it, but you are such a gentleman and so patient.
Parker:  If it's meant to be, it will be and just get better.  I know that.  I love you and I love Erwyn.  I have time as long as we are still together, that's what's important to me.

They continue talking and eating.  Over an hour passes as they take their time and enjoy each other's company.  Meanwhile, back at the Hamilton residence.

Avery (painfully): Mmmm....I think this is it, Baby.  I guess you're ready.  Time to call your Dad.
Aviana:  We're cawwing, Daddy?
Avery:  Yes.  It's time for bed, but I think we'll wait a few minutes.  You'll need to leave the house with me.  I'm going to have to put some clothes on you.
Aviana:  Awe we goin' fow a wide?
Avery:  Yes.  I'm going to call Daddy now, but you can keep watching TV while I get us ready.  Okay?
Aviana:  Okay.

Avery calls Craig, but the phone goes to voicemail, so she leaves a message.

Avery:  Sweetheart, I think it's time for our new arrival.  I'm in labor, so I need you to call me back and then get here, please.  The contractions are about 5 minutes apart.

Avery works on packing a bag for Aviana and checks her own bag to be sure she has what she needs in it for the hospital.  It's been 20 minutes and she hasn't heard from Craig, so she decides to call Parker.

Parker (laughing and talking to Ember):  Well, you never know how things are going to go.  (the phone rings) I'm sorry, it's Avery.  I can just send it to voicemail.
Ember:  No, go ahead and answer it.  It's okay.  I could be important.
Parker:  Hello.... Really?...Okay...He hasn't called?....I'll be right there.  Keep calling him...I'll be right over, don't worry.  

Ember:  What's wrong?
Parker (smiling):  The baby is coming, I have to go take Avery to the hospital.  Craig hasn't answered his phone and Aviana is with Avery too.
Ember (surprised): Okay.  Okay.  No problem.  I'll go with you.
Parker:  Do you need to go home to Erwyn?  I can drop you off first.  
Ember:  No, you don't have to do that.  I'll call Eliana and ask her to stay a little longer.  She can sleep over, I think.  Besides, who is going to take care of Aviana?
Parker:  I don't know, but I can take her with me after Craig gets there.
Ember:  We can talk and figure it out in the car.  Let's get going.

Parker pulls out more than enough money to pay the bill and leaves the cash on the table.  He and Ember rush out of the restaurant to pick Avery up.

Woo hoo!  It looks like the baby is finally arriving.  I can't wait to find out if they are having a girl or a boy.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye