The following is Anna's birth story, told by Grandma April.
we spent the day taking it slow (after a full week of playing hard we
were both tired), we did our laundry, Sara cleaned the apartment (it's
so small that took about 15 minutes while I was folding clothes), we had
a nice long chat over lunch. That evening we met up with Zach to go
out to dinner near Time Square. Sara found a restaurant that prepare
tempura veggies that sounded so good to her so off we went. We ate til we were stuffed then we
walked over to Bryant Park near a gorgeous and large public library with
lion statues in front of it. The park had very tall mature trees all
around with a big open lawn with a movie screen on the end opposite the
library. There were lots of little black metal tables and chairs, many
people were enjoying the user friendly area-ping pong, chess playing,
lighted hula hoops, eating of dinners, people lying on the grass and
such, it was a peaceful scene. I was talking to your dad on the phone
and was noticing Sara's belly going from round to baby shaped about
three times, I asked her, "are you having contractions?" then said, "you
are having contractions, how many have you had?" She didn't know, so we
started timing them. The contractions did not stop as we made our way
back to their apartment. Sara showered, we got ready for bed and
continued to time contractions 5 - 8 minutes a part. We turned out the
lights-fat chance any sleeping was going to happen. Sure enough the
contractions did not stop, so we timed them some more. Five minutes-ish
apart, so doctor was called, cab was called, and off we went. She checked
into the hospital about 3:30 a.m.
and was then hooked up to all kind of things - i.v., blood pressure
cuff, Anna's heart rate monitor, catheter (so she didn't have to get
out of bed to pee), and a needle in her back for the epidural. We watched the
sun rise over Central Park with it's mature and beautiful trees.
Contractions were doing their job and getting painful. The Epidural got
started and she was no longer in pain and was in good spirits, so we
spent the day in the hospital watching the Food Network while Sara was
dilating and effacing so she could push Anna out.
She was dilated to a
10 by around 2:30 p.m.
The doctor was called in. He tried to have her push but the epidural
did too good of a job so she had to wait til she could gain some control
of her lower body to push Anna out. He came back after an hour and
tried again, he came back after another hour and tried again, another
1/2 hr then yet one more 1/2 hour. Then she was ready. The doctor had
Sara put one foot on his leg and one foot on Zach's leg to support her
while she pushed through the contractions - such painful and hard work
that lasted just over an hour. Then what a flurry of activity, like 6
people in the room as Anna's hairy head popped out, then the rest of her
body, then the placenta. Zach got to cut the umbilical cord then a
nurse whisked her over to be cleaned and weighed and given to Sara. The
doctor continued to work on Sara. Every person that came into the room
independently commented (very sincerely) on what a beautiful baby Anna
is, a couple of the nurses looked over to see who had the baby and
commented "What a beautiful mom." Even the doctor said she was really
beautiful and that he sees a lot of new baby's! A nurse placed Anna on
Sara for their first bonding time together. They placed i.d. bands on
Anna, Sara and Zach and even a security tag on Anna's ankle so no one
could take her out of the hospital. After everything was taken care of
and cleaned up the doctor and all the others eventually left. Zach got
to hold Anna briefly then they whisked her away to the nursery for
testing and who knows what all.
I finally got to hold her for a few
brief moments. It was after 10:00 p.m.
and after all of us being up for two full days Zach and I reluctantly
and wearily left Sara and Anna at the hospital to go back to their apt
and get some sleep. We both ate a bowl of cereal and went to bed. Up
again this morning we went to the hospital to spend the day with Sara
and Anna. Sara went to a class for breast feeding so I took a break and
enjoyed a different part of Central Park with ponds and a beautiful
forest area, I sat and did some scripture study and enjoyed the
beautiful park til it started to rain. It was hard to get Zach to share
Anna - I guess to be fair he also needs a chance to bond
with Anna, He is going to be a great dad. Sara is trying to teach Anna
how to breast feed, she is already a wonderful patient mother. I am so
proud of Sara and loving every chance I get to enjoy Anna. She is so
perfectly proportioned, has LONG fingers and good sized feet. She is
very alert. Her eyes were open right away and she was looking all
around. I'm so grateful Sara and Zach allowed me to be here during the
special time and that Zach even gives me a chance to hold her, at least a
Friday, July 26, 2013
Last Saturday we enjoyed showing my mom around the city. We explored the 9/11 memorial, found a vintage poster shop, barely missed the rain on the Staten Island Ferry, and walked around Washington Square Park before calling it a day. It was a hot one but after the rain hit everything cooled down just in time for dinner and a final evening walk. We love showing off this city!
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Above are pictures of my cute mom carrying me next to my studly dad. Below is the next generation. I am officially due, or overdue? Either way I'm calling it, I'm done waiting. We all are. We are so anxious to meet our little Anna girl and to start showing her around New York. My fingers are crossed that she decides to come on her own in the next day or two. 24 is always a good number...
Monday, July 22, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
After visiting Governors Island, Lexie decided we needed to show off two of our favorite places to Paula. S'Mac was as good the second time around, if not better. This time I stuck with a reasonable portion and still left way too full. Then we headed to Big Gay's for our favorite ice cream treat in the city, the Salty Pimp. Terrible name, but very tasty. It's a vanilla cone striped with dulce de leche, sprinkled with sea salt, and dipped in chocolate. It doesn't matter how full you are, there is always room for this delicious treat.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
We enjoyed a very warm Saturday with Paula and Lexi on Governors Island. We had so much fun walking around the old town and picking out where we would liked to have lived. Its always amazing to me how 20 minutes away from Manhattan can feel like a whole new world.