We got “the call” that Elaine was sitting on the edge of going into labour with Baby #2, so Nicholas and I hopped on a plane to (hopefully) be there for his birth. Travelling alone with Nicholas was tough, but there people all along the way willing to help out if I needed it. The person we sat next to on the plane was very generous and patient, especially after Nicholas threw up on me before we even started to taxi down the runway. I could take his extra shirt off, but I didn’t have an extra shirt, so I had to smell it for the rest of the flight – yuck! Nicholas was so energetic on the flight – way more than he was during previous flights (which makes sense considering he’s so much older) – s0 we did a few laps back and forth up the aisle.
The most difficult part of the trip was realizing, just before going through security, that my carry-on bag had been given a checked luggage tag. That meant that one of the bags had gone down the conveyor belt without a tag – ugh! What a hassle! Lucky for us, I bought the ticket with our Visa, which has Delayed/Lost Baggage Insurance and covered us for up to $1000 – yay … a shopping spree!!! Nicholas got a bunch of new clothes … I only got a few … it just took so much longer to shop for me than him.
Angela and Nicholas hadn’t seen each other for quite a few months, so I was thrilled to see how excited they were to see each other again. Nicholas has a funny habit of holding up a ball as high over his head as possible and squealing with delight. Angela watched him as he did this and then threw the ball so it landed right at her feet. She reached down to pick up the ball and just when we both thought she was going to throw it back to him … she turned and ran out of the room with it! It was so cute! Nicholas went tearing after her and they played together super well for the next week. It was also really cute when they were feeding each other at the table sometimes.
Elaine’s contractions seemed to stop when we arrived, but the shopping spree got them going again. We went to bed quite late that night (I think I closed my eyes around 2am) and at 3:15 there was a knock on my door that it was time to go to the hospital. She had been awake for only 15 minutes, but her contractions were already 5 minutes apart. How incredibly exciting!!! Elaine’s mum stayed at the house with the kids and Rob, Elaine, and I headed to the hospital. He labour was blessedly short – baby Ewan was born in less than 3 hours! I am so honoured to have been there to watch him arrive into the world – it was a truly breath-taking experience.
While we stayed with them, Nicholas was sleeping really well. I experimented with putting him to sleep with a water bottle, his flashlight, and his toy phone – it worked. He would only cry for a minute or less and then settle down (most times), sleeping until about 4am before he wanted to nurse, and then sleeping again until around 8am.