Say hello to the brilliant Mr M, my sweetie-pie nephew, who made his way into our world in early September while Joy and I paced like anxious dads in the waiting room. We got to chat with the most awesome 12-year-old, Amanda, who wants to be a writer when she grows up, and she really helped us pass those wee hours (and Amanda, I hope your mom and the baby are doing well). When we went in to greet little Mr M after he was born, our hearts just swelled with love and pride. Way to go, J and R! It was a hard delivery, but my sister-in-law was really amazing through it all. We took my father-in-law, 88, back out to meet him a couple days later when the new family was safely home, and at dinner afterwards, Dad was heard to exclaim that little M was very good looking. Not just regular good looking, but special good looking! Joy and I totally agree. He is the first grandson on both sides of the family (though Joy’s dad has five grown granddaughters).
Here are some words from the brand new mama:
Your new son arrived a little late…what were your thoughts and hopes as you waited to go into labour?
We were getting anxious to meet our baby and hoping that everything was ok. We were booked to be induced on Sept 2nd and sure enough I went into labour the night before and he came on his own time on Sept 2nd.
Were you working right up until the end?
Yes, I actually worked past my due date. I always felt, right from the beginning, that he would be late.
How did you know you were in labour?
I was feeling a little unsettled when I went to bed that night and by 1 a.m. mild contractions started. I walked and walked all through the night to keep things progressing (I did not want to be induced).
Did you have a natural birth?
Yes, we were very happy that everything went ok and we had a natural birth. It was long and painful but knowing that we would soon have a baby kept us both going.
How long was your labour? When did you go home?
My labour was about 22 hours from start to finish. Since he was born at 11:29pm Thursday, they kept us in until Saturday afternoon.
How was the first week at home with little Mr M?
It was crazy, we were both going constantly and there was so much to do for this new little person.
Were you surprised by anything in the experience of new parenting?
I would say that we were unprepared for how demanding it really is and how tired we would be.
Is there a time you watch your hubs with his son that just melt you completely?
It is so cute when they are hanging out and watching sports together… baby is feeding and hubby is watching sports.
What is your favourite thing, so far, about being a mom?
Having this little person depend on you for everything and watching them change and develop every day.
Is there anything you’re finding challening about being a mom?
Lack of sleep!
Is little Mr M keeping you up at night?
Do you have any advise for other pregnant moms about to be in your shoes?
Relax and don’t be too hard on yourself.
What do you wish for Mr M as he grows?
We want him to be happy and to enjoy whatever he does.