This may be a little more than some would share, but it was a proud moment for me and changed the course of how we brought our little Summer Rain into the world. It is a story that I never want to forget. We only had one minor hiccup during the labor. About 20 hours into labor, Dawn's heart rate was spiking, no one knows why it started doing it, but regardless... it was pretty scary because the alarm monitoring her vitals starting sounding like when you leave the keys in the ignition of your car and the door is open... Beep... Beep... Beep... There were a handful of other babies being delivered at the same time so our nurse had to leave to assist. Every few seconds I would keep muting the alarm on the monitors in the room because it was causing more anxiety for Dawn and it was just a perpetual problem. Dawn has always been somewhat of an anxious person, and for there to be alarms sounding... not good for the situation. Before the nurse had to leave the room, she started paging a few nurses to prep for a possible c-section. Dawn went through a lot the 20 hours leading to that moment, with being induced, and a c-section was not what we had planned... Luckily the contraction/heart rate monitor machine was still feeding data to charts and I was able to see that it was spiking during the time leading up to the contractions. So Dawn's mom started asking trivia questions to distract Dawn and I had her take three deep breaths leading up to the contractions and that reduced the heart rate spikes. Dawn's mom and I kept distracting her and I kept having her breathe deep. The anxiety dropped and we got her back to normal... just in time for the nurse to come back. High fives were going around. So happy to be there and able to help her. If we can avoid the prolonged recovery time... we are all for that! But the entire experience has been fantastic and the care of the nurses and doctors, amazing as well.
Anyway, I just thought I would share a few moments from the past few days. I have had more emotions in the last few days that I have never really felt before. Everyone says when you see your baby for the first time that there is no moment like that in the world. And now I know what they mean. I know I usually finish off my blogs with a weather forecast synopsis, but for the next couple weeks, I'm not a meteorologist... I will be a stay-at-home dad. So my forecast is calling for: a Summer Rain. See you all soon enough back on the TV, but looking forward to unplugging with some time at home with my ladies. Have a good one!
Andrew Buck Michael