“How would you like to have your granddaughter tomorrow?”
Her due date was 19 days away but the doctor wanted to
induce her as soon as possible. Her bile salts were
elevated and since her baby was 37 weeks they would induce.
That threw us into a whirlwind of activity. I started Emily’s laundry and she started packing.
We called who needed to be called and made a list of what needed to be
done. That’s when Emily said, “Shoot, I wanted
to have my nails done in purple in honor of Violet before she was
born.” We had planned on a pedicure together later that week but now
everything had changed. It may seem frivolous but I wanted to find a
way to still make it happen.
Em”, I said and an hour later we found
ourselves in the nail salon choosing our
shade of purple.
Paul was fine with Ty and me being in the room for the delivery.
What a guy and what an honor to be able to see our granddaughter make her
entrance into the world. Of course we were asking the nurse how soon she thought our little girl would be born and as expected she said it varies greatly from patient to patient.
She did say that if her body was ready to deliver, the meds would work
fairly fast. Paul and Emily prepared for their long night and Ty and I headed home to sleep.
We planned to get up early and head back up to the hospital. At 3:30 am the phone rang and Ty said it was Emily and we needed to get to the hospital as fast as possible. Emily was ready to start pushing. Fortunately the hospital was literally 5 minutes from our house. We flew to the hospital and hurried to the room. We breathed a sigh of relief to see that the baby was still in the womb.
The next hour is already a bit of a blur and I will spare you the details. The nurse asked Emily to not push because the doctor had not yet arrived. Emily basically said she was not pushing but suddenly a head appeared followed by a small body. Violet AnnMarie Lanphier was born at 4:24 am. She was out and the nurses had to deliver her. I looked over to the corner of the room and saw Ty crying. It
was such an amazing moment. After a quick check the nurse tending the baby proclaimed her a perfect 10. Of course we already knew that!!!!