Not quite five days ahead of his due date, Cayden Jeremy Raymond entered the world this afternoon at approximately 1:43 p.m. weighing in at a mere 7 pounds, 8 ounces and giving his Mom one of the easiest labors I've heard of in quite some time!
My memories of childbirth have almost completely faded into the mists of time and will become even more of just a dim memory as time goes on - thankfully! But ... I still have some recollection that the twelve hours prior to the doctor deciding that my labor with Amanda was not progressing well and opting for a C-section were by no means what anyone could call "fun". Now that I give it a little more thought, the phrase "most God-awful pain I'd ever felt in my life" comes to mind!
Apparently Jen had little to no problem with Cayden's birth from the way she described it to me just a few short hours afterwards and she actually sounded quite energetic - not to mention relieved! For the past several weeks, we had discussed in length how she was MORE THAN READY to give birth to this child who had given her sciatic pain and heartburn pretty much right from the get-go and the last two weeks had especially taken their toll on her. I was quite surprised the poor woman was still coming to work all things considered but as she said many times "with a 2-year old at home, I get more rest at work!"
I kept joking that I was going to bring my camera to work as the sight of Jen reclined back as far as possible in our one over-sized dispatch chair with her feet propped up on another while she had a blanket pulled clear to her chin was pretty humorous! Obviously she was beat but I give her a lot of credit because, despite the way she felt, she continued to do her job and do it well. At nine months pregnant she had a better work ethic than I've seen in a lot of people much younger and not even close to pregnancy.
Yesterday Jen was feeling particularly worn out and said she felt like she had been having contractions on and off all day so we had our fingers crossed that Cayden would soon make an appearance. Because of that, I wasn't too surprised when she called me this morning at 10:00 to tell me that she was at the hospital, was 4 centimeters dilated, and that they would be breaking her water soon. What I was surprised about was when she called me at 4:00 to tell me she'd had the baby before 2:00 and she had only pushed for a grand total of four minutes! Apparently when Cayden decided he was going to be born - he decided he was going to be born!
I do have to laugh somewhat about the timing of Cayden's birth as I had a feeling it was going to be on the day I took off to attend a cook-out at my Mom's house (perhaps for Jen's sake I should have taken a vacation day sooner?!) AND it got her out of going to the Woodstock Fair tomorrow which her husband kept insisting that she was going to even if he had to push her around in a wheelchair. She told me that there was no way she was going and she was right! I guess that shows who has a stronger will in that household!
While I will miss working with Jen during her seven-week maternity leave, I'm very happy for her that she has given birth to a healthy son. Congratulations to Mom, Dad, and big sister, Paige - I wish you all a happy and healthy life together filled with many loving memories!
And maybe now I can stop with the sympathy edema and weight gain?!?
P.S., Hey Jen - I told you that you wouldn't be at work for your birthday on the 6th!!