Well, it’s been a while since I posted anything, but…. I HAD A BABY! Master Henrik Townes Malloy was born at 1:16pm on May 20th, 2014 at Northwestern Prentice Hospital in Chicago. We thought he was going to be a chunky monkey, but he came out weighing 7 lbs, 6 ounces and 20 inches long. I was pretty thrilled he wasn’t any bigger and didn’t have to push anything larger out. He’s a perfectly healthy baby boy and we could not be more thrilled.
Labor started around 6am on the 20th and right away I started timing the contractions. They were coming every 3-6 minutes and lasting about 45 seconds. I took a shower. I told Andy this may be it. He did the dishes. Vacuumed and ran to Mariano’s to get an iced coffee. I called the doctor on call. He told me to wait it out and that the contractions should be more consistent. So I waited like another 20 minutes. After talking to my sister and parents they thought I should just head to the hospital since I was already at 4 1/2 cm. I called the doctor again and he told me to come on in. At this point the contractions were really strong and I was keeling over every time they came. Making those loud moaning sounds. The dog was really confused. We packed the car real quick and headed out. Everyone’s question is always how are they supposed to sit through contractions on the way to the hospital and I wondered the same thing. Andy had to pull over once. As soon as we got on Lake Shore Drive… traffic! I closed my eyes and breathed deeply. The windows were open and it was a beautiful sunny morning. We were on our way to meet our little babe. No turning back now. The next time we’d be driving down the drive would be with a precious little babe.
We pulled up to the hospital and they admitted me after they checked me and said I was about 5 1/2 cm. I wanted the epidural right away. I couldn’t handle the pain any longer. The two labor and delivery nurses were awesome. I couldn’t have asked for a better team. The anesthesiologist administered the epidural after about 20 minutes and it kicked in right away. I was happy as a clam. They let Andy back in the room and my mom followed right behind. Andy’s parents were there a few minutes later too. We were all just hanging out, like no big deal. They could see on the monitor when I was having a contraction, but I couldn’t feel a thing. The doctor came by and said he’d be back around 2-3pm to check on me. He said about a cm/hour. It was about 11am at this point. As we were just hanging out and talking about how we would have a baby in our arms soon, I got a lot of pressure down there. Strong, strong pressure. I asked the nurses to check me. I was 10cm and it was about 12:30pm. I was ready to push and boy did I want to push. They said that most people push between 1-3 hours. I was NOT going to push for 3 hours, no way. After the first or second push, they said they could see the top of his head. That was really motivating. Forty minutes later and I heard the doctor say “it’s a boy!”… the best words I’ve ever heard. Ever. Worth the wait to find out. We were crying and laughing and just about speechless. They placed him on my chest right away. Andy cut the umbilical cord. And he was ours, forever. He was beautiful.
Soon after I got wheeled up to post delivery and we were there for 2 nights. We had family and friends stop by, but to be honest those days at the hospital are pretty blurry. We were very excited to get home and start our life as a family of 3.
He is now just over 5 weeks old and is the sweetest, most cuddly, beautiful baby boy. We are so in love with him and all I want to do is hold him and kiss him. We’ve kept busy and have been doing all sorts of things. Andy was off work for the first 3 weeks and it made us both feel good to get out of the house as much as possible. When he went back to work, I’ve continued to do so. Lots and lots of walks. Some dinners and lunches out, hanging out with family, concerts, farmers markets, dog beach, you name it. It’s been so fun.
Henrik also has a new cousin, Arabelle, who was born just 2 weeks after him so it’s been really nice to hang out with my sister and my new niece.
I hope to write some more soon in-between his naps, but I can’t promise anything. I just want to snuggle with him when he naps. Or do laundry. Or sit outside in the sun. Or drink a glass of wine. :)
Henrik, welcome to the world little man. Your dad and mom love you so much and we are so blessed to have you in our life. You’re already growing so fast and I just want it to all slow down. I’m trying to treasure each and every moment with you so nothing is missed. Thank you for enriching our lives. xo