On Monday, April 27th, Karin and I went to her doctor to get an update on the progress of her pregnancy. Even though things weren't as far along as everyone had hoped (the doctor hinted at wanting us to wait a few more days), we had our hearts set on going straight to the hospital to begin the induction process - we wanted to meet our baby girl!
|A quick selfie in the hospital bathroom to document my |
weight the day before my daughter's birth
Once the induction process began at 6pm on Monday, it was simply a waiting game. Thankfully, the hospital that we went to recently underwent extensive renovations, so the delivery rooms were comparable to a decent-priced hotel room. Karin was comfortable in her bed, we had a 42-inch TV on the wall, and I was also provided with both a reclining chair and a couch that I could sleep on at night. On top of that, we had some really great nurses who kept us both informed and at ease. (Shout out to Jen!)
As Monday came to a close, all of us made guesses as to when our baby girl would arrive. A few of us were optimistic that she would arrive in the early morning on Tuesday, but you can see that clearly wasn't the case.
Tuesday morning ushered in another round of induction medication and more waiting. Thankfully both sets of soon-to-be grandparents and an eager uncle were there to keep us company. Contractions were slowly creeping in and getting more consistent, so we knew things were progressing as they should be. An epidural was eventually administered, which signified that the final stretch was just around the corner. Karin thoroughly enjoyed not being able to feel the pain (or her legs)!
At around 7:30pm, the nurse informed us that it was time. I marched down the hallway to the waiting room to give everyone the update.
That's when it hit me.
This was really happening. In the next hour, I was going to become a dad. My life was about to change forever. Adrenaline was surging through me to the point where I could either explode with happiness, have a panic attack, or break down weeping. I somehow managed to hold it together.
|Selfie in my scrubs - ready to meet my baby girl!|
Less than an hour later - at 8:18 pm - we heard that cry that every parent longs to hear. It was then that the journey began for all of us. We were now a family - father, mother and daughter. And it was time for us to start our lives together.
Here are some pictures from the hospital :-)
|Meet Evangeline (Evie) Naomi Huenink. 7 lbs, 8 oz and 21 inches long.|
|Mommy and baby were happy and healthy after delivery!|
|This little girl is going to have my heart forever.|
|Grandma & Grandpa Huenink are all smiles over grandchild #1|
|Grandpa Henley was quick to show the world his first grandchild!|
|Grandma Henley and Great-Grandma Pintor can't get enough of tiny Evie!|
|Uncle Eric has the magic touch - a future babysitter for sure!|