Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Baby Texan has arrived

Beth called me yesterday morning at 8:30 to tell me her water had broken at 11:30 the night before and that Graeme was in Boston when it happened. She was at the birth centre. She'd been there since her water broke. Graeme was on flights trying to get back to Austin. He wasn't expected for another 5 hours. She was worried he wouldn't make it in time. The midwives were going to try to slow things down with positioning. She said she'd call me later.

At first I was worried that he wouldn't make it. Her contractions were 4 minutes apart. But then I remembered that this was her first birth and she very likely had HOURS ahead of her. I was glad I hadn't reminded her of this on the phone. You don't really need to hear that when you are already several hours in.

I was right. Baby Texan was born last evening "around 6 or 7, I'm not sure," according to Graeme. As of last night, Beth was doing fine, although there was still some bleeding the midwives were trying to slow down but it looked like it would be fine. The baby (I never asked her name... but I assume they're still going with the original choice of Kate - suggested by yours truly) is doing great, too, with only a bit of bruising on her head (sounds like the last while was pretty tough on Beth and B.T.). She weighed around 7 pounds so although she was officially a month early, I think in reality she was right on time.

I hope to get more details from Beth today. I'll spend my day trying to get Aeroplan to get me a flight to Texas leaving earlier than my original departure date of September 20.

Congratulations, guys! Get some pictures to us! Erika, I'm so glad to be an aunt with you!

8 comments:

Jason said...

Wow! Very exciting! I'm on pins and needles myself and I don't even know your sister. Funnily enough, I looked at her site a few days ago and read the post about how the midwives believed the baby had dropped. Secretly, I thought to myself, the time is nigh! And there you go!

Congrats all around on the arrival of baby Kate. And a great name too! Lots of good vibes from far away (and from people you don't know, Beth and co.)

Jen

Austin's Grandma J said...

Congratulations, Auntie K. Thanks for the news! Been wondering why Lil B hadn't posted anything lately. She's been a busy little bee!
-joan

Anonymous said...

Wow! Talk about a surprise...I just happened to look at your blog this morning and nearly fell off my chair. I've emailed the girls to let them know :)

Anonymous said...

darn - forgot to sign my name..."anonymous" is Sara!

Matt and Heather said...

thanks for this post! I had the honor of being with Beth for a few hours yesterday afternoon before Graeme arrived, and I have been absolutely dying to know how everything went. best, Beth's friend Heather

ada said...

Karen-- congratulations on the arrival of your niece! Such fabulous news, and I'm so glad that you've shared it all with us through your blog. Thanks!! Can't wait to see the photos...
Ada

Shan said...

Congrats and welcome Baby Texan. How exciting. Of course I am supremely jealous. I am dying to be an Aunt. Kate is a wonderful name. Maya was almost a Kate.

Anonymous said...

Have I told you recently that my brother's a dork? Now I just have to train him to call Kate "she" instead of "it" (c;
-Erika