Emma is now 28 weeks pregnant and there are only around 10 weeks left until she gives birth. The anticipation is growing inside of both of us and we can't wait to start our family. We are so close now and we have been planning so many things. I won't lie, it's been stessful for the both of us. Emma had a baby shower, and from the sounds of it, it went really well. Tons of Emma's friends came, even Bennie Wright! Emma's friends were so nice, they bought us plenty of things for the baby, so I'd say we are beyond prepared now. We've got the babies room painted in a nice cream colour so it's gender neutral, since we don't know the babies gender yet, and I've also bought a crib and a change station. Emma's friends got us a baby monitor, nappies and some other things, so now we are fully prepared. Emma is experiencing more physical changes as always and you can definitely tell the babies getting bigger cause her stomach has got way bigger. Her foot and calf have merged giving hers kankles. She is also rapidly growing out of clothes, because of her baby bump, so we are going shopping on Saturday for some more pregnency clothes to make sure she has something comfortable to wear in the last trimester of her pregnency. Emma is feeling very anxious this week, as our baby's birth is creeping around the corner. She's also been pretty calm and relaxed the last week, despite being uncomfortable at times. She's made sure to take time to reflect and meditate as it helps her through this process and she's also made sure to have plenty of rest. At this point in time the babie is mostly fully formed and is still growing and its movements are slowing down as there is not much room to move.
Emma is now 34 weeks into her pregnency and she is due on May the 4th which will be her 41st week of pregnency, so we are not far at all now. Emma has now got some clothes she can fit into comfortably for the remaining weeks of her pregnency and we have got the baby's room finished along with all the supplies we will need for the first few months. Emma has been feeling really shortbreathed and has been expiring heartburn, acid reflux and indigestion. According to some research I've Been doing, her uterus is about 14.5 from her belly button and the baby is now upside down, ready to exit out of the uterus. Emotionally Emma is doing mostly fine, she is very exited and is counting down day by day just like me. She is also fearful that the baby might have health complications and that some thing could go horribly wrong, but I'm making sure she's keeping her chin up and focusing on the postitives, cause I know we'll make it to the finish line in 1st place and perfectly fine. The baby is experiencing a few changes, this week's the first of which it is now upside down, ready to exit the uterus when it's given it's cue. The baby is opening and closing its eyes and teaching itself how to focus and if it's a boy it's testicles will be moving down from its abdomen. The vernix caseosa is still protecting the baby at 34 weeks and more cortisol is being produced by the specialist gland which sits on top of the baby's kidneys. Somehow these adrenal glands know they need to communicate to the baby's lungs to produce all the important surfactant. At this point, if the baby was to be born, it will be able to fend for itself now.
Oh my god I can't believe this is happening. And I Emma were relaxing watching Empire Strikes Back, just before Luke and Vader's duel, and she started having contractions and I'm damn well know what that means. Without thinking we grabbed everything we needed and while I was helping Emma get in the car, it happened and her water broke so I spared no time and put the pedal to the floor and got going. Everything was going so fast and I was just trying focus so I could get Emma to the hospital safe and in time. We walked through the front doors and the staff directed us straight to the Maternity Ward. We then quickly filled out some paperwork and then we were led to a birthing room. We were paired with a labour and delivery nurse and they took urine samples and checked Emma's pulse, blood pressure and temperature and asked some questions about things such as the contractions and if her water had broke. After that Emma started going into labour, despite knowing the pain she'd be in, Emma denied the use of an epidural. The labour was painful and intense for me, so you could only imagine how Emma was feeling. It was vigorous and went for what felt like forever but through the whole process I let her lean on me and and I offered her all the support I could possibly give. After hours and hours of the most intense situation I have ever been in, it was happening. Emma was directed to push by the nurse and before you knew it my newborn child was entering this earth. I could see it's head emerge from Emma's uterus and she kept pushing and pushing giving it her all despite being in unimaginable pain. More and more of the baby was emerging and my head was going round and round, it was so sureal. I didn't know if what I was seeing was real. Bam!!! Just like that my child was delivered, the nurse held up the baby and rested it on Emma's chest. The both of us were hysterical in tears and I kneeled down next to Emma and rested my head next to her and our child. As I observed my new born child, I kept thinking of how it all started and 9 long months later here I am the father of this beautiful child. I removed the baby from Emma's chest and I looked it up and down admiring it. I then realised it's a girl and I gazed back at Emma and we smiled at each other.