Things just got real. I’m going to have a baby. Right now. My doctor arrived and got suited up. Erika was taking pictures for us and Drew and my sister-in-law were holding my legs. I think the weirdest thing about having a baby is the amount of dignity you lose with your legs wide open and up in the air. Even with the second baby, it’s a little awkward. And then they turn on the spotlights to make it even more comfortable…..and then at some point, you realize you are HAVING A BABY and you just don’t really care. When Andrew was born, they gave me some medicine to calm my nerves and I didn’t realize that it would prevent me from remembering much. I remember about 5 things from his delivery and it really makes me sad, but Drew remembers the entire story very well and he’s often told me about it. One of these days he’s going to write it all down for me so I can have it. With Aidan, it was different. I didn’t need the Cervadil or the Demorol and I was already sort of in labor a little (if there is such a thing) when I arrived, so my mind was very clear. At this moment, when he was getting ready to make his entrance, I remember feeling so thankful for a clear mind. It’s just something you want to fully be there for and always remember. Like his brother, Aidan was born very quickly. After only 4 sets of three pushes, he was out! I didn’t feel much pain at all, maybe a 2 on the pain scale. I did feel a lot of pressure, but it wasn’t bad at all. The pushing phase only took about 10 minutes from practice to holding my little baby. It was amazing. They laid him on me while Drew cut the cord and he was so white–much different from Andrew who was very purple. I looked at Aidan and immediately noticed his cute little nose and ears. It took him a few seconds to cry, but then he did and all was well. They took Aidan over to the warming table while my doctor collected the chord blood, delivered the placenta (what a weird feeling!), and stitched me up. (I had a second degree tear. Ouch.) Overall, I felt wonderful and I thought I had an incredible, positive, and easy birth experience. I was so thankful for a healthy baby and a pain-free delivery. Dr. Den Haese is the best doctor! He made me feel very comfortable throughout the entire process. Most of the Women’s Care team is absolutely wonderful, but he’s one of my favorite doctors that I’ve ever had. I highly recommend him and his team! I appreciated the kindness and caring I received from all of Brandon Regional Hospital’s Baby Suites staff and having two of my sisters there to witness Aidan’s birth was very special! And of course, I couldn’t have done it without my absolutely amazing husband. He is always my best and biggest supporter. He makes me feel like I can do anything and I really needed him to get me through the epidural part or I would have been in bad shape. I am so thankful to be married to such an amazing man who has such a big heart and is a great husband and father! I am also thankful for Boo and Gramps (Andrew’s grandparents) who watched him and brought him to visit us in the hospital later in the afternoon. Thanks to John, Erika, and Julia for visiting in the hospital also! I know both of our boys have been born into an amazing family 🙂 Drew and I now have two children. God has blessed me more than I could ever imagine! Our entire world has changed, again, forever and I couldn’t be happier!