Meeting The New Sister
After having not slept for the past couple of days, I was awakened from a short nap on a hospital chair at about 4 am on February 10th. "Ok, it's time to push! The baby is ready!" said the doctor who had come into our hospital room to wake us up to deliver the baby. We had been there since early the following morning for our appointment to induce labor because we were overdue. Although the due date was the 3rd and the induction began in the morning on the 9th, little Aviva decided she wanted to be born on the 10th (like her mother and her other two sisters who are also born on the 10th of their birth month).
Being very blessed to have family not far from us, our other two children had been staying with their aunt and uncle while we were at the hospital in delivery. Later that evening, after their newest sister was born, it was time for them to come home (but first stop by the hospital and meet their new sister)! They both were SO excited and bubbling over with joy to meet Aviva. It was very precious to see them with her and how much they immediately loved her.
It's surreal for me seeing them with the new little one. It wasn't too long ago that they were just as tiny... but now they are growing up in what feels like overnight. And the hardest part was when I had to take them home... without Mommy or our new baby girl.
As much as I prepared them both for this, it didn't seem to sink in with Shalom until we got to the car–and she just cried "I want mommy" all the way home. The crying lasted until just after bath time and we then had a bit of fun before bedtime (Shalom dressed up in her Princess Leia costume and chased Israel around the house in his Darth Vader jammies).
They slept great that night (me? not so much) and we woke up the next morning to have breakfast at the hospital with my wife and the baby. Watching them cuddle together had to be the highlight of the morning. With my wife and I both functioning on less than full nights sleep (and wrestling our grumpiness that comes along with that), moments like these make it all worthwhile. Had to slow down and take in this moment right here. Welcome Aviva Marie Mayo... we are so thankful for your precious life.