Baby on Board
paged Dr. Elliot, and a few minutes later he arrived to check. Theresa was much farther along with thedilation. Chelsea told us that we were going to need to skip the epidural, the baby was so close to beingborn.Dr. Elliot prepped, and Chelsea transformed the ordinary looking hospital bed into a much scarier
having” bed, complete with stirrups and buckets for the blood.
“We’re almost ready,” Chelsea said.
“We’re just waiting for a baby catcher.”
Of course, when she said “baby catcher,” the first thing that popped into my head was a net. But, it
turned out to be another nurse who took a position next to me.
“I need to push!” Theresa exclaimed. She was, of c
ourse, told not to. Dr. Elliot made some snips, andafter a few more minutes of waiting Chelsea told Theresa that she could push with her next contraction.The other nurse had said something about our son having hair, and I glanced down where I could seethe first little bit of hair poking out. Also, there was blood. Theresa called my name to get my attention,and we resumed our hand-crushing, no-flinching, staring contest.
Another push, and the baby’s head emerged from within Theresa. The nurse gave him a
little bit of a
bend and a nudge, and pulled the rest of him out. They inspected him, then laid him down on Theresa’s
belly. Dr. Elliot and Chelsea clipped the umbilical cord so that I could cut it.By now I was half in a fog. I had been near tears watching Theresa being in so much pain and thinkingabout how we were about to have a baby. With guidance, I accepted the medical scissors and snipped
the umbilical cord. Then, Nurse “baby catcher” carried him over to the heat lamp to clean him up and
take his vitals.
By then, it was after eleven o’clock.
Elijah Jacob Morgan was born at 10:56 a.m.For the rest of the time, I took photos while the nurses cleaned up Elijah and the doctor treated Theresa.There was the afterbirth, and then he stitched her up.Once the dust had settled, Theresa was able to hold Elijah for the first time. She and I took turns holding
him. Eventually, it was three o’clock and I knew that the kids would be getting home from school. Or, at
least that they would be with Jenny Holliday who had agreed to watch them.
Because the hospital was on lock down, neither Kayla or Josh were allowed inside, so they wouldn’t be
able to meet their brother until he came home.
I called Jenny’s cell phone and talked to Kayla. Then, I launched a facetime call and aimed my iPhone’s
camera at Elijah. That was the first time that Kayla and Josh were able to see Eli.
Around dinner time I left to meet Jenny and the kids at McDonald’s.
I took Josh and Kayla back to ourhouse so they could pack their clothes. They were going to be staying over night with the Hollidays.I visited with Theresa and Elijah later that night and helped move them into a postpartum room, thenheaded back home.