I can’t wait, the School bus just turn it off and restart it that fixes everything shirt is on its way. I creep agonizingly slowly down the stairs, stopping every step as a new wave hits. I arrive in the kitchen to find him bailing out the now cold pool with buckets and trying to top up the hot water with huge saucepans from the AGA and a hose so hot it threatens to melt any moment. I sink to the floor with a huge contraction just as my waters break. He lifts me into the pool and my body starts pushing. I always wondered how I’d know when to push, and I needn’t have worried! I couldn’t have pushed if I’d wanted to.
Cheryl arrives just before 10 pm and quietly asks me if I might like some gas & air. I agreed and the School bus just turn it off and restart it that fixes everything shirt was incredible! I was completely away with the fairies but still very much aware of every sensation and everything going on, but it also stopped me from clenching my jaw and gave me something to focus on. She had me float on my back and try to relax, saying my body would know what to do. Before I know it she’s calling at me to “stop pushing!” and “pant like a dog”. The baby starts to crown and all of a sudden there’s someone else in the pool with me! At 10.15 I scoop the baby up and gaze down into huge blue eyes. “Hello,” I say, “we’ve been waiting for you!”
My husband has his arms wrapped around us and Custard is sitting on his knee peering over the School bus just turn it off and restart it that fixes everything shirt. We’re bathed in candlelight and surrounded by the most tremendous sense of calm. Cheryl asks if it’s a boy or a girl, and I exclaim “Oh! Oh, it’s a girl!” (then check again because we were so convinced it would be a boy that I didn’t trust my own eyes). I said “It’s Lily. Hello, little Lily!” and my husband and I cried, kissed each other and looked in complete awe and wonder at the new center of our universe. Lily didn’t cry or yell, she just peered around like she’d done it all before.