Sunday night Keith and I had our first successful trial run! Hooray.
Being a first timer is a little confusing. Now that I've misread the "true" labor signs I think I have a better grasp of what to expect. When all is said and done, as my girlfriend pointed out, we have a funny story to tell the gummybears about The time Mom got things a little mixed up!
Another bonus: we had our first glimpse into labor and delivery. The room's are slightly intimidating with GIANT lighting equipment, but doctors and nurses were friendly and helpful.
I learned two important things.
#1. We are pretty darn prepared. Thank you to everyone who made some GREAT recommendations for my hospital bag. I've gathered some good essentials and added little things for our next trip. I can only hope things go as smoothly!
#2. Keith and I are capable of remaining freakishly calm! I didn't see that coming, at least not for me.
While I was standing in our delivery room I regretted not taking a maternity photo. I have contacted a couple photographers, but nothings working out. One was in Ohio, and I canceled our session because of Sandy weather, the other here hasn't gotten back to me. That being said, all I wanted was a little reminder of what my belly looked like at the end of the journey....without the photo being a silly snapshot in the hospital room on Keith's iPhone.
I managed a quick trip to the craft store on Monday to make a prop. If I don't have a girl then I can use these "spare parts" to create little headbands for my niece "sprinkles".
It's not exactly what I had in mind, but it serves it's purpose. It's hard to be the photographer and the subject, so Keith was a great assistant for this shot. Maybe I'll use him more often!