Introducing Levi Douglas! Levi is the name of a good friend and Douglas is after my grandfather. Born Monday June 9 at 6:50am in Revelstoke, BC on his way to Lethbridge. As many of you know we were driving to Lethbridge this week to attend our friends Aaron and Su's wedding. We had planned to have Levi in Lethbridge (and actually my plan was for the summer solstice) but as we all know babies like to be born on their birthday. ;)
We had left Chilliwack on Sunday afternoon and stopped in Revelstoke for the night. I did check to make sure there were obstetrics there "just in case" but really thought we wouldn't need it at all. At about 4:30 I woke up with some mild cramps and thought hmmmm, I hope these stop soon. I woke up Marc and we decided to just get on the road. As we were loading the car around 5 the mild cramps became much less mild and I began panicking a little bit. "Am I in labour?" "What are we going to do with our children??" Marc was very reassuring that by the time I was fully in labour I wouldn't really care what we would do with our children. We decided to go get breakfast and then assess our options. On our way into the Tim Horton's parking lot Marc looked over and I was pursing my lips and saying "hoo hoo hoo hoo". We drove to the hospital.
We checked in (the first question out of the nurse's mouth was - "And can you tell me why you are driving over the mountains at 38 weeks?") and after a VERY intense hour and a half Levi Douglas was born. His brothers were at the foot of the bed in a chair alternating between watching the iPad and hopefully not being too traumatized by a screaming mommy. They were amazingly well behaved and like Marc said I really did not care what they were up to when it came down to it.
The chair sitting did not last too long after Levi was born. Soon there was a lot of wheel chair pushing and some wall bashing.
Marc soon took the boys for donuts and then to the park and I had some rest. They came back to a second breakfast of tasty Froot Loops brought up specially by the hospital dietician.
By the time Levi was born Marc's parents were on their way, (Marc's mom had just flown into Calgary from Ottawa and arrived to a text saying that Marc's dad was on his way and that they had a new grand baby and had to come pick up their other grand babies.) ;) The boys were getting quite restless and I was feeling the need to strap them into something so they couldn't move. The hospital policy was that we had to wait 4 hours before leaving and so after Levi was 5 hours old we decided to drive to Golden to meet Marc's parents and drop off our other two kids.
Zeke taking Levi's suitcase to the car
Marc and I decided to drive to Canmore and stay in the Paint Box Lodge. We had stayed here last summer when we had a kidless weekend after Fraser's wedding. They had a room available and when they heard we had a very new baby they upgraded us to a beautiful suite. I must say staying in a beautiful hotel room with two bedrooms is optimal after one has a baby. Marc and I spelled each other off and actually got some sleep which has never happened while I was in the hospital. I highly recommend this route.
The next morning after a breakfast of orange pancakes, fritatta and homemade bread we drove to Lethbridge to introduce Levi to the rest of his family members. The Paintbox didn't have any paper cups so Marc filled a sippy cup full of espresso. Good morning!!
Welcome little Levi! If your birth is any indication we are in for a wild ride with you. ;)