Welcome to the World

Cathy @ 40 weeks + Waiting Waiting Waiting
Josephine Josephine
Photograph 1 – This picture was taken during the fortieth week of Cathy’s pregnancy outside a restaurant in Jhongsing Village.  I had a dream the previous night that her water would break while we were eating in the cafe and I would need to rush her to the hospital [which wouldn’t take long, as the hospital is less than a kilometer away].  The dream didn’t come true – most likely because we ate in a restaurant two doors down from the cafe.

Photograph 2 – Under our doctor’s advice, we went to the hospital on the morning of Wednesday, December 1 – the beginning of the forty-first week of Cathy’s pregnancy to induce labor.  Around noon on Thursday, December 2, it became clear that induction wasn’t working.  We had a brief meeting with our doctor and agreed that a cesarean would be the best option to ensure a healthy delivery for our baby.  After about an hour of sitting in the waiting room, nervously looking up every time the door opened, our daughter Josephine was carried to me by one of the nurses.  She weighed in at 7.8 pounds and shares a birthday with my mother.

Photograph 3 – Josephine waits in the newborn center while Cathy is under supervision after the surgery.

Photograph 4 – Everyone says she looks just like me.  What do you think?