Time Beginning: 4 days old
Ursula Bayes Gillingham-Ryan sleeps late this morning after torturing us all night.
We are done, or, rather, just beginning. After 50 hours of labor, from Monday night to Thursday morning, Sara Kate went to down the rabbit hole and emerged radiant, beautiful and perhaps more exhausted than she'd ever been in her life.
I, for my part, had the distinction of passing out at about 2/3 of the way through the ordeal, regrouping with a shower and fresh change of clothes for the final push, and realizing that I had just become #2 man on the planet.
We came home on Friday afternoon and even though there are a few punch-list items still to finish, the apartment feels amazing and luxurious. We cooked all weekend (the days of eating out are over for awhile), and are really enjoying the place. It makes a difference when the oven really works and the fridge really can freeze ice. Since we're not 100% done, you can count on more posts documenting the finish up in the next few weeks.
Thanks to everyone for your kind thoughts and words over the past week. We read them on returning home and our friends read them in detail before that, and then chose selections to read aloud to us. They got a hoot out of the whole thing and are amazed at our online community.
And thanks so much to Jill, Aaron, Regina, Molly and Amy for carryng the show in my absence.