It was a Wednesday, the 20th of October to be exact. My family of three dropped in at the OB’s office for an ultrasound and check up on the wee baby in my womb. “You’re having this baby today or tomorrow,” says the OB. “Head over to the hospital for a second opinion on that ultrasound.”
So off we go to the hospital. The second ultrasound confirms that yes, the fluid levels are quite low and the baby is going to be evicted asap. The husband takes little H home where my sister is going to meet them. My sister will be looking after little H while myself and the hubs are busy with the birth of our son.
In the Labour and Delivery ward, the Dr. says it will only be a couple of hours until the show starts. “So I should call my husband and get him back here right away then? “
“Yes,” she says. “I expect us to get started in an hour or two.”
I’m kinda freaking out a bit. An hour or two – the baby will be out and here in an hour or two. I’ll have surgery in an hour or two. Another c-section. Today. We are not ready…so much still to do and clean and prepare. I didn’t even have my hospital bag with me and it was really only partially packed. I hadn’t finished yet. I thought I had at least a week left.
Moments later, the hubs returns.
“Did you grab the camera?” I ask.
“The camera is broken. I turn it on and it looks like everything works but it only takes a black picture.”
“Did you take the lens cap off?”
“Yeah,” he says with an expression on his face of do you really think I’m that mentally incompetent ? And if you do – why did you marry me and proceed to spread my genes to our offspring?
“Great. Just great.”
“It’s ok,” he said, “I stopped and picked up a little one so we would at least have something.”
He pulls a little red Kodak point and shoot out of his pocket and I’m thrilled. I mean, who doesn’t have pictures of their baby being born right? What kind of parents would miss the child’s first moments? Bad ones I can only guess….and we are nowhere near being bad parents. We are freakin amazing parents. Ah – mazing let me tell you.
And then we start to use it and only 1 in 5 pictures is clear. We’re on the blurry street to blurry town folks. Next stop blurry station.
So, we do have a few pictures from baby N’s birthday. And I’ve taken a few since then but really – snapping 20 pics just so I can hope to have one or two good ones isn’t my idea of a fun time. I am in total shopping mode for a good quality replacement camera but as I am newly on Maternity leave, the budget leaves much to be desired. I would love your recommendations. If you have a camera you love please tell me all about it! I can’t stand not being able to snap great photos of our newborn and he’s already two weeks old. Newborn… he won’t be that much longer.