Friday, 13 January 2012
The five mile drive home from the hospital was very quiet, the early morning traffic on the ring road almost non-existent.
I glanced across at my daughter who was dozing in the passenger seat, she was totally wiped out.
For the last forty two hours she had sat at the side of her daughter's hospital bed, held her hand through the pain, through the tears. Felt her own pain, her own tears, no-one likes to watch their children suffer.
Louise stirred and opened her eyes just as we turned off the main road onto the street where she lived. I pulled to a stop outside her house and cut the engine.
“Well darling, her pain is finally over, she's sleeping peacefully now, they both are. And that's what you need too now, sleep. I'll pick you up in the morning and we'll go back up to the hospital and argue over who gets to hold her the longest.”
The smile on my face was so wide I was in danger of splitting my head in two.
In my mind's eye I could see the photograph...
My mother Lucy on my right, to my left my eldest daughter Louise, to her left her eldest daughter Allana, and cradled in Allana's left arm, Freya Louise, the beautiful new addition to our lives. Five generations of the same family.
©2012 Stephen. J. Green.
I know #fridayflash is a fiction site, and some of the details in the story are fictional, but my eldest grandchild Allana, after a very long and difficult labour, gave birth to beautiful Freya Louise just one hour ago, and I am so proud, happy, and bursting to tell the world that we have just become Great-Grandparents that I penned this instead of posting the story I had earmarked for this week.
Baby, mum, grandmother, great grandparents, and great great grandmother all doing well.
Thank you all for reading.
Steve Green. (A very proud and very happy Great Grandfather)
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Fact from fiction.
(This section of the post was added 14 hours after the original story.)
Hi everyone, and thank you all for your wonderful comments and support.
In the story, the car journey and the dialogue are fiction, we are hoping to get everyone together next weekend to make the photograph come true.
Allana was in the labour ward for over forty hours, her partner Joe (that man is an absolute star), and Louise (An absolute heroine) were with her every step of the way. The last nineteen hours were mostly active labour, with the last eight being the most intense. Due to the incorrect positioning of Freya, coupled with other complications, the labour was much longer than it would normally have been.
Allana was admitted at 11:00am on Wednesday morning, and the beautiful Freya was born at 03:20am on Friday morning, weighing in at a healthy 6lb 7oz.
And she is a beauty, we have just returned from the hospital where I had my first hold of her at 11 hours old. A very emotional moment.
The picture at the top of the post is Freya Louise in my arms at 11 hours old.
Thank you all for reading.