Little Baby N finally made her grand entrance in the early hours of this morning and she is doing fantastically well. She’s a 7lb 6oz bundle of cute wonder and she is currently snoozing. She is doing great, has almost got the hang of eating, and has an exceptionally loud cry. After blogging last night, I rang the hospital and asked whether or not I should come in with contractions that were 4 minutes apart, that I could talk through, but had to breathe through. Given that this is a second child and we live across the state border from our hospital, the nurse I spoke to said “honey, you better get yourself here”. So, our friend came over to look after Big Sister A (at a fantastically civilised time; A was in bed, adults were still awake) and we hightaled it to the hospital. To cut a long story short, N was born at 1.51am after a very swift and relatively pleasant labour. Second births; so very much easier.
I am stupendously tired however, and despite feeling very well, I am suddenly very much in need of some sleep. Who knew you need more than a couple of hours of sleep a day? Mysterious. So L is at home with A and I am at the hospital with N. Whilst I ate a grilled cheese sandwich with baked potato (carbs, mmm) ordered from room service, L made Sage and Balsamic Pork Chops with Creamy Pumpkin Polenta.
As he told me on the phone, this meal is exceptionally easy to make, and yields good results within about 20 minutes. The pork chops are glazed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sage, parsley and garlic, I believe. The polenta is made with chicken stock, butter and tinned pumpkin puree. Steamed vegetables were served alongside. He said that the meal was very tasty and satisfying, in a Christmassy, Thanksgivingy kind of way. Tomorrow he or we, depending on whether I go home tomorrow or stay here until Thursday, will be cooking Chili-Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Eggs and Fresh Tomato Salsa. That in itself sounds like a reason to stay in the hospital another night. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have another beautiful baby girl to go and gaze at.