On my way back from my free fitness class Mississauga, I got a phone call from my brother in law. He called to let us know that his wife had the baby. I was surprised to hear him saying the baby was already born. As far as I knew, his wife was due only a week from that moment on.
Obviously that I got worried and questioned him what had happened. Was the baby alright? How was his wife? What hospital were they at? When was the baby born? Were there any complications at birth? Poor him, he barely had the time to answer my first question, that I bombarded him with other ones.
He revealed that my poor sister in law had been in labour for almost fifty hours. The doctor induced her and hoped that she will have a natural birth, but they had to do a c-section. The mother and the child were exhausted and could not continue. The baby was born and had hypoglycemia.
According to the doctors, the recovery for his wife will take longer and she won’t be able to care for the little girl for five days or more. Him also, he was exhausted. He hadn’t slept for more than two days because he had been constantly next to his wife.
Towards the evening I picked up my son from school and headed to the hospital to see his new cousin. He was very excited of her sudden arrival and had lots of questions about it. We stopped on the way at a flower shop and got a big bouquet of flowers for my sister in law. The second stop was at Winners, where my son chose a giant soft toy for her newly born cousin. When I asked him why he got such a big toy and why a unicorn, he replied saying that girls love unicorns, the bigger the better.
His answer made me laugh. I added no comment and hurried towards the hospital, thinking how life will be for my son during his teenage or college years. I was sure he’d be a charmer. From this age, he was paying attention to what girls liked or said. Daily he was coming home from school and telling us all about his classmates’ drama. Listening to his stories made me think that I was lucky to have a son and not a daughter. Things would have been far more dramatic.