FRIDAY: 5:15--Up. Cannot fall back to sleep. So excited that Sister is having her baby!!!! Get on our learning management system and cancel my 12:40 class. I will leave work at noon. Then check e-mail and discover that Sister's 12:15 AM induction has been delayed and won't happen until at least 7 AM. Pack up things that we might want for hospital waiting room, so that I can transition quickly when we get home. 8:20--Child to school. 9, 9:20, 9:40, 10, 10:15, 10:30, 10:45--Appointments with ENG 1101 and with FYS students. Eat lunch. Phone Husband with update on sister...who as it turns out wasn't induced until noon. Arrange appointment schedule for next week. E-mail it to students in all first-year classes. Post it on door. Leave work. 1ish--Home. Some time to relax, catch up on laundry, write in diary, read. Evening update: Sister has only dilated 1 cm. If more doesn't happen soon, they are going to stop the pitocin, let her take a shower and eat dinner, and try again the next day. Child goes to bed. Night update, around 9:30 PM: Things have progressed rather suddenly. Sister now at 8 cm and will probably give birth in the middle of the night. WOW! After some deliberation, we decide to drive up first thing the next day. **** SUNDAY: Check e-mail. Baby Boy born at 3:02 AM!!! WOO-HOO!!!! My sister and I are the only two kids in our family, and this is her first child (at age 40), so this is my first nephew! 8 lbs, 9.12 oz and 21 inches...so a big boy! A photo! He has the funniest expression on his face, like "What is all this? Light? Cold? Loud noises? I am unimpressed." Get family mobilized. We are out of the house by about 7:45 or 8 AM. We are at the hospital by 9 AM. Mom, Dad, and Baby are asleep, so we wait patiently (okay, semi-patiently! Outside the room, in any case), until they wake. ~10 AM-4:30--Time with my new nephew! We each get a turn to snuggle him. One time, he cries a little, and I rock him and sing him a mellow version of "Alligators all around" (from the Maurice Sendak book, orig. sung by Carole King), which is my version of a lullabye. He likes it! And he is a very mellow and good little baby so far! He also seems to take to nursing like a champ! Child stays until 11:30 AM (missing her first two dance classes), then heads in for rehearsal, with Husband driving her. I take a 1 hour break at 12:30 to grab lunch (had that yummy turkey and cranberry sandwich from Barnes & Noble Cafe again) and give the other side of the family a little 1-on-1 time. I wind up staying the rest of the afternoon along with my Mom, though, as the baby's dad has gone home to shower and take a nap and I feel like my sister wants a little company and assistance. Mom went and watched the nurse give the baby his first bath while I stayed in sister's room with her while she took a shower, just in case she felt light-headed and needed help. Great day for our family. YAY new life!