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Ariadne; The Architect ([personal profile] chesstotem) wrote2012-02-10 10:34 pm

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The day her water broke was two days after her parents had showed up - good timing, as far as Ariadne was concerned, though it was still a few days earlier than they'd been expecting. Still, aside from the discomfort of the contractions, she was anxious to finally just have the baby - she wanted to meet her little girl.

Arthur got her to the hospital with his usual efficiency, though she could tell he was as nervous as any expectant father should be. Of course, they still had a long time to wait. Twelve hours in the hospital, taking a nap or two, her OBG-YN checking her dilation periodically, going for walks down the hallways in between contractions - finally, they were coming faster, with only a minute or so in between to catch her breath before the next one. Arthur held her hand, even when she gripped it so hard she thought she might be breaking his fingers with the part of her brain that wasn't preoccupied with the pain and the pushing.

Then the white noise of the hospital room was broken by the angry wailing of a newborn - their baby girl - and a huge rush of affection and relief broke over Ariadne like she'd never felt before. She collapsed back against the pillows, her skin damp with sweat and tears, sore and more exhausted than she'd ever felt in her life.

"How is she?" she heard herself ask, unable to rest until she'd seen her daughter for herself, heard them tell her everything was all right.
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[personal profile] dontthinkabout 2012-02-11 08:17 am (UTC)(link)
Arthur was asked by the doctor to do the honors of cutting the umbilical cord. A little unsure of himself, he did so and then the nurse wrapped a blanket around Eleanor and handed her to Ariadne. “Perfect,” he replied softly as he leaned in close. She squirmed a little, arms jutting out from under the fabric. She really was the most perfect little thing he’s ever seen.
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[personal profile] dontthinkabout 2012-02-11 08:41 am (UTC)(link)
Arthur laughed softly, tucking her sweat drenched hair behind her ear. "Not yet but I think we're in the clear."
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[personal profile] dontthinkabout 2012-02-11 08:54 am (UTC)(link)
"I think they need to clean her up," he said as a nurse stood by waiting.
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[personal profile] dontthinkabout 2012-02-11 08:59 am (UTC)(link)
"She is. She looks like you." He bent down and kissed her forehead.
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[personal profile] dontthinkabout 2012-02-11 09:12 am (UTC)(link)
The nurse brought Eleanor back in wrapped in a blanket with a pink bonnet on her head. She walked over to him and instructed him on how to hold her. Gently, she placed him in his arms. Arthur was terrified of dropping her as he looked at her. She was so small and Ariadne was right, she had his ears.
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[personal profile] dontthinkabout 2012-02-11 09:23 am (UTC)(link)
Ten minutes after Ariadne fell asleep, a nurse came in to teach her how to brestfeed. "Ariadne," Arthur had set Eleanor down in a crib provided by the hospital.
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[personal profile] dontthinkabout 2012-02-11 09:51 am (UTC)(link)
Arthur chuckled and pulled up a chair over to the side of her bed. He checked his phone quickly. "My mom said she'll be getting in late tonight. Do you mind if I go pick her up?"
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[personal profile] dontthinkabout 2012-02-11 09:58 am (UTC)(link)
"Okay," he said with a nod. "Do you need anything? Are you hungry? Thirsty?"
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[personal profile] dontthinkabout 2012-02-11 10:03 am (UTC)(link)
"Sure." He grinned and kissed her kissed before walking out of the room. He came back a minute or two later with a cup of water the nurses gave him. "Here ya go. Want me to take her?"
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[personal profile] dontthinkabout 2012-02-11 10:15 am (UTC)(link)
Arthur placed a cloth over his left shoulder and then took Eleanor from her, resting the baby against his shoulder as he rubbed her back. "Go ahead."
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[personal profile] dontthinkabout 2012-02-11 10:42 am (UTC)(link)
"Sure." Arthur latter her back until he heard a small burp. After that he set her down in her crib.
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[personal profile] dontthinkabout 2012-02-11 06:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Hey parents came a couple hours later and were fine with watching over the baby as Arthur went to go pick up his mom at LAX.
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[personal profile] dontthinkabout 2012-02-11 09:53 pm (UTC)(link)
After picking up his mom from the airport, he took her back to the condo and dropped off her luggage. They went to the hospital straight after and Arthur knocked quietly on the door before going in. He smiled at Ariadne as his mom followed him in. Mary greeted her parents and the baby before going over to Ariadne. "Hi darling," she hugged her.

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