Old man winter finally arrived in Nunam Iqua, Alaska.
The changing seasons also brought with it a change of another sort, a new addition to the family. Essie flew in to Anchorage on November 11th to await baby Izzy’s arrival, so it’s been just Kian and I for a while. We’ve been keeping busy trying to make Izzy some baby booties out of fur. This is my 1st attempt at making ANYTHING out of fur and I’m sure, as with anything, there is a learning curve to get around.
I made 2 and they both came out different. I still need to make a 3rd one and hopefully it will be like one of the first 2…..
I ordered the rabbit fur online but the dark fur around the top is from a river otter that I caught last winter and had tanned in Fairbanks.
As I was failing at making my fur bootie masterpiece, Kian was having hot cocoa and playing with the furs.
Soon enough it was time for Kian and I to make our way to Anchorage to see Mom and Izzy! The threat of a 2-3 day snow storm made me schedule an earlier departure with Grant Airlines.
The little plane took us to Emmonak where we got on a bigger plane for our trip to Bethel.
After a short stop in Bethel, we were Anchorage bound.
After a month apart, it was good to see Momma and have some fun as a family before the new baby arrived. Kian decorated the tree all by himself.
On the morning of December 9th, about 3:30 in the morning, Essie woke me up to tell me that we should probably get ready and go to the hospital. Good thing we did because there is a protocol that they have to follow when you’re being admitted; they have to check your vitals, draw blood, etc. Long story short, Essie nearly didn’t get an epidural because the baby almost showed up before her blood work came back. I’m so glad she got the epidural. “I’m not having this kid without an epidural.”
“Honey, there’s nothing I can do.”
“Are you hearing me?! I’M NOT HAVING THIS KID WITHOUT AN EPIDURAL!!!!”
I made a couple of trips out to the nurses’ station to plead with them. “Please, for the love of God, give that woman some drugs!”
Her blood work came back just in the nick of time. As they sat her up to give her the epidural, her water broke.
They said it would be a little while so I took Kian down the street to get him some breakfast. The closest thing was McDonalds and just as we sat down, Essie called and asked if I wanted to cut the cord.
“Haha, okay. You’re funny.” Then I heard the baby cry. “Oh crap, you’re not kidding!”
Sadly, we couldn’t make it back in time so Essie cut her own cord. But when we did make it back a few minutes later, we got to see beautiful Izzy.
Isabelle Grace Beck
May God be with you and bless you;
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.