After a bit of a rough labor experience, that ended with an emergency situation, I was more than ready to hold my baby close. While I didn't know it at the time, the moment right after the birth when you hold your baby and become acquainted is known as "the golden hour." And, it turns out, there were lots of things I loved about the golden hour and the ability to finally hold my baby in my arms. However, what I loved the most was the simple feeling of relief. Finally, my baby was safely in the world and my labor and delivery was over.
My baby had ingested some meconium during childbirth and, as a result, was in distress. So, for those first few moments after he was born, my son was taken away from me. I could see him, thanks to the buzz of activity all around him, and I couldn't hear him crying at all. My mom excitedly hovered over the doctor's shoulders relaying his condition back to me and telling me how beautiful he was. While those moments felt endless, they (thankfully) only lasted a few minutes. Then he was in my arms and there was no way I was letting go.
After waiting so long to meet our precious babies, it's no wonder moms are anxious to spend some one-on-one time with their new child. I loved every minute of the golden hour, including these magical moments: