Topic: Silas is here!
Mini-birth story. Friday we had our midwife appointment at 1pm, and Jen our wonderful MW gave me a good stretch and membrane sweep. She also sent us home with an herbal induction drink, but told me not to drink it until she called, because L&D was pretty busy right then. We got home at 2 and contractions started shortly after that. I did some dishes, some laundry and then it hit HARD. I laid down on the couch for a breather, which lasted 12 minutes before I called my sister to come get Tiny. We got to the hospital and into our room at 3:55pm.
MW checked us (at my request) to find I was at 6. 20 minutes later she did a quick internal to see head position because he had felt a little off centre, and we were at 8. Shortly after that I started feeling pushy and she told me to listen to my body. I bore down gently for a contraction or two, then gave it my all. Water splashed everywhere, and sadly was full of meconium. Then Silas' head and left arm were born together as he had his hand over the top of his head, and both shoulders needed to be pushed out together. I think I pushed about 5 times, but wasn't counting, it was SO INTENSE! Silas Anthony Jordon made his grand appearance at 4:39pm. * pounds, 6.6 ounces, 21.5 inches long.
Here was where the bad news was, he took one good huge gulp of air and cried briefly as his body was emerging, sucking in all that poopy water. So change in plans, he needed to be suctioned and have a little breathing assistance in the form of free-flow room air for a bit. Apgar scores were still 8-8-9, he was just sluggish getting that gunky fluid out and breathing steadily. They moved him and I to the special care nursery where he was monitored for the next 6 hours or so. It was bring and stressful for me, but I am thankful they had him hooked to the monitors on my chest, so he spent that whole time skin to skin with me.
At 11pm we were moved back to our own room, and just before 2 Saturday afternoon sent home.
He is doing great, he's a champion nurser and pooper, and wants to be cuddled most of the time. He is really bruised from his fast delivery, and we need to watch for jaundice because of that, but he's pretty much perfection. He is a real snuggler, wanting to be close to someone all the time, which is such a hardship for most of us! Tiny is not super impressed with him yet, she calls him "real baby" and doesn't like Daddy holding him, but we're making a point of spending extra time with her, and praising her for "sharing her boobies" every time he nurses. The big kids are all in love with him.
I'll try to get pictures up, photobucket doesn't like me, but I'll work on it!