Friday, January 23, 2009

It's a Boy!

Welcome Rusty!
10 lb. 6 oz.
23 1/2 inches long
Red hair!

Karrots touching the new baby

It's a boy!

Nursing Rusty after a long labor

Daddy weighing the baby

Getting measured by Christy

His head was 14-1/2" round!

Daddy dressing Rusty

All dressed!

Karrots giving Rusty a kiss

Birth Story:

I woke up at 3:22am unable to sleep because of the contractions coming. A few times I felt the baby in my back, moving. I stayed up and timed them, eventually calling Brenda, our midwife, around 5 or so. She got here two and 1/2 hours later.
Labor didn't really take off for a while. We walked around the block a number of times, taking potty breaks each time we got back to the house. One trip we met a neighbor excited to see new people, asking us when I was due. "12 days ago. Our midwife is at our house waiting for the birth." This got the bloody show really going.
I got a couple hour nap in where my body stopped the contractions.
Around 11:30 Brenda checked me and said I was 5 cm and 95% effaced.
By the evening our midwife's assistant, Christy, got here. Some time after 5pm the contractions got to a serious point where Big Red and I stayed in the bedroom alone with candles and worship music playing. The contractions really weren't that bad, though, as long as I relaxed. It was neat to let my body to what it needed and to feel it at work. Karrots was watched by her grandmas. Big Red's mom came down yesterday to ensure to make the birth.
Around 9:20 I felt the contractions really pushing the baby down. Brenda checked me and I was 10cm. I started pushing around 10:25. I don't remember feeling much pain when at this stage with Karrots, but I was definitely feeling pain with this baby...a lot! I pushed while leaning back against Big Red on the bed. I had to turn to my side once he started coming because the bed was too soft. This whole time my bag of water was intact. (MUCH different experience just because of that - I wasn't throwing up and I think it kept the contractions from hurting as much.) It wasn't until I was pushing for a while that it burst open. As he came out the midwife noticed he was posterior (face up - hence the pain). He didn't have a bruise or mark on his face from the pubic bone, though! 35 mins later, at 11pm, he was born!
Brenda mentioned that his placenta had slightly calcified in certain areas, meaning it was perfect timing for him to come.
Our mothers and our friend, Mindy, made it to the birth. They had Karrots in when the baby was seen and she got quite upset. Probably because I was groaning so loudly. They took her out, but she got to come back and see the baby be born. She was fine with that part and quite curious as to what this new baby was all about.
Rusty didn't nurse right away, but after a little break from the excitement he latched right on. Daddy got to cut his cord after it stopped pulsating. Christy got all his stats and tested his reflexes, Big Red helping with the weight, and daddy dressed him.

For those of you curious about postpartum, Brenda gave me some blue cohosh to help get the contractions going and the placenta out (at least that's what I think the reason is). A tiny bit of the membranes wouldn't come out. I only had a tiny tear that didn't get stitches, which I find humorous since he was much bigger than Karrots and I tore badly with her. I give credit to Brenda who made sure I pushed slowly with my body and supported my area.
I had quite a bit of the shakes after, but the liquid chlorophyll she gave me helped with that and the slight dizziness. I got to take a shower rather quickly after, maybe an hour after the birth since we had the nursing, measuring, bonding time.

Today I'm up and about. I didn't get much sleep. I was exhausted when everyone was there and once the lights went out I couldn't sleep. The baby nursed throughout the night it felt like. I did get up a couple times at night by myself to use the restroom. Today I took another shower and am up on the computer!

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Anticipating Baby

No, the baby's not here yet. I haven't had any regular contractions, despite walking to the mall today and yesterday. The funny feeling in my throat has turned into a phlegmy cough and slightly runny nose. I know a woman's immune system drops around labor, so hopefully soon!

There's so much that comes with waiting on this baby. So many questions and fears that can creep in. What will this baby be like? Will I get any sleep in the coming months? How will nursing go with this one? How will Karrots respond to the baby? How will this baby change our family dynamics? Will this baby have all 10 fingers and all 10 toes? How big will this kid be? Boy or girl? When will he be born? How can I possibly love another baby like I love Karrots? How will labor go? How bad is postpartum going to be this time?

While these questions are running through my head, I hear Karrots' Bible Song Book playing the tune for "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" in the background. What a profound song for these questions and fears:

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
What a priviledge to carry
Everything to God in prayer

Oh what peace we often forfeit
Oh what needless pain we bear
All because we do no carry
Everything to God in pray

Lord, it's all in Your timing! Help me have peace about this birth and give me the ability to give you all the pain in labor. Thank you for the priviledge to ask You for help. Give my heart rest in You as we anticipate this baby's arrival. Let it all be for Your glory! Give us the ability to parent our children to know You and the skills we'll need to encourage them to be the people You desire them to be. Please let us meet this baby soon!