Thursday, April 8, 2010

A short introduction to our Boy

April 5th first day home

The Basics:

Rockford Judah Weber

Born April 5th, 2010
1:14 am
8 lbs. 4 oz.
22 1/2 inches long

A short and sweet version of the labor story:
We labored at home Sunday afternoon from about 3pm - 6pm, and made our way to the Birth Center, where the midwife checked me at around 6:30pm and we were between 1-2cmm dialted. We started off in the room, standing and squatting, but decided pretty early on to get in the tub. Marianne arrived shortly after, and Andy and her were with me through every contraction (except as I recall one, and I didn't like doing it alone at all). The placed pressure on my hips and sacrem to releave the pain and ease the boy down into my pelvis. We labored in the big tub for some time and then transitioned to laying on my side on the bed, where the midwife checked me again. This time, we were all shocked to hear I was dialted to 8cmm, and getting very close to 9cmm. So, I moved off the bed to let gravity help me achieve the next stages. After dialating to 10cmm, my waters broke and I made my way back to the bed to lay on my back for push labor. Less than an hour later, our boy had arrived.

The umbilical cord was so long and had wrapped around his neck once, then around his body and under his arm, but the second after his head was born, the midwife moved the cord off and he wasn't in any danger. In seconds, the rest of his body had delivered and I opened my eyes for the first time all hour and looked directly into his wide open eyes. He laid on the bed looking up at us, reached out his arms and grasped his hands toward us. Andy reached out and picked him up and we both brought his warm body to my chest. He didn't cry. He just curled into my arms and cooed.

Then Andy and I were left alone with our boy. One midwife remained in the room, but at a distance, it was an amazing time for the three of us.
Five hours after he had arrived, Andy cut his umbilical cord and the midwives completed his exam. Then they left us alone again, checking in to check our vitals every so often, and the three of us slept. We left the birth center that evening and spent his first night at home.

We are in awe and completely in love with him.


Daniella said...

Huge congrats, Meg and Andy! He's perfect!

sara said...

Meg, I'm so glad everything went well. He is so precious!

Jen said...

Thanks for sharing your story. He's beautiful!

mary said...

Um...I don't know how I missed this post the first time around, but I'm so glad you put it up. Thank you for all the details (I'm a detail person :-) and so appreciate hearing all those precious moments). It almost sounds picture perfect :-).

-hugs to all 3 :-)

MaryBeth said...

Hi Meg,
Congratulations on your little guy. He is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your birth story, such precious memories.

** I do read your blog often, just always on my i phone and just can't seem to manage commenting with one finger and keeping a train of thought while watching a toddler :) I look forward to seeing lots of pics of Rockford