Well, it’s been a busy few weeks and I have so much blog material I don’t know how I’ll ever catch up. Most people who read this know by now that Logan was born on January 15th, so we’ll go back to that. I woke up at 1:30am with “real” contractions about seven minutes apart. Since I really wanted to have a natural delivery with as little medical intervention as possible the plan was to stay home until they were consistently 3 minutes apart. I woke Tom up at 2:30 and told him they were 5-7 minutes apart and strong, but I could get through them pretty easily by using the breathing and relaxation techniques from Hypnobirthing. At 3am he got up and ate and showered, and we gathered the last of the things we needed at the hospital. By 4am he was wanting to call his mom, and by 4:15 I agreed that he should call so she’d be on stand-by (since she’d have to take Luke to school that morning) but not to come over yet because it could still be awhile. I had a couple strong ones pretty close together, and he called her back around 4:30 telling her to come over after all. She got there a little before 5am, and my water broke at 5:07. Contractions immediately went to 2 minutes apart and excruciating, so as soon as I could manage we got in the car and went to the hospital. It was around 5:30 when we pulled up to the ER entrance. The staff argued with Tom that we had to be checked in down there, but we were pre-registered and he just went straight to the labor and delivery floor like we’d been instructed to previously. By the time I was in a position to be checked the nurse told me I was fully dilated. I think it was the most shocked I’ve ever been! He was positioned “sunny side up” so pushing took awhile, but altogether it was 5.5 hours of labor. The nurses didn’t even have a chance to put in IV access (which I really didn’t want anyway since there was no need for it, but boy was the doctor pissed about that!). Logan was born at 7am, weighing 9lbs 1oz and 20 inches long. My mother-in-law brought Luke to meet his little brother after school; I was worried he wouldn’t be able to visit because of the hospital policy about visitors under 14, but I think it’s ridiculous since all babies room in and the rooms are private. Fortunately our nurse was awesome and she helped us out. Here are a few pictures:
He’s a pretty good sleeper most nights, and Luke is the proudest big brother ever. I’m not sure how frequent my posting will be now, but we’re almost done with the remodel so hopefully I’ll be able to share pictures of that pretty soon. Life is a little crazy, but good!