Introducing Xander Alden
, born at 38 weeks and 5 days (but cooked just right!), on March 29th at 2:24am, a slighty tiny 6 lbs 6ozs and 19 inches
It wasn't the UC I'd planned for thanks to my labor being so fast and intense, less than 10 hours from the first "I think that may be a contraction" to baby out. I got to 9.5cm at home when the urge to push became unbearable which unfortunately caused that last little bit of cervix to swell. DH and I got spooked and decided to transfer. Delivering at the hospital was horrible and I expect it's going to be quite a while before I can begin to process what was done to me in that short half hour before Xander was born.
On the happier side of things, it was a completely drug free, vaginal birth. I have 2 second degree tears but kind of expected that when I made the call to transfer (can anybody push flat on their back with several fingers wedged in their vagina and not
tear?) and am quite proud of myself for standing up to a very episiotomy happy doctor in between pushing. DH stayed with our little boy and made sure they didn't do anything to him without our consent. Thankfully, we only had to battle about the Vitamin K injection and even then, they left us alone once we signed the liability release form.
These last few days have been crazy but we're all adjusting. Breastfeeding is exactly as hard as I expected it to be at first with inverted, engorged nipples and a baby who wants to only cluster feed, but we're getting better at it