Well I am finally home and holding my new baby!!
Taurin Lynx was born Monday morning at 4:22 am. He weighed a whopping 11 lbs and 1 oz! and 21.5 inches long...
He is huge!
But very healthy!
Labor was very very hard! I went in to the hospital at 5PM having very uncomfortable ctx 2 minutes apart... midwife checked my cervix and I was only 3cm dilated and 80% effaced... yet my water had broke earlier in the day so they wanted me to stay...
I went for a walk and my aunt helped me w/ some healing touch... ctx kept getting more intense and pretty painful... I took a bath and then they checked me again at about 8PM... dilated to 4 cm... we began to fill the birthing tub and I took another walk... at about 9PM the ctx moved mostly to my back and hips and became what I would say unbearably painful... I tried the birthing ball, another bath, massage, various positions... at about 11PM I was dilated to 5cm w/ even more painful ctx coming 1 min apart... I got in the tub but felt the need to get out... I couldn't walk because of the pain and was getting very woozy...I asked for some relief, as much as I didn't want to. First I tried Vistral, a muscle relaxant, which did nothing for me... then I tried saline packs under my skin on my back... painful going in and no relief... ctx were getting more intense and close together... at 1am was dilated to 6cm.. I was also worn out and passing out from pain... I then tried nubain and felt "high" but no pain relief.... at 3AM I was dilated to 7cm and took an epidural.
I so didn't want to, but I couldn't bear the pain... after the epidural kicked in my labor progressed very quick. I quickly progressed to 10 cm, pushed for 19 minutes w/ no tearing , although he did get stuck and had to have his shoulders manuevered to get unstuck...and at 4:22 Taurin was born...and he wasn't posterior. He was quite bruised though! I think the fact that he was so big and me not very big was why I had so much pain and why I progressed so slow... he was having so much trouble getting down the canal...
but although it was hard and I had drugs (something I really didn't want) I am thrilled to be holding him.
I am feeling really good. Barely sore "down there"! He's getting the hang of nursing pretty well, and sleeping a lot!
The hospital was great... they provided essential oils, healing touch practioners, massage, relaxing music, and a super helpful, friendly staff. And unlike the hospital where Talin was born, they left you alone if you asked for as long as you pleased, so I really was able to get some rest...
I took a few baths w/ lavender salts, had healing touch every day, a massage, Taurin recieved healing touch and massage... it was quite nice. Being home is not quite as relaxing, but still it's nice to be w/ the rest of my family again.
I can't believe I had such a big baby!
My first was 8lbs 9oz and I thought he was big!
Congratulations Spark and baby Cicely! What a delightful birth story!!!
Well I hope to hear of more births around here soon!