Hi all....I'm sorry for the long silence. Kaelan Keith was born on November 11th in what started out as my best labour of all of them. I was actually *enjoying* it. But everything went to hell when I hit transition and there followed 7 hours of the most excruciating pain I've ever experienced trying to push him out. Unfortunately, his head was tilted back and caught behind the bone and we couldn't budge him an inch. The midwives and doctors were determined to get him out vaginally, as I'd already vagingally birthed four children. However, after 7 hours of trying everything we could think of and no pain meds at all, the baby starting doing poorly, his heart rate dropping and not coming back up, and I was sectioned in a sudden hurry. The c-section was a horrific experience and I'm still realing from it.
Kaelan does not seem to have suffered any long term effects other than a stiffness in his neck causing him to avoid turning his head to one side, which we will be taking him to an osteopath for. He is nursing and gaining well and we are all in love with him. He has not been put down since his birth, always in someone's arms, sleeping on my chest at night or in my arms. He is 8 weeks old today and is smiling and cooing at us and I'm sooooooo in love with this little boy. It's a bit of a novelty having a boy, as our last baby boy was born over 12 years ago! Our family feels truly complete now. I had promised DH after our first son was born, that we would name our next son Kaelan, but then followed two more girls in the following years. Our families tend to have a lot more girls than boys. We often talked about "Kaelan" in the theoretical, thinking that it was unlikely we'd ever have another boy (or even another baby, for that matter) so it feels a little surreal now when I refer to Kaelan as a very real little boy and he's now here with us. If that makes any sense.... Anyway, he is our last and I am soaking up every moment with him and loving every single bit of it!
Here he is at birth and at one month old.