Finn Powell XX has arrivedFinn Powell Sobejko has arrived safely into the world.
An ultrasound on oct 5th showed Low fluid levels so i decided on cervadil induction at noon before levels got dangerously low... and Labour began with cramps about 5pm. contractions were 2 mins apart by 1am... I laboured at home with DH's help until we felt we needed extra support. Our Midwife, her training midwife, and our Doula all arrived at our place in the wee hours about 2am.
We arrived at Lion’s Gate hospital in North Vancouver, BC at 3:30am. I was 5cm... quickly went to 7 cm and then the wait began... many hours of NOT pushing due to a slow decent and a swollen cervix... led to phentonyl IV drip about 10am for 3 hours due to exhaustion/ dehydration/ and no food (vomited everything before leaving home)... to finally come to the pushing stage around 1pm... and THREE hours of pushing and many different positions to find baby's heartrate becoming affected... midwife wanted an OB consult which i agreed to... who suggested a minimally assisted vacuum decent. i was exhausted, and did not like the idea of babe being in even the slightest distress, for i knew if distress became serious, then interventions woudl also become serious... and i did not want that. so i negotiated with OB to have baby on my chest asap after coming out, as well as NO episiotomy... so he let me tear minimally...
i talked to finn between contractions and he then was assisted to get his head out while i contracted and pushed hard with the vaccuum. i pushed the rest of him out on my own and out he came onto his mama's chest... it was love at first sight and i couldn't let go of him... i could not stop talking to him and loving him up.
So after a 24 hour stretch (incl 3 hrs pushing) Finn was “finally” born at 4:57pm that day October 6, 2006.
…. and then he had lots of good skin to skin contact with papa next. We did not circumcise our son.
Finn was 2 weeks past his estimated due date, and weighed 3.72 kg (8lbs, 3oz) and 54cm long
We stayed in hospital for 2 days due to some complications but all is well now.
We are happily home now adjusting to life with Finn… (who is the apple of our eye).
So far we all sleep together and that works great for us. We are working hard at breastfeeding (as many of you know I had breast reduction surgery 12 years ago) which has some components of complications to it… but we are EAGER as can be to succeed.
The cats are in shock of no longer being “our babies” but hopefully they’ll get used to it soon.
We spend most of the time in the bedroom and have not answered the phone in days. It’s amazing how priorities change.