Our babe was born Monday, 7 Feb, at 12:11 a.m. A girl, Evelyn Joy Kerr. She looks like her father.
8 lb 11 oz
21 3/4 in
Labor and birth summary:
Water broke 7 am Sat Feb 5, contractions starting within a few hours
Home birth transferred to hospital after many hours of one stubborn lip of cervix. Besides being stuck, there was a bulging vein in the vagina which could have cause an emergency.
In the hospital, we managed a vaginal birth with only a teeeny tiny bit of pitocin (there went the cervical lip) and a little help from the vacuum extractor after pushing for over two hours. Nurses there were impressed that we did this without any pain drugs.
Baby came out posterior with a nuchal hand. No tears worthy of stitches!
Total active labor to birth was about 36 hours. Evelyn is beautiful. As for the experience - I thank God I had no idea what it would be like ahead of time.
We came home today, 8 Feb (a day early by their standards), a little after noon, with a stop at the chiropractor.
So far, nursing was going okay until overstimulation by all the hospital poking-and-prodding put the baby into such a deep sleep that she wouldn't wake enough to latch on. Thank goodness for my midwife who came over this afternoon (after 8 hrs without a feeding) and tormented the baby with the cold rag, in many different positions, until she latched on. Now, with a very peaceful environment, Evelyn is latching on and feeding pretty well when we wake her every two hours. Whew.
I look forward to catching up on the threads a bit later, when we're up to three hours between feedings. Meanwhile, I'm cherishing every twinge from the sore nipples. Thank you to the women on this beard for sending your support. I thought of you often during labor.
Edited to add:
photos - not shrunk and formatted for the web yet, but you can see them: http://www.cirerrek.addr.com/girl/babyphotos