Well, looks like I'm the first of our group...my dear son Michael was born last Friday, 3/4/5, at 4:07pm. Since he was 5 weeks early I couldn't have our planned home waterbirth, but our midwife was with us at the hospital and all things considered it went beautifully. No epidural and just 3 hours of hard fast (back) labor, plus his daddy got to catch him. He is absolutely perfect and at 5lbs15.5oz we were able to keep him in our room with us (hospital made us stay 3 days since he is officially a preemie).
We are so overjoyed to have him with us - the circumstances are very profound because my mom's been in intensive care for the past two weeks and all she wanted was to meet her grandchild...she will still be sedated and not technically 'aware' when we gather to say goodbye to her tomorrow (this is such an unbelievably intense period in my life) but I know in my heart that she and the baby had a communication that has allowed them to be on this earth at the same time, and in a room together if only for a few difficult moments for their spirits to say hello/goodbye, and having her on the planet during my labor was such a blessing for me. I also could not imagine being pregnant for another month after having had to say goodbye to her, and becoming a new mommy after she had gone...even if she is not conscious I believe her consciousness is well aware that Michael has joined us.
Anyway, not much time to read or post these days, and am expecting a very rough patch of grieving for a bit so not planning to be online much, but every time I look at this beautiful baby in my arms I feel so so blessed that he is such a wise soul and came when he did to help me through this.
Hope to check in with the board soon and hear about all YOUR babies!