Griffin Edwin arrived at 2:47 PM July 1, 2005. Weighing 7 lbs 14 oz and 21" long.
We had some complications, but everything turned out fine. Turned out that he had the cord around his neck twice and that's why we he was posterior. There was meconium in the waters because of that. And my labor just didn't go correctly because he stayed posterior until the very end and his head was (can't remember the right word) at the wrong angle. I was in active labor for about 22 hours I guess...and I think about 36 hours of total labor. The contractions were just never right, they were clustering. I had them 2 minutes apart most of the time for the whole active labor. And they said the pain I was experiencing was much more severe than normal because of it all. So, after being at the birth center for about 12 hours I was transferred to the hospital. I was there for about 5 hours before giving birth. Though I'm still a bit foggy about the timing of it all...have to figure that out more.
By the time they transferred me I was just delerious. My midwife came with me and stayed the whole time. She was amazing. She recommended I get an epidural. And knowing that was the last thing she would recommend normally, I just listened to her. And I think going to the hospital was the right decision because we didn't know all that was going wrong and we probably wouldn't be ok if we hadn't gone. I got the epidural and then had it turned off and let it wear off a lot to push. So, I was still able to deliver vaginally, and no forceps or anything like that. They took the baby away at first because of the cord and meconium. And he was in the NICU for a little while. But they brought him back to me after a few hours and he's fine. I have severe bruising because of his position. And stitches because the OB gave me an episiotomy even though I said "no" to one.
But I'm feeling really good considering it all. And they let us go home early from the hospital.
And we're doing great at home. He's a nursing champ! And he's very alert and interested in the world. He has the most beautiful strawberry blonde hair. Everyone who's seen him just exclaims over his hair.
And it was just love at first sight. During labor I longed to die because the pain was so bad, but I would go through it all again for him!
I will post a more complete birth story later. It was a very long labor, so it will be a long story! And I'll try to post some pictures too.