We had a boy! Baby Desmond Anatoli was born at 4:55 am Thursday morning after 12 hours of early labour, 12 hours of active labour, and 1.75 hours of pushing! It was exhausting and I almost cracked and asked for an epidural but we did it all natural just like I had hoped and planned! Dimitri was an amazing birth partner and coach, I really couldn't have made it without his strength and encouragement.
Baby Dez was 8lbs9oz, 20 inches long, with a head circumference of 37 cm. Of course papa and I are just over the moon in love. He is nursing pretty well, for some reason doesn't seem to really like my right boob, but we are getting over it. I had two small tears to my labia... I really thought my lady bits were being torn right off! I'm recovering alright, resting a lot and staring at my beautiful little guy. Can't believe he is a boy!
Thanks to everyone for thinking of me during labour, I definitely had you ladies on my mind during that crazy amazing experience!
A couple pics, and a full birth story later:
Congrats mama!! And welcome to the world, sweet baby Dez!
He's gorgeous, mama! Enjoy every minute with him on your babymoon!
Congratulations, Farren! So happy for you!! He's adorable!
FWIW, the breast preference could have to do with discomfort on his part. He might do better after an adjustment by a chiropractor.
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.
Farren, sounds like you did totally awesome! You look so happy, and baby Dez is beautiful!
My right breast never has as much colostrum or milk as my left, and my kids always prefer the left, which then keeps the problem going. Good luck figuring it out! Nothing about breastfeeding is black and white, and sometimes by the time you figure out one problem, you're already on to another one!
Thanks everyone! Chiro is a good suggestion, I might have to convince DP to consider it, though. In the meantime, me and Dez have discovered that the football hold works well for the right breast. My milk has started to come in and we are loving spending that time together so far.
It took me forever but I've finally finished my birth story! You can find it on my blog, here:
I warn you, it is really really long. I left out a lot of negative details because I really just wanted to focus on the positive experience, and all in all, it really wasn't that bad. There was one nurse who kept trying to convince me to have an epidural, and in the end they talked me into the pitocin shot to deliver the placenta right away and wouldn't let me delay cord clamping, which was a bummer. Oh, the dirty things they can talk you into during transition! Relatively, though, I realize these are minor details and I was very happy with my experience. I don't know if it is still "classified" as a natural birth, but my doctor keeps calling it a natural birth and all the nurses the next day told me that they were amazed I made it - i guess VERY FEW women in that hospital go all the way without an epidural.
Anyway, that's that! Hope you enjoy it!