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ilan inqalaab was born last night at 12:11am, just in time for may day.<br><br>
HE IS 10 POUNDS 3 OUNCES and 22 INCHES LONG! at 2 days before his due date! i do not know how this is possible considering my DD was 7lbs6oz at just a week "younger." but i pushed him out in 15 minutes with nary a tear (just a small pull), in the birth pool, at home, no problems. i kind of feel like a rock star. he is ENORMOUS. apparently when i was pushing him out my midwife's eyes kept getting wider and wider.<br><br>
labor was about 5.5hrs and after the first two hours, crazy intense and fast. i was super lucid the whole time and apparently no one thought i was as far along as i was because i was chatty and "robina like" the entire time. it was a great birth though it got really intense and overwhelming by the end and i was doubting my ability to get him out. i was surrounded by loved ones, and we woke my daughter up just before he came out and -- the joy on her face was so palpable that i tear up just thinking about it. i love her so much.<br><br>
ilan is nursing well and has peed twice and passed meconium already. he didn't let us sleep much at night though now of course he is content and fast asleep.<br><br>
and don't tease us, because we decided to name him this long before we knew he'd be born on may day, but his name means "announcement of the revolution."<br><br>
i can't wait to tell more details because the whole day was so surreal!<br><br>
oh, and <a href="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4070/4568161821_08eb6cebcd.jpg" target="_blank">here is a pic, though i'll have better ones soon</a>
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Welcome Ilan, you are SO loved! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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WOW! CONGRATS!! What an awesome story! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Congrats and hugs to the you and your family! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Congratulations, Robina! He is beautiful and has some long nails! Ilan is a great name.
 

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excellent story-love that he was so big and you just rocked it! great name-any yay for may day revolutionary babies!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Right on! What a big baby, oh my! Congratulations and enjoy your new family <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Way to go momma!!! Glad you all are doing well!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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He's beautiful! Congratulations on such a wonderful birth experience!
 

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Congratulation! He's beautiful. Might have to give you my handle seeing that my little guys is probably not going to make it today. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Congrats!!! He's beautiful.<br><br>
My son's 5th b-day is today too.
 

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Congrats! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Oh Robina<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br>
He is utterly gorgeous and perfect!!!<br>
What a wonderful birth story esp. hearing about your daughter.<br>
I have tears rolling down my face.<br>
Well done mama, well done. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/champagne.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="champagne"><br><br>
ps- I am still wishing for a May Day/Beltane Babe myself<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">...11 more hours to get these contrax kicked up *knocks wood*
 

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Congratulations on your May Day babe! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Way to go, mama! You are a rockstar!!! He is pure sweetness..snuggle him up!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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congratulations on such a beautiful birth, and baby - you rock mama!
 

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Congratulations! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> He's just adorable!
 

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Beautiful big May Baby! you are a rock star, but I have always thought so. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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