Friday, September 28, 2007

Home sweet home...



So much to share... and so little time to get it all down. Thanks for waiting patiently for a new post as we settle in to a routine (is there any such thing with a new baby?).

Our labor and delivery was an amazing process. My contractions started at about 10:30 on Saturday night, just as we had settled into bed for the night. Mike was sleeping soundly, and I saw no reason to wake him, so I headed for the downstairs couch to work through early labor. Contractions were regular, but about 15 minutes apart. Daylight came, and contractions were still spaced too far to head to the hospital, so we did what we could to stay comfortable and keep things going - a few walks around the block, using the birthing ball, a long hot shower... Mike called the midwife as things got more intense, but she encouraged us to stay home until contractions were consistently 4 minutes apart. We finally hit the 4 minute mark at about 5pm, so we headed to the hospital. I fully expected to hear that I had a lot more dilating to do, but to everyone's amazement, I was at 10cm and ready to push! Pushing began in earnest, but contractions all but disappeared, as Aaron's head presented sideways instead of crown first. So the first 2 hours of pushing were just me giving it all I had without help from my uterus. We finally decided that a little pitocin would help, and it did! Aaron arrived at 10:21 pm, and Daddy helped catch him and put him up on my chest.

Looking back, it was such a wonderful gift to do all of my laboring at home. Being in my own bed meant I could stay as relaxed as possible, and the work was efficient. Had it been available, there were moments I would have been tempted to ask for an epidural, but I feel certain that doing so would have meant a cesarean, as I wouldn't have had the control or power to push as well. So our natural birth didn't look exactly the way I thought it would, but I feel really proud to have accomplished such a task, knowing I brought my son into the world in the healthiest way possible.

We're having some real trouble with feeding, but we've got good support and we're working an action plan to get things resolved. I'll tell more of that story soon... Please pray for us!

5 comments:

Sittintall said...

Yeah, congratulations you two! I am so excited for you, and have been anticipating THE STORY! Sounds like you did a great job Sarah. I don't think I could have done that. I'm sure you are very happy to be home though, and having sweet moments with your new little one. Blessings to you.

Rebecca said...

You amaze me! Glad you are doing OK, and will hope little Aaron gets it figured out on the feeding - soon!
Luv u.

Sarah said...

Congratulations on the healthy birth of your new little baby boy! What a blessing! Your story sounds like everything went so well - kudos to you for going drug-free! Although I'd use the epi again in a heartbeat, hee hee!

Aaron is a beautiful name. What were his birth stats?

Jason said...

"scratch, scratch, I'm here," and so excited for you! I miss you, Campus Safety! I'm so glad you're doing well. Reading your blog I can tell you're really happy, and it makes me think, "That there is good hay." Gee, any more Potter's Clay quotes (that I remember) that I can fit in? There must be something, something, something! Take care! jaywalkinaz.blog.com

amy said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for all of you - and proud of you for having your labor at home. :) We had our labor at home as well. anyhow - praying for the feeding stuff. we ended up bringing a lactation specialist on board, and she was a lifesaver!