I was pretty determined to give myself and my kid every shot at a natural birth. Not that I am a hard core naturalist, or that I judge or anything. I just wanted the experience this time around that I didn't get with my first baby. Sophie was induced a week early because I became toxemic. It wasn't pleasant. She was not ready and neither was I. I digress...
But 2 weeks post due date my doctor put his foot down. No more waiting for me. I wasn't progressing past 4cm no matter how many things I tried (and I tried almost everything). It was due day...
So after a relatively shorter (compared to the days of labor I was in with Sophie) labor John was born.
Born March 28, 2013 at 10:38pm
21.75 inches long
So what was the hold up? He was sunny side. That little trouble maker.... I won't go into too much detail (unless someone actually wants to hear my birth story...in which case I'll write another post) I delivered him sunny side up, on pitocin, which let me tell you has to be one of the most life altering experiences ever. You don't realize really how dang attached you are to your own body until you do THAT labor. To sum up...it's like having large meat hooks driven into your back and then someone trying to rip the flesh from your spine with them. It was horrible. But I made it, back intact, and he is so beautiful and perfect (to me anyway). Absolutely worth it.
So right now he's already 4lbs heavier and 2 inches longer than he was at birth....they grow like weeds...I must have forgotten. And he's just now starting to start sleeping through the night...most of the time...for the last week maybe....which I think is awesome. I need the sleep. In the first few weeks he did this cluster feeding thing where he wanted to eat constantly from like 9pm to 5am. I almost died. Considering that my husband has been out of town for work since he was 3 weeks old....I almost died.
Let me take this time to say how truly blessed I feel that I have a partner in this. It isn't until he's away that you realize how much help he gives you in the few hours he's home from work at night. And an additional shout out to the single moms...don't know how you do it.
So lately I've been in baby mode...which means autopilot half the time. That being said I'm going to try really hard to start getting online more regularly. And if you've messaged me or emailed me in the last 2 months and I haven't answered then I'm sorry....I either forgot to go back and answer or I lost the brain cells that allow me to think more than 10 seconds into the future...or both...probably both. Just re-email or re-message. I'll get to it.