Monday, August 18, 2008
Riley Alexander Smith Vose
I've been busy lately! Look at what we did...created and birthed the most beautiful 10 pound, 2 ounce bundle of miracle the world has ever seen! My water sprung a slow leak Wednesday morning, and I had mild, erratic contractions throughout the day. Around 5 p.m. labour really settled into a fixed rhythm, and my contractions changed so I knew they meant business. They started off 2 minutes apart, 45 seconds long, which surprised me. I expected more downtime between them! I couldn't lie down with the contractions, they were too painful if I did that, and also too painful if I sat. So mostly I just walked, or stood in the shower. I tried to sit down on a stool in between, to conserve energy--labour is work enough without having to stand the entire time!! I was able to relax so completely that my labour was pretty effective. 5 hours for the first five centimeters, and three hours more until I felt an incredible urge to push. Then, after almost three and a half hours of pushing, at 5:09 a.m. on Thursday, August 14th, out came Riley! (Who had no name for upwards of 12 hours as we debated and considered which name suited him best!) He is heavy, and round, and long...newborn clothes don't fit him! My first thought when my midwife put him on my chest was, "Wow! He's huge!" Head circumference 37 cm, chest 38 cm, and 57 cm long. He got stuck mid chest, so my midwife had to hook a finger under his armpit and pull him out at the very end, and he needed some resuscitation but he came around pretty quickly. His cord had been compressed behind his shoulder in that last few minutes when he was stuck. I also tore some, because of the quick rescue and the extra stretching from my midwife's hand reaching in to hook under his shoulder. But I tell you, having had a c-section and now going through labour, I'm so happy to have had a successful, natural, unmedicated labour and delivery, and I definitely preferred labour. It's work, and it is intense, and it hurts. But it is powerful, and empowering, and positive, and beautiful, and awe inspiring to be a part of this birth of an individual. So beautiful. C sections can also be wonderful and beautiful, and with Ayden mine was a positive experience, but it's not empowering in its process, because in the truest sense of the word, someone else births your child FOR you. And the recovery sucks. The natural process is powerful and intuitive. It was very amazing and I feel VERY blessed to have been able to experience it. In fact I want to do it again! We came home from the hospital on Saturday afternoon. Riley is the sweetest, most content, happiest, easiest baby in the world. I'm thanking heaven.
I'm thanking heaven, anyways. While taking deep lungfuls of yummy newborn skin. Best perfume in the world.
Love, love, love.