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March 23rd, 2012

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11:21 pm - What a day !
So, I was thinking that I would post about having an exciting day this week - that being Wednesday, where an expensive boat caught fire and sank, not far from my office.

Today managed to be even more exciting than that, though ... we have a baby !
Born at 17:04 today, 3.45kg, 49cm, name still to be determined :)
Has the right number of fingers and toes, one pristine suit of skin, and a good set of (newborn) reflexes. Both rwrylsin and baby are doing fine.

Today started for me just before 3am - rwrylsin woke me up to let me know that she was pretty sure her waters had just broken, and the hospital advised us to come in (not in a panicked-emergency-rush, but not taking too long about it either :) ).
I managed to wake up enough to load the car and drive us there, and it was confirmed that yes, waters had broken, and we'd most likely be having a baby today.

That was immediately followed by ... a lot of waiting around. The first wait was for the Obstetrician to turn up, a bit after 7am, to confirm that it was time for some Syntocinon to kick things into action.

This was promptly followed by ... more waiting. We decided that it was a good time for me to head home, feed the cats, and let work know that I wouldn't be in today, and maybe squeeze in a little more sleep. I managed all of that, and headed back in around 11:30.

By then, rwrylsin had started having regular contractions, and the next check by the Ob around 12 revealed about 1cm dilation.
The TENS machine was starting to get a good workout as the contractions strengthened, but rwrylsin was hanging in there.
Lunch was taken ... which proved to be a mistake for rwrylsin, as it all reappeared (projectile-fashion) around 2:30, necessitating a Change Of Everything and a shower.

The contractions strengthened more after that, and rwrylsin added gas (ummm ... nitrous oxide, I guess ?) to the mix, and for a while seemed to be getting very tired by it all (not surprising !). The next Ob visit was around 4pm, and revealed dilation of 5-6cm - good progress, but he said he'd next be back around 8pm, although expected the baby to have arrived by then.
Things seemed to go slowly for a while - somewhere around 10 to 5, I was wondering just how long it could go on, and just how long rwrylsin could hang on.

Suddenly things sped up - just before 5, the head appeared ! Everyone was duly mobilised and the baby appeared moments later !

After that, there was a bit more waiting for the placenta to make an appearance, and various tidying up to be done, and then for a little while it was just me, rwrylsin and the baby.

Various tests followed, plus some dinner and a shower for rwrylsin, measurements and immunisation for the baby, and finally, moving out of the birthing room to the recovery room.

I decided that while I could stay there tonight, if I'm going to be able to help out with anything tomorrow (and drive safely back and forth, etc), I really needed to come home and sleep here.
(also had to feed the cats, before they broke out and came looking for us !)

So, sleep soon, and then tomorrow after setting things up for fencing training (minus rwrylsin, of course), I'll be heading back in to see how rwrylsin and baby are doing, and hanging around there most of the next few days I imagine.

... I think it might be time for a quiet celebratory dram of whiskey.

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[User Picture]
Date:March 23rd, 2012 12:35 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and best wishes to you all!
[User Picture]
Date:March 23rd, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
Wonderful news. Hugs to all involved, especially rwyrlsin for all that work!
Date:March 23rd, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC)
Best wishes!
[User Picture]
Date:March 23rd, 2012 12:52 pm (UTC)
Congrats to all three of you - don't go setting fire to any more boats, though...
[User Picture]
Date:March 23rd, 2012 01:06 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! It must be a great relief that all the waiting and painful stuff is over! Love to all three of you - make that five, with the cats - and I look forward to more news as and when!
[User Picture]
Date:March 23rd, 2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it was so smooth and everyone is ok! Congratulations!
[User Picture]
Date:March 23rd, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
Fabby! well done all round.
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Date:March 23rd, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
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Date:March 23rd, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your whole new person! Wishing you lots of happiness and fun (and as much sleep as possible)!
[User Picture]
Date:March 23rd, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
Sounds like everything went really well! (... apart from lunch.)

When I saw her post "Bub is welcome to arrive any time from next Thursday", I thought she was tempting fate. He had to be really early or really late after that comment, right?

Enjoy your whiskey!
[User Picture]
Date:March 23rd, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)

Hey! What's with all this silly baby stuff? We want to hear more about the boat fire! Some people! No consideration for anyone else.

Oh well. Since you've successfully changed the topic of conversation, I suppose I might, just might pass on my congratulations for the last night of good sleep you are ever going to get. At least for a while.

Still, only one new person? What will they use for nutrition if they have no siblings to consume! I hope that you understand that this is very poor planning on your part! Good nutrition on breaking out of the shell* is vitally important!

I'm glad there were no complications.** Sounds like a relatively fine first birth. The next ones will be easier, although I wouldn't tell rwrylsin that just yet. Certainly sounds a lot easier than trying to build one out of spare parts borrowed from the anatomy department.

Oh, well. I'll let you rush around in a haze of "I'm a father now." (It doesn't tend to be real for dads until the baby actually appears, as opposed to moms, who feel it is real as soon as they discover they are pregnant.]

Oh yeah, and there was something else I had to say. Something important. What was it. Oh yes, that's right.


[Sa'lal tien missi vien elath du haret. T'del'neharon fulsil'kaileth na. Kal sul eth ha'dan este tien.]

<evil grin>

[* I may, just may, have been rereading too much Edgar Rice Burroughs.]

[** Dating an OB/GYN has it downsides when it comes to dinner conversations. Especially when she and a vet are competing on horror stories. The vet won, btw. By acclimation.]

Edited at 2012-03-23 05:38 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]
Date:March 23rd, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
Yay! Congratulations.
[User Picture]
Date:March 23rd, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and best wishes to all three of you!

Also laughed a lot at:

That was immediately followed by ... a lot of waiting around.

Oh yeah, that sounds about right, heh.
[User Picture]
Date:March 23rd, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
Celebratory half a bottle more like! Save some for her! And an extra milk ration for the mogs.

Might we ask, are Abby and Ella celebrating the successful breeding of a boy human or a girl one?

Wow. Huge congrats to you both.
Date:March 24th, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)


Congratulations to all three of you. Glad it went well.
Susan in Tas
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Date:March 24th, 2012 05:33 am (UTC)
Congratulations. Sounds like it all went swimmingly.

You may find the next six to eight weeks rather trying (just when you thought you'd gotten past the difficult bit) but things improve after then.

You may also find yourself taking a lot of photographs :-)
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Date:March 24th, 2012 09:22 am (UTC)
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Date:March 24th, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to all five of you! (Cats included:-)
[User Picture]
Date:March 24th, 2012 12:14 pm (UTC)
Mazal tov!
[User Picture]
Date:March 24th, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
Congratulations (again).

Now I can't recall if I forewarned L not to bother eating during labour. I don't know why they bother to continue to serve up full meals to labouring women in a "Oh, you'll need your strength" kind of way. Juice, barley sugar, energy bars. Anything that gives lots of energy but takes up very little space is the way to go! The restore your energy feast comes afterwards (and for the next several months as the main food supplier for the new human). Ah well, never mind, you'll know for next time ;)
[User Picture]
Date:March 25th, 2012 12:04 pm (UTC)
Oh I don't know about that. I ate dinner and kept that down, but then threw up after seven hours of drinking lemonade I didn't want (I don't normally drink soft drink) but drank at the insistence of the midwife to 'keep my energy levels up'. I suspect much depends on the individual and the stage of labour.

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Date:March 25th, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
I always found the 'listen to what your body tells you' idea to be a good wya to go. It's other people telling you to do this that or the other that usually results in disaster.
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Date:March 24th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Date:March 25th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)

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