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Thanksgiving (and my birthday present!) came early

Week 39 is here and guess what? It’s baby’s Day 1! B arrived at 6:15am, November 13 2011 on a glorious Sunday morning. Measuring 3.15 kg weight, 53 cm length and 36.5 cm head circumference (that’s 7 lbs, 21 inches, 14 inches for you Americans!), he’s a beautiful long limbed, big headed baby boy :).

It’s our last night (of peace) at the hospital and I’m taking this opportunity to update this blog while hubby rocks our just-breastfed-now-drowsy babe to sleep.

What a past 48 hours it’s been–

Saturday, Nov 12:
930a – Mucus plug passed. The bloody show is here! Spotting throughout the morning.
11a – At our regular CTG scan, doc says “labour is imminent”
3-6p – Contractions increase in frequency and intensity, going from 20 mins apart to regular 5-1-1 (5 mins apart, lasting just about 1 min for 1 hour)
630p – After holding out as long as we can at home, we check in at the hospital delivery suite
7p – CTG scan confirms cervix is fully effaced, 3cm dilated, regular contractions every 4 mins
730p – Doc is informed and advises no dinner for me, only one hot drink aka Milo (note to self: EAT before going in next time!) before running an enema
10p – After 7 hours of contractions, I wimped out and asked for an epidural (Though I do wonder now if I checked in the hospital too soon?)
1030p – Epidural hooked up. Why didn’t I take this sooner?! (I could do without the side effects though – shivering and throwing up)
1110p – Doc breaks my water bag and finds some meconium staining
1115p – Syntocinin (oxytocin) drip prescribed to help the contractions along just in case the baby is in distress due to the meconium

Sunday, Nov 13:
12-4a – I slooowly progress to the transition phase. Numbness sets in below my hips. Pheew. Meanwhile, hubby checks up on the pending Michigan-Illinois college football game
430a – 9 cm dilated. Almost there, nurses adjust the epidural and oxytocin levels so that I can feel more in preparation to start pushing
530a – Push! Push! Push! Phase 2 delivery starts
610a – Head is visible. Doc comes in with forceps to help get his head through.  Doc’s first comment “That’s a big head!”
615a – He’s here. Tears. Cries. Shaking. WOW.

Mom got stitched up. Babe got sent to the ICU for a few hours observation. Hubby chats with the pediatrician. Everything since has been one amazing ride.  Now the (REAL) journey begins!