Sunday, November 19, 2006

DS2's birth story

Well, this won't be as polished as I'd like but at least it'll be here!!

On Thursday, November 9th I woke up at 1am with contractions 3 minutes apart but only about 30 seconds long.  Called the midwife at 1:30 and she said they're not long enough, go watch TV and see if it changes.  2am turned on "Fear Factor" - thought to myself "Yeah, right!  Try having a baby at home with no drugs!!"  By the first commercial had another contraction and felt I needed to go upstairs to the bathroom.  Contractions still didn't seem strong enough to me though - I knew from experience with DS1 they were going to get much worse.  

Went to the bathroom to labour .. Called to J to wake him up and told him to call midwife.  By the time he returned to the bathroom from calling my water broke - he says it sounded like a water balloon bursting! - thankfully all in the toilet.  Suddenly I knew it was the baby's head pressing down and said to him "it's the head, grab a towel and catch him!!"   I could see from Josh's face he could see the head!  Head came out so fast, then the shoulders very quickly after.  J somehow managed to catch the baby and call "9-1-1-1" at the same time - by the time they answered DS2 was out and he told them his colour and that he was breathing.  

J handed DS2 to me and went to open the door.  The paramedics came in and clamped the cord, J cut it.  They took DS2 and massaged him to make sure his circulation was ok.  Then they had me sign a waiver saying I didn't want to go to the hospital or have DS2 taken there.  By then my midwife was there.  She weighed DS2, measured him, gave him his vitamin K shot, etc.  

So that's pretty much it... J has been off one week and is off one more so we are doing ok :-)