Duncan’s at home and currently sound asleep in his pram. We’re both in awe of the little guy, that he’s part of us and yet his own person in his own right. He’s named after my grandfather’s side of the family, family and long time readers will remember that Duncan is my mom’s maiden name.
I’m very glad to be home. The hospital was fine, and our roommates were super, but four adults and four babies is not a quiet combination. Last night sleeping in my own bed, cuddling with my husband and staring over at the cot that held my (fussy) baby was really perfect.
All the normal baby stresses; lack of sleep, sore & cracked nipples, the uncomfortableness of pushing out a baby (including stitches), and the constant worry about if he’s okay, are nothing compared with the moments when he’s nestled up against one of us and relaxed. Still, we’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of my mom on the 9th to help us take care of him and ourselves… sometimes two pairs of hands aren’t even enough!
Duncan’s a lucky guy, along with parents who are absolutely in love with him, he’s got a great extended family and the best godparents in the world (Michelle Pidduck, Cory’s cousin, and Lawrence Amundrud, Cory’s uncle). All of the emails of support have been great, we really appreciate everyone’s good wishes and we’ll try to respond in the next few weeks when things settle down.
Birth Story (potentially TMI)
Duncan arrived after 20 hours of labour on Sunday night. Labour wasn’t exactly as we’d hoped. I started contracting every 3 minutes very early on and after about 5cm dilation there was no actual break between contractions, just a slight decrease in pain. All our plans to try various birthing positions, the TENS machine, and the birthing pool made a huge difference early on in labour. I was up and walking around at 5pm to go to the cafeteria for food, but by 8pm and 8 cm things had changed extremely fast and I ended up needing an epidural. It’s amazing, but by then my fear of a needle in my back was non-existant and all I was worried about was how to make it through the next few hours. Fortunately our anaesthesiologist was fantastic and my epidural made it so I couldn’t feel the contractions but could feel to push so except for a small episiotomy, Duncan arrived without any assistance! I couldn’t have done it without Cory though, he was my rock thoughout the whole process and really kept me pushing at the end. I know that babies show up regardless, but I would have needed way more intervention if I hadn’t had the best birthing partner in the world.
My recovery’s been very easy, and I feel lucky that I’m able to bounce back physically so quickly. Duncan was fine right away, he did go with Cory and the midwife for a non-emergency quick shot of oxygen after he was born while I was stitched up. We’re really pleased with the level of care at the hospital and the home visits from the midwife today and for the next few days and overall this birth experience has been a pretty good one! Still, no siblings are planned for the next few years…
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