Well, when he decided that he was ready to come, he came and he came FAST! This morning at 3:30 I felt my first contraction, and at 6:25 little Harris was born. I did almost all of my laboring at home and arrived at the Birth Center about 20 minutes before he came out. (It would’ve been much easier if I had just had a homebirth, I’m sure that’s probably what we’ll do next time.) Clay had the priviledge of catching him as he was born, and we were all a little surprised by his thick black hair!!! He weighs 8 lbs. 6 oz., is 22 inches long and looks like a dark-headed boy version of newborn Evelyne! As the day has gone-on, we’ve been more and more amazed at how MUCH he looks like Ev!!!
We stayed at the Birth Center for almost four hours after he was born for them to examine Harris and me and make sure everything looked ok. He actually had a bit of an irregular heartbeat for awhile, and though the midwife thought it was something that was just a part of transitioning out of the womb and would resolve itself, she recommended we make an appointment with a pediatrician this afternoon. After lots more monitoring his heartbeat, the concensus was that the irregularity was gone after just a couple of hours and there was no need to take him to the pediatrician. (It was also nice that my mom and dad, who are a doctor and a NICU nurse, were there to listen and offer their opinion as well.) So we all arrived back at home this morning around 10 a.m., ready to start our new life as a family of four!
The whole experience was incredibly surreal, especially since it was SO fast! (I had been expecting and praying for a quick labor, but I had been hoping for, say, six hours, not three!!! I had no expectation it would be THAT fast!) I’m feeling great, just a tad bit sore and slow, but I had no episiotomy or tearing, so it’s amazing how much better I feel after this birth than after Evelyne’s. (Even though he’s a pound and a half bigger!) He’s been nursing great (better than Evelyne at this stage) and sleeping all day. I’ve already taken two catnaps and have enjoyed having a whole day at home to get to know my new baby. I’m still processing everything and trying to wrap my mind around what just happened, and I’ll definitely post a more detailed birth story as soon as possible. Here are a few pictures!