He made it! 3 days before his due date! My midwife was out of town at a conference again so it seemed the appropriate time to go into labor :). This is the second kid with the same midwife and she didn’t deliver either of my babes! 🙂 It is quite alright though, she was great for both pregnancies and I had the same stand in midwife who delivered both Hazel and Miles. Never saw her but to deliver both kiddos, but she was great at talking me through everything both times. It’s so nice to have someone to make you more comfortable and relaxed while giving birth to little people. I appreciate both of my midwifes :).
I had been having contractions for several days and HOPING things would get going soon… turns out being pregnant is still uncomfortable, ALL the time! 🙂 At 3:30 I started doing dishes, the LAST thing in the house left to clean. Almost instantly contractions got a lot rougher and were 2 minutes apart. I let it go for an hour to see if they would keep going then emailed James that he should probably come home, we might be going to the hospital soonish… He came right home and tried to get me out the door instantly but I wasn’t convinced I was really in labor yet so we waited, drank some water and kept track of things. At 5:15 I decided we should probably go check and see, so we went to the hospital. At 5:30 I was checked in and not leaving until I had the baby :). At that point I was at 6 cm dilated and the nurses were impressed I wasn’t screaming already :). Labor is a different kind of pain than just ‘ouch’… it is lots of ouch too but… it’s just different, it’s productive pain so it’s easier for me to work through mentally, and it comes in waves, so I could relax in between and just trust the process would be over soon enough!
It was a pretty fast process really, check in at 5:30, by 10:00 we were cooing to our new little baby boy! Most of the time was spent joking around between contractions and generally having a good time (weird to say for a labor story…). I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a moment I considered letting them put lots of drugs in me for labor but ultimately I know that can slow down the process and can put unnecessary stress on the baby, if it was necessary I wouldn’t have hesitated but since it wasn’t I opted to try for another natural delivery with no drugs, it worked well the first go round, why not go for two? It was rough but I am sure it made the difference between his birthday being the 1st or the 2nd, and I am glad to have had a shorter labor (with only 11 minutes of active ‘pushing’ :)).
We opted this time to just let my folks know so they could pick up Hazel (conveniently on their way home from work!). No one else knew until after Miles was born, that way there wasn’t added pressure of people waiting in the waiting room or walking in the delivery room. It was weird to be without Hazel for the night but she had a blast at grandma and grandpas.
Miles was exactly the same length as his sister (20.5″) and weighed 9 ounces more (8 pounds 10 ounces). Apparently I make big (healthy!) babies :). We got to do everything just as we wanted, I have two great labor stories and I hope to never be one of those people who like to offer all the worst case scenarios and horror stories to newly expecting mothers. If I ever get caught doing that I give you all permission to slap me. Labor isn’t always bad, it’s a pretty amazing process not to be feared!
SINCE BIRTH… Miles has been keeping us busy, he’s had some reflux issues that he seems to have worked through, the first several days he kept throwing up everything he ate and had a lot of fluid in his stomach. He lost 5% of his weight in the hospital but today at his 12 day check-up he was up almost a pound from birth so we seem to have no issues feeding :). He’s in the 90+ percentiles on height and weight. He doesn’t have a tongue tie like Hazel did so feeding has been much easier on me. He has been the quietest little guy, he sleeps all day and wakes up around 7pm and is in and out through the night but rarely wakes me up, he just looks around :). We’re pretty smitten, Hazel adores him, I think he must have a raw spot on his forehead from all of her kisses.
She has had some adjustments to make but seems to be rolling with it pretty easily. About three weeks before he was born we started putting her in ‘school’ (daycare) for two half days a week. Mostly because she is a social butterfly and really wanted to hang out with the other kiddos (they go on walks right by our house). She is LOVING school, we may bump up to four half days a week just so I can spend some one on one time with Miles and she really likes it. We got a stack of her art projects and it is pretty cool to see all the things she is up to. It’s hard to drop her off for the day but nice to know she really likes it and gets to learn and do so much!
I have the feeling that these two kids of mine are going to be COMPLETE opposites. Hazel is a very strong willed individual with a lot of opinions… a ‘bossy pants’ some might say. She’s completely extroverted and a social butterfly. I think Miles will be more sensitive and easy going… time will tell but it’s been pretty cool to see their little personalities coming out!
We went shopping for Halloween costumes, I had this big plan that Hazel would be a cowgirl, Denver would be her pony and Miles could be a cow… Hazel had absolutely zero interest in being a cowgirl, no matter how many boots and hats she saw… what she wanted… er demanded, was Wonder Woman. She saw the skirt, grabbed it and threw itt in the cart. Went I put it back on the shelf she very calmly said ‘no’, grabbed it again and put it in the cart… I didn’t give in at the moment… but… this year we have Wonder Woman and superman… Denver can be bat dog 🙂 (pictures coming soon). It cracks me up how opinionated Hazel is at 18 months, i don’t think I’ve ever had that strong of opinions, just makes me laugh, all the time!
Lets see, other than all the family shinanigans… Guillaume and Jenna fron Tiny House Giant Journey published their video tour of our place, it’s way better than any of my boring ole tours 🙂
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