Thursday, September 27, 2007


Otto is here! We are so happy. It was the most intensely difficult experience of my life. Here's a quick version of the birth story (about all I have time for!):

Went in to get induced on Sunday night. (There was concern about decreased fetal movement and my group b strep status so they convinced me to agree to an induction.) Midwife gave me prostiglandin gel to get things moving and my water broke at 3 am. At 9am the following morning, they started the pitocin. I labored all day and the contractions got more and more intense. Around 3 pm I got in the tub which provided some much needed relief, but stalled my labor. So out I came and got hooked up for a bit more pitocin. Ouch. During transition, I was in so much unrelenting pain, it was unbelievable. Finally I asked if there was anything they could do to help me out. The midwife gave half a dose of nubaine (sp?) which gave me just enough of a rest between contractions to think that I might actually make it. Unfortunately, I didn't know that the baby would be stuck behind my pubic bone and I would end up pushing for 2 hours and 15 min. It was horrible. They actually called in the OB/GYN on call because the midwife thought forceps or vacuum extraction might be needed. Fortunately, I somehow managed to push him out myself. Not really sure how I accomplished this! And I only tore minimally.

But he's here, he's incredibly healthy and we are both home now getting to know eachother.

Otto was 8 lbs. 7 oz. and 20 3/4 inches long.


tanya said...

Congratulations! He's gorgeous. Hope you're doing well.

Quix said...

He is SUCH a gorgeous baby, and I love the name! Congrats! :D

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Congrats, congrats!!!!!!!!!!!
I am so sorry to just now be getting to this. He is GORGEOUS! So glad he is here and healthy.

Jen said...

Congratulations - what an beautiful little boy!! Linked to your site from sorta crunchy. My first (Nate) was born on September 15th. Sounds like you did an awesome job in labour, good work Mama! Hope things are going well for your expanded family!