Anyway, Little arrived Nov 2, 2009 at 6:28am—8 pounds 4 oz body and 21 inches. For security purpose we do not plan to post his real name on the blog and simply name him Little as his “blog name”; however, if you haven’t already heard of his name and want to know, feel free to email us and ask.
Started on Halloween night, right before we were soooo ready to go to bed, (after a full day of activities), those intensive birthing waves (contraction) came. Active labour started at around 11:00pm. They came quite often to start with, around 10 minutes apart. At around 1:30am, we called our doula, Kathy (who by the way is the best doula); and she arrived at our home at around 3:00am, driving from Connecticut.
If any ask me an advice about birthing time (labor), I would say Patience. The whole birthing time was 31 hours, including the last 3 hours of intense pushing. Keep in mind that we hadn’t slept since the morning of Oct 31. So, from 4:00am of Oct 31 to 6:28am of Nov 2—totally 50 hours, Courtney was mostly awake. It was really hard for me to watch my sweet Courtney doing all that pushing with her extreme exhausted body, without any painkiller of any kind. (Courtney will blog about hypnobaby’s experience later).
So, where is Courtney. She is sleeping peacefully by my side while I am typing this in the birthing center. But, where is our Little?
Little was born with “perfect skin color.” You know many babies are born purple, dark blue, etc. Little’s skin has that perfect Asian tan, like a one-week old baby. Later we discovered that Little’s blood didn’t have enough water-content and oxygen (sorry I don’t remember the official medical terms for them). They are guessing that he has some kind of infection, possibly pneumonia; we will know the result in a day or two. So, Little is transferred to another main hospital in town, since our birthing center only handles basic baby needs.
Good thing the doctor said that Little is going to be fine and completely normal after a week. But, your prayers on our Little are a little service that you can do for us.
Another cute thing about Little—since I had about three mins alone with Little in the nursery room, and I had consecrated oil with me; well, what would a loving new father do? Little received his first priesthood blessing on his first day. Well speaking or spiritual things, you know what I’ve just realized? We MISSED our family scripture study on the birthing day…!!! Courtney and I had never let a day pass without reading the scriptures together ever since when we were dating. With such heavy motherhood responsibility, I think the Lord would understand, but we wish we had remembered.
Courtney will post another blog with her perspective and lots of more new pictures later.
Thank you for all of your love and support!
Right after Little was born (after being cleaned-up), Little was placed on mommy skin-to-skin.
Isn’t he a cutie.
Don’t let all those cables scared you. Most of them are only for monitoring purpose. Except the IV, since Little cannot be nursed by mommy temporarily.
Daddy mommy saying good-bye to Little when he was transferred.