Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sneak Peek

Heeeeeeere's Davis! The 8 lb 14 oz, 22 inch long wonder, born at 4:38 am. 

Turns out birthing centers have poor lighting compared to super-bright hospitals, so the pics we have so far aren't great. Above is the best shot of Davis' face. His head is still swollen and red from the cord being tightly wrapped around his neck, so who knows what he'll look like in a week or two. We think this boy might actually look more like The Lovely Cynthia (does that make him TLD?) - comment your thoughts.

TLC woke us up with a sharp gasp at 2 am when her water broke. Being nine days early, TLC's Mom hadn't arrived yet (she comes Thurs) so our good friend Jenny graciously agreed to watch our kids as we booked it down to the birthing center. TLC has been having real contractions for weeks now and didn't quite know when to go in, so the burst water was an answer to prayers.

Just 2.5 hours after we woke up, we had a baby boy. The midwives and I were not expecting the process to go so quickly; it took two pushes, less than a minute, for the delivery. I was in a state of quasi-shock when I caught Davis.

Cynthia deserves some mad props for this one. We were dissatisfied with the hospital deliveries for Jordan and Carter so TLC decided to have Davis naturally and in a water birth (I guess we're officially Portland hippies). I describe the process as being fast; she describes it as excruciatingly painful. During her pushing she screamed "I'm gonna die!" and "I don't want to do this!". She said she felt like he was so big that she'd rip in two pieces. When the midwives said it was time to push out the placenta, TLC flatly refused; she was spent.

This shot is included not because it's a good shot, but because it was meaningful to the boys. I told them before taking it that it would be the very first pic of all three of our boys. That awed them a little bit and they were staring at it immediately after it was taken.

Davis, so far, seems to be a really good baby. A cute kid, a cute cry, seems to eat well, and is quiet. While he was in the womb, TLC would often comment that he would respond to touch really well. The midwives also noticed this during an appointment and said he liked to play. Now that he's here, he's really responsive and interested in his environment.

Wow. This is going to be really fun. Welcome to the Crazy Clan, little one!


  1. What a beautiful baby! Congratulations!

  2. Oh, I'm so glad I checked my blogs today!!! Congratulations!!! This is precious. We're so happy for you guys! Big HUGS, the Stewarts

    p.s. Way to have a water birth!! I'm so impressed. We'll have to talk...

  3. He is such a beautiful baby! I'm so happy everything went well. He sure is cute. Glad I could be of help to you guys and watch your kids for you. It was fun. And Cynthia, YOU ROCK! Only 2 pushes, and no pain medication, you are awesome! So impressive!

  4. Congratulations!!! I'm tempted to try out a water birth myself.

  5. Congratulations! He's so cute! I do see some Peter in him -- especially in his expressions in the video. But you never know -- they always seem to look so different after a couple of weeks. I'm glad things went quickly. They seem to come quicker with each one, by the time we had Courtland, I didn't even push once.
    And Cynthia, you are braver than me -- I wouldn't even consider trying to have a baby without an epidural. My one experience when the epidural didn't work well was vcertainly enough for me. Here's the big question: would you try it that way again?
    Oh, and I like the name Davis a lot. I think it goes really well with Jordan and Carter.
    Hope you get lots of sleep. Miss you guys a ton!

  6. Congratulations! He's beautiful. When you mentioned that he looked more like Cynthia, I looked again and thought you could be right. But the first time I looked, I just thought he looked a lot like Carter.
    Nice job on the water birth. Cynthia, would you choose it that way again? Just curious. No epidural isn't that bad, right? (At least if you have the 2.5 hour actual labor variety...)