Monthly Archives: May 2013

Week Three

Observations: umbilical cord stump fell out, traumatic first bath, loves reading with momma and hanging out on his activity mat (until it becomes too much to handle), approaching 9 pounds…

Also, this by Uncle Brent:

Week Two

Observations: loves breaking free from his swaddle, strong kicker (like in utero), took his first immunization shot like a champ, great eater (barracuda!)…

Oh, Henry!

We have a baby! Henry Micah Walbolt was born at 1:35pm on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, after twelve hours of labor including nearly two hours of pushing. I’m not going to go into details with the labor process (worst thing ever to produce our best project ever!), but generally here’s what happened.

Around 1am on May 1st I was getting ready to go to bed and all of a sudden I felt my water break. No real contractions, just water breaking a little at a time. And since water breaking was one of a couple situations where my doctor told me to go straight to the hospital, off we went. Due to the lack of contractions, I was put on pitocin, which creates overly strong and long contractions compared to the normal process. I lasted about four hours without any drugs, and then it became too much. I was spending too much energy fighting each contraction, so I decided I needed drugs for the pain. First, I got a shot of something and an IV drip of something else which pretty much made me too high to care about the contractions. I don’t recommend it, and probably would have gone straight for the epidural if the nurse had properly explained what was happening. A few hours later (once the narcotics wore off), I got an epidural numbing everything enough (I could still slightly feel contractions) until it was time to push.

Pushing was the worst. I kept second-guessing myself each time because I literally could not breathe by the time the third push during each contraction rolled around. Somehow I made it through, and Henry was born…with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. So Keith didn’t get to cut the cord originally, but he did get to do a secondary cut later.

Henry weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20 inches long at birth. We think he’s perfect, even though no one is actually perfect. He’s perfect to us.