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The really really short form of the birth story (I plan on writing up a more detailed version, but it may be a little while):

Finished a painting Thursday night. (Yes, this painting was intended as an invocation of birth - it seems to have worked.)

Went into labor early Friday morning. This continued for two days with no progress whatsoever, no dilation, nothing, and painful beyond anything I could ever measure or describe. (Subsequent research by my midwife has revealed that this was probably a rare pregnancy complication called hypertonia gravidarum - and also apparently one of the most painful complications possible.) I was admitted to Group Health Hospital in Seattle Saturday morning, and late Saturday night I finally accepted an epidural. There was nothing else.

Practically the minute that the epidural took effect, my water broke and I began dilating. My contractions regularized to 1 minute every 3 minutes (as opposed to 4-5 minutes long, nearly continuously, where they had been before). And I was human again.

It took a second epidural when the first wore off early, but by 4am Sunday I was fully dilated and started pushing. The second epidural wore off very soon into that, but the pain of pushing was not as bad, and I could control what was happening to some extent, which helped immeasurably. And at 6:20am, Aiden Christopher Freeman was born. The sight and feel of him coming out of me was the most amazing thing I've ever experienced.

Tearing was minimal, and I seem to be healing well. The worst pain I have coming out of all this is a killer spinal headache from the epidural, but as long as I lie down it's okay, and it should be gone in another day or two. My milk is in, and after a day or two of extreme frustration Aiden seems to be latching and feeding reliably (*crosses fingers*).

And now we have an amazingly beautiful son.

(aiden_freeman is where the pictures are.)

Gratitude beyond measure goes out to damiana_swan, who stayed with us through the entire ordeal and was a pillar of strength and sanity to both of us. And to lazuli93, who kept Andrei sane when I was at my worst. And all the rest of you who have brought us food, sent well wishes, offered help - there are too many of you to name.

As should probably be obvious, I am not keeping up with LJ :)


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Sep. 7th, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC)
Glad that you and the baby are ok!
Sep. 7th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! :-D

(...yeah, it took Cade until the end of the second day (or maybe it was the third)
to latch on properly, too. Unfortunately, getting him to let go for
any amount of time after that was difficult right up until
last fall... ¬_¬ )
Sep. 7th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to come and see you guys! I am so glad that you are feeling better and that all is well now.
Sep. 7th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
Sep. 7th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
can I just say your baby is the cutest thing ever :) He's lovely. Very pleased for you and your family. Good to see you back on LJ a bit :) <3 xx!
Sep. 7th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
Sep. 7th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry it was so painful and difficult, but pleased that you and the baby are both fine. He sounds worth it. Although I still wish it hadn't been that painful for you.
Sep. 8th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
Congratulations! He's beautiful!
Sep. 8th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
i don't know if andrei told you, but i did ritual for you and aiden on friday. i hope it helped! sounds like, all things considered, divine intervention was probably a good idea. i am very glad you both came through okay.

i fear i may have permanently attracted the attention of breed to myself. oops.
Sep. 9th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
Congratulations on a beautiful boy!

It took Owen 36+ hours to figure out how to latch on. The right lactation consultant made a huge difference. Since then, it's been 16 months of relatively easy nursing.
Sep. 9th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
Labor-but-no-dilation just sounds... distressing. I'm glad you got through that, and you are both healthy.

Sep. 11th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
Congratulations to you and Andrei, and Welcome to little Aiden!
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