So, of course, at 9:27, while he was out, labor picked up with those whopper contractions that tell you if you are going anywhere, now is when you go. I texted James he needed to get home but he was stuck in a check out line. A few contractions later I had managed to get on my slippers and coat and make my way downstairs as James arrived home. Cecilia had asked to watch the birth and I had said it might be okay but I think I scared her when she asked if she could come and James asked me and I replied, "I don't care but we are leaving NOW!" Oops. I wasn't trying to scare her... I just couldn't deal with anything but getting to the birth center. I could already tell he was very low and putting a lot of pressure on me. My water hadn't broken as far as I could tell but it felt like it might have and, as with Teresa, he was simply so low he was blocking all the water. And focusing on anything else was simply more than I could handle. Cecilia, seeing my reaction, opted to stay home although she went to my office and got the iPad and continued to text James over the next couple of hours asking about me and her brother.
God bless the birthing center, when I arrived around 10am they already had a tub ready with warm water. All the vitals were fine and I was right how close he was. He was born at 10:27am and I couldn't believe how big he looked after how surprised I was by how small Brigid had been at the previous birth.
The previous Tuesday, the midwife had guessed he was right around 8 pounds. I had known for a few weeks that he would not be our smallest baby, which was Felicity at 6 pounds even, but I didn't know if he would beat Teresa's 8 pounds, 5 ounces. He set the record though at 9 pounds even and measured 21 inches. That explained so much from how he could squish my bladder so well while pushing on my ribs to how he had been bruising me from the inside.
|James' mom and Thomas.|
|James' dad and Thomas.|
|My obligatory postpartum turkey sandwich. Incidentally, if Publix would like to come to Wisconsin, I'd be a regular customer, particularly at their deli!|