Kyeson Birgen was born on June 12 at 2:09am, weighing in at 7 lbs 1oz, 20 1/2 inches long, almost exactly two weeks early. All along I had a feeling he was going to come early, but he took me a little bit by surprise. I will probably write up the whole birth story later on sometime (when I have time, haha!!), but here's short version. I have been telling people, when I think of Trynica's birth I think LONG. 38 hours from the beginning of contractions until she entered this world - that's a long time, especially to be awake for all except an hour of it. When I think of Berlin's birth I think FAST...and pretty easy. Kye's one word to describe his birth? PAINFUL. Maybe frustrating, but definitely painful.
As with Berlin, I didn't really know if I was in labor for quite awhile. I started having contractions in the middle of the night on Friday night - which happen one other time two or three weeks ago and that time it ended up not being real labor. So, same middle of the night contractions. 24 hours later he was born. I was expecting for this labor to at least be shorter than Berlin's as is the case with most babies. The more you have the shorter the labor is, but it wasn't.
We went to the hospital around noon on Saturday and the midwife wasn't sure if I was in labor either. I think the only reason she didn't send me home right then and there is because I explained Berlin's labor story to her and she didn't want me to have another baby in a car.
So, long story really short, I didn't dilate past 4cm all day, even after a three mile walk around Lake Calhoun (in which my contractions got to be 2 mins apart), several shorter walks after that, and having the midwife break my water. I think she broke my water around 9:30pm...though I'm not totally sure of the time details. Essentially, at 12:30ishpm the midwife wanted to put me on Pitocin so I didn't have to be up all night, and I started crying because I was way too tired and frustrated at this point. So, I said sure, but the Pitocin never had time to kick in. I went from being at 4cm at 1:00am to Kyeson being born at 2:09pm. This was the most painful hour of my life. It was horrible. Honestly. I mean, he spent so little time in the birth canal that his head was still perfectly round when he came out.
However. I think, after all that, I ended up with one of the greatest babies in the whole wide world. Contrary to his labor, he's so easy! He only cries if he's hungry or sometimes when he has to poop, he will hang out on the floor all by himself and just be as happy as a clam, he will go to sleep on his own after being swaddled and given a pacifier which he spits out promptly after he has fallen asleep. If you know our girls you know this was not the case with either of them. He is a totally dream baby in comparison.
Feast your eyes upon his cuteness :) He really might be one of the cutest babies I've ever seen.