Despite my transgressions and rants that our Chubby Vegan Son wouldn't EVER arrive (hey, in my defense I did go 8 days overdue), he made his beautiful, giant way into the world at 10:47 a.m. Friday, December 28.
Did I mention all 10 lbs, 3.2oz and 22 inches of him came screaming into the world?
Yeah. When this mother thinks she's going to have a big baby, she's going to have a big baby dang it. He is amazing, handsome, beautiful, healthy and oh so vocal. And did I mention beautiful? I know, I know, every mother thinks their precious baby is the most beautiful, perfect creature in the world (probably because most of them are), but I fell so in love with this little boy the minute they laid him on my chest I can't believe I ever doubted how I could love two.
Despite being more than a week overdue, when labor started it really wasn't what I expected. I still wasn't convinced. I went to the doctor Thursday morning to discover that I was 4 cm dilated and really, really "ready," so our doctor did the whole membrane stripping fun and told us it was a matter of days.
What he meant was hours, because as later that night (not even 12 hours later) I found myself sitting in bed really, really uncomfortable. My husband kept asking me if it was the night, but I insisted it wasn't. I even fell asleep for a good hour or more until the contractions and all their glory started at 2 a.m.
We dropped our daughter off with my parents and hauled to the hospital, where after two hours of walking we determined I was in labor and we got admitted by 6 a.m. Just under five hours later we were a family of four.
You may remember my sinking suspicion that our baby was big. Or my fear of him wreaking havoc on my lady parts. The good news is, not much havoc was wreaked, even less than my daughter, surprisingly. I will say this much about a 10 lb baby vs my two-pound less daughter; there was still A LOT of pushing to do once the head was through. In fact, I even asked if he seemed to be big after I finished said head pushing, only to find my husband, midwife and nurse all staring at each other, saying nothing.
Turns out, he kind of was.
Needless to say, he's an absolute doll. I can hardly wait to love him more every day and see what kind of personality he brings to the mix.