So, the worst parts of this birth were, first, delivering the HUGE placenta. It was basically another small child only uglier and interrupting my time with Jethro. Also, I believe because I had taken the caster oil before bed, and my body had eliminated all food reserves by morning, I threw off my blood sugar. I was having severe cramping for after pains, much worse than I've ever had in the past. I felt weak and shortly I was unable to hold Jethro or even really sit up. I was not losing a lot of blood but I was definitely "off". All I knew was that something was wrong. I asked the midwife to check my blood sugar, I was sure it was low, even after eating apples and peanut butter and a scone to try to get my energy up. In fact, my blood sugar was high, probably my body compensating for lack of food during labor. I cancelled my order for orange juice and asked for cottage cheese (Nancy's cottage cheese THE BEST EVER!!). Within in just a few bites I was revived and feeling great. Cramps became a normal level, just regular after birth pain and not as frequent. I could enjoy my newborn again and get on to all the measurements and checking him out. He was 9 lbs even and 21 1/2" long.
When it was all said and done the midwife said Jethro was not an overdue baby and would have been fine in there another week even. Due to the physical response I had afterward, I don't think I will use caster oil again in the future. I think I'll trust the process and wait for his time completely. (Remind me of this at 42 weeks next time!!). I loved her comment in the end, "Some babies just cook longer." He was perfectly done and has been a content, peaceful baby.
Welcome to the world Jethro Asher Daniel Nordstrom. We love you so much!
|Slow and steady wins the race.|
Asher... meaning happy, blessed. You are so content and bring much happiness to our family. Truly a blessing!
Daniel... meaning God is my judge. May you always remember that it is God's good opinion and judgement that matters most.