I'll post the whole story soon, but for now, here is the story in brief:
After laboring off and on for four and a half days, including all night Tuesday night, December 4 into December 5, I awoke at 3:51am, realizing that my body had gone into "pushing mode." You know, you can't stop it at that point. I cried out to Chris, "This baby's coming NOW!" He jumped out of bed and called our midwife. While I worked through the next few contractions on the toilet, praying that I wouldn't have him right there, Chris set up the video camera and started to fill the birth pool. I didn't want to miss out on catching SOMETHING on video, and I figured if I didn't make it into the pool for the birth, at least I could sit in it afterward with the baby. Well, with Chris' help, I managed to make it into the pool before the last contraction. Ahhh, what relief! I broke my bag of waters to relieve some of the pressure, and then there was the top of his head. I said, "Chris, do you see the cord?" "No, just head!" Then, WHOOSH! Out came his whole body in one motion. I scooped up my baby into my arms and he began to cry lustily right away. I realized it was probably from the shock of coming out of that warm water, so I put his body back under the water, which calmed him down some. He pinked up very quickly. The midwife's assistant got there about four minutes after the birth, and the midwife just a couple minutes after that. All was fine, and we are loving having a new little one around. We named him Isaac James, and he weighed 7 lbs. 4 ozs. and was 19.5 inches long. He was born at 4:16am on Wednesday, December 5, 2007.
Well, you're probably thinking, "Whew! That was the short version?" Guess I got a little carried away. Hee-hee! Click on the pictures above for a closer look.
Kyle helps weigh Isaac
Peter checks the baby's heartbeat
Joseph's tender kisses
Big yawn for Kyle...or is he hungry?