Tuesday, August 30, 2011

already a week old

baby Otis

Meet my little virgo? Or is he a Leo? Born last Tuesday, 23 August, I’m not really sure. What I do know is that this has been one of the most blissful weeks of my life. Pure enchantment and wonder.

Born a week and one day early I finally got my vaginal birth. It wasn’t the wholesome earthy experienced I had originally dreamed of when I’d booked into our local birthing centre before the birth of our first son, rather I’d already been wheeled into the theatre, my legs up in stirrups under the bright lights, as I was being prepped for my third emergency c-section. For a third time my little babe’s heart rate was all over the place but at the eleventh hour with help from the head of Obstetrics (who’d been especially woken and called in for our birth) I got my VBAC. It was amazing. Watching my son being born will be a vision that I will never forget. The energy in the theatre after the birth was fantastic. The staff were all really pumped – as if they’d witnessed something mythical, a VBAC after two c-sections something to be read about in textbooks and journals. They wanted a VBAC as much as I did.

Like his older brother my little babe had some respiratory problems and waiting for him to take his first breath was an anxious time. He was whisked away to the special care nursery but it wasn’t long before he was doing well.

Feeding like a trooper he is certainly thriving now.

41 comments:

  1. Im soooo happy for you guys, thats amazing and your new son is just beautiful! Congratulations!
    xxx

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  2. I have been thinking of you the last few days and he is just gorgeous. So glad the birth went well and oh so beautiful result! I love the name Otis too, hope the family is all enjoying the time. xxx

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  3. Congratulations! What a wonderful achievement! What a sweetie. So glad Otis is doing well now. Hope you are too. Enjoy this special time together.

    Cohen had a canula in his hand too for the first few days and then seemed a little annoyed once it was gone and he could bend his wrist again! :)

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  4. Oh Sal, I have been thinking of you and wondering how you are getting on, and you have been hanging out with Otis (great name). Congratulations on the VBAC...I had a VBAC for my second, after emergency Caesar (posterior, stuck, fully dilated). I had midwives come and visit the (crazy?) vbac chick! He's lovely. Hope you all settle in well together quickly xxx

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  5. Oh congratulations and a VBAC in the theatre - sounds a bit eleventh hour!! Glad to hear your little man is doing well and I hope you are too.

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  6. Gosh, you have outdone yourself with your creativity :)

    What a cutie.
    Congrats to you and your family, Sally!

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  7. I agree with Tas - you did outdo yourself! In every way! Congrats again to you and yours, excellent lady. x

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  8. OMG! Congratulations Sally! He is beautiful! I am glad you got your VBA2C. Glad that it all went well. Enjoy your babymoon.

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  9. I'm all teary now. I love new babies and thinking about how they come into the world.

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  10. Isn't he the sweetest baby ever.... Congratulations from France and enjoy !!!!

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  11. love love love love him. YAY VBAC!!!! xxx

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  12. You know i"ve been thinking of you heaps and wondering how you are doing and whats happening.
    Very excited and moved to meet the little guy.
    He is beyond divine! Bravo to you my lady.
    xoox
    PS and I can see he's very much a swanners boy ;)

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  13. Congratulations I'm so happy for you, that you were able to have your little boy naturally and that it was such a wonderful experience for you. Enjoy your sweet new addition. Take care. xx

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  14. You will definitely know if he is a Leo or a Virgo when he is older ;-)

    Congratulation on the most perfect creation and I am so glad the birth went well despite the last minute stress.

    He is precious and so perfect!

    Hugs Jen xx

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  15. PS he does look big was he bigger than you expected?

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  16. Yay! Congratulations! He is absolutey gorgeous. And yay for the VBAC!!!

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  17. congratulations, Sally, he is perfect!

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  18. Oh honey! Congratulations and love to all of you xxxxx From a fellow VBAC-er! Well done you :)

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  19. Eeeeeeeeep! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous boy!.... I suppose I don't have to tell you that, do I?

    Enjoy!!!

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  20. Oh yay, congratulations Sally, how are you, i was just thinking today, oh, baby time, after that gorgeous image of you heavily pregnant & looking fabulous. I've been uber super duper lucky to have 4 vaginal deliveries, including twins (we can be in the same text books of what is possible) & yes, it's truly amazing to push out that noggen, then the shoulders & body, straight onto your belly (mine were born fighting fit, didn't even cry, they just wanted to be fed). Oh he's so lovely, look at that beautiful face.
    My sister had a VBAC & realised that a Ceasar was definitely for her, so had her 3rd by C section & quite frankly was the ONLY delivery she enjoyed, the first 2 were disasters, panic stations & all that.
    I do wonder how Obstetrician's discuss their day. Did he go home & say to his wife "well, Sally was fabulous, she was a VBAC, that's really something" over his breakfast?? Yay for you!! It certainly takes all types & the prize at the end is truly a healthy beautiful happy baby & very lucky parents & siblings. Love Posie

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  21. Big congratulations to you! He is absolutely adorable.

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  22. Oh Sally, he is divine!!
    Hugest congrats to you and your whole family.
    I am super duper excited for my own cuddle in a few months. xx

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  23. Oh Sweets Congratulations!!! On the VBAC, on the ANGELIC boy, on everything!

    Enjoy your babymoon, look forward to more glimpses of your new little family. :)

    (...and damn you, I don't want to go getting clucky again any time soon...!)

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  24. OHhhhh Sal he's a perfect little man, OMG pass the tissues please. I'm so ecstatic for You and for your Beloveds too to have little Otis come in to such a wonderful and beautiful family. Well Done Darling, Hip Hooray, You're so darn Clever.xo.

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  25. Oh...Sally, Many many many congratulations to you and your family. Take care. xx

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  26. Oh Sally he is gorgeous Congratulations! I am so very happy for you that you got to experience VBAC! You made me think back to seeing my son being born. x

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  27. Sally! Congratulations!!! He is just perfect. Hugs. So happy for you. xoxo

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  28. Happy days to Mum Dad and family and congrats on the arrival of Otis.
    Bev.xoxo

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  29. Congratulations, I am so happy for you, after having my last one as an emergency c-section I have always wondered if Icould have one naturaly again. you give me hope.

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  30. Sal! A little miracle! And doubly miraculous given the VBAC. My love and prayers for you as you welcome the little guy into your home and heart.

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  31. He's here, he's here!!
    Huge congratulations to you all Sal - oh he's so lovely.
    Gorgeous little man and beautiful name too - give him a squeeze from me, and one for you too you clever thing.

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  32. Awwww he just makes me want to snuggle. What a cutie pie!

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  33. Congratulations! Welcome into the world little Otis, a gorgeous boy and lovely name! I have been thinking of you the last few days, so pleased to hear you are all safe and well and I'm so thrilled you got your VBAC - well done you! Much love xx

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  34. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!! Great work...he is so adorable...I hope you are resting up and sleeping whenever can!!!

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  35. Fantastic news!! So glad you got as close as you could to the birth you wanted and had the support of the professionals around you to help you achieve that. Congratulations on your new little one, he looks very sweet! That first photo of your little crochet cocoon will be one with him inside :)

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  36. Sally what wonderful and happy news for you. What a wonderful picture, and Otis? That name is just fantastic! So happy that you got the birth you wanted. Sending loads of love!

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  37. Congratulations! what an awesome wee man :) Do enjoy him

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  38. congratulations sally, he is beautiful. well done on your VBAC after two caesars, a great achievment

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  39. Congratulations - sorry I missed this - have been so busy with sticky hands:) He is devine and LOVE his name.

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  40. Oh my gosh Sally...how beautiful is your little boy! big ..happy.. congratulations! x

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