Gordon's arrival - story and picsThu Oct 12, 2006 Miss Vicky
Well, here he is, our Gordon:
He made a rather dramatic entrance on Sunday afternoon. That morning we were at Hintonburg Park with my brother and his girls (they were in town for Thanksgiving weekend), when I started getting contractions. They were frequent and intense. So we decided to high-tail it up to the Civic. We got checked in and checked out. Pumpkin was still breech, so they started to prep me for a c-section while I had fun dealing with labour. The Webgeek and my Mom were great supports. Unfortunately, Pumpkin decided the scheduled 3pm surgery wasn't soon enough, and I found myself being wheeled into the OR before the epidural took effect. They put me under, and I woke up shortly afterwards to the news that I had a healthy baby boy.
Scary, yes. But those folks at the Civic are real stars. It was amazing the way they mobilized. And they made an effort to keep me calm and reassured while they did what they needed to do to make sure both of us made it through the process safe and sound. And we were really impressed with the staff of the special care unit (where Gordon spent his first night) and the mother and baby ward. They did an amazing job helping us get adjusted, helping me learn the finer points of breastfeeding (OK, the rudimentary points of breastfeeding), walking us through the battery of tests and hurdles we needed to get through during our 72 hours in the hospital - all in a very unintrusive manner, which I really appreciated.
It's been great to be home. Winston is curious about the new arrival, but has already decided it's his job to make sure he's OK. So now our challenge is to make sure he knows it's OUR job. He seems to be adjusting fairly well, though. He has snuck a few kisses here and there, but has been very gentle.
I imagine the Webgeek will have his perspective to add. But in the meantime, here are some pics:
Here's the Webgeek learning the joys of the "chest nap":
They seem to be getting this one down.
And me looking hospital-haggard, but pretty darned happy:
Sure was worth it, though!
Proud granny, who was fantastic through the delivery and a real help before and after birth:
And finally, in his carseat, ready to head home to the Finishing School: