I cleaned the house in a fugue state, dying with anticipation... and around 11am we started timing the contractions...
It's funny how much I don't remember. Most of this time is all a blur. But I do remember one thing quite clearly: back labor. That was the 3-4 hours during which my 9lb 12oz baby's spine was grinding the bejoohas (whatever) out of my spine and making me want to tear my spine out of my body and bash it repeatedly into the wall. I had read somewhere that if you focus all your energy on a tiny object you can ride out painful contractions more peacefully. Since our Christmas tree was still up, I decided to focus on a single ornament each time. Back labor looked like this -->
I wasn't cool. But eventually, after a lonnnnng time, Otto must have decided he didn't want to be born unto a she-demon, so he turned, and the back labor turned into just plain labor. It was a long labor. And without getting too into it I'll just say that I'm small-statured and Otto weighed 9 lbs 12 oz, had a huge head, and was born with both hands out Superman style so I had to birth his fat shoulders at the same time. I didn't take pain meds and labor hurt. A lot. He crowned around 11:00 pm on 12/31; we were assured we'd have a baby before midnight. Nope.
But at 12:23 am on January 1, 2009 the light of my life was born. I'd love to share with you some highlights from the best 2 years of my life...
|Welcome to the world.|
|I'm pretty sure Bieber sings "when you smile, I smile" to this picture.|
|The dreaded tummy time. He rocked it.|
|First hotel room.|
|OMG I want to go back in time and nom his cheeks!|
|This time last year.|
|Lookin like Shiloh Pitt. Due for that first haircut.|
|First trip to the beach. San Diego this past summer.|
Picure by wondertimephoto.com
xo and Happy New Year!