As we approach the end of 2009, we wanted to share our holiday card with all our family and friends. Some of you will be getting these in the mail (late, sorry!), but we wanted to share the spirit of the holidays with everyone! This year has brought us a wonderful gift – Aiden!
Though at night we may be tired because of his colic, we are treasuring every moment with our little prince. Every day I get out for a long walk with him and get to watch him as he discovers the world a little more each day. It’s amazing to see everything from the perspective of a parent.
I hope 2009 has brought some measure of joy to each and every one of you!
Here also is our birth announcement card, which was also just completed in time for Christmas. Both cards were created with Little Star Greetings.
In a much-overdue post, we want to take the chance to welcome Aiden Riley Schweber, born on October 24th at 3:45am, 7lb 11oz and 52cm long. That’s one week past his due date, for those of you keeping track.
See all Aiden photos here
On October 23, just as I was going to bed, my water broke. I wasn’t sure at first, so I kept waiting for labor to start. No luck. By 6am, when I was sure my water had broken but labor hadn’t started, we went to the hospital. They assessed that the baby was ok and asked me to return when they had more nurses. Because my membranes had ruptured prematurely, I had to be induced into labor.
At 1pm, I was put on the oxytocin drip. By 8pm, labor was still pretty manageable… because my body hadn’t started laboring on its own yet. Within 2 hours, all that changed. After being on the maximum drip for 30 minutes, my labor kicked into overdrive. My contractions became painful and back-to-back, almost no down time in between. The drip was stopped but my body kept up the same pace. Being only 3cm dilated at the point, and having such intense contractions, I opted for the epidural. This was not something I wanted to do, but I’m glad I did. Thankfully there were no complications as a result. Just 3 hours later I was ready to push and an hour later our baby was born! Within a half hour he had latched on and was a loud and happy baby. Read the rest of this entry »