|9:20am - just 8 minutes old
|An excellent shot of the 3 vessels in the cord.
|Some skin to skin time with Dad.
By 8:45 it was clear my body was starting to get ready to push him out and so Maureen encouraged me to put my hand down and feel my baby's head (as I remember both my midwives doing at the previous births). I got a bit of a shock though as it was not what I expected. I could feel his head but it was still a little way off and I felt something "in the way". I asked Maureen to do an internal so that I could understand what was going on. I had an anterior lip (where the front part of the cervix has not quite moved out the way yet). So Maureen said I needed to breath through the contractions and not allow my body to push. Wow! How do I do that!!!
|Some skin to skin time with Rachel.
|3.73kg and 54cm long
|1:10 - Dad putting some oil on him
Brendon then put a hat on Hezekiah and used some dental floss to tie the cord (much easier to put a nappy on without the bulky plastic clamp) and cut the cord. Hezekiah then started nursing and latched so well with strong sucking. He had a good long time at the breast - changing sides every now and again just as Hannah did.
|2:50 and a nap in bed together
I remember Maureen asking us how much we thought he weighed. I said 3,5kg as that was what Hannah was and he seemed similar. Brendon said 4kg as he was sure I was way bigger in the pregnancy. Maureen said 3,7 or 3,8 and he was 3,73kg. Spot on. :-)
Maureen left just before 2pm. She stays the extra few hours just to make sure that everything is going as expected with Mother and Baby. She was again such a blessing to me through this whole pregnancy and I really thank the Lord for her.
By 4 the younger girls were back and Ruth was thrilled to get her first cuddle with her new born brother. She had said before the birth that she hoped he was not born at night as she did not want to miss the birth. I am so glad my younger girls could be cared for so wonderfully (on Sunday and Monday - thank you Sarah) but also get to be home for the birth and also enjoy this special time with him on his very first day.
Above all I want to thank the Lord for all these many blessings. A couple of days after the birth a friend asked me what Hezekiah's name meant. As the meaning of names has never really been the focus for Brendon and I it was something I had to then go and look up. I was in tears as I read "The Lord strengthens". What a perfect name for this little one - the Lord really did give me the strength for his birth. We pray too that the Lord would strengthen Hezekiah and work in his heart so that he may "Trust in the Lord" and "cling to the Lord" and "not depart from following Him" (2 Kings 18:5-6).