As you know, Finley was born 12 days after his due date. He takes after his mother, who is regrettably always late. In the week leading up to delivery, I did everything I could think of to get labour started: long walks, acupuncture, raspberry leaf tea, a traditional Chinese medicine endorsed diet... Nothing seemed to get the ball rolling. He was quite determined to hang out in his swimming pool as long as he could.
|Ok baby, you've kept us waiting long enough!|
|Trying to shake Rufus out with a hike at Alice Lake|
|Monitoring Rufus after the due date... Looking pretty happy in there!|
He was served with an eviction notice on May 27 at Lion's Gate Hospital. We started with a cervidil induction. This is a small tampon-like insert that releases a hormone that is supposed to soften the cervix & get contractions started. May 27th was a long & painful day, but unfortunately, little progress was made. The next day we got serious & moved on to more persuasive measures - oxytocin induction. This is a more powerful synthetic hormone given by IV to get the uterus to start contracting. May 28th was an even longer & more painful day! Despite increasing the dose to its maximum, we were not making much progress. From 9am til early afternoon (time is a blur) I'd gone from 2-3cm to 4-5cm. It was very discouraging. At one point I could see that my doctor & nurse were laying the ground-work for a C-section, just to get me primed for the idea. I was really hoping for a natural delivery, so I was not crazy about the thought of surgery. My contractions were painful, and knowing that my progress was slow made them more difficult to cope with. In addition to the pain, terrible nausea & vomiting added to my experience. It was not pretty!!
|First screams: Lungs are working no problem!|
|Exhausted, relieved & happy!|
|Visiting 1 day old Finley in the nursery|
|Say hello to Daddy!|
|Daddy gets a cuddle|
|We both need a nap after that hard labour!|