Our little boy, Simon Edward Schrock, was born Friday 5-Feb-2010 at Oxford, UK. He arrived at about 7pm weighing 7lbs and conservatively 19 inches long.
He came out wailing and as healthy as could be. He has been doing great these first 48 hours. Mum is also doing really well. We’re settling in at home and just enjoying getting to know our new little man.
I felt the first contractions between 5 and 7pm Thursday night. I got the burst of energy everyone talks about – which was used to make a big pot of beef stew. We got about 90 minutes of sleep during a break in contractions around 2am and laboured at home until 9am Friday morning. We headed to the Wallingford maternity unit where we laboured during the day and started pushing about 4pm. Unfortunately, Simon had poo’d in utero, which is a sign of distress. After an hour of pushing I had a first class, one-way express ticket to the John Radcliffe hospital, Oxford. (there is a great video of that…) Simon needed a bit of help and arrived after a couple of tugs with vontouse (suction). Simon and I stayed the night at Oxford and were discharged by 10am Saturday morning to head back to Wallingford, where the midwives took amazing care of us, giving mum a full night’s sleep and getting us on the right track with feeding. We headed home about 4pm Sunday afternoon.
(This is the Cliff Notes version of the birth story. I’ll be posting more about our trip up to Oxford and our excellent experience at Wallingford. If you’re interested in all the gory detail let me know, and after I get it written up I’ll be happy to share via e-mail privately.)