I am so happy that we were able to get Finley here safely, quickly, and with only a few hiccups during his delivery. We went in early on May 1st to be induced, and as it turned out no one else came in to deliver the entire time I was there, so we had a very quiet stay. Our hospital has excellent nurses in their labor and delivery unit, two of which I had for my last two deliveries, and again this time, so I was thrilled to see some familiar faces. All of the nurses there were incredible and made my delivery and hospital stay so peaceful and the best experience. All was going well with my labor until I stalled out at an 8. The Dr discovered Finn had moved his arm up and his hand was on top of his head, which was preventing me from progressing any further (the Dr. explained it, but I won’t go into details here as it’s a little bit ‘TMI’ for a blog) and would also not allow me to have a regular delivery.
Another Dr. was called in for a consult, and after about 20
minutes my Dr was able to get Finley to pull his hand down, and we were
able to proceed as planned with a regular delivery, not the c-section
that they were starting to prep me for, which quite frankly terrified
me, but I would have done if necessary. And for another
surprise, when Finn was born we saw that he had the cord wrapped around
his neck three times. There were no decelerations in his heart rate at
any time though so we had no idea, but it was because his cord was so
unusually long that it never tightened around his neck during delivery.
The Dr was surprised and said he rarely sees cords long enough to wrap
that many times around and not cause complications, and I am just so thankful everything turned out so wonderfully.
It was a great delivery, even though it may not
sound like it, but it really was. I checked in
at 6am and got my Pennicillin going, the Dr. broke my water at 9:10am to
start my labor, and Finley was born at 1:08pm, so my labor ended up
being only 4 hours from start to finish. And while Finley was 2 weeks
early, he was ready to be here. And even with the little bit of drama
during his delivery he still arrived healthy and strong. So all in all,
my labor went even better than I thought it would, and we got our sweet
little baby boy here safely, so what can I possibly complain about?
We are thrilled to announce that on Tuesday we welcomed a sweet little baby boy into our family.
Finley James Hilyard McKay
May 1, 2007 @ 1:08pm
7 lbs. 1 oz. 21 1/2 inces long
Finley has a full head of hair that at first looked red, but now we think it might actually be blond, it’s hard to tell just yet. I have posted tons of pictures in my gallery if you would like to see more (and we still have no idea how we managed to keep our pattern going and have a boy, but we will not be tempting fate again to see if we get a girl next, this really is our last baby). We arrived home today and have settled in quite nicely. Baby Finn is doing well and is a very sweet, mild little guy, a great little eater, and adored by his siblings. I will post more as soon as I get some more time. Also, a huge thankyou to everyone for all of your well wishes, congratulations, visits and gifts. We are so grateful for all of your love and we are thrilled that you could share in our happiness!