Weighing in at 6 pounds 15.6 oz. and 19 and 3/4inches long, Sidney was born on Friday April 8th at 2:29pm. We checked into the hospital to be induced Friday at 7am. I was given pitocin to start my labor and at 8:45 the doctor came in and broke my water. We were a little nervous because my water had a large amount of meconium in it. The baby had already had a bowel movement which can be common when a baby is post-term. Things started to speed up shortly after these interventions took place. I went from being dilated at a 3 at 7am to an 8 at noon. Labor became very intense and difficult after that but Jeremy was the most supportive partner I could have asked for.When I was finally ready to deliver the baby but our doctor had not yet arrived! The nurse asked me not to push, (as if I could stop at that point) luckily she came in then and 3 pushes later the baby arrived. They were able to suction the meconium out before it was swallowed and that may have had to do with the fact the umbilical cord was wrapped around baby's neck twice. The nurse later said that the cord being wrapped around probably helped prevent the baby from digesting the meconium. Oddly that was comforting.
The baby arrived and I had to ask "is it a boy or a girl?" No one had told me since they were so busy making sure he was healthy! "It's a boy!!!" Jeremy stayed with the baby while the doctor finished with my needs and then we decided together just looking at this beautiful baby that Sidney was the pefect name. Michael is Jeremy's middle name and a family name on my side of the family. Grandpa Mike, Brian and Caulin all share this name as well.
He is a wonderful little boy, who is eating well, sleeping lots in the day (and not so much at night) and makes the most amazing faces. I love to watch him after he eats when he is the active alert stage. He will look around and smile a little, then gets cross-eyed a bit while he opens his mouth and makes funny little sounds.
Today we took a walk outside with Dottie and later tonight we are going to give Sidney his first bath. I am so excited to watch Sidney experience all these things for the first time.