Saturday, January 24, 2009
Weslee Adonijah Cook made his appearance in this world Friday January 23 at 11:11pm. He weighed in at 6lbs 10oz and 20 inches long. I only labored for 9 hours, after having my water break when I was having lunch with my friend Stephanie at my favorite Thai restaurant. We headed to the hospital and labored naturally until I was 7-8 centimeters, at which point I decided I needed some help. Since I was so far along, I could only get half a dose of a medication called phentanol, which wore off in about 30 minutes. I hadn't progressed so my midwife allowed me to have a little more of the medication, and I was able to concentrate on using the birthing ball to get through the contractions. That dose did wear off during the pushing phase, so I felt all of the pain of the delivery.
I have so much respect for all those women out there who labor naturally, because it is NOT easy! I am so thankful for those who were with me through the labor, and the support they provided. They encouraged me to push through the pain and stay focused on Weslee, and all their effort paid off. Ken was such a wonderful helper, especially. After his initial shock when I went into labor, he was calm and collected and a rock through the whole process.
God has so blessed us with an addition to our little family, and such a cute one at that!