HYRUM DYLAN MALTBY
April 22, 2011
21.5" long, 7 lbs
|Hyrum looks just like his Daddy... even has the same hair-cut!|
My baby made it here a whole week and two days early. He's just perfect. I'm SO GLAD he has hair! Tons of DARK hair! That's what I wanted. I suppose I got lucky. :) He has my hitch-hiker thumbs and stubby fingers, Dylan's nose and face (excuse the "conehead"), and a few features all his own.
We love him very much.
Birth Details follow if you want to read more. More pictures too.
Eleven and a half hours of labor, three of pushing. All natural (just like I wanted!) and I'd do it again. I'm very happy with my experience. That being said, I lost a bunch of blood and had about 30 stitches. I'd rather not do THAT again as it makes sitting a right pain in the...
I had Hyrum with a midwife at a birth center-- it's a really cool old Victorian house. That suited me because I don't fancy hospitals from their fluorescent lights to the loud hallway traffic and strangers walking into your room, constant blood pressure cuffs, mandatory IV's before you really need them, pressure to follow hospital conveniences, I could keep going forever, etc. etc. The birth center was so great! The same attendants were with me the entire time: four trained people giving me expert encouragement and support. I'd had my prenatal visits in the same room I delivered in, so I felt comfortable and familiar rather than feeling stranded and "where am I?" Really... it was just so nice. We loved it.
Crazy as granola can get (and to my surprise) I ended up laboring for hours in a birth tub with heated water. The process traveled to birth stool and bed too before it was over. So yeah, I did the weird tub thing. I also made tons of random noises, even though I'd never wanted to be one of those people who moan in labor... couldn't help myself cause it helped me relax my muscles.
|Brindy, Janae, Lisa, and Heather. They all look tired cause I woke them up in the middle of the night. Thanks, ladies! I hope your hands recover from me squeezing them.|
I got an IV after a while to keep me hydrated. (That's a nice way of saying I couldn't keep ice chips down so I needed medical assistance.) After he was born they flopped him onto my chest and he stayed there for a bit while they tried to get my bleeding under control. Hyrum was awake for four hours or so and quite alert. He looked at everything and held onto fingers and was just a happy boy.
Nowadays he's slightly jaundice, but still a happy boy. He loves his Daddy and Grandma just as much as me. For now. I have plans to control all the affection he has and channel it into loving me more than anyone! MWAHAHAHA! How I will accomplish this has yet to be determined. :)