Taiko was born at 2:31pm on Saturday, May 15th, 2010. He was born at home with our wonderful midwife, our two children and dear friend Kiersten present.
I'd been having strong Braxton-Hicks contractions for a couple of days, and around 3:00 am Saturday morning I began having contractions that I felt mostly near my pubic bone, and they were strong enough that I couldn't sleep through them. I got out of bed to find Yuta still awake, and he hung out with me a bit to see how things might progress. I told him to lay down after about 45 mins because it didn't seem things were going to move terribly quick.
Around 5:00 am I checked in with our midwife, Bev, and an hour later I woke Yuta up. The contractions were getting a bit stronger and closer together, and I didn't want to be alone. Around 7:00 am I called Bev back and asked her to come over. She got here around 8:00 am, and Taipan and Taisim woke up at 8:30. We had a few friends lined up to help out, so I called one of them and asked if she could head over; I told her not to rush, as we were doing ok, but thankfully she rushed a bit and was here pretty quickly, allowing Yuta and I to focus on the labor.
The labor was the hardest I've ever had - more painful and intense than the other two. Once he was ready and in position though, he came quickly. Things got very intense around 1/1:30 pm I think it was, though I need to double check the timing with Bev, as I wasn't really watching the clock. Bev did tell me afterwards that there wasn't a terribly regular pattern to my contractions - they were sometimes 4 mins, sometimes 7, sometimes 10 mins apart, and would vary in length.
I was in the tub when I had a couple of very intense, strong and close together contractions. After those I felt like I could maybe try to push. I got out of the tub and back into bed. I pushed him out during the third contraction after I got back into the bed - I think it took 2 or 3 pushes, and all in a matter of seconds. He was born facing sideways with his left hand by his head.
Throughout the entire labor the kids would come in to check up on us and see if the baby was ready to be born. They were both extremely respectful and aware of the space I needed, and they were also very sweet and loving. It helped quite a bit that they both love Kiersten and were happy to play with her and check out the fun things she'd brought for them to do.
I'm not sure if they heard me starting to push, or if someone went to get them, but both the kids were in the room when Taiko was born. Taipan saw the actual birth, but I don't think Taisim was looking.
Taiko is perfect. We were all immediately in love with him of course. Taipan is fascinated with him, and Simi is thrilled to be a big sister - she will call him "my baby brother" most of the time instead of by name.
I cannot say enough good things about our midwife or the friends that helped us out this weekend. I feel so fortunate to have such wonderful people in our lives. And my in-laws! They brought dinner on Saturday, and my mother-in-law dropped off lots of fresh fruit and flowers today.
I can't wait for the rest of our families to meet him. My mom will be here Memorial Day weekend, and my dad will come in early June. Yuta's sisters will also be in town over the next month.
Here are some pictures from the birth:
Yuta and I during early labor - still smiling. Though to tell the truth, I was pretty much smiling and talking in between contractions up until he was born. Yuta and Bev were fabulous in helping me work through the pain and keeping my spirits up.
He's here!! Yuta was shirtless to help keep Taiko warm while I got cleaned up a bit:
Meeting his siblings and getting some love: