Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Blooma Blossom: Baby Tessie

Baby Tessie Rose (caught at home by Sarah!)
September 23
11:15 pm
7 pounds, 13 ounces

Papa says: Tasya had been in some form of early labor throughout the day, but felt well enough to go to yoga in the morning, a walk around the block in the afternoon, and watch a movie in the evening (Baby Mama, natch). Big Sister Eloise was sent for a sleepover at her Grandma Helen's. About midway through the movie (9pm), Tasya thought things were picking up enough that she left me to finish the movie by myself, and went upstairs to listen to her birth tapes and focus on the labor. I watched the end of the movie, including watching all the deleted scenes and the alternate ending (indicating either my easygoing nature, or a total lack of concern). When I was ready to turn in around 10:30, Tasya thought a trip to the bathroom and a warm shower might make her feel better, so I stood outside the shower and tried to be supportive. At around 10:45, her water broke so we rang our awesome doula, Sarah, who judged by the sounds in the background that speeding over was essential. When she arrived less than 10 min later, she suggested I call 911. By the time the paramedics arrived just minutes later, it was pretty clear that we wouldn't be leaving (baby's head was visible). So with the paramedics looking on, and one of each of us holding a leg, Sarah and Tasya heroically brought Tessie into the world, right in our bedroom, around 11:15pm. The firefighters who had also showed up by then carried Tasya & Tessie down the stairs; we loaded into the ambulance and (casually at that point) drove downtown to the hospital.

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