We are proud and excited to announce the birth of our new baby, Naomi Jean Cheerful Kangas. She came into the world at 10:52 PM on January 28th, 2009. She weighed in at 7.0 pounds and was measured to be 20 1/2 inches long.
Somewhat detailed birth story:
Dana started labor Sunday afternoon (January 25th), and didn’t stop contractions until little Naomi was born. We had planned on a home birth, and kept down that track until .
After all that labor, Dana was so tired and warn out that we contemplated going to the hospital for some sort of medical intervention. Not long after this, our awesome and wonderful midwife (Linda Marks of Spokane Midwives), called and had us come into the birth center. We went in around 9:30 in the morning and Dana was dilated to 5 cm. Linda tried most of her bag of midwife tricks throughout the day, including breaking Dana’s water, but by 4:00 PM, Dana was still at 5 cm. No change! This was quite discouraging, and Linda recommended that we go to the hospital for some pitocin and an epidural.
So we went to the hospital. Dana was having really hard contractions by this time and quite close together, but she was still measuring at 5 cm by the time we got all checked in and examined. They gave Dana an epidural, and soon she was able to relax for the first time in about four days. She advanced pretty quickly to 10 cm and within two hours of the first pitocin, she was ready to push. Aaron hadn’t planned on being down at the “baby end” of things, but when the nurse asked him to grab one of her legs during pushing, he was happy to. Dana pushed for about an hour, and then we had a baby.
Aside from Aaron almost fainting and Dana having a minor tear, we were all 100% healthy. We stayed a couple of nights at the hospital, just to get some rest and were able to bring our new baby girl home for the first time.
We would love to let everyone visit Naomi as much and as often as they would like. But she is quite a sleeper (and we catch up on our sleep when she does), so we would rather you called before visiting, to see if we will even be awake.