Our new baby
Yes, we have a new baby in our family. Shelley, my partner, gave birth at our home on Tuesday 2 May, at 7.28 pm, after labouring through the day.
Shelley had her two independent midwives, Jenny and Nicola, with her through most of her labour over the day and right through the crucial time. They were brilliant! No shift changes in hospital, and we knew who we were going to deal with through the whole thing.
Shelley and baby are both doing extremely well.
He weighed 3.92 kgs (or 8lbs 10.5 oz) at birth. We haven't decided on a name yet, but we're over the moon about him.
So, I hope this is a good enough excuse for not blogging very much this past week, and in the weeks to come!
Update: Here is a photograph* from the birth – moments after he was born into the water, we placed our newborn on Shelley's chest – skin to skin.
* Click on the photograph to go to the photo's page on the flickr site and read the description to get an explanation of the photo… [updated 7 May 2006]