We thought Dulci would give us 2.
We thought Dulci would give us 3.
At one point, she was SO gigantic, my son suggested she had 4 in there.
|It was a fair guess.|
At 8:45ish, she produced a bubble, which popped, and then she stopped pushing altogether.
Nope, that's not good. Turned out that the little one was in there, all sideways, with his head kinda back, and one arm forward, and one slightly behind.
Kinda like he was doing the sidestroke, instead of the dive. And there was no way he was going to fit out that little hole.
It took some doing--I had to intercede way too much (in my opinion). I thought I was going to kill them both. Best case scenario, I thought the baby would be dead--the bubble had popped, and the baby was stuck for such a long time. She was making no progress--she pushed very rarely. I pulled, I rearranged, I tugged, I panicked when none of it seemed to work. But 45 minutes later, there was a baby. And Dulci (and the little one) beat all the odds. Out he finally came, took his first breath, and yelled.
That, my friends, was scary as hell. Thank goodness they are fighters. This could have ended VERY, very differently.
But here he is! Please welcome "Little Stinker", so named because he gave his mama SUCH a hard time and is so big (for her; she's so little). Yes, he is alive and well, and they both seem to be doing fine today. I bounced mama last night as soon as I could get her to stand up, and I didn't feel anything, but I stayed with her until I was just exhausted and had to go to bed. She had still not passed the placenta at that time, nor anything else. However, when I checked on her this morning at 4:30, she had finally passed the placenta, and she and the baby were sleeping peacefully. I am happy to say that she has eaten breakfast with an appetite, and he is nursing fine.
And he looks like Stewart, what a shock. :)
Except he has Orc ears.
Dulci is on a round of antibiotics because of all the finagling I did, and she's so swollen, I just want to cry when I look at her rear end. But she is alive. And so is he. So it's a good end to the story, no?
Welcome, Little Stinker. Welcome to the big, wide world.