A post in bullets.
- There is no photography or video of the "blessed event". Jesus didn't record his miracles and I don't record mine.
- No detailed birth story is forthcoming. I don't like reading them myself - I usually skip to the end because that's where the good stuff begins anyway. The short story is this: on Monday, around 3pm, we were watching our HBO lineup when I started getting irregular contractions. By the time we were watching the Flight of the Conchords, they were strong and regular. Um, it is NOT fun to sit and giggle through painful contractions so I couldn't even finish the episode (have you SEEN Flight of the Conchords. Why not? "these lyrics are bottomless!" and hilarious!!!) Anyway, we ended up going to the hospital by 6pm and obviously, there was no induction needed. Yes, the labor was "fast", but it turned out that it HAD to be. At one point, her heart tones were of a concern and another OB was consulted to come in for a c-section. I pushed for dear life because I knew the other OB was on her way and I did NOT want a c-section. I even pushed between contractions which is about 3 times harder than during. Fortunately, I was able to get her out in time. The end. Sure, there was more and it was very scary, but really all that matters is that everyone is okay. It's best not to dwell on what could have happened, right?
- It wasn't all doom and gloom. After the birth, my doctor and I compared knitting. I had brought mine since I had packed for an induction, not a full-on labor outta the gate. My doc is a very experienced knitter so I ran my new blanket design by her with what I had completed so far and she agreed that it would work. Before things had gotten "serious", she had brought in her knitting earlier when I wasn't progressing fast enough in the superstition that I would "get going" and she wouldn't have time to knit. Superstitions aren't always bad because it worked.
- Visitors - I had to laugh because literally, ALL my visitors (save for Mojavi who came the next day) came at the VERY SAME TIME. And then, I had no visitors. Which yep, was boring, but I used that time to nap and recuperate. And enjoy hot oil massages from hot male nurses between spa treatments, of course.
- Arun is doing really well! He is fascinated with the "bee-bee" and loved that she has toes, too - he "counted" them just as he does his own. One time when he came to the hospital, she wasn't in the room yet and he was very concerned with where the "bee-bee" was. However, the first night home last night was hard because his last two teeth are coming in - we had a Greek chorus of crying kids last night and we are all pretty tired this morning.
- Anjali is doing really well - we are on Jaundice Watch 2007, which REALLY sucks ass, but hopefully she will kick it earlier than Arun. She is a gold-medal champion when it comes to nursing, so I do think she will do better with it. Everything is pretty typical right now - I am sore as hell from pushing like a madwoman and tired from night feedings. However, Anju is so, so snuggly and settles right now down when held. All of this is SO temporary - the pain, the no sleeping and the snuggling. I'd rather concentrate on the fun stuff.
- Damn. It is hard letting go of my Type A Tendencies. The house is a complete mess and I kid you not - courtesy of his dad, Arun is wearing a 12 month sized STRIPED shirt with pair of PLAID shorts . That aren't even the same color. I did clean the kitchen as part of my "minimum" and am trying to not look at everything else.
- In other news - is anyone else irritated by Merriam-Webster's announcement they are going to start including "ginormous" in their dictionaries? I understand "sudoku" and "speed dating", but "ginormous"? How about "ridonkulous" while they are at it? I can't wait to break that out the next time I play Scrabble. Also, is anyone else pissed off that Chertoff is declaring we are at a higher risk for terrorist attacks based on his "gut feeling" and no sound facts? My "gut feeling" is that Chertoff's motives stink of political motivation.
- Finally, thank you - thank you for all the awesome comments!
Very concerned that the "bee-bee" is crying