||[Dec. 2nd, 2007|02:25 am]
This is Orin. Unfortunately he still needs a Japanese name, so this might end up changing to fit with another name. We gave up on finding just one name that sounded good in both English and Japanese, and had pleasing kanji to go with it.
On Wednesday Noriko went to the doctor as usual, and they said "this baby is big -- over 9 pounds. We think it would be best to induce labor. If it gets any bigger it might be really hard to birth." I guess the way they do it, is to put a small ball in the woman's cervix, and that ball gradually expands. This happened Wednesday around 5pm.
I met Noriko at the hospital and she said "go on home, the doctor says that if this works, I should go into labor sometime tomorrow."
So before I left I said "If you go into labor, I'll never forgive you if you don't call me. I don't care if it's 2 or 3am."
Sure enough the phone rang around 2:30 am. Noriko had a strained voice, and said 'can you come? Probably it'll be a while though.'"
I got up, took a shower, grabbed a few things like a notebook and pen. I thought I'd write a log every ten minutes of what was happening. Then I hopped on my bike and went. Usually it takes me 15 minutes to ride my bike to the area where the clinic is, but it only took me ten minutes this time. From Noriko's call to arriving at the hospital was only about forty-five minutes. The doctor waved me into the birthing room, and said "You can see the head." "What?!" I thought. "Already?" Sure enough, down inside there was a black mass visible. After a few more pushes, the head looked like a head, and then shortly after shoulders, and then it slid right out. Sure enough it was a boy. He stretched his arms and legs out cautiously, as if he were waking up from a nap, and when he cried it didn't seem like grief, but more surprise, and the desire to try his lungs out for the first time. After briefly resting on Noriko's chest, he was wisked away to another room to be cleaned. He was crying the whole time, thinking "where am I? Where's my mommy?!" We were only allowed to see him briefly an hour later. The nurse said that he still can't maintain body temperature. Part of me wanted to grumble "goddammit if humans can give birth in caves, we should be fine in this warm hospital." But I didn't really feel like fighting the nurse over it.
From the time the water broke until birth, only three hours had passed. This was after hearing stories of labor lasting up to two days. The official time of birth is Thursday, November 29, 3:37 AM. 9 1/2 pounds.
Over the last couple days I've been spending most of my time at the hospital. Luckily I got Thursday and Friday off from work. Noriko's been recovering quickly. We've both been taking care of the baby. He does one of four things: cry, poop, nurse, or sleep. I know how I'll be spending my winter vacation.