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"The baby's getting stressed...the toxicity levels are too high." That was the gist of what the nurse said after doing a quick test involving a needle in the baby's scalp. Within 5 minutes, I had been whisked out of the delivery ward, into the elevator, up to the operating room and was prepped and under, while Anders was left standing alone in the center of the delivery room we had been in for the last 19 hours, stunned by the speed with which the staff had reacted to the emergency.

I don't remember much after that, until coming to and being horribly sick from the anesthetic I was given during the caesarian. Anders was holding the baby and nurses were bustling around in quiet efficiency. Then they left us alone and we curled up with our new little boy and just stared at his face. His miniature fingers, tiny nails, the rosy glow of him. We slept. I learned afterwards that the umbilical cord had been wrapped around his neck.

A bit later, the nurses smuggled my mom in, clucking in sympathy that she had been in Sweden for nearly 4 weeks, waiting for a baby who was 3 weeks delayed. We stayed in the delivery room all night; there were a LOT of babies born the day before. My mom had come in good time, we thought, a week before my due date, her second trip to Sweden during my pregnancy. 3 weeks went slowly by, pushed along by crossword puzzles and experimenting with the tens machine,* and learning to play cribbage.

Stuck in the neo-natal ward with the other complication cases, in a room with 3 other mothers and their screaming infants (OUR baby was well-behaved from the very beginning, of course), and the heat turned up to broil, I was determined to get the hell out and be at home for the last week of my mom's visit. What if she left before being able to impart all her knowledge on how to deal with a baby (OHMIGOD A BABY) and raising children?? It didn't bear thinking upon. I was told that I couldn't leave the hospital after a c-section until I could stand and shower by myself. So, after a day and a half, in which I decided, judging from the pain, that during the emergency they had sliced me completely in half instead of giving me a bikini cut, I shuffled into and out of the shower, dressed myself and rode home, clutching my middle.

We learned fast with the baby...that breastfeeding wasn't going to be an option, that he liked to sleep with a soft cloth completely covering his face, that after filling out he resembled my father to an eerie degree, that he could produce the most incredible range of expressions.

7 years ago today, our little boy child joined the family. We are constantly amazed by this person we produced, the laughter and the sparkle and the intelligence he brings to everything. Happy birthday, Martin!

Really Great Writing Out There Right Now: I Want Something Else!

Hippity Skippity Happity Birthday Wishes to sari as well!

*I don't know what it's called in English. It straps around your waist and is meant to deliver small charges of electricity to help combat/distract/diffuse labor pains. All I know is that it was a huge annoyance and hurt more than early labor.
mood: thankful
music: The The—This Is The Day


Happy Birthday Martin!

heh, we got the same birthday then :) happy birthday to him, too!


Happy Birthday to you, too! :) You weren't on my LJ birthday list, or I would have wished you one before! :)

hihi ::)) thank you lizzz!! ::)

Happy birthday, Martin! Thanks for sharing his birthday story - I love how he waited until he was GOOD and READY to show up!

Woo hoo, Happy Birthday, Martin!

happy birthday martin :)

ooh - happy birthday!

i think it's the same here...the Tens stepdad has two of them that he's currently wearing to combat his pain. it's the only thing that's worked reliably so far (apart from!) :)

HB Martin!

Happy, happy birthday to Martin!

I didn't know you'd had a c-section (though, of course, why would I?). Tage was born with his cord around his neck, too, and he was pretty darn blue when he came out!

I had an emergency c-section with Martin and then with Karin, I tried to get a planned one, and they talked me out of it, and I ended up with one anyway because she wouldn't come out either! (15 hours later that time!!)

Ingrid also had her cord wrapped around her neck. She was red though. Her head was out and they saw it so they unwrapped it before her shoulders came out. I remember the nurse and midwife saying, "hm, that was a surprise!" since I got there too late in the game for any kind of ultrasound to see how things would go.

Happy Birthday to your beautiful boy, Liz!! Tens machine, never heard of it.

Aww, Happy Birthday to Martin. May it be a special day he remembers always :o)

Wow! That was quite an experience. Just as well he turned out to be so cute.

Happy 7th Birthday, Martin! And a special lick from Lambi (especially if you have food in your hand).

I was just thinking the same things!!

Well, except for special licks from Lambi, I don't have a Lambi but I do have an Ahab (he'll lick Martin too). ;D

I must say, you're kids SERIOUSLY have to be some of the cutest I have EVER seen in my life (and that includes cuter than my own....and they are DARN TOOTIN' cute!)

awww! thanks, sweetie! They are damn cute kids, I admit it myself! (and I've seen yours, they're damn cute, too!)

and that usericon is hyp-no-tising me...

Happy Birthday, Martin!!! (Liz, what a HANDSOME baby picture!)

He is STILL that handsome! :D


Happy birthday Martin!!! You beautiful boy-- and congratulations again to Mama who brought this amazing child into the world!! ~bluepoppy

Happy Birthday to Martin, and to you too Liz. I've noticed that it was a birthday in MANY ways for the mother too!
Thanks for sharing the birth story.
What a cutey!!


Oh yeah, I forgot to thank you for I Want Something Else.
That was really good, and inspiring.

Hippy Birdie 2 Ewe, Martin! :)

Awww,... so cute! :)

Many many many many many many many happy returns for the day. Please wish him a very happy and fun birthday from all of us in LJ-Land.

*blows some bubbles* YAY!

A very Happy Birthday Martin :)

Your story sure struck a cord with me, I had both my children by C-section here in Sweden.

Oh yes, wonderful Birthday Wishes to Martin!

So sweet!!! I'm glad it all worked out okay. Happy birthday to him :)

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