Hello Ivan!

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I’m a Mum now guys! Ivan James Walters was born on the 12/2/13, weighing 7 pound 15 oz (around 3.6 kilos) & measuring 53 cms long, at 38 weeks on the nose. We didn’t end up with any photos from the delivery, partly because everything happened so quickly that we forgot the cameras, and partly because it was quite a traumatic experience for all of us. Unbeknownst to all of us Ivan’s head was sitting tilted in my pelvis, so I ended up having a very prolonged second stage (or “pushing” stage) of labour. I reached the point of exhaustion – I was falling asleep in-between my contractions – and in the end little Ivan was delivered using forceps, after a failed vacuum assist & I needed an episiotomy. I’m still working on writing Ivan’s full birth story, but it might take me a while.

As much as I wanted to be on top of things, and have one of those magnificent labour experiences that other women describe, my experience with labour was terrifying. One of the reasons that I so badly want to write about it is that every time I think of my labour I can feel a ball of terror knotting up in my chest, and I’m about half-way to a panic attack. I’ve also been having quite graphic, intense labour flashbacks that make me feel like I’m reliving my labour all over again. Shannon & I would dearly like to have more children someday, so I want to try and make my memories less horrible, and writing about these things usually works for me.

In the meantime, here are some snaps from our much-briefer-than-expected trip to Mackay:

18 Comments

  1. Amy Lynn

    Congratulations, Mommy and Daddy!

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    1. theowloddity (Post author)

      Thank you! :)

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  2. thorne garnet

    Happy Day! Welcome to the world, Ivan! What a beautiful boy!

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    1. theowloddity (Post author)

      Thank you! :)

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  3. Meghan Edge @ Meg's Ragged Edge

    Congrats owl family!! :-)

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    1. theowloddity (Post author)

      Thanks lovely!

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  4. Pat

    Congratulations. You are now a family and I hope you all share joy, love and laughter together. Your little boy is now safe in your arms and I hope the trauma of the birth fades into the background.

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    1. theowloddity (Post author)

      Thank you so much! Here’s hoping it all does just fade away. :)

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  5. sashibala

    SQUEEEEE! Welcome, Ivan! And congratulations, Stacey and Shannon! :)

    I’m so sorry it was such a traumatic thing for you but I hope, hope, hope that those memories will fade quickly for you. (*big hug*)

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    1. theowloddity (Post author)

      Thanks lovely! I hope those memories will fade soon too.

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  6. Vix

    Congratulations! Ivan’s absolutely gorgeous! xxx

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    1. theowloddity (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  7. Faith in Stace! Misfit

    Congrats. you guys – he is so so beautiful and so are you! I absolutely love the first pic with the three of you together. Gorgeous burrito baby!

    Sarah xxx

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  8. Jm

    Congrats, Stacy and Shannon!!! Ivan is beautiful!!!!!!

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    1. theowloddity (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  9. Max

    I’m so proud of you? Did you get like a labour ‘debrief’? A few of my friends had traumatic labours and I think the debrief they got kind of helped them come to peace with it? Maybe you could look into that? <3

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    1. theowloddity (Post author)

      Thanks! :) No, I didn’t get much of a labour “debrief”. The Dr told me I was welcome to come & discuss anything with her later if I wanted to, but while I was in the hospital I really didn’t want to know anything else about it. I might have to look into it now that I’ve had a bit of time to settle down…

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  10. Max

    Oh it should be I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!

    no question mark on that one ahha

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