The baby formerly known as Crusher! Milo Felix Cohen Freiburger entered the world at 7:19 p.m. on August 27, 2007. He weighed 6lbs, 13 oz, and measured 20 inches long. He is absolutely gorgeous (according to his completely unbiased parents and grandparents), and has spent his first few days eating like a champion and sleeping reasonably competently.
A full birth story is forthcoming, but suffice to say that labor and delivery were intense, exhilarating, and one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life. Steve coached me through four hours of strong, Pitocin-induced contractions, massaging my painful hips and back, keeping me focused, and reassuring me that I could keep going, even when I thought I was ready to demand an epidural. He then supported me, both physically and emotionally, through an hour of hard-core pushing. Just when I thought I couldn't keep going, Milo emerged into the world and landed in his daddy's waiting hands.
Much credit is also due to an amazing medical team, particularly nurse Karen, who was a constant supportive and helpful presence, better than any doula I could possibly have hired. Thanks to the OB and nurse Karen, I had only a couple of tiny internal tears, which are mostly healed already. We arrived home yesterday afternoon and are all settled in. We've even gotten a little sleep, thanks to my mother's extraordinary overnight support. Milo, mom, and I went for a long walk today, and I feel fantastic. He's sleeping contentedly in a Peanut Shell now, giving me a chance to bring you up to date.
Here is a first look at our sweet boy. A full set of shots from his first few days is available here.