Aw, thank you all so much for the kind messages. Baby G was born at 5:53 am weighing 4 lb 9 oz. I don't know how long he is. He is perfectly formed, very sweet, and looks kind of French. He will be in the NICU for a few days, possibly for the week, while his breathing improves and the fluid in his lungs clears up. There is suspicion of infection as well so we are waiting for some blood culture results tomorrow which will tell us more. The premature rupture of my membranes (PROM) is the likely culprit if this is the case. According to the neonatologist, these are all typical pre-term or PROM baby issues and will resolve without problems.
It's still hard to sit in my hospital room without my sweet baby next to me, but all good things in time, right? He continues to look better and better, and now that I have held him in my arms and we looked at each other I am feeling better about everything and am confident that we will all be home snuggling together in no time.
Baby G is still unnamed, but today has been officially dubbed Naming Day so by nightfall this baby should be called something other than Baby. Due to his French look, we have briefly tossed out the possibility of Pierre or Jean Luc, but figure that might be a little much especially if the French look wears off after a few weeks. But we have other good candidates on the short list, so hopefully one will fit him well.
A couple thoughts on birthing without any medication except Cervadil to help dilation and increase contractions: exciting, excruciatingly painful, empowering, utterly and completely unforgettable. I am woman and yesterday I roared. (Seriously.) If you happened to be on the Upper West Side in Manhattan around Columbus Circle early yesterday morning and looked up into a hospital room without the curtains closed, yes, that was me standing naked on a bed in front of the window yelling my head off while in the final throes of some very painful contractions. Hope that you enjoyed the show. :-)
Overall, though, I'm glad I did it. I'm not sure I will try it again.
So...do you want some pictures?! Thought maybe... Photo album is in the sidebar. We'll keep it updated.