Ok, I did not fall off the face of the earth I've just been off the computer for the last week or so.
I had Ethan Alexander on Oct 3rd at 6:41am (the day after his due date). He was 6lbs 11oz and 21in long. He was my longest labor at right round 11 hours and I was able to do it all naturally. The only thing that they did at the hospital was put in a hep-lock and once an hour they monitored little guy's heart rate before, during and after a contraction to make sure he was handling with it well. He was very nearly born in his sac of water, it didn't break until about 4 or 5 minutes before he was born. I have to say that the shower was a lifesaver during transition. After my water broke in the shower, I called for the nurse to go ahead and break down the bed because I felt like I had to push. The next contraction he was coming and the nurse freaked out, running out the door yelling for a nurse. (Yes, the nurse was yelling that we needed a nurse.) In the meantime, Ethan decided that he would not come out in the conventional manner, he decided to come out leading with his forehead and nose instead of the top of his head. I've heard that this is one of the harder ways to deliver but we managed without any issues other then he had a little bruising on his face for the first day or so. He came out in the one contraction, no pushing necessary. Hubby and I caught him and the care team came running into the room to find him in my arms. Hubby also cut his cord after it had stopped pulsating and gave him his first bath after Ethan had spent some time on my chest and had nursed. So far, he is a really laid back baby, he nurses, then falls back to sleep or just looks around making quiet observations for a while. The kids are all in love with him and are adjusting well. He was already above his birth weight at 2 days old and is nursing like a champ. I'm doing well too, recovery has been really fast, no tearing or swelling and barely even tender which is pretty amazing. The only thing to note in my recovery is a small prolapse which also happened after my last baby. It seems to be resolving on it's own already so no worries there.