Today’s extra special announcement brought to you by guest blogger Baby Papa.
The Stowaway disembarked from the Mothership on Monday, Feb. 19, at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. He arrived a generously proportioned 8 lbs. 6 oz. (approx. 3.8kg) in weight, and 22 inches in length (approx. 56 cm).
His name is Calvin George Accone Huber: Calvin, well we just liked that one and agreed immediately on it; George, in honor of the many generations of German Ohio farm folk; Accone, the nom de emigration of an illustrious line of South African Chinese fortune seekers, healers, numbers runners and writers.
He arrived after an epic 24-hour labor, which began in earnest in the early morning of Feb. 18 (his original due date), accelerated at around 4pm when our fantastic doula Sarah Pancake arrived at our apartment, and took a turn for the home stretch a little after midnight when we began to prepare to go to the hospital. We walked into Lenox Hill around 1:40am, and the good news came quickly: Tanya was already 7 cm dilated at arrival, and had achieved 9 cm dilation by the time attending physican Dr. Karl Moehlen examined her about an hour later (full dilation is 10 cm).
The contractions came more swiftly, with brutal ferocity. Tanya declined pain medication for the last time, encouraged that she had come so far under her own steam. She began to push, and visible progress was made in the company of Jay, Sarah, attending resident Dr. Borodo, and excellent delivery nurse Diane. Dr. Moehlen arrived and immediately set to work to bring little Calvin into the world. At 4:54 (Sarah tells us; official time is 4:56) Calvin slipped the comfort of the womb and arrived in the material world. He was almost immediately deposited on Tanya’s grateful and loving chest.
A word here about Tanya’s strength and beauty. It is unnerving, to say the least, to watch your most precious loved one endure excruciating, extended pain. Especially when pain relief is possible, in this case via the epidural anasthaetic. But Tanya made the decision to go without, and Sarah and I did our best to give her all the support and comfort we could. But we felt no pain. We held Tanya’s hand, and looked into her eyes, and told her what a great job she was doing, and yelled Push! when it was time to push. But Tanya walked this one alone, and was alive and aware and so very in the moment. In the end she overcame her fear and achieved one of the greatest moments any human can ever know.
We have a beautiful baby boy in our midst, and we look forward to you making his acquaintance. Much love to all the friends, family, co-workers and hangers-on (you know who you are) who gave us so much love and support through this phase of the adventure.
To be continued…