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Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Reed is almost a month and a half old, and I still haven’t written anything about his birth or these special early weeks!

The birth was pretty fast and intense and it all felt really good — although I think I sounded like a cow stuck in a fence. . . or maybe like a creature off Jurassic Park. At around 7.30am on the 7th of July I woke up wondering if perhaps our little one might be born on this day. Well, Reed was born at 9:33 that morning at Kaitaia Hospital and was enjoying his first feed just a few minutes later. I’m just glad we managed to hold on until Kevin and the second midwife got there! The second stage (“pushing” stage) started at 9:10am. When Owen was born I had bad tearing and tissue trauma and lost nearly 2 litres of blood. It was a nice change to have an almost bloodless birth this time — not even a single scratch, and swelling was pretty much nil. Reed’s shoulders did get stuck on the way out (like Owen’s did), but our wonderful midwives flipped me over and released them so quickly and calmly that I hardly had time to register that he was “stuck” before he was fully born and lying on my chest. We went home a few hours after Reed was born.

Baby Reed soaks in the low winter sun

Owen cuddles his baby brother

Reed is sleeping and feeding very well. He loves to bask in the warm winter sun by the living room window. He loves the sound of Kevin’s voice. He sleeps soundly during the night in the big bed with his parents and brother, and he loves to be held (or worn) in his baby sling.
Owen is a very loving big brother. He enjoys looking after Reed, and holding and cuddling him. It is so wonderful to have two little boys!

I think we are very lucky.

Reed Brian Flaherty

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Reed Brian Flaherty was born on July 7, 2010 at 9:33am. He weighed 3.535kg (about 7 pounds 13 ounces). It was a natural birth in every way. Becky and baby are absolutely fine. During Owen’s birth, Becky had a very rough time. This time, she emerged without any tearing at all.

Becky may want to share more about the birth later, but I want to thank our midwives, Tania and Leeann, of Far North Independent Midwives, for their incredible assistance with this birth.

Reed Brian Flaherty