IMG_2727.JPGWe’d like to introduce you to the smallest person we know. We’re happy to announce the arrival of Soren Winston Liden! Born this morning (Saturday March 7th) at 5:04AM. He’s 7lbs, 9.8oz, 20 1/4 inches long.

The whole birth story:
Destiny went into labor when her water broke at 12:54AM on Friday morning (the 6th). She had immediate strong contractions only a minute or two apart. We didn’t get much sleep that night. Our doula Anna came over about 6AM. She was completely invaluable, helping and calming Destiny. We decided to head to the hospital (Swedish First Hill) around noon when her contractions were consistently a minute or two apart and very strong.

Destiny was admitted around 12:40, and we found out that she was 3-4 cm dialated and that her strong back pain was because the baby was Occiput Posterior (where the skull hits the tailbone). Destiny tried to make progress and to get Soren to flip around for about another 10 hours.

Contractions slowed down, and since there’s a 24 hour window in the hospital after your water breaks to push the baby out, she decided to get an epidural and use petocin to speed up contractions. This let Destiny rest a bit, but the contractions caused Soren’s heartbeat to slow down significantly enough that the doctor pulled back on the petocin. We didn’t know how much more Soren could take of the contractions, knowing that there was still an additional 2-4 hours of pushing ahead, and didn’t want to end up with an emergency caesarean section during a push with his life at risk. So at 4:30AM we decided to have a c-section.

The surgery went great, it was fast, and both Soren and Destiny were healthy. We had a few visitors waiting for us in the room, and plenty more over the weekend.

Thanks for all your text messages, phone calls and visits!!!

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