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And then a Quinn was born

We'd spent the day of Sunday the 7th November 2010, celebrating Mom's birthday at Driftwood Cafe in Tableview, and there was no sign that on this day Karen would give birth. One of the docters had put the due date at the 6th November (Mom's actual birthday), but the last opinion was the 10th November, so I was expecting Quinn to be born anywhere up to Wednesday (or perhaps even later).

Later in the afternoon I looked after Bella, while Karen went to a parenting class with Marianne & Mandy. At about 6pm Karen phoned me and told me that she was starting to feel cramps...this got my attention! Karen went to contemplate her navel in our bedroom. I was quite relaxed at this stage...I didn't think the baby would arrive that evening!

Karen resting within Bella

We read the instructions on how to fill up the birthing pool, I connected the hose to the hot water tap and by 1910 the taps were running. Bella was quite excited at all this activity, and here's a photo of her helping with the black bags, which I'd put around the birthing pool so the carpet wouldn't get wet.

Bella helping me with the black bags

Positive vibes on Facebook before the birth

I left a message on Facebook about filling up the birthing pool, and there were a lot of positive responses.

Rob Baker
busy filling up the birthing pool...

Sunday at 19:38 ·  ·   · 

    • Susan Taljaardt Oh no... is it time???? Or you getting prepared?

      Sunday at 19:39 · 

    • Rob Baker It's the beginning of the process. Some cramps. Bella's very excited at all of this activity. I think he'll be born some time tomorrow.

      Sunday at 19:44 ·                  ·  2 people

    • Clare Faria Wow - thinking of you all - keep us posted xxx

      Sunday at 19:44 ·                  ·  2 people

    • Susan Taljaardt Oh man this is exciting! Good luck!

      Sunday at 19:45 ·                  ·  2 people

    • Natalie Gibson Tiedt yay! Thinking of you guys... good luck

      Sunday at 19:47 ·                  ·  1 person

    • Nadine Schultz Thinking of all of you. Lots of special love to Kaz xx

      Sunday at 19:58 ·                  ·  1 person

    • Lynn Rose Baker Malin oooooooh yes... it's almost time!!! Good Luck with bringing the little guy safely into this world!!!!!! wow, important next few hours- thinking of u all!!! xoxoxo

      Sunday at 20:12 ·                  ·  1 person

    • Letitia Els Good luck

      Sunday at 20:18 ·                  ·  1 person

    • Susan Vickerman Good luck to both of you. Hope Karen has an easy time.

      Sunday at 20:18 ·                  ·  1 person

    • Rita Pitter Thinking of you. If there's anything we can help with please phone at any time. xx

      Sunday at 20:40 ·                  ·  1 person

    • Selina Kim Vickerman-Prince so excting!!!!!! You are all in my thoughts! ♥

      Sunday at 20:45 ·                  ·  1 person

    • Rob Baker Thanks everybody for the good wishes, I've passed them on to Karen as well. Contractions are about 1 every 10 minutes at the moment. When there are about 3 in 10 minutes we'll call the midwives (and if they don't come in time I'll deliver the baby!)

      Sunday at 20:48 ·                  ·  2 people

    • Nicola Kaufmann-Ulyate Thinking of you 3... wishing Karen all the best for the next few hour!
      Good Luck!

      Sunday at 21:07 ·                  ·  1 person

    • Angie Nel Ah Rob, that is so awesome... It will all go just fine, you wait and see... :-)

      Sunday at 21:13 ·                  ·  1 person

    • Janet Galansky Oh wow!! Best of luck to you all!!! Thinking of you and hope all is going well!

      Sunday at 21:27 ·                  ·  1 person

    • Sean Burnard All the best. Hope all goes well!!

      Sunday at 22:04 ·                  ·  1 person

    • Mandy Barone Exciting times, all the best of luck. God bless xxx

      Sunday at 22:31 ·                  ·  1 person

    • Rob Baker Thanks for all the good wishes, happy to report it went smoothly :) Midwives have just left, and Quinn & Karen are sleeping soundly.

      Yesterday at 02:28 ·                  ·  1 person

    • Moira Cooper Congratulations! Enjoy your new addition.

      Yesterday at 03:07 ·                  ·  1 person

    • Clare Faria Congratulations to you all - Big kisses for baby Quinn, wishing him a wonderful blessed life, happy to have a new nephew xxx

      Yesterday at 03:38 ·                  ·  1 person

    • Julian Oosthuizen Told you, boys are busy. When they want out they want out. Congrats again!

      Yesterday at 05:41 ·                  ·  1 person

    • Marco Burger congratulations cuzz awesome .....

      Yesterday at 08:05 ·                  ·  1 person

    • Nicola Kaufmann-Ulyate Congratulations!!!!!
      Wishing you, Karen, Bella & Quinn all the best...

      Yesterday at 12:16 ·                  ·  1 person

    • Maxine Squires well done x

      Yesterday at 19:10 ·                  ·  1 person

After the hot water from the geyser ran out I filled up the urn. At 20h40 Karen said that there was about 1 contraction every 10 minutes.

Just after 9pm Bella fell sleep in our room, and then I took her to her room. At about 10pm Karen chatted to Mandy on the phone, and said that she was feeling that she wished she had chosen to have an epidural at a hospital. At about 10:30pm Mandy, the midwife, arrived. Within a few minutes of Mandy being here, Karen said she felt something coming out - the water had broken. Then Karen said she felt the baby coming out. Mandy said Karen should get more vertical, and I helped Karen up. At 10:55pm Quinn popped out. I got a shock as I suddenly saw Mandy jump into the birthing pool with long trousers and socks on (and she had spat out her chewing gum at the same time). Mandy was concerned that she didn't have good footing (she was standing on the black bags I had laid down to prevent the carpet from getting wet) and wanted to quickly unwrap the umbilical cord, which was wrapped around Quinn's neck and his stomach. Then she sucked the mucous out of his mouth and nose, and stroked him to help him breathe. She also kept him at as low a height as possible, so that he could continue to get nutrition from the placenta. I was really worried at seeing him look so limp, and at the point my mind was going through a few worst case scenarios and I was regretting not doing this at a hospital - you can imagine how relieved I felt when Quinn finally changed from purple to pink, as he started to breathe, and let out a few cries. Mandy then handed Quinn to Karen.

Mandy & Karen in the birthing pool

I then took a few photos of our new Quinn lying on his Mommy's chest.

Quinn with his Mommy Quinn
Quinn Quinn

The next few photos, I airbrushed the nipples out, so as not to cause offense to anybody...(feels like I'm working for Scope

Proud mommy with Quinn

And just in case you were wondering about me, here's one with me in it (thanks for the clickie, Mandy):

Daddy, Mommy & Quinn

The water in the birthing pool was filled with the blood from the placenta, but at this stage I didn't really care, I was just filled with feelings of joy.

Daddy, Mommy & Quinn


all Quinn wanted to do

Mandy borrowed some shorts and a jersey of mine to change into (she wasn't expecting to have to jump into the birthing pool), and she looked quite comical with these massive shorts being held up by a belt. I went and showered, and then lay on the bed and the midwives gave Quinn to me, and I held him under my pyjama top (all he really wanted to be doing at that stage, though, was to suckle). As Karen climbed out of the bath she fainted, falling into Mandy. I later found out her blood pressure was 60/55.

Quinn weighed in at 3.35kg. Marianne arrived shortly thereafter, and Mandy and Marianne stayed until 0225am sorting out paperwork, weighing Quinn and stitching Karen up.

I'm pretty chuffed Quinn was born on the 7th, as it'll make it easy for me to remember - 7/11.