The labour and delivery is kind of a blur, but if you ask B-rad he'd probably tell you that i was transformed into a primal animal...
The short story is - birth is an amazing and crazy experience that you really can't pin down with words. But i did it all with out drugs, no epidurals, no episiotomies, just a tiny tear and when B-rad told me we had a son we both broke down and sobbed.
Because he was so early, they were worried about his lungs - they had the NICU staff there and ready to assess the little guy.
His lungs were good enough to cry his first little cry.
I only got to hold him for about thirty seconds before they took him away, but when they put him in my arms, i said: "Hey little guy" he opened his eyes and looked at me. Best moment ever. But over too soon before he was wheeled away.
To help with his breathing, he was intubated and when we were able to go down to the NICU (after a shower and getting settled in our hospital room) it was really hard to seem him on assisted breathing, and attached to so many monitors and hooked up to IVs.
We had a little visit, but not being able to hold him was so hard. So hard.
When we went down to NICU later that night, he was already extubated and breathing on his own after only 8 hours. We knew then he's a fighter.