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introducing odin

August 5th, 2008 · 11 Comments · Phil

odin anderson bowen was born at 3:04 in the afternoon on august 2nd. he was 8 lbs 5 oz and 19 1/4 inches. he seems to have all the requisite parts; 10 fingers, 10 toes, eyes, ears… big jim and the twins fully intact. click more to hear the story of his 3 1/2 hour (not a typo) labor.

paige’s water broke friday night while we were out bowling with friends. she continued a couple of frames, finishing with a strike, before deciding that the bowling alley probably didn’t appreciate the amniotic fluid pooling in her shoes. you always wondered what was in bowling alley rental shoes; now you know. apparently 3% of women have their water break in public, so from a storytelling standpoint, it’s good to hit that mark.

we got home at midnight friday/saturday and spent the next two hours eating, writing the birth plan, packing, and finalizing our name list. we ended with the number one boy name and five girls. we didn’t want to spend the time narrowing down the girl names because we were pretty confident the bean was a boy.

we woke up at 7 saturday morning with paige still not yet having had a contraction. she wondered aloud if maybe her body didn’t know how to have contractions, worrying what we’d have to do. i had a breakfast meeting at dunn bros, so paige came along and had a big breakfast at the longfellow grill next door. by this time she was starting to feel some cramps from time to time. my mom was exhibiting at the powderhorn art fair, so after breakfast we went to powderhorn park to visit her and soon-to-be-uncle jeremy. by now, paige was feeling stronger cramps and she was feeling like it was a good time to get back home. i had my mom take a photo of us, which you can see over at philsgood photo a day. the time stamp was 11:28am.

after paige ran in to a snyders drug for some essentials, we arrived home at noon. paige immediately got in to the shower to relax and about a minute later the contractions started for real. paige and i spent the next hour fifteen in the bathroom in full-on labor. i closed the windows so the neighbors wouldn’t call the police (seth lives in an airport zone, so he has metropolitan airport commission-financed insulating windows). our doula, carey, arrived at just the right time and was an amazing coach for paige on her breathing and relaxation and pain management. we all knew that paige wanted to spend as much of her labor at home as possible, but when she started screaming “i want to push, now!”, carey calmly suggested that maybe we start thinking about getting to the hospital.

we left a little after 2pm with paige and carey in the back seat and me concentrating on the road. uneventful drive, if you call having a half-naked, screaming woman in your back seat while another woman is telling her that she can NOT start pushing, uneventful. one bad stop light at highway 100 off-ramp to excelsior (too little visibility to run it). i dropped them off at the entrance and went to park, hoping that i would make it up to the delivery before the bean was born. after rushing, i made it back to find paige ten feet from where i had left her, on all fours in the hospital lobby among a growing number of curious bystanders, going through contractions and “telling” various nurses and orderlies that she had no intention of getting in the wheelchair. carey convinced paige that maybe if she got in the wheelchair she could get to delivery faster and then she could start pushing. paige agreed to a compromise where she would use the wheelchair but ride on all fours. so straight out of a scene from ER, including two chattering hmong women clearing the way for us, our entourage burst through the double doors in to delivery.

paige arrived fully dilated to ten centimeters and as soon as the doctor confirmed what paige already knew, they gave her the green light. paige was a champ (as she had been all along) and after half an hour of pushing, the bean emerged in to the world. it took me a few seconds to peer through the flurry of arms that were cleaning and sucking and testing to finally find what i was looking for and announce that it was a boy. odin was born!


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  • 11 responses so far ↓

    • 1 Chicken Mama // Aug 5, 2008 at 5:51 pm

      Oh . . . my . . . word.

      I sit in happy, stunned, complete, total, infinite admiration. WHAT an amazing job Paige (and, you, Phili) did.

      Wow. Wow. Wow.

      Happy, happy, HAPPY day!!! And, happy birthday to Odin! Paige, you were obviously MEANT to be a mother! Again, I’m just STUNNED.

      And, what an amazing accounting you wrote, Phil.

      Get more pictures up ASAP, okay?!

      We can’t WAIT to meet him, your little peanut!

      All our love, W and T

    • 2 Garret // Aug 5, 2008 at 6:12 pm

      Congrats to all of you!

    • 3 Smurray // Aug 5, 2008 at 6:33 pm

      Yayyy!!! Congrats friends!

      Great name. His little cheek looks so soft!

      Rest up,


    • 4 Claire // Aug 5, 2008 at 11:02 pm

      Holy cow, that was a hilarious account. I am still laughing. Best of all, everybody is healthy and he is so beautiful. I’m so proud of all of you. I’m hoping I’ll get to try that all-fours wheelchair ride out soon.

    • 5 ecarr // Aug 5, 2008 at 11:16 pm

      That is awesome. Congrats to all of you guys. Riley can’t wait to meet his new little friend!

    • 6 Gramma Betsy // Aug 6, 2008 at 5:16 pm

      He’s totally cute.

    • 7 Jack Fleming // Aug 6, 2008 at 7:50 pm

      Wow! Congratulations to all of you from everyone here at Swedish in Seattle!

    • 8 Mark // Aug 6, 2008 at 11:00 pm

      Congrats! It sounds like you and Paige did so well! Love the name, too.

    • 9 Caddy // Aug 7, 2008 at 5:32 am

      Congratulations! Somehow I expected this child to come into the world with athletic prowess. 3 1/2 hours. Sheesh. I’m so happy for all three of you!!!!
      PS. I’ve got something to send… what’s the snail mail address???

    • 10 Julia B. // Aug 8, 2008 at 10:33 pm

      Wahoo Anderson Bowens! Welcome Odin, can’t wait to meet you.

    • 11 Alicia // Aug 12, 2008 at 10:03 pm

      Fantastic news! We have another new addition to the fam - Etienne. Born 8/10. Give me a call to discuss details if you don’t mind - 612-940-4208

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