Monday, July 27, 2009

She's Here!

Our little girl has finally arrived! I will write the birth story soon, but for now . . . I did actually go into labor Thursday morning, about 24 hours before my scheduled induction. And 20 hours later, she was born--just after midnight. She weighed 8 lbs 6 oz and was 21 inches long, which was much bigger than we or the doctor expected!

A few things about the birth:
  • We ended up doing the opposite of the majority of the things on our birth plan, but, since the main objective of the birth plan was me and the baby both in one piece, that was OK.
  • It was not at all like I imagined.
  • I very carefully packed a labor & delivery bag, wanting to not be the woman who overpacks.
  • I used absolutely nothing I had packed during labor & delivery.
The funniest conversation I had in the hospital was the talk I had with the new post-partum nurse who came on duty 7 hours after the baby was born:

Nurse: Are you having any vision problems?
Me: Not really. I felt kind of cross-eyed when they wheeled me over here, but now it's OK.
Nurse: It might just be the anasthesia.
Me: I didn't have anasthesia.
Nurse: No anasthesia.
Me: No.
Nurse: None at all.
Me: No.
Nurse: How'd that work out for you?
Me: It was tough.
Nurse: Yeah. That's how I had my babies, too. They didn't have epidurals then. It was kind of like pushing out a grand piano.

I'm just incredibly grateful to have made it to this point--at home with a healthy baby. I'm humbled by this amazing blessing and the knowledge that God has given us the gift and responsibility of being parents to this beautiful little person.

I'm not sure how long I'll leave it up here, but here is one of my favorite pictures from the hospital.


Maygy said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful.

a thorn in the pew said...

So happy for you! Thank you for taking the time to share :)

Sew said...

So is stunning! So worth the wait!

Sew said...

How did you know you were able to make it all the way with no anesthia??? SP?? :)

mrsblondies said...

Congratulations! She's lovely.

Life In Mazes said...

Thanks for the update. I was praying for you and am so glad your little one is now in your arms. Enjoy all the moments of joy she brings you and your DH.
She is beautifl and has such alert eyes!

Find joy in every journey said...

So happy for your and your DH!! Shie is SO beautiful!

Jen said...

She is just perfect. Totally gorgeous.


JellyBelly said...

she is gorgeous!!!

congratulations! i'm so glad that you're both doing well!

maggiecheung said...

She's beautiful! Congratulations! I do hope you can put her down long enough to tell us ALL ABOUT IT!

Fertile Thoughts said...

She is beautiful!!! Congratulations!

This_Cross_I_Embrace said...

Wow, what a great picture!!! Thanks for sharing that. She is so alert, I can't believe it. That is one of the big perks of natural delivery, I guess :)

I'm so proud of you!

And now you're off to get your little boy, oh wow!

inallthingsgood said...

Oh my goodness! She is beautiful! That is honestly the most attractive hospital picture I have EVER seen of a baby. Please don't tell all my friends and relatives that I think your baby is the most beautiful. She is gorgeous. And I can't wait to hear more about your son!

SuzanneinAustralia said...

Oh she is so gorgeous, Congratulations. What did you name her. What a great size and fantastic about the great delivery too.

love Suzanne

Beth said...

Oh my goodness!! She is beautiful!!! Good going not using any drugs.

And congratulations on your son too!! Wow you are blessed :)

LifeHopes said...

Wow!!!My heart skipped a beat!!!

She's beautiful!!!! Look at those rosy cheeks!!! So healthy!!!
Praise be to God.

Fight The Good Fight of Faith said...

She's a beautiful miracle!! Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!

allyouwhohope said...

I thought I already commented but I guess I didn't! She is absolutely gorgeous. Seriously, one of the most beautiful newborns I have ever seen! Congratulations!!


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