Born at 9:35 am 11.01.10
21 inches long
So happy not to be posting a 41 weeks photo : )
Here is the very abbreviated version of the birth. I think it was about 7 hours from first contraction to when she was out, so not all that much shorter than Simon’s birth which was 11 hours. I woke up at around 2:30 am with contractions. They were much easier than being in labor in Simon, I believe because my water did not break until I was bushing this time and with Simon it broke at the beginning of the labor. Everything went great until transition. She stubbornly had her fist up by her face and that elbow in the back and fist at the cervix were killer. I think I was in transition for almost 3 hours, and I had the hardest time coping, and the relief that I expected when I got to the pushing stage never came. I tried laboring just about everywhere and nothing helped. Finally my midwife Heike convinced me to go to the birth stool and just use gravity to get her out. Andrea came over at this point and held back the last little bit of cervical lip as I pushed and got her head, fist and, arm out. We were ecstatic to find out that we had a girl! And it still seems a bit unreal.
Simon did awesome. He ended up staying for the entire birth, he slept through most of it but wandered in and out of whichever room I was in at the time. Mostly he played trains in the other room. At the end when I was pushing he came and watched. He is quite curious about his sister. I laid her down on the bed so my mom could take some photos this afternoon and Simon climbed right up to her and started stroking her head and I snapped this shot. At first he didn’t want to kiss her and he still doesn’t want to hold her but he is coming around and I am making sure to give him lots and lots of snuggles, hugs and kisses too.
So she is nursing and pooping like a seasoned pro and we all got a very good nap this afternoon. Simon is staying the night at Grandma’s and I think we will all have a very good sleep. I will post (highly edited) video and the full birth story later once I have time.Portfolio | Contact Me | Book a Session
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