Sizzkid--they DO share a birthday!
Meryem was born at 2:48 PM on Dec 20.
Labor didn't get rough until 9 AM or so, so it was exhausting but OK for most of the job. After they got the first dose of antibiotics in (which, by the way, no one told me would burn and hurt worse than contractions--ouch), I spent about 3 hours in the Jaccuzzi tub, jets on, jets off, etc. I had to go back to my room for the second dose of penicillin, and then things got serious. My water had yet to break (I requested they leave it and they did), which was actually ideal with the GBS situation. So, I "vocalized" (my mother would call it yelling, but I was not panicking, I just needed to make a lot of noise) my way to 9cm, when the everyone agreed it would be OK to break my water, which was causing awful pressure at this point. So, the ob on call broke it, and before he could come back in ready to catch, I was screaming the baby out. I think she was out in about 6 pushes altogether (which was again ideal with the whole GBS thing) and he did make it in to catch her. He also joked that her middle name should be Tarzan (because of my screaming).
No cutting, one skid mark, no stitches...my bottom feels so great compared to last time! Wow! Milk is already in, she is nursing like a real pro, and she has the most expressive little face--smiles a LOT! She's a little yellow, so we have a bili check tomorrow morning (yikes--ped office in the middle of a flu epidemic) first thing...ds was a little yellow too, so I am sure she'll be just fine. Just trying to keep her pooping now.
Some friends did come with digital cameras, so I am hoping they email photos soon, and I can send one along to share.
Dh only had to take 3 FMLA days to get 2 weeks' leave with us. This is good and bad, of course, since he is constantly underfoot and is really poor at taking care of things. He's trying though, and today is our anniversary--6 years.
Oh--btw--she was born 6lb 11.5oz, 18.75in, 14in perfectly round head, thick black hair and black eyes.