Isabel Katherine entered the world 12/30/2011 at 11:44am, 38 weeks 4 days along..I woke up around 9 on Friday with contractions, that felt like intense stomach cramping, took a shower, thought I'd have a little bit of time, but didn't. We arrived at the hospital around 10:45am, the natural birthing center at the hospital wasn't ready for us, and she couldn't wait. I didn't get the birth I had planned, ended up in some random little used room of the hospital due to the extremely full maternity ward (scheduled c-sections and inductions for the tax break) surrounded by nurses and a random OB/resident doctor that gave me an episiotomy despite my wishes not to have one, and tried to rush me into pushing because she was "in distress" (the monitors that I also didn't plan for were slipping off my stomach). But it really wasn't bad, no pain meds, one pretty awesome nurse whispering in my ear the whole time that I could do it easy and not to worry, being extremely supportive and seeming a bit indignant for me with the OB, my DH standing next to me holding my hand tears streaming down his face watching our little girl come out. It was all over before I had time to worry about anything, and the pain really wasn't as bad as I anticipated. My DH is still bragging to everyone, because apparently several nurses pulled him aside and told him I was a tough little thing.
And Isabel has been awesome. She was 7lbs14oz, 20.25inches long, has been nursing up a storm since the moment she came out, and pooping it all out. She's alert and interested, And I'm so in love, and so happy to finally be home.
Edited by rtjunker - 1/1/12 at 8:46pm