Iris was born at 12:38 AM on October 8th. 9 lbs 4 oz, 22 inches.
My second child and the second birth that did not go at all how I imagined or planned! Nevertheless I have good feelings about this birth experience and could not be happier and more in love with my new little daughter.
At my appointment on Monday, my midwife was having a hard time figuring out the position of the baby... it seemed that her head, which was at station -2 the previous week, had floated back up out of my pelvis. So she ordered an ultrasound to be done later that afternoon. By then, baby's head had gone back down into the pelvis and all looked good. Except that according to the ultrasound measurements I was going to have an 11 1/2 pound baby. I talked it over with my midwife and a really good OB (who is very conservative when it comes to c-sections) and they both encouraged me to have an elective c-section, despite the fact that late ultrasounds are often unreliable at determining babies' weights. I have some bad scarring from the first time I gave birth and got an episiotomy, which later became infected and took a really long time to heal. And that was a 9 pound baby who got stuck in my pelvis. So after much weepy discussion with DH, I called my midwife back at 8pm that night and told her we decided to schedule a c-section. She would see if she could set it up in the morning with a certain OB for sometime on Wednesday.
Having made the decision, I took a bath with DD and went to bed, for the first time willing the baby NOT to come. I couldn't get to sleep and was feeling really crampy with a bad backache and got up several times to pee. The last time up at about 10:45, the contractions started coming hard and fast, kind of out of nowhere. I had been expecting a fast onset of labor because I had been dilated 3+cm for over a week, but it was still a little shocking. We had the car packed by 11 and dropped DD off at a friends', then we were at the hospital by 11:20. The midwife checked me and I was dilated to 5. My midwife had called the hospital earlier in the evening to let them know what our plan was, just in case I went into labor that night, so the hospital staff got busy trying to get me into surgery quickly. Contractions were coming really fast, but they seemed much more manageable than with my first. I breathed and moaned through them and DH rubbed my back, making it all pretty ok. Midwife checked me again at 11:40 and I was 7 cm. By 12:00 I was being prepped for surgery despite super crazy contractions. Just before the spinal, I felt ready to push and knew I was fully dilated.
The OB surgeon delivered Iris via cesarean section at 12:38. They exclaimed that she was a "whopper" and DH held her near me while they stitched me back up. What a sweetie. She didn't look that big to me. When we got back into our room she nursed for an hour and I loved her up. Later they weighed her. 9 pounds 4 oz, exactly the same as my first daughter. Even though it wasn't the perfect natural birth I imagined, I still feel proud of getting through the entire second stage of labor, short as it was, in a peaceful way. We made the best decision we could based on the information we had and the recommendation of my very trusted and experienced midwife. And of course the most important thing is that Iris and I are safe and healthy. She's a very calm, laid back baby and I'm one happy mama!