I did it!
Sara Aneliese arrived this morning at 4:45 am weighing about 8 lb 8oz-just like her older brother and sister did!
Labor was 12 hours of stop and go, with some amazingly yucky parts (sorry, I'm not one of those that finds natural childbirth orgasmic...) but with some nice breaks in between and a beautiful end result!
Only my mom and dh were in attendance, and I think we all acquitted ourselves well, though we may need to cut the cord again, it is still really long.
I labored in the jacuzzi, but couldn't get serious enough, and spent the last hour or so by the bed on my knees. When she was born (does even a short pushing phase feel like forever to anyone else?) she wasn't actually caught-but slid out onto the pillow I was kneeling on.
I will try to write a longer birth story later.
Right now I am trying to remember all of that fuzzy post partum stuff like, how often can I take that ibuprofen (they weren't lying about 3rd timers afterpains...)? and do I need to burp her if she's still just getting colostrum? and how long do they need to wear those little hats? etc. Guess I should trot over to life with a babe too
Dodo, thanks for the vibes, and, I hadn't even dreamed of giving Sara a bath! She still has blood in her hair...I'm still working on the concept of maybe giving me a bath. Though I have the "luxury" (curse?) of having my mom, dad, sis, mil and fil here...And there's not a chance in the world I could organize around them anyway. Sounds to me like you are doing a great job!
Mommy to Meg 5/00, Peter 6/02, Sara 9/04/04!