Thanks, everyone! I will post Eleanor's birth story just as soon as I feel up to it. My sister is here for a week to visit and help and she is going to show me how to use my new scanner, so I'll be able to post some pics. (I hope! I am a little technologically challenged!!) I can't wait for you guys to see her. She is sooo beautiful! She nurses like a champ and is very mellow and sweet. Her big sister is just as proud as she can be and loves to just sit and hold her, and stare at her. She's totally enchanted. I love it!
I gave in to an ultimatum that she be induced (I have diabetes, see my thread about needing to be induced) and her monitor strip never looked that great to begin with, and it just went from bad to worse. I made it to 7 cm, but she would just not come down. (Turns out she knew better!) There was pea soup meconium and she was having bad heart decels. It was only after she was born that we knew the reason she was having so much trouble. I guess everything happens for a reason.
Bits and pieces, fragments of the experience keep running through my mind. It's all a jumble and I have a touch of the blues (I started crying today because the cat threw up on the carpet, *again*
: ), so it's hard to make sense of it all. There are lots of little things I'm sad about, that I miss, but for the most part I'm just overwhelmingly grateful that she's here, and that she's okay. It's also nice to know that all of the wonderful modern technology and interventions that get so overused were put to good use for my little Ellie.
P.S. Did I mention that she's gorgeous?