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#1 of 35 Old 11-08-2005, 03:00 AM - Thread Starter
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Gretel Ginger was born at home last night, on November 6th at 11:52 pm, weighing 9 lbs.

I started having contractions around noon, but they were irregular and mild – lasting anywhere from 15 seconds to 2 ½ minutes, and from 2 to 10 minutes apart. By about 5 pm they were much stronger and lasting 1-2 minutes, but were 10 to 30 minutes apart and I was really wondering if they were just going to taper off for the night. I made a pumpkin pie, cut dh’s hair, and cleaned the house up – just in case the midwives did end up coming. The kids' grandma came and got them and the dog to spend the night at her house. All of a sudden at around 9:30 at night my contractions became very, very strong, painful, and close together – I still wasn’t sure if we should call the midwife, because I usually have such long labors, but the contractions were suddenly so intense that we did. She arrived half an hour later. From the time we called her until Gretel was born about two hours later, my contractions were back to back. I felt like I was in transition that never ended, and then blended into uncontrollable pushing without a break. At first I couldn’t even believe I was pushing, it all happened so fast. It was one of the hardest labors I’ve ever had, but it was also amazing to be done so quickly and to be holding our brand new baby girl before midnight. I didn’t tear at all, but I’m much more sore than usual from the intensity of the labor. Gretel is a great nurser, and she’s adorable, with a round pudgy face, creased nose, and just a little bit of hair. The kids are all completely in love with her and so are we. Dh and I are drinking champagne tonight and taking lots of pictures - I'll add one to this later if I get the chance.

Here are some pictures! http://www.flickr.com/photos/prudencepout/sets/1327092/

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Congrats, mama!

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Ack, you had a baby AND an alcoholic beverage??? I'm SO jealous! Congratulations to you & your whole growing family! : : Welcome Gretel.

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Yay!!! You go kel Enjoy these precious moments. I'm sure she's beautiful. Gretel is one of the names on our girl list!!!
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Congratulations!!!
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Wow, another wonderful birth story! This board is so inspiring!

CONGRATS!

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Congratulations, mama!!! What a great story! And I, too, love the name Gretel. ENJOY your champagne and your new little girl!!!
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Yay, that's so exciting! Congratulations. Beautiful name.
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How lovely! Congratulations to your whole family! Another lover of the name Gretel too!
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Hooray, another babe!! Congratulations Kel family, and welcome Gretel! I'll hop on the bandwagon - I love the name too!

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Congrats to you all!!! Glad to know Gretel is here and healthy.

Hugs and love to you and yours!!!!
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Congrats on your new addition!

Welcome Gretel!!!
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Congratulations! Thes babies sure are popping out... I wish mine would.
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Congratulations!! sounds like you hd a good birth
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What terrific news and what a happy birth! Glad it was short, if intense! I love, love, love the name Gretel! Great choice! I, too, am jealous of the champagne- I have a bottle left over from last New Years that I can't wait to break into!! Can't wait to see pics!
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Congratulations Kel!!!! Count me in as another person who very much approves of the name!

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Oh, congrats! Sounds like a very positive birth!!
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Congratulations!

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Congrats on your wonderful new baby and a fast labour!!! Take care and enjoy your new and bigger family!!

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Congratulations mama! Enjoy your baby girl
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WELCOME GRETEL!!!!!
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OH, she is just too perfect and precious looking!! What a gorgeous baby
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She's beautiful.

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What a gorgeous baby!

All the best, mama!

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OooOOooh she's so perfectly cute! I'm so glad you shared pictures.

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Aww!

What a cutie!
Congratulations!

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Oh, she is just adorable!!!!! She looks like a perfect little baby girl.

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aww what a beautiful baby!
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Those pictures are so sweet!
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Dang, she's cute! Congrats, mama.

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