Well, after posting that I was in labor yesterday, she took a VERY long time in coming out!!
Margaret Elizabeth was born at 7:23 pm and weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, 21 inches long. She was my earliest baby and my second smallest - thank God!!
Her labor physically wasn't very hard. I had fairly easy labor from 2 am until noon when Charlotte (midwife) came over. I was only at 4, but I have a history of fast labors after 4 cm, so that's what I expected. But, after the two apprentices, my mom, and the sitter for the kids came, there were just too many people here and I felt like I had to perform. So, I left them all and went into another part of the house to be with my dh and see if that wouldn't help. It did a bit.
She checked me again at 5 and I was only at 7 cm. I was really disappointed, but Charlotte said that I was dialating unevenly, so the head was coming in at an angle. So, I spent the next two hours during transition doing exercises to get her to come down better. OUCH!! It worked a bit, but at 6:30 pm I was dialated to 7 on one side and 10 on the other. So, she had me lie down on one side with a pillow between my legs. After two contractions the water broke and I went to complete. I ran to the bathroom and then ended up landing on my bed on all fours and pushed her out in one push!!! (Well, I had a couple of contractions where I just refused to push because it might hurt!! I was really scared at this point!) Her entire body came out all at once - no head and then waiting for the next contraction!!! It was great! But, her hand was beside her head and I tore.
Anyway, I ended up hemmoraging a bit after the birth (due to a low-lying, anterior placenta). But, Charlotte handled it VERY well (I didn't, unfortunately - I was scared!!).
I need to write up a better birth story, but this is all I have time for at the moment!