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#1 of 28 Old 08-13-2006, 08:39 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Keira Pauline was born at home this morning, 8/13/06 at 8:10 am

10 lbs, 1 oz and 21 in

I had an excellent lesson in trusting my instincts that all was well with the baby while awaiting the day she chose for her birthday. Going so far over my due date was also a spiritual test for me.

Here's the short version:
Woke up at 4:15 am to pee. Laid back down and had three really strong contractions. Went to wake dh (he left the family bed for the couch long ago ). Went back to bed to relax through them. Dh put constant pressure on my lower back, and called the midwife between a contraction about 5:10. At first she was going to have him call her back and then she waited while I had a strong two minute contraction on the phone. She said I'd go fast and she was on her way. She was right...it was four hours from start to finish! They arrived about an hour later, I was still on my left side and doing very well. I was complete when they arrived. I started feeling 'pushy' and my first thought was "there's no way...I haven't been through transition yet." But I went with what felt good. My water broke while pushing during a contraction after trying to empty my bladder and on the toilet! We moved to the birth stool after pushing upright in bed awhile. That did the trick. After only 40 minutes of pushing, she was born with her hand beside her head.

She has dark brown hair....good thing, because Keira means "dark haired." Now I have a complete set: a blond, redhead and a brunette. She doesn't look like any family member much. Dh and I joked that we know she's ours, cause we saw her come out. She has been examined thoroughly by her brother and sister and they are already in love with her.

She seems to have found her hands so it's time to nurse again. Thanks to everyone for the support you've given as I approached 43 weeks! The midwives estimated her to be 42 weeks because she had little vernix, some peeling skin and long fingernails. Not to mention the fat rolls
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YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so glad all went well!! You rock! Glad your wait is finally over....
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hooray congrats
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What a hefty baby! Way to go mama! See, pregnancy doesn't last forever (sure does feel like it at times though!).

Laura, Troy, Seth 6.24.06 , and Aaron 7.13.09
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Congratulations to you and your family! Well worth the wait, sounds like an excellent labor and birth. Welcome Keira the dark haired! Happy babymoon!
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Wow!! I am so happy for your Tanya! How exciting! I love the name!!
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Congratulations, Tanya!! I'm so happy for you!!! Woohooo!!!! :
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congratulations!

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Wow that's one big baby! Congratulations and welcome baby Keira!

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That's a big baby! Congrats mama!
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Congratulations Tanya!!! I am so happy for you!! : :

Enjoy your babymoon!!
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Congratulations! I've been thinking of you every day. I'm so glad she's here at last!!
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nak......congrats!!!! wow10 pounds in 4 hours!!! way to go mama and Keira!
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Oh hurray!!! Congrats mama!
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Congratulations!! I am so happy for you. Good for you for trusting your body & baby to do the right thing. You showed a lot of strength these past few weeks. Enjoy your baby girl. You certainly waited for her long enough!
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Congratulations, and way to go the distance!!! :

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Congrats!! She was well worth the wait!!

Happy babymooning!

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Not from this DDC but wanted to congratulate you on your HBAC!

~Lanie mom to Layne, Liam, Maren, Meridian, and Melora
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Woohooo! Congratulations!

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Congrats! I love the name.

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Yay!!! Congratulations!

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Congratulations mama!
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How amazing, I love the name! Blessings on your new family!

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Congrats mama!!
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Congratulations to you and welcome Keira! Love the name
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Congratulations, Tanya!!! I'm so happy for you. I can't wait to meet her in person and hear the "long version" of the story. Much love to you and your family. Welcome to the world, Keira!!

And now...my career in internet stalking can finally come to a close.
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Oh, beautiful! Your DD looks so happy (mine always looks suspicious).
Congratulations again. Love those 10+ lb cheeks!!!
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