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Our little girl was born in our bedroom this morning at 8:42 a.m. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br>
She weighs 8 pounds 3 ounces and is 21.5 inches long.<br><br>
My midwife and husband attended me in labor, and the kids all sat and watched TV in the livingroom while she was being born.<br><br>
Labor started at midnight--the contractions were about 40 seconds long and coming every 3 minutes for 2 hours, then dropped back to every 8-10 minutes. My midwife checked me around 3 a.m. and I was 5-6 cm dilated.<br><br>
I had a bath, napped for an hour in between contractions, kept trying to keep my spirits up; I was afraid I was not progressing b/c the contractions were spaced so far apart, even 15 minutes apart and not lasting a minute at one point. Thank goodness for exams! My midwife checked me at 7:30 or so and I was at an 8. That made me feel so good, that at least it was progressing, even though labor didn't FEEL good (I just wanted to be done!!)<br><br>
During transition, I had some back-to-back contractions. My water broke and I pushed her out in about 4 contractions. Having my Dh hold my hand during pushing was sooo nice. Her shoulders took some extra pushes, but she came out all covered, as in pure white!, in vernix caseosa.<br><br>
She nursed right away and is sleeping now, in between making squelchy diaper sounds <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. She's a doll, quite fair, which is a surprise. Her brothers are excited to have her here and I am so glad to be done with that part. (The birth went well, but it was pretty painful.) Now, for a nap for Dh and me while the kids are at my sister's...and more nursing and diaper changes. Wow, still incredible that we get a sweet new baby out of all this!<br><br><br>
Hoping for easy labors soon for the rest of the DDC mamas in waiting!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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YAY!! congrats, mama!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Congratulations mama!! Enjoy your little one! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Sigh. What a sweet birth story. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> Love it!!!!
 

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Squelchy diaper sounds! Love it, and can't wait!<br><br>
Congratulations! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Many congrats! Hope you have a great babymoon and rest up!
 

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Congratulations on your birth! I can just picture the other kids watching TV as though birth were just another day at home. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Congrats on your little girl! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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