July 31, 2012
8 lb. 11 1/2 oz. 21 in.
(if you thought Ruby looked like Kevin...)
(We only have ugly phone pictures so far because it's been a whirlwind past couple days!)
Everything went great. A crazy story...long story short:
I was in "labor" for 5 days.
Strong contractions here and there, but nothing intense.
The night before I had her my midwife checked me and I was at a 9 and 100% effaced...still feeling as normal as ever. It was crazy. Just hanging out, walking the neighborhood, watching Jim Gaffigan specials, dilated to a 8 or 9 and fully effaced.
And then the next morning at 5:30 I hit transition and I hit it hard.
That is the part I'll need to write about and share.
The story goes like this:
la la la for 5 days
most intense severe pain I've ever experienced in my life
my husband catches my baby
she's here and all is right with the world
I'll try to share our birth story soon and pictures from it all.
It was certainly the experience of a lifetime.
For now, we are getting settled in as a family of 4.
Kevin has the house spotless and does everything for me...it's amazing.
Friends and family have come to visit and bless us and it's been wonderful.
Looking forward to healing completely (SO MUCH faster and better with a home birth than hospital birth. I felt the same way immediately after having her as I did days later with Ruby. Although with home birth you recover with no pain medicine at all. Just herbs and prayer) and life slowly getting to our new normal.
I can't tell you how good it feels to snuggle in bed with a fuzzy, chunky newborn.
The noises she makes!
She is such a good nurser...my favorite part about infancy.
And, it comes as no surprise, Ruby is big sister of the year. Not a smidge jealous. Beams with pride when I ask her to go get something for Nora. Reads her books. Comforts her. Squeezes her:) She's doing great.