Baby Nina was born yesterday, August 4th (one day before her due date), at 5:15am...she is 8 lbs, 21 1/2 inches and gorgeous!! She is so healthy and beautiful, my husband and I are pinching ourselves that we are so lucky to have another perfect little daughter. Here's her birth story...
I had been having irregular contractions starting on Sunday. They lasted on and off all day. Then, Monday...nothing. I was so frustrated as I was ready to get the show on the road, so to speak! LOL! Then Tuesday at 1pm I lost my mucous plug. I laid down for a nap while Maeve slept and awoke at 3pm to my water breaking! I called my husband and said...it's time!!! I called my Mom to come get Maeve and Molly, our dog. All the false labor I had been experiencing the previous 2 days had kicked us into high gear. Everything was clean, bags packed, lists checked twice, garbage out, etc. After we kissed my daughter Maeve good-bye it was like clockwork. Contractions started at 3:40pm.
And they were fast and furious! My husband and I labored at home and within 4 hours I was having 60 second contractions, 3 minutes apart. I was in a lot of pain and couldn't talk through them. We headed to the hospital and were checked in at triage. I had planned to do a totally med-free birth but at 11:30, after 7 hours of laboring through the most pain I had ever felt in my life, I begged for an epidural. My husband was so great as a coach through it all. He could tell that I really needed the relief as I was like a wild animal...eyes rolling back in my head, unable to get on top of the contractions that were coming 1-2 minutes apart. They got me the epi and the relief allowed my body to sleep a bit.
Here's where the one scary part came in. I awoke after a brief doze to the nurse coming in the room with 20 other medical attendants. There was a great commotion. They through an oxygen mask on me and had three people try to turn me on all fours (as I my legs were like dead weight). I was shaking uncontrollably from sheer adrenaline and fear. Derek looked pale as a ghost, as I turned to him and said, "What's going on?!"
Apparently, I dilated so quickly from 7 to 10 centimeters and the baby descended so quickly in the birth canal that her heart rate plummeted. We heard people mentioning c-section and I thought I would pass out from fear that the baby was in danger. And then, just like that, her heart rate came up. Everything was fine and everyone left the room. It was bizarre...like I had just had a bad dream.
The next few hours were just a waiting game of the baby descending from +1 to +3. At 5pm I had the urge to push. My midwife, Derek and our lovely nurse were holding up my legs. They got a mirror set up so that I could watch her come out. I pushed for 15 minutes...and she was here in all her perfect pink, screaming glory! It was overwhelmingly beautiful. I was so happy that she was healthy and that I had delivered vaginally after having had Maeve by caesarian. Recovery has been sooo much nicer compared to recovering from a c-section.
We are so in love with our little Nina Constance. We chose Constance to honor Derek's wonderful mother. Nina...we just loved. It means, "grace" in latin, "strong" in Native American, "beautiful eyes" in Indian and "little girl" in spanish. And Maeve is beyond adorable with her little sister. My Mom and Dad brought her to the hospital right away. She walked in the room and immediately said, "Baby sister! Maeve hold her? Maeve needs her." The pics we took of her with Nina are just so beautiful...the love was instant. We take our newest bundle of joy home tomorrow and Der's parents are coming from Boston to stay with us for the weekend. Here are some pics from our amazing last 48 hours. Thank you to all of my sparkfriends for their amazing support and encouragement. I feel so lucky and happy to be able to share my joy with you all! Much love!