Patrick informed me this evening that curious minds want to know how the birth story ends....I guess I left you all in a cliff hanger. And by you all, I mean Patrick - even though he was there.
So when I last left off we were ready to have a baby....
The nurse snapped this lovely gem at 1:05
And then Dr. Lawrence popped back in and it was time to push. Thanks to my friend Mr. Epidural, I didn't even know when I was having a contraction so I relied on the nurse to tell me when to push. My husband offered supportive counting as well. The pushing wasn't that bad - I pushed for maybe 10 minutes before you could see the baby's head - lots of hair! - and oh the suspense! They had the big mirror there for me to watch the progress but once I saw blood, I didn't want to see anything else. It's fair to say I'm pretty squeamish. A few more minutes of pushing and the baby was here!! Official time: 1:25 am! A mere 4ish hours after my water broke at home in our bathroom!
This is my favorite part of the birth story. Since we didn't know what we were having, Dr. Lawrence held up the baby and Patrick exclaimed "It's a girl!". 30 seconds later, me, who was still in "the zone" finally asked "Well...what is it?" This set all the nurses into giggles. Dr. Lawrence held the baby up for me to see and said "What do you think Emily?" And though my eyes saw a girl, in my mind I was so certain we were having a boy. So my brain was racing back and forth - that looks like a girl, but I know we were having a boy, but that really looks like a girl..... I finally managed to squeak out "A girl?". And that made Dr. Lawrence laugh as well as he told me I was correct.
What I love about the hospital we chose is that the rooms are all emcompassing labor, delivery and recovery rooms. So the nurses were there with the scale and baby warmer. No one had to whisk her away to clean her up or get her measured. It was so nice to be able to watch them do their thing while I was being tended to.
6 lbs, 9 ounces
She was here and she was perfect.
When everything had settled down, Patrick texted our families to let them know that we had a baby! He didn't tell them it was a girl - he left them hanging!! About an hour later they were all allowed to come rushing in and a guessing game ensued....
My mom was certain it was a boy and Patrick's mom wasn't so sure. It was fun keep them guessing. Patrick finally told them we had a baby girl and everyone was thrilled...except she didn't have a name! We were debating between 2 different names so she was nameless for the first 12 hours of her life. As you know, we decided on Claire Louise and I couldn't be happier with our choice. She is our little Claire Bear....and we are so in love.