One thing that helped was that I had a sort of "customizable" epidural--they set the medicine at a lower level and allowed me to adjust the dosage as needed. So during pushing, I was able to feel the pressure of each contraction and know exactly when and where to push. I felt Mia kicking and poking as she moved down and I was able to feel her come out into the world. It was a truly amazing experience.
A funny moment from labor--early on while we were in triage, the admitting nurse (who took literally hours to get us into our delivery room) told me "You look kind of irritable". I was sitting there thinking--why would she say that...to a woman in LABOR? How rude! I mean, I was feeling pretty irritated, but I didn't know that it was so obvious. :) Later on we clarified that she had meant my uterus looked irritable (i.e. she had thought the early contrax might be dehydration and not true labor). So that was the running joke during labor, anytime things were taking longer than we wanted, someone would say "I think she's getting kind of IRRITABLE!" :)
Hello, sweet girl.
Her nails were really long and she'd been scratching herself in the womb!
Ready to go home. Outfit knitted by Farmor (Steve's mom).
Welcome home sister!
Birthday boy with his brand-new girl.
We're happy and cozy at home with our two beautiful girls. Mia is very sweet, not quite as spirited as Bianca was, but very active. She's very vocal and loves to coo and squeak, I love listening to her. My milk is in and she's a happy nursling. I feel richy blessed in this incredible season of our lives, with our own girls, and growing families, weddings, new houses, new jobs, and other adventures happening all around us for our friends and family. It's just amazing, and I'm so thankful.