Sunday, June 28, 2009

Anna Lily is here!

Hi everybody!! Yes, Anna Lily is here :) She was born at 4:49 a.m. this morning after a very short 1 hour 49 minute labor with 4 minutes of pushing. I finally had a completely unmedicated delivery. When I arrived at the hospital I didn't even think I was in labor, but when the nurse checked me I was already 7cm. Then there was a flurry of activity, with everyone rushing around getting ready for Anna. My 4yo daughter was present for the birth and was mildly unimpressed. She wanted to help "catch" Anna and they got her some small gloves so she could, but she changed her mind at the last minute and was content to just stand at the "business end" and watch.

Anna weighed nearly 8lbs. What a triumph and blessing! Remember my other children's birthweights? 3.10 and 5.2! I pushed (roared, more like it) on my hands and knees. I had no idea that the so-called "urge to push" was actually a freight train running through your body that doesn't give you a CHOICE about whether or not to push. I was told several times not to push, which seemed at the time like the most absurd request I'd ever heard. There was no stopping and starting. My body owned the process and I was just along for the ride.
It truly was amazing! Labor didn't hurt, pushing was lots of pain. I really don't even feel like I've just had a baby. Oh, and she's an amazing little nursling!






17 comments:

Krista said...

Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! I've been following your blog for quite some time and I check in every day for news....so excited that you got your VBAC and your perfect baby....enjoy your babymoon!

Lexi said...

WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Hooray!!!!I'm so, so happy for you!!

Shotgun Mary said...

Congratulations! I just gave birth 8 weeks ago, unmedicated at home. They told me not to push or to slow down and there was no way I could do it. My experience was the opposite of yours however, for me, labor hurt but pushing didn't. Congratulations on your baby. I'm so proud of you!

Jill said...

WOOHOOOO!!!! Congrats! Holy moly what a fast labor too!

Michele said...

Congratulations Becky!! I totally agree about the urge to push--when someone asks you to stop pushing, it's like you want to laugh (scream is more like it) in their face! There is no stoppping that urge!

Happy Birthday Anna! I am sure you are beautiful!

womantowomancbe said...

Yippee!! Way to go! Congratulations!!

-Kathy

Kayce Pearson said...

Congratulations on your VBAC!! Hopefully someday that will be me!!

Amanda said...

wow, I don't know why but I felt the urge to check out your blog and see how you were doing with your pregnancy! Congratulations!!

Amanda
(Morgan and Ava's mom)

Sheridan said...

Wonderful news! Congratulations on your birth!

Rixa said...

So happy to hear this! I'm glad the hospital staff got to see a H&K birth. And way to go for growing such a nice sized baby!

Jill--Unnecesarean said...

Congratulations! I am so thrilled for you. The tiny little gloves part for your four year old is really heartwarming.

Stassja said...

Congratulations! What a triumph in every way! I'm so glad things went so wonderfully, can't wait to see some pics :D

Saved Sinner said...

How wonderful.

Congratulations!

Diana J. said...

Many, many, many congratulations!!!!

Jenn said...

Yay! Congratulations!

TheFeministBreeder said...

Congratulations! So awesome that you did it unmedicated! And with a baby twice the size of your others. Awesome!

prachi said...

I am so so so happy for you. Enjoy the baby. She is gorgeous