I don't know what you guys have been up to this holiday season, but Iiiii've been having a baby. And I have the pictures to prove it!
Tuesday, December 6, 2012-- 8am
(Look at that happy idiot! She has NO idea what she's in for!)
Our biggest goal, other than a healthy baby (duh) was to avoid a c-section this time around, so despite the fact that I'd need to be on an IV (for pitocin) and attached to fetal monitors throughout labor, I wanted to avoid as many interventions as possible and go as 'natural' as you can go... with a VBAC induction that is.
My mom came down the night before to stay with Henry and David I left bright & early Tuesday morning for the hospital. It was a hiiiiighly effective induction. 8 lb 12 oz Maggie was born about 3 1/2 hours after starting the Pitocin drip. Labor was super-de-duper fast, and I think I'd describe it best by saying that it was like careening wildly down a hill in a car with no brakes. But, at the bottom of the hill, after you crash, you get a BABY!
My midwife & nurses were amazing, and I am incredibly thankful to have a healthy baby girl, to have avoided a c-section, and to have survived unmedicated childbirth. If you want the gory details of the birth story, you have only to ask. But, I'm gonna keep it PG rated here. :)
Maggie is a faaaaaabulous baby girl, nursing like gangbusters, sleeping like a miracle, and generally adored by all her fans.
Henry LOVES his baby sister and showers her with kisses, hugs, and toys that are wildly age-inappropriate for her. He also calls her 'Baby Sister' which I would like to continue for... ever.
I am figuring out how to parent a newborn and a toddler... slowly... sort of... is it even possible?? And, basically, that is ALL I am doing. Whiiiich is why its taken me two and half weeks to post any pictures or updates. I'm not even going to apologize for it- I'm impressed with myself that I take a shower most days.
And, David... well, basically he's holding us all together. Picking up allll the slack for me, and saying really encouraging things that I'm pretty sure are lies, but I can't really tell through the post-partum hormone haze, so I'm just choosing to believe him. :)
So, Merry Christmas friends! We love you, and as soon as we get a handle on life again (and by we, I mean ME) we hope to catch up with all of you!