Saturday, August 25, 2007

And baby makes 5!

This time last Saturday evening I was in labor!

I had an uneventful remainder of the week. Greg took Declan to see "Surf's Up" and my Mom and I were hemming the panels for my sliding glass door. Around 4:00 I felt some contractions, but wasn't going to even write them down, as I had done 3 or 4 times over the previous week. After about the 4th contraction I figured I had better start keeping track of them. At 5:00 we met the boy's at the Spaghetti Factory for dinner. Contractions continued through out dinner.

Once we got home I laid down to see if the contractions stopped like they had previously. At 7:30 Greg was going to help me go lay down upstairs when *thankfully* my water broke and I knew it was time to go to the hospital!

We were in the Labor and Delivery room by 8:15, and I was ready to get my epidural at 8:16. Well, it turns out I didn't end up getting it until about 9:45, which is just cruel and unusual punishment if you ask me. It's pretty much a pain-blurred memory for me, but it seems like it took forever for the relief to begin. I think the nurse thought there would not be enough time for the epidural, but she kept telling me there was.

At 11:05 our world was blessed with Maren Claire. Sweet. Tiny. Beautiful. She weighed in at 7 lbs, and was 20" long. Amazing.



I guess baby #3 doesn't mess around. I think I earned a little bit of bragging rights! Oh, did I mention that it was 'back labor'? Yeah. Fun.

I felt GREAT after I had her, could barely believe how 'easy' it was to actually deliver her. She was fine (which is always a concern), I was relieved, the pain was finally over and I felt great! And then I puked.

But just look at this sweet face, it is all worth it!



My Mom brought the kids by the next morning to meet their new sister. Teagan was glad to see Greg and I. Declan was thrilled to finally meet 'Baby Maren' and wanted to hold her right away. Then he sang "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star" to her and it made me cry!

Let me tell you, this girl is just too sweet! Last night we slept from 11:30 to 4:30 - yep, 5 hrs straight! I didn't even sleep 5 hrs straight when I was pregnant. I was worrying it was because she is a little jaundiced, but I think it's because she knows her Mommy likes to sleep!

13 comments:

Darcey said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful! TFS!

Anonymous said...

Tlo!!!!!!!! She's beautiful! I was so excited to get the email from Greg. Thank you so very much for allowing me to share in your joy. ((Hugs)) and we miss you!

Dyu

Ryzmomplus2 said...

OMG what a beautiful baby! Congrats to you!

spicygingersnap said...

Ohhhhh, she's beautiful! Congratulations! HUGS!
Linda

Alyssa said...

Congratulations on your third baby. She is adorable. Love the cute little baby hat too.

Dorinda said...

Congratulations TLO!!She is gorgeous!!
((HUGS))

Anonymous said...

She is so cute and looks well loved by big brother! Congrads

HUGS- Aubrey

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

TLO!!! I hear that three is the new two! *wink* Congratulations on your beautiful baby.

Laurie (newinker)
Mother of 3

Amy said...

So happy to see some photos. She is precious. Congratulations to you all!!!

Luv, Amy

Cindy said...

Congratulations on your beautiful new baby!

Susan said...

She's absolutely beautiful, guys!!! She looks so good for being "brand new"...you know when they aren't C-section babies they can come out all squishy and marked up...lol. And the photo with big brother is amazing...their expressions are great! So glad everything went so well. Maren's imprinted baby album is on the way. Uncle Steve put it in the mail today. You guys take care...

Kathy said...

Congratulations on your new baby. She is GORGEOUS!