I haven't blogged in forever, how sad! Now that we have a new member of the family, I am hoping to change my ways! I say "hoping" because before Tess was born, I had some twisted idea in my mind that I would have so much free time after she arrived. How very wrong I was!
I love birth stories. I love reading/hearing about people's experiences with bringing in new life. Birth truly is a beautiful thing. So... I've decided to share ours.
Tess was due on November 4th. November 4th came and went, with no baby. I had a feeling that she would be late, so I wasn't TOO anxious when she didn't arrive that day. However, day after day went by with no signs of baby arriving. I tried all the "tricks" to get labor started. I walked and ran, yes ran (not a pretty sight). I ate spicy foods, I tried massage, I ate certain foods, and nothing worked. I went to my Doctor's appointment a few days after Tess was due. He checked everything out and said I had not progressed from my previous appointments a few weeks earlier. I wasn't even dilated enough to have my membranes stripped. He suggested that I schedule an induction date, and hope that she came before then. That's just what we did. I scheduled the induction for the 12th, and thought there was no way i'd actually have to be induced. The 12th came, and there was still no sign of Tess.
I will never forget the moment I held Tess for the first time. She was so soft and tiny, but had a nice set of lungs! Even though I was just seeing her for the first time, I felt as if I had known her forever. My heart absolutely melted when I was able to hold her, smell her, and touch her tiny little fingers and toes.
My amazing Mama was able to come to the hospital a few hours after Tess was born. She stayed the night with us so Justin could go home and get some sleep (He had to work the next day). Tess was wide awake and my Mom held her all night long. I was so grateful to have her there to help me, and teach me how to be a Mama. Tess and I were both doing well, and we got to go home the next day.
I was in labor for just under 24 hours. Tess was born at 6:53 pm on 11/13/13. She was 7lbs 11 oz. She perfectly healthy, and we love her to pieces!