Thursday, January 01, 2015

And HAPPY New Year To You, Too.

Baby girl.

12/31, late at night:

10:45: Water breaks dramatically, movie-fashion.
11:00: I conclude that I am not going to be able to sleep through this.  I start timing contractions. 4 minutes.  7 minutes.  4 minutes.  I get up.  2 minutes, 2 minutes... I lay down.  4 minutes.
12:00: I think, "Perhaps I can lay here in peace for a while before we have to drive to the hospital."
1:00: I think, "Perhaps I am completely irrational.  Because I am in labor.  Maybe I should call them."
1:02: L&D advises me to come in an hour ago.
2:30: We finally get there after waking up friends, having them come over to watch the children,  driving 45 minutes, and going to the poorly-marked, wrong, locked entrance - twice.
2:45: Two minutes apart and doubled up.  I insist that I want an epidural NOW.  NOW NOW NOW. My favorite midwife is there.  She is dubious (and pretty sure this baby is coming out really soon) but willing.
3:00: Someone asks me "Can you state your full name and date of birth?"  I think about it briefly, and say "NO."
3:10: The platelet count is done, the anesthesiologist arrives and tries to informed-consent me, then I sit up so he can stick a needle in my back.
3:13: He sticks a needle in my back.
3:18: The baby is born after three VERY intense minutes and no damn epidural.  However, my favorite midwife is the most awesome and nothing tears and she's fine and thank GOD I am not pregnant any more.

14 comments:

  1. I am a total stranger who stumbled across your blog some time ago... Just wanted to say Congratulations!!!!! Mazel Tov!!!!! Happy New Year!!!

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  2. Ditto. I love the blog and I'm thrilled for you both about the baby and the no-longer-pregnantness!

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  3. Exactly the sort of post I want to read when awake at 4am in insomnia. Congratulations! She looks like a sweetie.

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  4. Congrats!! I'm glad that you're no longer pregnant and everyone is well!

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  5. I just love it when other people have babies! Fabulous news, huge congratulations all the way from Singapore! Hope you're all doing well xxx

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  6. Hooray! Have been reading for a while without ever quite commenting, but am delurking for a big cheer for you and Baby Girl. Hope whatever feeding you choose goes smoothly and un-criticised.

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  7. Congratulations!!! Glad she didn't wait for TOO long to show! Lots of hugs to you and your family, and YAY for not being pregnant anymore!

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  8. warm congrats to you, Jenny. She is beautiful. And you are so not pregnant anymore. YEAH!

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  9. Hooray and congratulations!!

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  10. Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! She's HERE! She's so lovely, a total paragon of newborn-ness! The ear! The fingers! I just want to kiss her all over with my disease-ridden face.

    Congratulations. I love the story. I hope the anesthesiologist got to cut the cord. And I hope you are feeling okay, and able to remember your name.

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  11. NYKaren2:47 AM

    Congratulations! I hope you're feeling better!

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  12. Zenmoo6:25 PM

    I'm late to the party - but congratulations! And hurrah for not being pregnant. I hope everyone has been holding it together for you for the last couple of weeks.

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