Our little girl was born on the morning of July 31st at 20 inches long and weighing nearly 7 pounds. I was 38 weeks and 5 days pregnant. We are totally in love!
We checked into labor and delivery just after midnight and they found that I was 4 cm dilated and 90% effaced. I labored without any meds for an hour or so, then got a light epidural (lighter than I would have preferred, honestly!). Within 2 more hours I was 9 cm dilated and 100% effaced, which happened crazy fast. Because I wasn’t feeling a strong urge to push we decided to labor down, and we let her descend into the birth canal on her own for about 4 hours. Once she reached +2 station I started pushing and she was born about 15 minutes later. I had a bit of tearing and lost more blood than they would have liked, and the baby was born “sunny side up,” but overall my labor was really quick, easy, and uncomplicated. I’m grateful she decided to come on her own so induction wasn’t necessary.
Our daughter has been doing great and we’re spending our first few days as a family bonding, figuring out breastfeeding, and trying (unsuccessfully) to get some sleep. It’s been exhausting but wonderful. More updates to come!