Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Smack Attack!

Our second daughter made a bit of an early appearance this morning. Her official due date was Thanksgiving, but she decided to grace us at 6:33 am on my father's birthday (clearly a Very Good Baby already). I don't know how to break it to him that I got him the most awesomest present of evah but he can't have it. I suppose I can loan her out on occasion.

She weighed in at 8 lb 8 oz, 19.5 inches long. I'm not sure if you can make out the incredible fat rolls, but this kid could give a sumo a run for his money. She has quite the ham hocks going on there.

It was a longer labor than I expected (7h) but since most of the ctx were only around 30-45 seconds, it wasn't really too bad until my water broke. Then things got Fairly Intense but it was by far the shortest stage of the labor. I cannot imagine doing this labor without the tub. CAN NOT. Apparently I'm quite the gymnast when I push. I think I nearly climbed out at one point, trying to find the right position for leverage and to get the hell away from that giant melon (okay, only 13.5", but from the inside it feels like a bowling ball. Can I get an amen?).

Best of all: no tears! No sutures! It doesn't hurt to pee and I'm not afraid to poop. Wow.

The kids woke up just as she was being born, so by the time they got into our room, we had her all wrapped up with a teeny lid. More interesting to go watch tv, though.

We're still working on names. We need her face to unflatten a bit before I can tell who she is, plus we still have a list of four or five we have to narrow down. It may take a few days. Good thing she has no concept of time.

The kids are so far quite fascinated and want to be around her all the time. They each have a baby wrapped up in a receiving blanket that they're toting around. I expect this will fade as they realize just how much time babies take up, but you never know.

I'm also proud to say I introduced one of my midwives to The Daily Show while we waited things out. She will never be the same.

All in all, a good day's work.


er, for those not in the know, Smacky is our all-purpose fetal name since we don't find out gender at ultrasounds. Hence the title. It has nothing to do with fondness for heroin. Mostly.


d e v a n said...

She's so cute! Congrats!

Targetgirl said...

Wonderful news!!! She is soooo chubby! 7 hr labor sound pretty dang good to me. Glad you are feeling so well. Hooray!!!

SommerNyte said...

Congratulations!!! What a big girl for being early, too!!! Can't wait to find out her name. :)

Anonymous said...

Such a cutie! Congrats on a great labor and delivery. I can't wait to learn her name;)

velocibadgergirl said...

Congratulations!! I want to smooch those cheeks of hers!

Minnesota Mazzio's said...

I am so glad you are all well :) She is so beautiful...Congrats.

See you soon

Casey (from the knitting storer :)

Unknown said...

Congrat's Miranda!! She's so cute! And nice and plump! Just the way I like 'em! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! I'm due any day now (found you on Rav) and I just think your birth sounds so heavenly!! Wonderful, inspiring and what a funny post. THank you!

Heather said...

Congrats! She's so cute!

Jess P. said...

I've been thinking of you and hoping everything went well. Congratulations, I can't wait to hear the name and meet the chub in person. :O)

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