Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mimi's birth story

While it's hard to forget the main details of such a life-changing day, I figure it's better to share Mimi's birth story sooner rather than wait any longer.

On Feb. 6, around 3:45 a.m., I awoke to what I assumed was a strong Braxton Hicks (practice contraction) and the need to use the bathroom. I went back to bed but awoke about an hour later with a definite, painful contraction. I pulled out my iPhone and opened up my contraction timing app. I got a little worried when the second one started just 8 minutes later. My doc said to come in when they're about 10 mins apart since subsequent labors/deliveries tend to move quicker. I woke Brent up, told him that we had to leave pronto, and started getting dressed.

Across the house I overhead Brent wake up Em, who sleepily shook Brent off, noting, "Daddy, cover me back up. Put the covers back on..." Until Brent explained it was time for us to go have the baby. Em's tune changed from groggy to beyond excited. "TODAY!?!" Later she ran out to the front door and exclaimed, "Is the baby here?!?"

We piled in the car and on the way to drop Em off at my in-laws', she asked, "We're going to have a baby today? Like Baby Henry and Baby Connor?" I love that she thinks of some of our friends' favorite kiddos when she thinks of babies.

I stayed in the car as Brent walked her up to Grandma's door, and I could hear from down the driveway as she told Brent's mom "Grandma! We're having a baby today!"

My contractions stayed about 8-10 mins apart as we made our way to the hospital. We arrived at labor and delivery around 6 a.m., and when they checked me I was 5 c.m. dilated. My doctor wasn't at the hospital yet, but he directed them to go ahead and keep me there as I was progressing enough. I couldn't imagine them sending me home in that state, but apparently it was a possibility.
Laboring, but still smiling
Laboring in the triage room. Still early, hence the smile on my face. 

They moved me from the triage room to a delivery room.
The fancy view from our delivery room
Our fancy view from the delivery room

Contractions were getting stronger, but stayed about 6 mins apart until they started up the Pitocin to help move labor along. One of the nurses noted that it wouldn't take more than a tiny dose to get things moving for me, given how far I had already progressed. That stuff is no joke. I was fortunate to avoid it with Em's labor, but I assumed it was inevitable with this one, particularly as our plan was to do an induction on Friday, the 8th, leading off with Pitocin.

I was laying there when I felt my water make a huge pop, which was also audible over the monitors I was strapped to and made me and Brent jump and laugh. Between my water breaking and the drugs, contractions were hitting the top of my pain threshold so I asked for the epidural. The anesthesiologist was great and fast, and I loved when he inquired about our family and noted that his kids were similarly spaced apart and thought it was a great age gap.

Similar to Em's delivery, in the short time it took me to get the epidural, I had dilated fully and was more than ready to push. My doc arrived just in time -- I had one more contraction before it was go-time. I realize that w/ Em's delivery, I never reached that point where I WANTED to push from all the pressure. With Em, they used the vacuum before we hit that stage. With Mimi, the urge to push was crazy. I pushed for about 7 minutes (maybe 3 rounds of counting, with short breaks in between) and out came Mimi at 11:13 a.m.!

My two labor and delivery nurses, who were awesome, literally high-fived me and said that when it comes time, they want to have births like mine -- epidural and ready to go!

I can't begin to describe the elation of finally meeting this sweet girl. She made us wait not-so-patiently for her arrival, which turned out to be a swift entrance after all. We're so thankful that she arrived happy and healthy, and she's already added so much to our lives.

Meeting Mimi

Me and my sweet girl

Welcome to the world, Mimi!

Daddy meets Mimi

Mom + Dad + Mimi

Feeding time

Coming soon: what happened when Em meets Mimi...

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Well, hello there!

Below is the email -- modified to include our gals' online aliases -- that Brent sent to our friends and family after a certain little gal decided to make her debut earlier this week:

We are thrilled to introduce Mimi, born 11:13 am on Wednesday, February 6.

The 19.5-inch, 7-pound, 13-ounce bundle of joy executed an audacious power move, deciding to arrive a day after her anticipated due date. However, her adoring audience quickly forgot the delay, enraptured by her beauty, every look, every smile and every cry. She's kind of perfect.

Nanette is doing wonderfully. But she's always wonderful, so is that really all that surprising? Of course, Em inherited that same wonderfulness. She's thrilled to be a big sister and is extraordinarily tender with little sis.

To recap: everyone is elated and exhausted, but that's how you're supposed to feel when you have one of the best days of your life.

Hugs and kisses,

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Bump Watch 2013: 40 Weeks

40 weeks!

TODAY is my due date. did we get this far?!

I mean, I know the nuts and bolts (and birds of bees) of how we got here. I just honestly thought she'd be here by now.

I'm still not sleeping well, but I'm making up for it with frequent naps. I'm also trying to enjoy my time out of the house.

Over the weekend

When I saw the trailer for Warm Bodies, the romantic comedy about a zombie and a non-zombie, starring Nicholas Hoult, I was excited but figured I'd be busy dealing with a newborn on its February 1 release date. Low and behold, no baby, so we were able to enjoy what will probably be our last date night for a while.

And I forgot to mention that at 38 weeks I took my friend Winnie up on a last-minute invite to join her in a Staples Center suite to see Lady Gaga, which was Mimi's first (and only) big in utero concert, unless you count the Fresh Beat Band. It was a lot of fun and I'm so glad I got to "take" her to a big show. I hadn't been to a concert in ages. In contrast, when I was pregnant with Em, I saw The Hives twice, as well as Foo Fighters, Gavin DeGraw, Brett Dennen, Teitur, Stone Temple Pilots, John Mayer, Jamie Cullum, Jack Johnson and Eagles of Death Metal. Wild, huh?

Everything continues to be good at our weekly check-ups. We're going to extend Mimi's lease a little longer, but her landlords are in discussions with property management on an eviction date. I'm 3 1/2 - 4 cm dilated, the baby is low, among other factors that add up to making me a "favorable" induction candidate, should it come to that.

Until then, we continue to wait.