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She's Here!!! (long)

Emilia Victoria was born 6:48 am, Monday Feb. 23 (two days before my scheduled induction).  Whew!!!!

My water broke at 3:00 am while I was in bed.  I was actually awake because I had just gotten up to pee, and I had just nudged DH to get him to roll over to stop snoring.  Then I feel the gush.  And yes, it was a gush - none of this "oh it's just a trickle" stuff that other people have told me about!  I'm so glad DH and I had invested in a pricey, waterproff mattress cover when we bought our mattress in September.  Smile

I called the doc to tell him my water broke and I had juuuust started contractions, and he said "call back when the contractions are 5-6 minutes apart."  I hopped in the shower, started to get dressed and after tracking my contractions on I realized all of them were 2-3 minutes apart.  I call him back.  He says "but I just talked to you...?" (obviously surprised the contractions were so close together already).  We decide I need to go to the hospital - NOW.

By the time my mom got to our house to watch Anna (sound asleep through all of this) and we hopped in the car, we arrived at the hospital at 4:00 am.  Nurse checks me, I'm 8 cm dilated.  She says "this baby's coming soon!"  I say "Please tell me it's not too late for an epidural."  After leaving me in suspense, and pain, for a while, by 5:00 am the epidural lady arrives.  Thank goodness.  Epidural kicks in around 5:30 am. 

I start to push at 6:15, Emilia arrives, sunny-side-up,  at 6:48.

Afterwards the nurses are all remarking how fast I went... especially how dilated I was when I got there.  It did seem fast after the fact, but I'll tell you, between 3:00 am and 5:30 am when the epi kicked in, it felt like an eternity.

I ask about the sunny-side-up aspect of it all... with Anna they were careful to get her to turn before delivery.  One nurse said it was not such a big deal to have a 2nd or 3rd child sunny-side-up, that some doctors only bother turning 1rst babies.  She joked that had Emilia not been sunny-side-up she may have been born in the car on the way to the hospital!

All very different from my 20 hour labor with Anna, so that's kind of interesting.

We're going home on Wednesday.  I'm already having trouble breastfeeding, as I did with Anna at first, so I will be calling our LC from last time probably as soon as we get home.  Right now I'm enjoying being in our little bubble at the hospital.   My parents have Anna and DH is sleeping here with me.  Now I'm going to try to put two PIP:



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  • Congrats, Denise. ?She's beautiful! ?And it sounds like you couldn't have had a better birth story :) ?Good luck with the breast feeding!
  • Yay! And I love her name!

    I am so happy to read all these "quick" birth stories like yours and Luky's : )

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  • Wow, what a gorgeous baby girl!!!  I'm so happy you had a fairly quick and easy labor.  I'm sure you never thought the water-breaking- two- days- before- induction would happen!  Congrats!! :)
  • Congratulations, she's lovely!
  • She is beautiful! (The wispy hair! I can't handle it.) Congrats on a quick delivery (and on avoiding the dreaded induction)!
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  • Congrats!!  Sounds like a dream labor, I sure hope when I have a 2nd it'll be like that!  The pictures are gorgeous too, she's a cutie.
  • Congratulations!  She's beautiful!

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  • Congrats!! I'm glad she finally decided to make her appearance:)
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  • Wow - another quick one.  Congratulations.  She is beautiful. 

  • Congrats!!  What a little cutie. 
  • Congrats on your new cute addition!  Glad you lucked out on a better delivery experience the second time around.
  • Congratulations, she is absolutely lovely. 
  • Yay!  Congrats!  She's beautiful.
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  • Denise!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She's BEAUTIFUL!!!! I'm so excited to have another one of your beautiful children to swoon over!

    Welcome to the world, Emilia! And I'm glad things went so quickly for you, Denise!

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  • Congratulations! ?She is unbelievably beautiful! ?I'm so glad it was fast, and I can't wait to see more pictures.
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  • Emilia is beautiful! Congratulations :-) I'm so glad everything went well! Good luck with the LC!
  • ooh, so happy for you! what a great outcome! and, glad that emilia was not born in the car...that's no fun (especially in the winter!)

    she shares a birthday with my husband! ;)

    good luck wtih nursing. i hope your LC can help! there have been several moms here who have had trouble...i'm sure they'd be willing to offer some advice, if asked!

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  • she's precious!!!! congrats denise!!
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  • Congrats! Glad you are all doing well!
  • Congrats!!! She is beautiful!!! Love the name!

  • Congrats! She's a cutie.  What a great story also.  Glad everything worked out just fine.
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  • Congrats!  She's a cutie!

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  • Awww HI cuteness!

    Congrats Denise, she is beautiful!


  • She's beautiful!  Congratulations!
  • Yay, congrats!! She is so beautiful, what a lovely face!
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  • She's beautiful!  Congratulations!!
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  • She's absolutely beautiful and so serene looking!  Glad to hear she did decide to come prior to induction and you had such a quick labor.
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  • Hooray! and finally! and she's adorable! And congratulations!
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  • Yay! I'm so glad that she came already! How big is she? She's absolutely beautiful - congrats!
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  • Congrats!  She is beautiful and the pictures are gorgeous.  I can't get over how quickly everything progressed for you.  Btw, I totally know what you mean by the gush.  That is exactly how I felt when my water broke with DD.
  • Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you and I have to admit I shed a little tear when I saw how beautiful she is! Serene is the perfect word from pp.

    Thanks for taking the time to let us know!! Guess all that labor dust really worked overtime!!

  • Awww, she's gorgeous! what an awesome birth!
  • she is gorgeous! and I now want to buy a waterprooof matress cover:)


  • shes precious!  congrats.  they always say the second is much much faster.  my friends labor with her second was only like pushing 10 mins!  its crazy!  congrats and enjoy!
  • Wow, what a story!  Congratulations!  She is beautiful.
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  • Congrats, she's so cute!  I'm jealous you only pushed for a little while - I pushed for 3 hours and also got my epidural late (at 10 cms), but better late than never! 

  • oh my goodness! She's so beautiful! I'm so glad ya'll are healthy and happy! Good Luck with your LC! Get some rest!
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