nola chlo is here, and yes i'm already blogging about her.
she was born at 7:24 this morning weighed 8.2lbs was 20 1/2 inches long and had a 14 inch head.
i went into labor last night after my midwife had come up and informed me my amneotic fluid was leaking... she left and i never went to sleep. i was having the same kind of contractions i'd been having for days until about midnight. they started to get a bit more intense and were consistently coming every 15 minutes. i didn't call mary until around 2 am. she started on her way up and i called erin to come be with me becuase even though labor wasn't on yet, i knew i needed her. when she arrived my contractions were every 5 minutes but bearable... i kept asking her if she thought it would just stop like every other time and she would just laugh at me and say 'um, no you're in labor'. mary arrived at around 3 or 330, i was still laughing in between contractions and talking, no big deal. ara woke up at 5 and was going to be picked up by my mother in law until i started pushing. i wanted to get in the tub so mary checked to see if it was time. i was expecting to be dialted to like 2cm or something and to feel totally defeated. she checked me, i was 6-7cm. ara left and i got in the tub... within an hour and 10 minutes of getting in the tub nola was out. i pushed for 22 minutes. my contractions were short the whole time which was amazing... but pushing this time was SOOO much more painful than with arabella. with ara, since i had pushed for almost 3 hours and been having contractions for so long i was just numb down there, this time i felt ever singe thing. i felt when she moved down, i knew exactly when she was starting to crown, all of it. it was insane. when her head was out i had to wait a minute for the next contraction to get her body out, in that moment i got to touch her head and when the next contraction came mary and i both pulled her out. the labor was just as hard as arabellas but in different ways... although the way i feel now is extremely easier than after arabella... plus my face isn't swollen to ten times its size! ara did amazing watching the whole thing and amy helped her stay grounded :)... arabella LOVES her... she has been waiting so long to see nolas face.. she was getting really crazy and disobedient right after nola came and finally when i got a moment with her i asked her what she needed, she looked down made a sad face and i said 'are you sad?' she said 'yea' and i said 'what do you want?' she said 'hold nola.' she wasn't jealous, she just wanted to hold her! once she did, she was so much better... nola is so adorable, she looks just like me when i came out, she has black hair! its crazy cause i expected her to look more like ara, but all they have in common is their undereyes from papa :) she has the cutest cry and makes super cute baby sounds.... and she has THE longest toes and fingers i have EVER seen.
that was our morning... here are the pictures to prove it ... and i have some short videos of the process that i will post later....
i'm so excited that she is finally here, i'm done with the pregnant phase of my life and our family is complete.
just so you know.... the lady holding her with glasses is my amazing midwife mary. there's a picture of ara holding her baby with her eyes
closed, she was being like mommy and nola, and the big bloody thing is my placenta.... gorgeous. it wasn't as huge around this time but it
was super thick.
i forgot the best part... not one single suture! woooo hooooo!