Born on Monday, December 6th at 3:24 pm. She weighed in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces of perfection.
My labor wasn't too long, as labors go. And it went as smoothly as we could have hoped. Contractions started at 9:30pm last Sunday night at about 10 minutes apart. I labored at home until morning, and then went into the hospital where we learned I was already six centimeters dilated and was then moved into a labor room where I focused my breathing through hours of waves of strong contractions. I progressed to 10 centimeters, and pushed for 2 hours until Stella made a squawking appearance. I surprised myself. I made it through. And I was able to make it through without an epidural.
I've been recovering from the labor, resting, feeding, eating the delicious food my mom is preparing for us, and just gazing at our little Stella all week. She is endlessly entertaining, infinitely beautiful, amazingly well-tempered (knock on wood), and our own little piece of heaven.
Here are some pictures of our girl:
Just born, and me, her proud mama.
Taking a nap.
Stella, three days old, with big, big eyes.
A few more photos are posted here.