More info to come. But I wanted to post a few photos here that are a bit more intimate that facebook deserves.
Sure, we planned a homebirth (I never did make it into the birthing tub that has been in my room/office/Ginger's room for 5 weeks), but Western Med. gets very nervous when their charts get to postdates.
Our EDD was August 10.
At 42 weeks and 1 day, we admitted to St. Lukes in SF, the BEST hospital in the Bay Area for those who intended on a home birth. By five we had .5 drops of Pit on an IV per hour pumping/dripping into me. Didn't take long before very gentle contractions started. And they unhooked me from the Pit. (So, no IV or cords during the labor!)
My water broke around 8pm. I was hard at work by 9 or 9:30 pm and delivered Ginger with the help of Ross, my amazing birth team (Midwife Julie Tilsner, Doula Nickie Tisner and Doula-in-Training, Natasha) at 2:07 am.
She came out quick! Not too many pushes (I loved pushing! Waiting for the next contraction was hard though!) once her head was out, she came right into the world. Poppa Ross caught her while I was wide-eyed. She arrived bloody, alert, totally healthy and, of course, perfect.
Some quick stats: 7.8 pounds, steely blue eyes, she has her dad's lips and elegant little toes (like her mother!). She was born at 2:07 am, Aug 26th (which makes her a Virgo: I have some research to do). She did that amazing crawl up my belly and latched on within about 30 minutes. She nurses often and regularly.
We have tons of photos already and will post more soon. We're napping when the little lady naps and are at her beckoned call. Her squawks and almost cries are adorable. Her yawns are miraculous and her sneezes are heart-braking. And did I mention she looks just like her dad? Such a cute pair...