Saturday, January 05, 2008
A New Addition to the Family!
Sorry for the delay in the announcement...as you can imagine, things got a little busy here after she arrived. For those interested in more details about the rest of the labor & birth, read on...
Yesterday on the pitocin drip, I went from 4 to 7 centimeters during the course of about 8 hours. It was pretty manageable -- I was laughing through most of it (Brett is a pretty funny guy). At 3pm, our wonderful nurse Jennifer went off duty and we got another fantastic nurse named Heather. She is originally from South Africa and has worked as a midwife for many years. I truly felt like the two of them were an answer to my prayers! At about 4:45pm, the doctor arrived to break my water and things got a bit more intense after that, but thankfully they moved swiftly. Within an hour and a half, I was fully dilated and wanting to push. I was able to do a few pushes even before the doctor got here just to get things moving. The doc arrived back quickly and by 6:50pm, we were holding another sweet little girl in our arms! Ella was right -- she has a sister!
The next few hours flew by. We got to hold her immediately and kept her for about 2 hours before they took her for the routine exams, etc. I was finally able to eat again and get situated. The postpartum rooms are all full here so we're staying in the labor room until later today when one of the other rooms opens up. We'll stay overnight again tonight and head home sometime tomorrow. Ella should be here shortly to meet her sister for the first time, so I'm going to sign off. We'll try to post more pictures later in the day. Thank you for all your prayers!
PS - Baby Girl Piersma does NOT have a name yet. Feel free to post suggestions in the comments section!