Our new little family!
This one was actually taken right before...
Well... we did it! Lyla Elizabeth Wright was born on December 5, 2008 at 1:47pm. As I woke up to my alarm this morning at 6:45 I had my first contraction. I tried going back to sleep but had about 2 more within 15 minutes or so. So I decided to get showered for the day while I could (just in case they were to get worse). Then Nate had work and I wanted to go in to turn in my badge since it would be my last day. At that point my contractions were about 7-8 minutes apart. Then when we got to work they suddenly were 2-3 minutes apart! So I kept e-mailing Nate to tell him that he needed to forget about work and take me to the hospital. About 30 minutes later, he finally came down and got me. We went home to pack really quick (as it was on the way) and we hurried on over to the hospital.
When we got to the hospital I told them that I was in labor. They took me back and I had to stop in the middle of going to my room because I was having a really strong contraction and a bunch of nurses kept asking me what number child I was having. As I told them that this was my first, they kind of gave me a look as if they were saying "uh huh, sure you're in labor!" So they finally checked me and saw that I was almost dilated to a 5 and they decided to go ahead and admit me! To make a long story short, I progressed quite quickly. I got my epidural almost immediately and I am very happy with my decision to get one because after it kicked in I had hardly felt a thing! The doctor had thought I wouldn't deliver until the evening but when he checked me, I was completely dilated and all ready to start pushing. They then thought it would take about 2 hours to push, but I only ended up having to push for about 30 minutes (during which they had me stop pushing because the doctor wasn't there yet).
Finally when she was mostly out, they saw that her umbilical chord was wrapped around her neck 3 times so they quickly cut the cord to unwrap her. They then pulled her out and took her to make sure she was okay. She has a little head full of dark hair which completely took us both by surprise. When they took her for testing she let out a little short and random high pitched scream and then she stopped. So they jostled her around and BOY OH BOY she has quite a set of lungs!! She was just screaming! All the doctors and nurses in the room were cracking up because they had never heard a baby cry like that! She ended up weighing 7lbs 4oz, and was 19.5 inches long. Her club feet are just as we expected. We haven't talked to a pediatrician about them but her right foot is turned inward at a 90 degree angle and the left is at about a 45 degree angle, so it hardly looks clubbed. Anyway, she is doing really well. So far we know that she hates the cold and is just as stubborn as her mother.
We are so excited to have this new addition to our family. We love her so much and she keeps getting cuter and cuter every moment.