Here’s what I looked like yesterday at 11 am.
That is one big belly.
After 14 hours, here’s what we have…
This is 8 lbs and 10 oz. of baby boy that was living in my belly for 41 and a half weeks. He’s doing well, I’m doing well, and Daddy is doing well. Miss R met Donut this afternoon and was stuck on his belly button. She was very concerned about it felling off. She pet his head and was ready to play peek-a-boo with him.
It was a relatively uneventful labor. I did it drug free for more than 8 hours. Then, I totally caved and decided on drugs. I ended up hyperventilating, which in turn, triggered a dizzy spell, which made the contractions darn near impossible to deal with. I ended up with an epidural and was super happy with it. I only had the epidural for about 2 hours before it was time to push, but it totally let some of the stress ease so that I could get to the pushing part.
(ps. don’t expect to see any “after” mommy pictures any time soon!)