Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Welcome miss Scarlet Grace

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Scarlet Grace
Born 10.7.11 at 5:27 am
7 lbs, 11 oz.  21 inches
Friday morning, I got to send the mass text message I've been praying to send -- "It's a Girl!  It's a VBAC!"

Miss Scarlet Grace was born Friday, October 7 at 5:27 am after a very fast, furious, and completely natural labor and delivery (was in transition before we got in the car, in transition for our 45 minute car ride and showed up at the hospital completely dilated...yay!)

My (incredibly skeptical) OB came in to the delivery room while I was crowning (I also had a midwife, who met us in the hospital parking lot, and played doula, and kept everyone away to let me labor down a little more until I really was feeling a spontaneous urge to push).

As I was pushing, I told everyone not to tell me what the baby was, because I wanted to find out for myself.

Seeing, and holding my little girl was truly the stuff of dreams come true... my own little miracle.  And thus her middle name.

Mommy and Scarlet

I'll be writing up her whole birth story later, but in the mean time, this is our first family picture -- just a few hours after birth Friday (taken on my mom's iphone because our camera was MIA after the faster than expected onset of labor).  I was on a high all that day (and got no sleep).

Some of you have followed my story, and know I had invested heart, soul, and body in to doing what I could to let this birth go differently than things had gone with my son, and it all still feels overwhelmingly blessed.

Steiger loves her.

Big brother meeting her the first time

He calls her "his baby." (And he's the one who "knew" we were having a girl)

Steiger holding Scarlet

Steiger loves her

Daddy loves her...

But she's definitely Mommy's girl.

Miss Scarlet Grace

Thank you for all your love and support during this pregnancy!  I'll get pictures of her with her quilt soon (it rained yesterday)...

In the mean time, we're doing really well.... just the normal new mommy stuff (you know, sore bottom, sore boobies, and no sleep) to navigate.  I'll take it!  And I've decided pink looks good on me. :)

If you want to read our story from my midwife's perspective -- you can see it here.


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