Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Juicy Details

For the male readers (or those who think less is more when it comes to birth stories):

Name: Naomi Beth
Weight: 9 lbs 3 oz
Length: 21”

For the ladies:

Can you believe those cheeks? That’s one week early, imagine if she baked until her due date!
I’m wondering if our dates were off a bit. When I went in to the doc's last Monday for my 39 week check up I was quite done being pregnant and a bit scared that it was going to be a nine pound baby if I went to my due date (her response, “You don’t have a nine pound baby in there!” and in her defense I was didn’t think it was either, but the ultrasound we had at 37 weeks said she was already 7 lbs 11 oz then.)

I asked her to strip my membranes again. This was the third time, but the first two times she was very gentle, apologizing the whole time for any pain (which there never was) and they obviously didn’t work. I told her that this time I wasn’t getting off the table until my eyes were watering – and success!

The whole labor and delivery delay and discomfort are of course my dear Daniel’s fault. He willed the baby to come after he was done with the busiest part of the corn harvest – which she waited for. Then he asked why I couldn’t have a baby in the daytime hours rather than in the middle of the night like I always did. So instead of my typical labor that starts between midnight and 2 a.m. and baby born by daybreak, I had slow, unproductive labor all night. I woke up in the morning with contractions between 3 and 5 minutes apart. I made breakfast and the girl’s lunches and sent the bigs off to school and was trying to decide whether Daniel should go to work or not when I bent over to pick up a laundry basket and my water broke. The best part of the whole labor was me trying to catch the deluge while Emily and Taylor are yelling “Gross, mom!” and the other said, “You should do that in the toilet!”

We went into the hospital around 8 a.m. and she was born at 10:24 a.m. and I got to Jacuzzi this time! I had to go through 5 labors to get that privilege and it was AWESOME! She was shockingly big, so her shoulders got stuck coming out and all I can say about that is OUCH! An epidural would have been nice right about then! However, when she finally got out, while the doctor held her up and was rubbing her back trying to get her to breath, she had her eyes open wide and was scanning the room looking around at everything. It was really pretty cool – she was so alert, like she was taking in the world from the second she came into it.

She is pretty sweet stuff and we are sure excited to have her in our family!


Alissa said...

I WANT TO MUSH ON HER! She is adorable!

Amy said...

there we go! the details!

Naomi Beth ... I LOVE IT! She is so beautiful!

And what a GREAT story Kar -- and yes: why didn't you do that in the toilet??? hahaha!!!

hope life with 5 (!!!!!) is treating you well. I am so proud of you!!!

p.s. 9 lbs.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Greg and Gwen said...

OH MY! To so many things...over 9lbs...NO EPIDURAL...and SOOO ADORABLE!!! I want you to ship her my way so I can hold her and kiss those sweet little (ok, so maybe not so little) cheeks! And I LOVE the name Naomi, I may even have to steal that one from you someday. Greg will even approve since he has always like the name Beth (not that we care about his opinion anyway...right ;)
Congratulations again you guys. Thanks for the details!

Amy said...

I am so glad to see pictures of my absolutely beautiful niece! She is gorgeous!!! I LOVE her cheeks!! I just want to kiss her over and over again! Congrats on a healthy, beautiful baby! And Kari, you are my hero... no epidural and a 9 lb baby! WOW

Annie said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful! Thanks for the details! And I LOVE her name!

Amy and Darin and family said...

I actually wish I was in Nebraska...LOVE her name by the way. And she weighs almost as much as Aliya does now.

Iowaspuds said...

That is great. What a beautiful little girl. If corn harvest would have been done 2 weeks earlier like most years, maybe it would have been different :)

linda said...

So Sweet!!! Congratulations!

Erin said...

Ma!!! I found your blog. Congrats on the baby! :)