Saturday, October 11, 2008

A Birth Story

I cannot even begin to believe how much different this birth story is from the last. Everything, from the moment the first labor pain struck, to the moment I held my precious new girl in my arms, went far better than I could have ever hoped for. Here's the story...

Tuesday, October 7th, I woke up, hopeful. I had several strong contractions during the night, and I hoped they would continue. But, once again, they stopped completely the moment I got up. I was dismayed, but had to keep going. So Jared and I went about our day as normal. We packed up Sophie after breakfast, and headed out to run some errands. By 11:30, I started feeling very crampy. Before long, I realized that the cramps were actually painful contractions! They were about 7 minutes apart, and getting closer. I knew by noon that this was it!

After four hours of laboring at home, my parents came to stay with Sophie, and we left for the hospital. When we arrived at 4:30pm, I was dilated to 5cm, 80% effaced and -1 station. My water had not broken yet. They hooked me up to an IV for my dose of penicillin (for the GBS). As I sat there, the contractions slowly increased in strength. I had my disc-man, and when each contraction came on, I cranked Chris Tomlin. With the words of those songs filling my head so loudly, it was easier to keep my mind off the pain. I thought about the words, and let myself be immersed in them.

Me and Chris T.
At 6pm, the midwife broke my water. Almost immediately, I reached transition, the most painful part of the whole day. I got in the waterbirth tub by 6:30, still cranking Chris with each labor pain. By 7:25, I started to push with all my strength. At 7:36pm, Jazlyn entered the world. Jared checked right away, and announced that we had another little girl!

Jazlyn Lucia, 3 minutes old

First glimpses of Mama

First moments with Mama

With Mommy and Daddy

First moments with Daddy
Melissa Hasler, our midwife (who also delivered Sophia!!!)
All wrapped up and warm
Sophia meeting her baby sister, and giving her kisses
Our family four


kristi noser said...

Eleven minutes? Oh my goodness you are one blessed woman.
That is one sweet girly you have there. I can already see that she looks like her sister. Congratulations to you!

erin said...

Congratulations, my sweet friend. I am so happy that it went so well!

Megan said...

I am SO proud of what a good little pusher you were!!! And so happy this labor was so awesome for you. You look so amazing Nae Nae and you guys are just the cutest family ever!

LOVE you!

P.S. I'm so sorry little Jazlyn for saying you were a boy. You are the most beautiful little girl!

Kara Jo said...

Loved reading your birth story! What a great experience you had--what a blessing. And your precious little angel is here. Love the photo of her looking at you.
You may have answered this somewhere else, but I'm dying to know how you came up with her name--first and middle.

Jodi said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story, Naomi. You had me crying. I am so very happy for you, Jared, and the girls. You have an amazing family, and those girlies have an amazing mommy. Congratulations again!