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Dec 11, 2011

My first child was born at 6:51 AM on December 10, 2011. She was 21 inches long, 9 pounds 3.4 ounces, and two days overdue. "Aylah Racheal-May"

My labor pains lasted 12 hours, starting at 2cm dilated and jumping to 5cm at 2 AM check-in by midwife and then to 10cm at the last minute check. I was then told I could give in to the urge to push, and five pushes later, she slid out faster than the midwife could put her hands in the water.

I had a natural birth in a tub, which I decided had too hot of water, not enough room (though it was massive), and at the end: did not take enough pain/pressure away for my comfort. Everyone gave me cold washcloths to keep on my forehead, neck, and sides, and amused me for one second when my doula announced I needed to give her a second to move her hand before I snapped her fingers off.

I did panic a bit, but was actually able to relax (finally) when my momma prayed out loud and right after she finished I was allowed to push. According to my DF, I made him cry before she even came out because I kept looking to him to help me and he didn't know how to help me besides sit there holding me up, breathing with me, and telling me he wasn't going anywhere and that I could do it; and I remember at the last minute making him promise me that he could feel where her head was so I would know she was actually coming out when I was trying to push (which, I stopped for a minute after the first to ask him several times if she actually did move forward to come out).

Aylah had been measured as small for weeks before delivery and when she came out, I had only seen her for one second before deciding that she was NOT small. However, I only needed a couple of stitches in the end, so I guess she wasn't too big.

Her father handed her to me, weighed and measured her, cut her cord, bathed her, and dressed her before I nursed her for the first time and then he also got her diaper changed (and she showed me some loving expressions from him that I have never seen before)! She is now nursing regularly and has gone through a stack of diapers. I am also grateful she is a solid sleeper -- only having woke up twice during her constantly sleeping because of an excited family member fussing over her (fingers crossed she lets me get some sleep often).

This whole pregnancy (and especially during delivery), I swore up and down she would be an only child due to increasing discomforts, but now that mommy-hormones have hit, taking away the negativity, I would certainly do it again. I never thought you could feel so strongly for someone you had never seen before, by only looking at them for a second and then their first sounds being loud cries, but you can.

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Posted: Sunday December 11, 2011, 4:07 pm
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Frank S. (435)
Sunday December 11, 2011, 5:05 pm
Congratulations! Wonderful news!

margie Blake (167)
Sunday December 11, 2011, 6:54 pm
Very happy for your new life in your life! It is a wonderful, happy time and enjoy every second. I miss my babies and wish babyhood would last longer! It is really amazing! A journey like no other!

Dominic Delarmente (33)
Sunday December 11, 2011, 10:00 pm
Congrats Friend,Wonderful news!

Ravi K. (249)
Sunday December 11, 2011, 10:09 pm
Congrats

Shelli S. (318)
Monday December 12, 2011, 6:29 am
Congrats Caitlin!!! Aylah Racheal-May, is no small baby! My son was only 5p 11ounces and he ripped me to shreds, but he was worth it!! Can't wait to talk more and gets lots of sleep, when you can and just enjoy the the time you have, they grow so fast! ((((HUGS))))

Lisa Zarafonetis (173)
Monday December 12, 2011, 7:12 am
Huge congrats Caitlin! Enjoy each minute you can. :)

Caitlin G. (29)
Tuesday December 13, 2011, 4:26 pm
Thank you, everyone! :) She is a little angel, and I wish I could freeze time while she is small, knowing she won't be this way for long. But with each new milestone in her life, I will be happy we've made it there. :)

I'll try to upload some photos of her soon, once the visitors stop coming and I get used to this new routine. :) ((Lots of Hugs))

Michela m. (3404)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 10:55 am
CONGRATULATIONS MY FRIEND!!!!! It's a real JOY!!!!!!

Terri Hughes (412)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 2:30 pm
CONGRATULATIONS, so happy for you. God has blessed you with a beautiful little girl. Enjoy every minute of it, because, she will grow up fast. Take care and GOD BLESS!!!!

Jeremy E. (248)
Monday December 26, 2011, 9:16 am
Congratulations! There is nothing more amazing than the birth of a child. I still remember that day vividly, even though it was 20 years ago. Celebrate your baby girl every day, because it will amaze you how quickly the time flies!

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