Well, on Tuesday evening, around 8:30pm or so, I began to lose it emotionally and my hands began shaking quite a bit. So we left for the hospital. On the way I calmed down and the shaking stopped. Upon arriving, 40 minutes later, I was determined to be 5 or 6 centimeters dilated. So, the shaking and emotions were probably the beginning of the transition phase that, for whatever reason, stopped en route to the hospital. And it didn’t pick up again until after 1am. Once I began dilating again, I went from 6cm to 9cm very quickly. I was just shy of 10cm when I began pushing and I only needed to push twice. My doctor barely made it to the room in time to deliver the baby.
Elizabeth arrived at 2:42am on June 24th, with a head of hair and lungs of power making her presence known with loud cries. She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 20 1/2 inches long, which was heavier and longer than either of the two previous girls.
She and I have both been doing very well. She nurses well and sleeps well though she definitely prefers the countours of a pair of arms over a flat surface.
Cecilia and Felicity met their new sister yesterday at the hospital. Cecilia has declared her to be so cute and loves to see her eat and yawn and keeps begging her to open her eyes more as Elizabeth prefers to keep them closed most of the time and only opens them occassionally to squint. Felicity likes to pet and poke her saying, “Baby! Baby!”
We are home now and I will try to get some pictures up asap. Much thanks to everyone for all their wishes and prayers!