susanna grace, our little miracle, is here. she arrived at 6:14 pm on saturday, may 26, 2007.
she is so yummy and cozy, and absolutely perfect in every way. so sweet, and so much more fun than i even expected.
here is gracie's birth story...
I started early labor on sunday the 20th, and had continual contractions, 3 minutes apart throughout the week, with every sign of impending birth except my water breaking. hard contractions started Saturday morning at 3:00, and we went to the hospital at 8:00. i nearly made it natural, which was my plan, and would have except for a complication at the end. After 11 hours of HARD labor, I got stuck at a 9.5, with just a little "lip" left to dilate. 2 1/2 hours later, the little lip had just swollen terribly instead of moving out of the way, and they started talking c-section. After a lot of prayer, and my doctor consulting with another doctor, we all agreed to try an epidural and see if it relaxed my pelvis enough that the doctor could move the swelling out of the way. i was the last to agree with the epidural plan, because the on-call anesthesiologist was 45 minutes away, and i couldn't bear to think that would be no resolution until then. but that was the impression everyone else had in answer to prayer, and as things were getting worse by the minute, i agreed. the epidural didn't completely take the pain away, but enough to allow my doctor to start to move the swelling out of the way. with lots of perseverance on the part of my doctor (he was great!) and another hour and half of pushing, because of all the swelling, she arrived safely, and we are so grateful. i feel happy about the outcome, because i know i could have done it if it hadn't been for the complication. my mom, who also taught natural childbirth, got me through the end when brock was exhausted and didn't know what else to do. she actually had the same complication when she had my youngest sister at my age. but she didn't have anyone to help her through it, except for my dad who started vomiting and had to lay down (yes, he is a doctor). i was very blessed with great nurses and doctors and support. lexi and tashi were there for the birth, which was a real learning experience for them. I can't help but wonder how this would have played out if I had given birth in japan......????
little gracie is just perfectly perfect and in every way wonderful. brock has been heroic with helping out
and protecting me, and everything has gone really well. i am so grateful for and humbled by the blessing
of having her come. such a miracle.