39.5 weeks: with pictures!

May 3, 2009 Jordana

Here I am at 39 weeks exactly (we remembered!):

39-weeks-exactly

For the sake of comparison, here I am at 39 weeks pregnant with Liam:

38-weeks-liam

But for what may constitute the final persuasive argument for using contraception, here I am at 40 weeks 3 days pregnant with Ngaire, complete with pemphigoid gestationis rash:

40-weeks-too

Anyway, here I am at 39 weeks 2 days, with Rhiannon Rosemary, who was born last night at 11:27 p.m., after a 2.5 hour labor (her first name is pronounced ree-ON-in):

rhiannon-1

We are both dozing there, because it turns out that if you deliver close to midnight, it will be close to 2:30 a.m. before you even get to begin the period of trying to sleep whilst various nurses come in to impale you with needles, prod your uterus, etc.

It was a fast and furious delivery … I had had my usual non-regular, light contractions throughout the day. At 9:37 p.m., I realized that I had just been hit with two contractions in a row that required labor-style breathing, and when I clocked the contractions after that, they were 4 minutes apart. The Husbandlet went off to take a shower while I moved around a bit to see if the contractions stopped. They didn’t; I called my parents and doctor, and by the time the Husbandlet got out of the shower, the contractions were 2 minutes apart and I was experimenting with different positions to get through them. We handed the metaphorical baton to my incoming parents and arrived at the hospital around 10:30. I was a stretchy 5 cm dilated; the amniotic sac was bulging, and the triage nurse said I would deliver within the hour. We moved to a delivery room, and I could tell by my general feeling of queasiness and dizziness that I had probably hit transition. The baby’s heart rate gave the nurse some concern, so she told me to lie on my side to see if that would make a difference. It did. It also made me need to push almost immediately … the Husbandlet went out to retrieve the nurse, who had left for a minute, and came back with a small army of medical personnel, including the doctor. This surprised me, because for some reason I was convinced that they were going to tell me I wasn’t allowed to push, that I was only 7 cm or something. As it happened, Rhiannon was born three contractions later.

rhiannon-2

She weighed 7 pounds 1 ounce, was 19.2 inches long, and has very black hair. So far, she seems pretty mellow, though that may just mean “sleepy.” We’re spending an extra night at the hospital because I’m a strep B carrier and she was born too quickly to get the required doses of penicillin through my IV. Also, she seems to be having difficulty breathing through her nose, especially when nursing. I’m feeling great, on the whole … a tad sore, but I didn’t tear. And I have a beautiful baby girl.

rhiannon-3

I’m fond of my other kidlets as well …

rhiannon-4

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Genevieve Raines (Dobbins&hellip  | 

    hurray!!!! Congratulations. and amazing that you’ve posted already! I love this picture of you and your brood. My Catholic bones are so proud of you; look at how God has blessed the fruit of your womb! Love to you and all of yours!

  • 2. Sarah&hellip  | 

    I am so glad that you posted pictures, and I love the one of you and all 3 kids! I am so glad you never got that rash again. I wish we could see this one in the hospital too, but I am so glad all is well.

  • 3. Papaya Mommy&hellip  | 

    Congratulations! You did it again! I’m so glad the delivery went so smoothly and quickly. Enjoy these early days & cuddling Rhiannon. What a lovely name.

    Love, Heather & all

  • 4. Kim&hellip  | 

    Congratulations! Sounds like everything went really well. Enjoy the day!

  • 5. Neb&hellip  | 

    Hurrah! I must say, you are a most radiant and lovely looking pregnant lady, my friend. 🙂 I hope if I ever make it to 39 weeks I can manage it with that glow you seem to have…

    SO happy about the newest little Longlet! Please give lots of kisses and head sniffs for me. I would love to come and make your children lunch and bring you a cup of tea in bed…

    With great hugs and rejoicing! 🙂
    Neblet

  • 6. kim&hellip  | 

    Look at that: another beautiful girl with the power to change the world for the better! Hoorah!

    I LOVE those first few days with a new daughter–you’re still so connected and peaceful but there’s the joy of NOT being pregnant any more. She’s gorgeous, lovely, perfect.

    And I can’t believe it, you lucky o’ ducky. Such a fast delivery! INCREDIBLE.

    We’re so happy for all of you. Joy from us!

    xoxoxoxo

  • 7. kendra&hellip  | 

    Jordana and Chris,

    She is lovely! We are overjoyed for you -for a quick delivery, for good health for you and baby, and for the glorious addition to your family. Thank you for the pictures!

    Love you! Aunt Kendra

  • 8. Mary&hellip  | 

    Gorgeous and wonderful! Take care.

  • 9. Loren Eaton&hellip  | 

    Congrats! (Very belatedly, alas.)

  • 10. Diane&hellip  | 

    She is absolutely darling! Her siblings look to be entranced by her already.

  • 11. That other Jordana&hellip  | 

    She’s beautiful! Congratulations!

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