Well, actually she's been here for about 3 months. But with our family hunkering down because of the coronavirus, all the craziness that THAT has entailed, as well as just adapting to a new baby, well...
Let's just say this is LONG over due, but better late than never!
Clara is our rainbow baby after 5 consecutive losses (big sister, Fiona is actually also a rainbow baby, as we had a loss before her, as well.) For more on that story, you can check out our pregnancy and gender reveal here.
The Birth Story
I went in to the doctor for a normal appointment, where they took my blood pressure, as always. This time it came back high. So after taking it 3 more times and telling me to "just relax" (thanks, that helped), they decided they were going to send me to Labor & Delivery triage for monitoring.
My doctor's office is actually right in the hospital, so on my way to L&D, I'm trying to call my husband, John, to let him know what's going on so that he can come to the hospital with me until we had the final verdict on what was going. And I'm calling my dad to let him know he might be in charge of the getting the kids from school.
An early baby puts a wrench in ALL the gears. We were NOT ready.
But ready or not, the doctor decided it was baby time.
I will admit to being really disappointed that I was being induced. I really didn't want to be. My natural births were so much smoother. So I was just really nervous and anxious about an induction, necessary or not.
When the doctor said it was go-time, John ran home to grab my hospital bag. Thankfully, I had it packed already!
I hadn't eaten since dinner the night before since I was late running out the door, and now I wasn't allowed to eat until after I delivered, per the hospital's rules! Eeek! So I was STARVING, and John wanted to sneak some food on his way back, but decided to sneak us both some granola bars instead. They were MUCH needed.
It took about an hour, but finally my IV was in, the pitocin was going, and my water was broken.
I was in labor for 7 hours before I got ANOTHER failed epidural (I really was hoping I would get one that worked this time. But I should have known that was just wishful thinking with so many failed already...)
Another 45 minutes of labor and just a few minutes of pushing, and baby Clara was here!
Clara Evelyn was born at 8:08pm weighing 6 pounds 11 ounces and 20 inches long.
For cuteness OVERLOAD, you can check out her birth video:
She was NOT a cryer, and I kept asking if she was okay because she wasn't crying. But she's fine. More than fine. Perfect, actually.
After 5 losses and 2 years of infertility treatments, we finally got to hold our rainbow.
Meet our sweet rainbow girl, Clara. We are so in love.
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