It's a girl!
8am: I endured four pushing contractions, just barely. Then I overheard Rachel tell the nurse that she needed a heartbeat check if the head wasn’t out on the next one. I knew that meant not pushing through a contraction. That just wasn’t possible, so with the next push, my baby’s head was out. A brief rest and one final push and there was a squirming little baby placed on my chest! I can’t see the baby, just its back. I ask what it is, but nobody knows. It seems like hours before someone tells me “It’s a girl!” A girl? A little girl? I’m so happy I’m sobbing. Rachel asks Rob to cut the cord. Someone asks if we’ve picked out a name. All I could do was look from this little wonderful baby to Rob and back again when I heard him say “Lauren Deborah.” And I dissolved into tears!
Little Lauren Deborah made her appearance in the world at 8:03am on March 3, 2001. She weighed a mere 6 pounds 2 ounces and was 20 inches long. Rob went with her back to the room. My mom (who had come in to let me know Jacob was sound asleep and came back in just moments after Lauren arrived) helped me back down the hall to the delivery room rather quickly, because Rachel wanted us back there before the placenta was delivered. Somehow our pediatrician had seen Rob, and Lauren headed back and followed in for a very early examination. I don’t think he knew that we weren’t quite done, but he conducted the exam with Rob while I delivered the placenta. Lauren checked out fine and I ended up needing only one stitch.