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As my due date fast approaches next month, I have roughly a zillion things running through my head. Making sure I bring the baby's going-home outfit to the hospital? Check. Drafting the email alerting everyone to the big news? Check. Making sure I have my smartphone handy so I can live tweet my birth? Umm, no.
Tweeting the deets of my labor and delivery is definitely not on my birth plan, but then again, I'm not Rosie Pope, the star of Bravo's Pregnant in Heels, who announced her pregnancy to iVillage back in October. Pope, whose third child (a baby girl) had the good sense to make her debut on Mother's Day and two days before the second season premiere of Mommy's show, tweeted all (or at least some) of the gory details of the birth -- which made this ready-to-pop mom both excited and terrified.
The tweets started off innocently enough, with a sweet note about heading off to the hospital at 4:30 a.m., then progressed with innocuous updates about painless contractions. But then her Pitocin kicked in and -- Yowsa! -- the real fun began. She had her husband take over when things got super-intense, and he detailed her pushing and vomiting -- I didn't know that was even a thing! -- before the big arrival of her baby, who weighed in at 7 lb., 9 oz., according to US Weekly. Here are some of the more dramatic tweets chronicling her daughter's birth day (get the full play-by-play @RosiePope).
--It's the big day! 4.30am nyc time + I'm leaving for the hospital....can't believe today's the day I have my baby girl
--I'm settled into L&D. Breaking up the wait between contractions with @TheEllenShow preggers dance videos.
--Woohhoo this pitocin stuff making me loopy! Fuzzy eyes + I keep thinking of cocktails + beaches...what is wrong w/ me!
--Soo cold, having contractions not painful so no epidural. Plan to have one..anxiety growing just want healthy delivery
--Take that back,whopper of contraction! Finding this good distraction. Can't believe I'm having little girl, so blessed
--Ahhhhh these contractions are so bad, I've asked for the epidural but it's not working...please start working!
--8cm dilated, feeling whoozzy epidural is kicking in. So excited but so anxious, just want to hold my baby in my arms * 9cm...holy moly pushing in 30 mins...so emotional..thinking about my boys, they're going to meet their sister soon
--(Hubby Daron takes over) Rosie now itching legs, nausea coming on strong. She's talking about only one thing: healthy baby girl
--Daron here: let the pushing begin! After 1st vomit, she started pushing. She's doing great
--This is Daron: our beautiful princess is born! Baby and Rosie are doing great!!! What a miracle!
She might not have given birth in heels -- she even tweeted pics of her pregnancy gown and socks -- but we do appreciate the peek into the good, bad and the ugly of childbirth.
Congratulations to Rosie and Daron on the birth of their first daughter, who joins older brothers J.R., 3, and Wellington, 15 months. Your journey reminds us that while birthing a baby isn't always pretty -- or painless! -- the reward at the end is truly a miracle.