All 6 lbs 9 ounces, and 18 inches of pure baby-boy joy. I forgot how small they can come! *L* was born the smallest of all my boys which makes me chuckle. I was induced since they were afraid he would get too big because of my gestational-diabetes. Life is full of surprises!
I was feeling pretty good about the decision to induce after an appointment on Tuesday showed I was dilated and effaced. The doctor had said Baby *L* and I were /more/ than ready. I then spent that evening chest down (watching one of my favorite TV shows, NCIS!) on a rocking foot rest just trying to get him a little lower, our only real hurdle at that point.
The epidural was administered at about 10am. I'm all about 'natural' child-birth ... and this is as natural as I get! :) I do have to say that I have to wonder what labor would be like /without/ an epidural as there were some negative side effects, too. (Like the dead right leg I had for 36 hours after all was said and done, and the fact that when contractions *really* started getting strong at about 12:30pm I was in the worst pain of my life.) But if all it did was provide relief from 10 till 12:30... I'd do it again.
At 2:08pm one of the most beautiful boys in the world was born!
My heart is overwhelmed with love. Beautiful boys of my own. A family of six... four brothers to take this world by storm. We are all in absolute amazement at this journey we are on.
- Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com