She's here! Probably everyone already knows, but I realized that she is now 5 days old and her mommy has not done ONE blog post in her honor.
She arrived on April 15, 2010 at 1:03 PM weighing in at 7 lbs 12 oz! Sadly, I was not able to go into labor on my own and I ended up having a c-section because she was just too big for my birth canal! It sounds so much worse than it actually was, I labored for 14 hours without an epidural before I caved and asked for one but before that the pain was completely manageable. The next 16 hours were perfectly enjoyable, except for one little scare where her heart rate dropped, and without pain, and finally my Doctor came in and said that she just wasn't coming out on her own. She would not drop into the birth canal and after alllll of those contractions pounding away at her, she was still somewhere between a -2 and a -1 station. Nick was the best husband and stayed by my side the whole time. I can't even come up with the words to describe how much I love him and how much I have appreciated all that he did and continues to do to help me cope with the after effects of a c-section.
They wheeled me in around 12:30 and less than half an hour later, she was here!
She's already found her thumb!
I did get two of my greatest prayers answered for this birth. The first was that I would not be afraid, and I just felt God's perfect peace throughout the entire 30 hours. The second was that I would bring her forth in joy, and all that I can say is that I have never been so joyful as I was bringing her into this world and every minute since her birth just gets better and better! Nick and I are just falling in love with her :).
The hardest part was naming her! It took us over 8 hours after she was born to name her. We went into the hospital with a short list of names. We knew that her middle name would either be Elizabeth or Frances in honor of both of our maternal grandmothers. Isla was actually my last choice because it did not have a family or sentimental connection, it was just a name that we thought was pretty. My top choice would have made her initials N.E.W... which I loved because one of my favorite verses in the bible is about God making all things new, but Nick wasn't crazy about it. Nick just kept going back to Isla and I could tell that he was stuck on it. So I agreed even though I was a little worried that it didn't have meaning or connection to anything.
Finally we made the announcement, and I think my mom was in the room. When we told her the name was Eye-la and spelled I-S-L-A, she said "That's like my name!" Her name is Lisa, and so Isla is the letters of her name rearranged! That made it perfect, and I can't believe we didn't make the connection before. Now, I can't believe that I ever considered another name for this sweet little princess. Nick and I love her so much.
Now I've got to go and wake her up to eat! She is the sleepingest thing I ever saw, and its been hard to get her up to eat. Do any of you moms out there have tips on keeping your newborn up long enough to eat???