Labor was blissfully uneventful. Steph started having contractions around 6:00pm, and they got more intense around 10:00pm. My mom drove down after work (thanks!) to sleep at the house with W while Steph and I sped off to the hospital. Steph was admitted a little after midnight and got her epidural around 1:00am. After that, we both got some rest. The medical crew came in about 4:00am, woke me up and said it was time to push. Three pushes later, our little girl got her first taste of the real world. After memories of W's brutal labor and delivery, this one was awesome.
We can already tell she's different from her brother--she's quiet. She cried the first couple minutes after her birth, but she's been incredibly silent since. She's content to stare around the room, just soaking things in. She doesn't seem to have W's incessant need to let everyone know that he's around. On the other hand, she hates to get her diaper changed, something W never minded.
All in all, mom and baby are doing well. Steph was a champ (she even considered going drug-free until I talked her out of it). Apart from the whole no-sleep thing, it couldn't have gone better.
I have to admit, I was worried about my initial W vs. C feelings. It's amazing, though, how you can instantly love a brand new little person just as much as the other baby you've known and loved for two and a half years. Kids are great.
Here are the long-awaited pics:
Steph's last moments of pregnancy
The new addition
How cruel that we make them strip naked in the cold, cold world just to get an accurate weight measurement
Steph and her babies
Dad getting some 1-on-1 time
W meeting his sister. He did really well. The last couple days, he's been saying "Cami's coming. Cami's going to live at our house." He was excited to visit the hospital to see his little sister. Once we put her in his harms, he started stroking her blanket saying "It's OK Cami, don't be sad." What a good brother.
Just waking up
She seems to always be sticking her tongue out lately.
Thanks for all the phone calls; we appreciate them. We'll post more when the ladies come home tomorrow.