I'm happy to announce that Kenly Shae Brand was born on 8/9/08 at 8:26pm. She weighed 7lbs and 13oz and she was 20 inches long. She is an absolute angel. I knew I would love her right away, but my heart almost feels as if it could explode. Adam and I drove to the hospital on 8/8/08 at about 4:45 after my water broke. More than halfway there, Adam realized that he had not put any shoes on, so we were happy that he had packed his slippers in the labor and delivery bag. I laughed so hard because he was so calm the whole time we were getting ready to leave.
My blood pressure went crazy when we got there, so our perfect birth plan got thrown out the window. I was confined to the bed and the monitors which is the worst case scenario because gravity can't help you with the baby. I also had to be on Pit drops...the should be reserved for punishment in hell. Three failed epidurals and 27 hours later, Kenly was born after 2.5 hours of pushing. I'd do it all again in a heartbeat just to have her here with us. Adam was an amazing labor coach. He never left my side, and he always made me feel like I could do anything. We had amazing nurses at Mission...I really feel as if God sent me angels to help my accomplish my goal of delivering this child vaginally. I could not have done it without their help and encouragement.
We're at home now, and she is adjusting to life in the big bad world. She had some trouble with her bilirubin count, so we had to make two trips to the pediatrician for further tests, but she is on the mend now.
Now I'm just praying through breast feeding and sleep deprivation. I'll send more pictures later.
PS--Chance is adjusting well to his new little sister. This morning we had a family snuggle in the big bed.