On 1/26/15, at 3:58 a.m., 6 days late, my husband John and I welcomed our princess; Annabelle Christine Conti. She was 21 inches long, 8 lbs 2 oz, and the most perfect thing we’ve ever seen! She has daddy’s nose and lips, and definitely mommy’s eyebrows and teeny toes. I can’t believe we made her. I can’t believe we made something so beautiful.
I won’t go into gruesome detail about the delivery, but I will say things didn’t go as planned. I woke up Sunday 1/25 at 3:00 a.m. with contractions, and began vomiting between each one. After having Braxton Hicks my whole pregnancy, there was finally no question that she was about to make her appearance. I’ll be honest, and some people may hate my for saying it, labor was not that bad. I arrived at the hospital at 7:30 a.m. and by noon I was 7 cm dilated. With no medication. If it wasn’t for the nausea, I probably would’ve labored at home a lot longer. Because I was progressing so quickly, I had my epidural at noon. We both assumed we’d meet my princess within the next few hours. I was wrong.
While I was fully dilated by 6:00 p.m., she wasn’t descending. I continued to labor on my own so she could move herself down. I didn’t started pushing until 11:30 p.m. By 3:00 a.m. on the 26th, after 3 1/2 hours of pushing and almost no progress, we both knew something wasn’t right.
The first time I cried during labor, was when I was told I needed a c section. It wasn’t part of the plan. It was major surgery. I was scared, I was disappointed. But I trusted my OB, and my baby was more important than me in that moment.
The second time I cried during labor, was when I heard her for the first time, and saw the tears in my husbands eyes. It was all worth it.
We’ve been blessed with a miracle. She sleeps four hours at a time. She hardly ever cries. She eats like a champ. It also doesn’t hurt she has the most precious face I’ve ever laid my eyes on.
Okay I’ll stop gushing now…here’s what everyone is waiting for anyway. Pictures of my princess!!