I was two days past my due date when I went into labor. It's hard to say wheather or not "I knew" I was going into labor that day or not but it certainly seemed that way. When your waiting for a baby to arrive the nesting instinct really becomes profound. In the days leading up to Ginger's birth I had cooked a few meals, baked brownies and cleaned everything in sight several times over. I spent most of the day I went into labor tending to my sick little Milton but did manage to take 2 showers and go to the grocery store just in case I went into labor.Pregnant woman are so odd. The circumstances surrounding the night I went into labor were anything but ideal and I think that's why I was fairly sure that was going to be the night.
That morning little Milton woke up with 102.5 fever. It was the first high fever he'd ever had. My mom, who was also little Milton's on call caretaker when I went into labor, also woke up sick that day. My husband, who is a working musician, had a gig an hour and a half away that night. Most of you probably don't know this but we are a one car family so that meant I was at home alone with no car and to top it off there was a snow storm coming. I knew there was a chance that I would go into labor while my husband was out of town playing his gig and that I would have to take a taxi to the hospital but I assured him it would be okay and sent him on his way. Oh and I forgot to mention it was a full moon!
He got home from his gig, crawled into bed and 15 minuets later I woke him with my first contraction. I am so grateful she waited for her daddy to come home because had I gone into labor a couple hours before, he likely would have missed her birth. It was a very close call.
I am so pleased to report that I was able to have 100% natural childbirth with Ginger which I was really, really hoping for and not only that but she was born just 2 hours and 16 minuets from my very first contraction. I only pushed twice. Isn't that amazing?
In fact she came so fast she missed the doctor who was in route to the hospital when Ginger was born so the wonderful nurses delivered her which suits me just fine. I am a nurse and really respect our profession. They did a great job. I thought the labor pains hurt just as bad as my first labor but I was much more prepared to deal with it this time around. The body is so amazing. I am in awe at how it knew exactly what to do this time around. I was in labor with Milton for 17 hours and Ginger for 2 hours. WOW! Amazing!!!
I went into labor at 1am, Ginger was born at 3:16am and we were home by 4pm that same day. We only spent a total of 12 hours at the hospital which was perfect for me. I couldn't wait to get home to see little Milton. I didn't even miss a single bedtime! Perfect!
So far Ginger is a lovely baby. She is very sweet and easy. She has a wide array of adorable coos and squeaks that she entertains us with. We are definitely still adjusting to being a family of four but I couldn't be happier or feel more blessed ot have two beautiful, healthy children and a wonderful, loving husband. I am truly blessed and grateful.
Here's a cute photo of her at just 2 days old and wide awake. I will try to get some more photos over the next week and post them soon.