(This post, fittingly, courtesy of Sara)
Most of Sunday seemed like any other day. I was only one day past my due date but had convinced myself I would be at least a week late, so I wasn't too upset. We even took a few pregnancy pictures. Little did I know I would be going into labor that night.
My waters (as they say here) broke around 10:30pm Sunday night and contractions soon followed. Much to my surprise and dismay all of the pain was in my back. I labored throughout the night. We tried to sleep but with contractions coming inconsistently every 2-10 minutes it was difficult. We spoke with the midwifes at the hospital and were told to come to the hospital in the morning. We arrived at 10am. After an initial assessment there were some concerns that I had developed preeclampsia. Blood tests were done and about 2 hours later I was determined to be fine. At the same time we found out I did not have preeclampsia, meconium was discovered. This meant that the baby's heart rate and my contractions would have to be continuously monitored and I would not be able to deliver in the midwifery unit as hoped.
As is common with back labor, progress was slow and painful; further, my contractions never became regular. After almost 28 hours of labor it was time to push. There were some complications along the way that made the doctor and midwifes think she might have to be taken to the nursery immediately after birth. They warned me she might not cry. Right after the final push I heard a sweet little cry. Kate Sophia was born! She was healthy and didn't have to leave us. Shawn and I were left alone and spent the next three hours with Kate. It was an amazing time bonding with and getting to know our little girl. We are so thankful for a beautiful, healthy daughter.
Kate Sophia Bawulski- born February 2nd, 2010 at 2:22am. 7lbs 3oz, 20 inches.
A few words of explanation on her name:
Kate means “pure”; Sophia means “wisdom”. It is our prayer that Kate Sophia will seek godly wisdom, that we would raise her wisely, and that her life will be marked by purity of heart in her love for the Lord.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. (James 3:17)The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)
More pictures at: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2020284&id=119401026&l=26f9f591ed
Welcome Kate Sophia!