Well, Hello! I finally have a moment to catch my breath and catch you up. Well, it appears that it is really just a moment since Ada is beginning her wake up stretches.
I wanted to give you all the brief version of her birth story. Mom had come out on January 26, just about when Ada was due (yes, I really did have a due date for her even though I told all of you that she was due in early february). We had about a week of catching up and being pregnant and then the following Wednesday morning I started having contractions. Or shall I say an intense backache that came in waves. Poor Noah, every five minutes or so he had to rub my back and make sure that the hot water bottle was in the right place. We called Louise, our midwife, to let her know what was going on and she suggested that we would probably be in for a 24 hour labor so we should relax and keep her updated on our progress and go into the hospital when we felt like we needed the extra support.
I could still talk through my contractions but we’d been working for 14 hours already so decided to check in with Louise and see how “far along” I was. Let’s just say that taking a car drive when you are having back labor is NO fun. And, true to Hannah form, I threw up several times along the way. Once at the hospital, everything looked fine. The baby’s heartbeat was good, my blood pressure was fine, everything was great EXcept… that I was only 1 cm. dialated. 1 out of 10 is not very good for 14 hours of labor and I was very depressed.
2 a.m. thursday morning
Mom and Noah took turns getting some real sleep and ministering to me and my backache. By 2 I wasn’t really able to sleep anymore and the contractions were one on top of the other. I didn’t feel like I was being a very good relaxed Momma anymore and I felt pretty defeated, assuming that I was probably only 3 cm. dialated.
8 a.m. thursday morning
We went into the hospital to be checked and to talk with Louise about ways to move the labor along before I was so tired that pushing her out was beyond me. You thought the first car trip was hard? This one was no picnic but at least we were planning to stay this time. Everyone was very relaxed at Tobey. The had a bath ready for me and after monitoring the baby and seeing that both she and I were fine, we were pretty much left alone waiting for Louise and the nurses to come and get started with the work of labor support.
So Mom and Noah were there during one contraction when I could feel the baby’s head so low that I didn’t know how to relax without pushing. that was weird and Mom decided that a nurse should hear about this. Thank goodness she did because I didn’t want to bother anyone and, since I could still talk through my contractions, figured this was me being a wimp. suddenly…
Action. The nurse came right in and checked me (I was 8 cm. dialated!) paged Louise, and began gathering all the equipment for delivery. I’ve never seen such excited people. And that is essentially when the work of pushing Miss Ada out began. Still took about 2.5 hours but I was so happy to be able to do that work that I don’t even remember any kind of transition phase.
Baby girl Paessel
Can I just say that Ada is beautiful and lovely and perfect? She was so present with us right away. She looked right at me and Noah and explored our faces. She stayed with us, lying on my belly, for almost an hour before any of the nurses took her to be weighed, cleaned up a little more and measured. She is an amazing gift.
Ada Beatrice Paessel
As many of you have noted, Ada Lovelace was the first computer programmer and the daughter of the poet, Lord Byron. She lived in the 19th century, and though disturbed in many ways, she was also a brilliant woman. Ada is also a palindrome! So now there are three palindrome’s in our family: Ada, Asa, and Hannah. Means – Prosperous and happy.
Beatrice is a name that my mother took for herself once upon a time. It means – She who makes others happy. So there is our Ada B.
And she is not very happy at the moment. Best go help her relax. More to come.