She weighed 7 lbs. and was 19 inches long.
Lula is after my paternal great grandmother.
I did not see us doing the bringing a baby into the world thing again. I feel like we are seeing everything through different eyes. Right now, they are a little clouded over with fatigue, but perspective is an amazing thing. I am hoping I may have gained just a little of that, and can put it to good use this time around.
I had a hard month leading up to her arrival. I had a lot of very painful, and confusing pre labor. But once we got the ball really rolling by breaking my water, things picked up and went smoothly and quickly.
All the reassurances that a fifth baby would come fast once I was in active labor were confirmed! I had gone from a 5 to a 10 in less than ten minutes! The epidural didn't even have time to fully set in!
Within a few minutes my doctor was there, and we were ready to meet our new daughter! Del recorded all of this with a propped up cell phone. It is fantastic and horrific, all at the same time for me to relive it! I am glad we have that amazing moment she is placed in my arms though!
There really are no words to describe that moment, when you meet someone who will be part of your existence forever from that point on.
It all ended up being the sweetest experience. We did not expect to feel that surge of emotion again in this life. I am so glad that we have been blessed with this baby girl, and all feelings of power and peace that we come with bringing a life into the world. Heavenly Father is truly mindful of all his children.
Lydie was handed right to me, and they didn't take her away for about an hour. They did all her shots and the initial checks while she laid on my chest. It was so amazing! I have never had the baby stay with me without being cleaned up for so long. Even after they sponged her off, and weighed her they gave her back and we got to stay right there for another hour. It was so calm and peaceful with just the three of us there. She nursed right away, and we watched her every move, pointing out how much certain features reminded us of all of our kids. We smiled at her little elf ears, all stuck to her head in a point from her tight quarters inside me, her teeny, tiny little fingernails that were a little ragged and had already scratched her face and the bottom of her foot in utero, and her cute little mouth as she let out soft cries, and her light red hair, and eye lashes, just like her sister!
I felt like I had been through the most intense weight lifting session of my life for a week after labor. My muscles were so sore!
I am so grateful for this healthy baby that came out pink and breathing on her own! An answer to my prayers from the moment I found out I was expecting! She is a sweet addition to our family. She could not be more welcome, or loved.