|Ingrid Elizabeth, 13 days old.|
Hello! Since I last posted, our daughter joined our family. We are thrilled to welcome Ingrid Elizabeth, who was born at Lenox Hill Hospital here in New York at 8:30AM on Friday, May 30, 2014. She weighed 6 pounds, 15.8 ounces, and was 20 inches long. She was born with a ton of soft dark hair!
The baby's due date was May 26th, and once my pregnancy passed that date my doctor and I agreed to schedule an induction. I had a healthy, mostly normal pregnancy, but did have a lot of extra monitoring due to my age (36 - which is NOT old, but is "Advanced Maternal Age" according to the folks who decide these thresholds). Toward the end I also had a great deal of pelvic bone and joint discomfort, so I was absolutely OK with scheduling the induction, particularly upon learning that the baby was moving down, my cervix was getting ready, and that things were generally progressing on their own. So, we were scheduled to start the induction at 6:30AM on Friday, May 30th.
|The last awkward pregnancy selfie I took before giving birth. I think this was taken earlier on Thursday, May 29th.|
Thursday night around dinner time (maybe 9PM?) I started having some pretty intense cramping, but I didn't think I was in labor because the cramps never really stopped or started - it was just a constant dull ache. John and I ordered Mexican food for delivery and I could hardly eat. I was texting with friends who all told me to watch out, and to time them, but I honestly didn't think there was anything to time! I went to bed around 11PM and slept until 1AM, at which point the cramping was too much to sleep through. I got up, took a shower, and wandered around for a while, still convinced that I wasn't really in labor. Eventually, I realized that this was it. My contractions had clear beginnings and endings, so I woke up John and we timed them. At 3:30AM, they were about 45 seconds long and 2-3 minutes apart, but still varying a lot. He made me call my OB - I was prepared to just wait it out until 6:30AM when we had to go to the hospital for the induction anyway, but of course he was right. The doctor told us to head in early, and she called the Labor & Delivery staff to tell them we were on our way.
The car ride was hard! I had been doing the breathing exercises and walking around during the contractions, so to have to sit there was no fun at all. John did great, though, and only ran 1 red light.
We got to the hospital around 4:30AM. My water broke on its own about an hour later (thankfully - I really wanted as little intervention as possible and that crochet-hook thing they use to break your water looks pretty awful), and after that the contractions escalated crazy fast. The anesthesiologist placed my epidural around 6:30AM, and then I tried to rest for a few minutes, but my OB stopped by to check me around 7-7:30, said I was ready to go, and that she was going to finish her rounds, come back, and then I would start pushing! Exciting!
Once my doctor came back, it was go time. Ingrid was definitely ready to come out, because I only pushed through three contractions - about 10 pushes all together - and it only took a few minutes. She was born at 8:30AM! I feel extremely grateful that her entrance into the world went so smoothly, and that I didn't have to be induced.
|Our little family, the day after Ingrid was born.|
We brought her home the following Sunday, and have been getting to know each other in the two weeks since. John and I are over the moon that she's finally here.
Her room came together in the past few days, after my father-in-law kindly installed her book ledges. As a reminder, here are some "before" shots:
|Crammed with crap, before we bought this apartment. Scary.|
|After we had some of the stuff cleared out - note the rad old towel window covering and the pile of sticks by the radiator.|
And here's where it starts to improve:
|During our contractor's work - we added the overhead light fixture, skim-coated and painted all the walls (the paint color in here is Benjamin Moore's "Calm"), replaced the doors, and refinished the floors.|
|Getting started. We had this jute rug from West Elm in the living room in our last apartment. The big mirror was in our bedroom - I think it was from Ikea, but I bought it on Craig's List.|
|The sparkly drum light fixture is from Lamps Plus. The Graco swingy thing didn't stay in that spot for long - we moved it out into our living room once the baby arrived, because she naps in it during the day. The dresser is the Hemnes from Ikea, but I replaced the knobs with fun glass ones. The curtains are from West Elm - they were also repurposed from our old living room. We got the Babyletto Hudson crib from Amazon. In this room, I did a mix of gray and elephant stuff with brighter red and orange accents. It's a little random, but I like it.|
|Here's how that corner looks now that we moved the swingy thing out. This is my mom's old rocking chair - she rocked me and my brothers in it! She had it refinished and shipped out here, and it looks beautiful. I love it - it's been great for late night feeding time. The orange and red pillows are Marimekko, and the gray storage ottoman is from Overstock. I did a little gallery wall back there, with some elephant pictures I had and some other pieces that have red and orange accents.|
|A closer look at the crib area. I knitted that brown-gray blanket. My signed Christo The Gates print is perfect in this spot. Oh, the gray crib skirt is from Restoration Hardware. I'm actually not wild about it, but it's OK for now.|
|Looking back at the door. I had that red and white Marimekko fabric panel in our guest room/office in our last apartment. My grandparents gave me the cedar chest.|
|Here's Ingrid's little book collection! My father-in-law kindly hung these Ikea ledges last weekend, which was awesome, because there's no way I would have ever had the time or energy to do it.|
That's all for now - I still have one last post on our master bedroom and bathroom, but the new apartment tour is wrapping up! Have a great weekend.