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The Faures* are no longer two but three

(*When we say our name for non-Francophones, we often simplify things by pronouncing it as "four") 

Home from the hospital with our baby girl, a 7.29 lb, 19.5" bundle of pure joy.


At 22:22 on Oct 21, my water broke, and off we rushed to the hospital. Soёlie Anne was born 5 hrs and 50 minutes later on Oct. 22...and to think that the midwife, after examining me, told Julien he might want to go home because the birth was not going to happen that night.

Thank goodness he didn't listen!

The midwives moved me from the examination room to the prep room and left Julien and me to rest as best we could, which wasn't very well because I began vomiting with every other contraction.  After two hours of that, I asked Julien to get the midwife to check my cervix again and to give me a guessimate of how much time I had left. When she told us I was only at a four and that I had 6 hours at least of dilation ahead of me and then two more for the baby to move into place, I cracked and asked for the epidural.  I knew that with the constant vomiting and head-to-toe sweats that I was going to be exhausted by the time it came to push.

The midwife transfered us to the birthing room and put me on an IV. She then looked in my file and could not find the anesthesiologist's report. In the meantime, my contractions were getting worse.  She put the monitoring belt on me and I tried to turn on my side to better deal with the next contraction. The pain was excruciating. Back onto my back I went. Seeing the state I was in, the midwife checked my cervix again. In the space of 30 minutes, I had gone from a 4 to an 8. Too late for the epidural.  Thank the Lord. I didn't want one to begin with and was finally spared it.  "At least another hour," the midwife said as she and her assistant prepared to leave the room.

I didn't want her to go because I felt that the baby was ready to come.  Hoping to get her to stay, I told her I was going to go to the bathroom on myself because I had heard that's what "the moment" feels like, and she got back into position. "Yep, this is it," she agreed. The baby's heartbeat began to slow too much, so the midwife put me on oxygen.  Six minutes of pushing and Soёlie, with a very fish-like wriggle, was amongst us.  Happily the birth was a rapid one because she had the umbilical cord wrapped twice around her neck.

And as soon as I saw her, I couldn't remember what pain I had just been in, I couldn't imagine why I had wanted an epidural. Julien was so proud of me and overwhelmed with joy to see his little girl.  Pure bliss.

Since I started this post with a mention of pronunciation, I'll add another about Soёlie's name. It is three syllables:

So
ё = pronounced like the E in "egg" or "edge"
lie = Lee

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frigg
Oct. 28th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
And now I get to squee! SQUEEEEEEEEE!

Congratulations!!!!
mnfaure
Oct. 28th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
Did you squee? I didn't hear you. ;)
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mnfaure
Oct. 31st, 2010 10:07 am (UTC)
Thank you so much.
queenoftheskies
Oct. 28th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
Oh! Oh! Happy!

CONGRATULATIONS!!! And, welcome to the world, little one!

What a lovely name.
mnfaure
Oct. 31st, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
Thanks! We are still on cloud nine and finding it hard to come down to earth. :D
sunflower_sky
Oct. 28th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
YAY!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Wow, what a first birth!!! A lot like mine. :) (4.5 hours, 1.5 hours from 3 cm, and a baby with the cord wrapped twice around the neck and a few other times around the rest of him.) I'm surprised the midwife was so pessimistic about your progress, just from reading your description I would have told you you were in transition. I'm glad she decided to check you before the epidural! And that you told her you had to go to the bathroom... her nonchalance borders on negligence. She could easily have walked out, lumping you with all the other first-birth statistics, and let you give birth right there and then by yourself.

Conclusion: never ask anyone how much time you have left. They don't know and have no way of knowing. Only your body knows. :)

I'm so glad to hear it went well :) Wishing you lots of joy, many hours of sleep and an abundance of milk. What does Soёlie mean?

~D
mnfaure
Oct. 31st, 2010 10:21 am (UTC)
*shudders* I can't imagine if she had left me there and Julien having to deliver Soëlie!

And as you to your conclusion: You are spot on. If we get pregnant again, I won't be asking that question!
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mnfaure
Oct. 31st, 2010 10:25 am (UTC)
That wriggle sensation was the best! I felt so peaceful when I knew she had made it into the world.
asakiyume
Oct. 28th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS!

And what an amazingly beautiful name you've picked; I love it.

And my goodness, your descriptions brought it all back :-)
mnfaure
Oct. 31st, 2010 10:44 am (UTC)
Yep, we think her name is just as sweet as she is. :D
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mnfaure
Oct. 31st, 2010 10:45 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. :D
mmerriam
Oct. 28th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
Congrats!
mnfaure
Oct. 31st, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
thanks, Michael!
clarentine
Oct. 28th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
Yippee! Welcome to the world, Soёlie. And congrats, Miq and Julien!
mnfaure
Oct. 31st, 2010 10:48 am (UTC)
Thanks, Chris. I'll speak for Soëlie and say that she is happy to be here. :D
learningtoread
Oct. 28th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
WONDERFUL! Absolutely beautiful name, too! Congrats!
mnfaure
Oct. 31st, 2010 10:48 am (UTC)
Thank you!
rabiagale
Oct. 28th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
YAYAYAYAY!!!! I'm glad neither of you listened to the midwife. :P

Pictures, please???
mnfaure
Oct. 31st, 2010 10:51 am (UTC)
I'm very glad we didn't as well. Talk about disappointed if ever Julien would have gone home. We live 45 minutes from the hospital, so he would never have made it back in time.
mindseas
Oct. 28th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! Well done!! Congrats to you and Julien, and welcome to the world, Soёlie!!!
mnfaure
Oct. 31st, 2010 10:52 am (UTC)
thanks, Bonnie. It was hard while going through it, but the end result was well worth it. :D
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mnfaure
Oct. 31st, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
It makes me teary-eyed to know you were teary-eyed. :D
cathemery
Oct. 28th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
oh BABY! Congratulations, hurray, and all that good stuff!!
mnfaure
Oct. 31st, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
Thanks ever so much. :D
melinda_goodin
Oct. 28th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Welcome to Soёlie Anne! Congratulations to you and Julien and I am so happy you are all well and happy and home :}
mnfaure
Oct. 31st, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
Thanks, Melinda. It is good to be back home with our little darling.
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