Nina was born at 7:26 pm on January 5th. And in this corner……..weighing in at 9 lbs. 7 oz. at 21 inches in length!
We arrived at the hospital just after 5:00 pm and Marla was already 5cm dialated. She really wanted to be at least 4 cm, knowing how little fun it is to make the big trip and end up not being in labor. Marla has had epidurals with the other two girls, but over Christmas my cousin Jenny was encouraging her to give it a “SHOT” without one this time around. I had to conceded to the wife of course……..since I wasn’t the one that would feel the difference. By 6:45 pm or so she was at least 7 cm and ended up reaching the complete 10 cm around 7:15 pm. After maybe three or four strong pushes and squeezes of both of my hands…..my hero had a new daughter! No stitches needed…..with that large of a baby…..and no epidural……I’ve never been so amazed. She really was a trooper through this pregnancy and I admire her courage that’s for sure!
Nina’s blood sugar was low that night, so the doctors ended up requiring her to nurse Nina every two hours so they could get three positive counts of blood sugar. Marla ended up getting maybe an hour of sleep…..I was lucky to get 2-3 hours. We found out we couldn’t go home with Nina until 24 hours had passed, due to a PKU test she had to receive. The girls ended up spending the night with their Grandma Taviano and coming back up at 6:30 to get ready to take their sister home. They were very sad to have to leave her the night she was born, but just as excited to see her the next night!