12 hours old 25/02
arrived at 7pm last Sunday, and has stolen all our hearts.
She is a beautiful little girl, and already we couldnt imagne life without her.
Its hard to believe that she is a week old .
She is feeding and sleeping well, although seems to prefer her big sleeps during the day!
all dressed and waiting for Daddy to pick us up and take us home 27/02
Her birth was a little dramatic. After waiting since 2am when I had my first leaking of hind-waters, I had managed to dilate to 6cm by 3.30pm with only mild pre-labour pains, and no very regular contractions. Ive never had to wait for my labours to kick in before, so it was a long day trying to get things moving. Our little princess was floating around in so much fluid, that there was no pressure from her head to start any 'real' labour happeneing. Too much fluid to attempt rupturing the membrains, so we had to wait for nature to take its course. By about4.15pm things finally started to happen! The contractions finally became regular and I was now actually in labour! By 6pm, the contractions were on top of each other, my blood pressure was through the roof, and after another internal I was still 6cm, she was still not engaged and so still wasnt putting any pressure on my cervix! I layed on the bed, and at 6.22pm my waters finally broke with a huge gush. The next half hour saw lots of painful contractions ( I did manage to do it with out needing any pain relief) I started pushing at 6.45pm and at exactly 7pm little Jacinta was born. Her extra long cord was wrapped tightly around her neck and twice around her body, so after a few scary seconds and one big hurried push, as they couldn't get it unhooked, she was born very blue, and whizzed off to the resus trolley for a few breaths of oxygen...they were the scariest few minutes of our lives, and the sound of her cries were the sweetest sound we had ever heard!
The doctor couldnt believe the length of her cord, or the amound of fluid that a was carrying....no wonder my tummy was so huge and felt like it was going to explode by the end of it all. This shot was taken on the Friday before she arrived. I was 39 weeks, and huge!
Im loving all these pretty pink clothes, and the pink cards, and the pink balloons, and the pink flowers. I never thought Id would be a mummy to a little girl. I was quite content with my three gorgeous boys, but obviously someone had different plans for my life, and Im so, so glad that we now have our little princess!
Caleb, Nathan and Isaac all adore their little sister. Isaac is always wanting to hold her, or "I hold him?" as he puts it, and is always telling me "cinta my baby!"
Caleb & Jacinta 27-02-08
Nathan & Jacinta 25-02-08
Isaac & Jacinta 29-02-08
Jacinta has been really settled since we came home, and Im feeling great. I guess thats the one good thing about feeling so crap towards the end of the pregnancy, once its over every thing feels SO much more comfortable, and even nights of broken sleep are so much more restful than the sleep I wasnt getting before.
Thanks so much for all the emails and messages of congratulations that have been arriving daily. We really appreciate them, and the fast that so many people have been thinking of us! By the looks of the hits on my blog over the past couple of days, lots of you have been checking in waiting for photos and more details LOL sorry I kept you waiting so long!