My labor with her was pretty quick -- and I knew better some of the things I could do to help it along. When the doc arrived at the hospital at about 8:30 and saw me still walking the halls, he mumbled something about having been called too soon, that I wasn't even close if I was still walking. I had a different doc for each delivery, and even though this was our family doctor, he didn't know much about my birthings. Shortly before 10:00, my nurse (same labor nurse I had for Ali -- and she was an elementary school classmate) allowed me to get up and go to the bathroom. Well, that did it! Maddy was delivered a few minutes later by the nurse who was telling me not to push (I had no choice, of course) while DH was hollering down the hallway for the doctor who was visiting at the nurses' station (he didn't make it in time, but did knock about $300 off his bill); the nurse handed me the little baby bundle and said, "Here, hold her; I've got things to do!"
Happy 15th Birthday, Maddy! (My baby...)
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I am awaiting Helen A.'s mailing address -- she was the 67th entrant (the number chosen by my recently returned world traveler and "random number generator") and winner of the Inter- and Trans-Continental Connections of Mason-Dixon, Dairyland, U.K. and Europe, Homecomings, Birthdays, Candles, Cake, Beer, Dishcloth Cotton, and my 2.8-lb. loss Contest and will soon receive her prize, a copy of Mason-Dixon Knitting. Congratulations! I wish I could send a copy to everyone -- it was great to hear from so many people (and a surprising number of "locals"). Thanks for playing!! It's a good thing the drawing was held before tonight's weigh-in at WW, as I'm not so sure there will still be cause for celebration. ; )
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Katie's home! She had a great birthday in Munich (lots of beer, lots of kissing), a wonderful time overall, is very glad to be home. I'm so glad to have her home. Robyn suggested that Katie write a blog entry about her experience and I think that's a fabulous idea! Katie liked it, too, so there may soon be guest blogging! Today, she's doing her best Sleeping Beauty impersonation...