Vitals: 9lb, 3 oz, thick Latina baby hair except blond frosty highlights, 21 inches, one crinkly ear and beautiful long fingernails.
Named: Cher, briefly Lovey (until everyone here shot that down), but we can't stop calling her Pixie and usually I just call her "Little Bear" since she's such a delightful chub.
Best Quality: The one inch deep layer of fat on her forehead. You can stick your finger on it and roll it around to make her face look like an ancient Japanese warrior.
Birth Story: I went in at 9:30 am with mild yet constant contractions. I gave my midwife the secret wink we had worked out and she made up some fluff story to the nurse about why I "needed" to be admitted even though they didn't have room for me that day. The nurse, very grumpily, took me to a room all the while telling me that there were other women who needed it more than I did. I just played it cool and let my midwife do the talking. They broke my water at 2:30 and labor progressed naturally from there. Delivered at 9:30 pm.
As far as drugs, I've mentioned I was worried about my self hypnosis not working so I asked for some drug (nubiden?) to "take the edge off." I thought at the time this meant the drug would take the edge off the pain, not my maternal propriety. A slight misunderstanding. Apparently, this drug was pirate grog and the only effect it had on me was to make me sing slurred camp songs and rave like a homeless person all afternoon. Spike was laughing his head off and the nurses were unsure of how to deal with us. Thankfully, however, my self hypnosis did actually work after two years of no practice and so between my fuzzy brain and hypnotized denial I had a pretty raucous time of labor. Cher came after five dedicated pushes. Alas, by the time she was born I was officially to the "dude" state of mind and just collapsed on the bed for another two hours before it really hit me what had happened.
So labor was crazy, Cher is a delight and I'm going to get on eBay and see if I can find some more of that pirate juice. Thanks for all your well-wishes in the last post! We are thrilled to have such a fantastic cheer squad.