Emma surprised us about a week ago with an early arrival! She was 3.5 weeks early, but came out a whopping 7 pounds, 5 ounces.
On Dec. 30, I awoke to some sharp back pains at 5:15 a.m. I called the nurse on-call to ask about the pain and she suggested we head to the nearest hospital, which is Hilton Head Hospital. She called back a few minutes later and suggested that if I thought we could make it, to try to get to Savannah Memorial (where we planned to give birth) and to bring the labor bag. (Side note: we had just packed the labor bag the night before. Dustin thinks I subconsciously knew I was about to go into labor.) We thought it was just a false alarm until we noticed consistent heightening in pain on the way to hospital, about 5 minutes apart.
I was in labor for about 8.5 hours with a 2-hour nap in the middle. (After I was given an epidural, the nurse asked if I wanted to push or wait until the doctors got out of a chaotic surgery. I opted for the nap.) Emma was born at 2:53 p.m. at Savannah Memorial Hospital.
We named her Emma to honor my grandmother Irma, who is as strong-willed as they come. Lynn is in honor of my great aunt Lynn, who has achieved so much in her life and is a great role model of an independent woman.
Emma was released from the hospital on Jan. 4 after some issues with her biliruben levels. Other than that, she was perfect (at least in her mother’s eyes). Here are some pictures from the hospital. We will post more of her at home later.