2/17/15

Frances J Lang



We had an exciting weekend that all started on Valentines Day morning.

Around 9:00 AM I started getting induced since baby girl was measuring somewhat big and I was progressed enough to be admitted into the hospital. A couple hours of pitocin later and I was starting to get discouraged since I was still only dilated to a 5 and not feeling any excruciatingly exciting contractions. At 11:00 AM sharp my doctor came in and broke my water and told me to let him know when I wanted the anesthesiologist to come in with the epidural. Minutes later the contractions started coming on pretty strong and I mentioned to Geoff and the nurse that I was ready for that epidural.

A few more minutes later and I was mentioning again (a little louder this time) to the nurse that I was definitely ready for my epidural. Unfortunately for me, the anesthesiologist was caught up in a C-section so I was going to have to wait just a bit longer.  The baby on the other hand, was not waiting for anyone. The nurses and doctor kept calm and kept reassuring me that the anesthesiologist would be in any second, but as I saw them scrubbing up and start dancing around the room, I knew I wasn't going to be meeting any anesthesiologists that day. That's when the panic and fear sunk in and the (beginning of) swear words started flowing out.

I can't exactly remember or say what happened between about 11:15 and 11:30 AM, but I know it was terrifying and loud and amazing. I hadn't prepared myself for a natural birth and having it sprung on me last minute was definitely one of the scariest things I've ever had to experience.

In the end, I can laugh about it and hey, now I can say that I've done it. At 11:30 AM our perfect Frances girl was born, 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and 20 inches long. She had dark hair and the cutest nose and we fell hard and fast for her. She has the sweetest temperment and so far has been the best eater and sleeper. (I'm jinxing it, aren't I?) Her sisters love her and the first thing Ivy did when she ran into the hospital was rest her head on her belly and exclaim, "She's so caaayuuuute! Is this a dream!? Can we keep her!?"

We settled on the name Frances because she shares a Valentines birthday with her Grandpa Franklin, and her middle name 'J', after her Grandma Jan and her Grandma Joni. We checked out of the hospital 24 hours after she was born and having her home with us has been absolute heaven. It's always weird when you've only had someone in your life for a few very short, but long days and you already can't imagine life before them.

Frances J Lang, you're wonderful and we love you. Best Valentines Day ever.

9 comments:

Elizabeth Hurt said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful.

Kristin B said...

She is sooo precious, way to go you guys!!

Alicia Snow said...

She is gorgeous! Congrats mama!

Jessie said...

So sweet. Congratulations!

Tay said...

Amazing. Another gorgeous girl. I can't wait to see all of Francie's future interactions with her adorable big sisters. So fun. Annnnnddd... ouchy. The thought of no epidural haunts me. Good thing its all worth it. Glad that part is over and you get to love on that sweet baby girl. Congratulations Lang Family. You guys are the greatest. xoxo

LEAH HARKER said...

Such a beautiful baby and beautiful family! Exciting labor and delivery. My baby #3 was almost exactly the same. Fast- no time for epidural. I can totally relate to you. Such a scary experience. But we can do it! And you did it! Congrats!

malloryelizabethbrisson said...

What a great name! She's beautiful :)

Flower Wild said...

She's gorgeous! Congratulations!

moonshinejunkyard said...

Yay! You did it! And she is a heartbreaker indeed. Congratulations to your whole family!