Catherine Linda “Catelin” EconomosHere is how our baby girl came into this world…
At my 37 week check up, I was 3 cm dilated and the baby was fully engaged, so my OB expected me to deliver any day. Well, baby #3 apparently had different plans…for the next week and a half, I had contractions constantly. One day while I was at work they were coming every 5-8 minutes, so when I was finished seeing patients I went to the OB office for a labor check. I was still 3 cm, and after I went home, the contractions started spreading out into longer intervals. That was my first hint that baby #3 might be a girl…she was being stubborn and couldn’t make up her mind whether to stay in or come out!! haha :)
Around 12:45 AM on June 3rd, I started having very painful contractions- they were initially coming every 15 minutes then shortened to 8 minute intervals. I wanted to wait until they were every 5 minutes before we went in, so I got up to take a shower and finish packing my hospital bag. During that time, the contractions shortened to 3-5 minute intervals and Nick came over to watch the boys so Steve and I could head to the hospital.
It was just before 7:00 AM when we got to Northside. The nurse checked me and I was 5 cm dilated and in full blown labor. Shortly thereafter, I got my epidural (thank goodness for anesthesia)!
Our families came a couple of hours later. MJ and Ty did not like that mommy was stuck in a hospital bed hooked up to IVs, so we gave them lollipops and fruit snacks as a special treat. Here is our last picture as a family of four!
The labor progressed nicely. My OB actually drove in after church to deliver the baby -- she was 20 minutes away when I was going to start pushing and asked if I was comfortable enough to wait for her. Thankfully, the baby was not in any distress and I was able to hold off for Dr. M to arrive- she was even in her Sunday dress and heels! After Dr. M threw on her scrubs, I pushed 3 times, and baby #3 was born! I think Steve was in such shock that he paused a second before telling me it was a GIRL! I couldn’t believe it – I asked them to move the umbilical cord so I could see for myself! :)
It’s a GIRL!
Here is a video of Steve announcing the sex of the baby to our families (Ty is running around in the background some where)!
More pictures of our baby girl:
Right after the delivery with Dr. Middleton
Mommy and Catelin
Our first picture as a family of 5!
MJ and his little sister
We spent the standard 2 days in the hospital…by the end of our stay, I was more than ready to go home and get settled. Here are a few more pictures of us leaving the hospital: