Evelyn Therese was born last night at 7:55 pm. She is 7lbs 2oz, 20 1/4 inches - a total peanut for our family (the smallest of the 5 grandkids even though she was not the earliest!). I'll try to get pictures up soon.
We got to the birth center and got all checked in around noon and after about 4 hours, two of which I spent in the tub with really strong contractions and the midwife and DH saying "you'll be pushing soon!" I was only at 4-5 cm and I was exhausted since we'd been up since my water broke at 2:45 am. At that point I started to think it was going to be just like Bruce's labor and delivery and I'd have another 4+ hours of these crazy contractions before I even got to pushing. I started to ask to go to the hospital to get an epidural and after about an hour where they tried to convince me that second babies would not take that long even if it had taken me a while to get to that point but I was not having it and we went to the hospital at about 5:30.
Apparently that was really all I needed becuase I think just knowing it was going to happen relaxed me enough that by the time the epidural was in I had two contractions and then had to push! Even the contractions I had while waiting for the epidural were not like what I'd been experiencing earlier and they were afraid I'd need pitocin - I just was so much more relaxed I think. The epidural was great and I couldn't feel the contractions but could totally feel the urge to push and what I was doing. After 20 minutes of pushing she was here. It was an amazing experience and I was so glad I was with it enough to really see what was going on and see her come out and get put on my chest. That was definitely the opposite of my first delivery. I did have some tearing (2nd degree and then some up front that needed stitching as well) and the midwife commented that she understood based on my anatomy why I'd had such a bad tear with Bruce - she even thought I might need an episiotomy again this time but luckily avoided it.
The only hiccup was that my blood pressure bottomed out when they tried to get me up to use the bathroom and moved up to maternity and I passed out. I woke up in the bathroom with 5 nurses around me and no idea what was going on and then had to spend two hours flat on my back before they tried to move me again. But its been fine since, they think I was just dehydrated from the heat and not drinking enough in labor. I took two bags of IV fluid and didn't have to go to the bathroom for almost 12 hours!
Anyway, she's absolutely gorgeous and doing well. Bruce has been in to see her and declared her "soo cute and soo teeny". We could not be happier with our new family of four!