Went into labor on Thursday morning (3:30) and waited to time the contractions a while before waking people (very nearly a mistake). Spouse apparently didn't believe baby coming or would be as fast as all our other babies, because he opted to stay and go to work while my mom drove me in to the hospital. His loss. Mom was very pleased to be first to see and hold baby's hand and comfort her during after-birth measuring and all. Aside from me, she was first to hold baby.
Anyway, baby girl was 19.25 inches long, 6 pounds and 2.5 ounces. Has BLACK hair (only one with my hair color of all the kids). She is absolutely gorgeous (I'll post pics later, but she is on the hospital website at http://www.alaskaregional.com/cpm/w-index.html ). Unfortunately we still haven't agreed on a name (and I haven't finally just doneit) so our baby is the only one on the site without a name. It's just "Baby" with the date and ime and state of birth.
It was an exciting trip to Anchorage. The only blizzard we've had in months, no studded tires, slippery roads and morning commuters that ground to a near stop at Eagle River as my contractions were fast reaching the "give-birth-now" point. i called spouse at Ft. Rich turnoff and told him to get to town because baby would be here this morning. He was already nearly at work (an hour from home and at least two from Anchorage). My water broke qt Muldoon Road exit. At Bragaw I informed mom we needed to be at howpital NOW. I called and had emergency people waiting. We pulled inwrong way to Emergency door (as we had on a previous visit so I could be gotten out). An officious security guard tried to tell mom we were in the wrong way and had to go around the right way. She told him she had other priorities right now and we had the emergency people get me out. Then mom went to park, girl wheeled me to the delivery area. There, the nurses asked me how I was and I said "I'm having a baby." They responded with "Oh, okay. Well let's take care of paperwork and settle you in."
"No, you don't understand. I'm having the baby NOW. It is coming out."
"How do you know?"
"I can feel it. I've been through this four times before."
Then they hurried. Got me in bed in a room, realized I was right and baby was RIGHT THERE and grabbed a passing doctor to deliver (happened to be doc on call for deliveries).
Meantime, mom was locked out of hospital and had to walk around to emgncy to get in. Didn't come in the roomwith me b/c "so many people already". Then baby cried and mom says "Oh! She had the baby!" I'd only been telling her for a few miles.
So, I ended up having the baby WITHOUT any comforting person around, so I think I get veto power on names.
Mom to my spouse on phone: You have a daughter.
P.S. - I typed this last week and thought it had been eaten in the computer innerspace, but it was saved! Yay! Sorry not up sooner.
And her name is Oriana Alisa.