My water broke around 7pm the night of Monday, April 27th, a little less than 24 hours before my scheduled C-section date. The temperature hovered at 90 degrees. We were about to take Eliza to a playground along the bay.
Since my water broke, I decided to brave it out and go for the real labor and vaginal delivery I wanted. I braved about five hours of intense contractions that came in one-to-two minute intervals from the hours of approximately 1-4am on the morning of April 28th but I stalled at five centimeters.
So Elena Michelle, all seven pounds, ten ounces of her, entered the world rather quietly via C-section at 10:22am on April 28th. Last year on April 28th, I landed in Israel with Eliza to see my best friend's eldest son Bar Mitzvahed. April 28, 2009 happened to be his 14th birthday.
I feel a little split in half from the surgery, but life as a single mom (with help from my own recovering Mother) is going okay so far. I've only been home from the hospital for one full day, so it's early yet.
I wasn't sure I'd love the baby, my feelings for Eliza re so intense. It's funny how fast you fall in love with that little football, the minute they slide the baby in your arms.