I was up at 7 AM on Sunday to let my dogs out so I checked my phone. To my surprise there was a message from my daughter saying she was at the hospital already! Her water had broken while she was up around 5 AM to go to the bathroom. I immediately started getting ready to head to the hospital and wake up my 14 year old.
We arrived at the hospital around 8:30 AM after making a much needed stop at Starbucks. She was at the same progress since the week before and we were in for a long day. She got Pitocin around 10 AM and then her epidural around 11:30 AM. Her contractions leading up to her epidural didn’t seem too bad however towards the end I could tell she was in pain. She did such a great job of staying calm and breathing through the pain. She sat on a large ball to relieve some of the pressure on her back too.
She started pushing around 5:30.
I have to tell you how amazing her nurses were. (This might be gross to you, so don’t read any more of this paragraph). They did a wonderful job of massaging her perineum and keeping her area clean. They did such a great job that my daughter did not tear or have to be cut. She was able to push Mia out with no issues. If you have ever had an episiotomy this is AMAZING because those suckers HURT and take forever to heal. My daughter has no idea how lucky she is for that.
I cannot describe the emotions I felt seeing my granddaughter being born. It is so much more different than giving birth. First, seeing my daughter in pain was something that was difficult for me even though I knew she had to go through it. As a mother I want to relieve the pain and be there to comfort her. I had to step back and let her boyfriend do it for her and only be a backup, which is something I am not used to. Secondly, being in the on the receiving end of birth is indescribable. I could see Mia’s head for a while and kept thinking THAT IS NOT GOING TO WORK. Of course, it always does and it was beautiful. She delivered Mia Claire Trinidad-Cruz at 7:47 PM on Sunday, November 16th.
Mia has 10 perfect fingers and 10 perfect toes. She has a head full of dark brown, almost black hair. Her skin is a beautiful, creamy color and she is absolutely NOT an ugly baby. She is just gorgeous. She weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces and was 19 inches long.
To my daughter,
Meghann, I am so very proud of you. You handled your labor like a champ and even better than I expected. Your daughter is beautiful. I know you will be a kind and attentive mother to Mia. She is lucky to have such strong and caring women in her life. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of such a memorable moment. I look forward to spoiling the heck out of our princess. I love you both with all of my heart and soul.