It's been an entire week since the day my Husband and I received the best surprise!
Early Monday morning, on a summer day at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA
Khemaiah Elizabeth Antongiorgi
entered this world and took our breath away!
We waited patiently (maybe not so patient toward the end) for 39 weeks and 1 day! The entire nine hours of labor was excruciating but oh so worth it in the end. I'm so proud of myself for sticking to what I had originally planned. I even pushed myself further and used some lessons learned from my first pregnancy & delivery.
1) I said I wanted to do a surprise birth. As much as I wanted to tell the ultrasound technician to let me know, I stuck to my word with this one! It took much discipline, but the reward at the end is pure bliss!
2) This was my second natural birth. With GiGi I sat in the hospital bed and didn't want to do anything else! I was even tempted by the Dr to get an epidural, but was denied because of my low platelet count. This time, I walked around the hospital for two hours, and chose to sit on the birthing ball for a bit to allow baby to come down more. I was in constant prayer, thanking God in advance for seeing me through that temporary pain. I had the staff continue to ask if I'd like for them to break my water to speed up the process (quite annoying might I add), I denied it and told them I want the baby to come on its own.
3) The anticipation to see this baby was so real, I gave one good push with four breaths and she was OUT! Comment below if you'd enjoy the entire birth story on my YouTube channel!
The moment they yelled, "It's a GIRL!" and put her on my chest, I boo-hoo ugly cried! Both my Husband and I thought it was a boy! The joy that filled the air was just too much for that delivery room! I immediately felt the responsibility to be nothing short of the best woman I could be for her!
My baby girl's name is dedicated to our Mothers. Mom chose Khemaiah after hearing a speaker at her church whose name is Shemaiah, meaning "That hears or obeys the Lord". She just replaced the 'S' with a 'K'. There's a 'K' name trend in my family for the girls. Elizabeth is my Mom-in-Love's first name. Khemaiah is her first granddaughter.
Thank you to my Sunflowers for tagging along this journey with us! From the announcement, to the baby shower, maternity pictures, and birth, you all have been so encouraging, supportive, and uplifting!
Be on the lookout for a few postpartum goodies, featuring WildBird Ring Sling and The Spoiled Mama!
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