Our beautiful daughter, Carolina (pronunced in Spanish Ca-ro-lee-nuh, not like the state), was born on April 3rd, 2016 at 4:56 pm. She was born in Langen, Germany where we live. My mom came for Carolina´s birth and to watch Liam while we were in the hospital.
Carolina arrived in true Spanish style…one week late! On April 2nd, we were getting a little antsy, thinking she wasn´t going to arrive before my mom had to go back to the states. So we opted to try the eggplant parmesan trick! In Kennesaw, Georgia, where I’m from, there is a restaurant called Scalini’s and they are famous for their eggplant parmesan which helps mother’s go into labor and give birth. (check it out here: http://www.scalinis.com/main-babies.html ) So we found the recipe online and made it. That next day I went into labor… so it definitely works.😉
Here is the rest of Carolina’s birth story, so if you don’t want to read about babies being born, skip this part….
On April 3rd, I woke up in the morning with contractions. They weren’t that bad since I actually knew what contractions were this time.
When we got to the hospital (around 10 am), they ran the CTG and checked to see if I was dialated. At this point, we knew my water hadn’t broken and I was about 1 cm. They told me that they were going to do an ultrasound, and then I could go home and wait. While doing the ultrasound, they noticed that I had too little amniotic fluid left. I then could not go home and had to stay. Carolina had to be born on that day or I would be induced. So we were sent to our room and told to come back at 1pm and they would do another check.
At 1pm, we returned, and I was then dialated to 3 cm, which meant the labor was progressing and they most likely wouldn’t have to induce. They asked me if I still wanted an epidural, and I said YES! of course I do. These Germans and their all natural births…no thank you!!! They prepared everything for the epidural which took about 30 mintues, and then I had to wait for the anesthesiologist to come. The nurses called him to tell him to hurry up, because this was my second child and the baby would be here soon. I think, we waited about 15 more minutes, and just as he was arriving, they checked me again and I was 6 cm. The older, more experienced nurse, told me it was too late for an epidural, that the baby was coming fast, and that I could definitely give birth without it, this being my second child. So I said, ok, fine no epidural. The last 5 minutes before she was born were HORRIBLE! I was definitely screaming and pulling Rafa’s arm off. But really, the 5 minutes of horrible pain were doable. What I CANNOT imagine is being in labor for hours after hours and not having an epidural. I would NOT have wanted to do that with Liam.
Carolina did have the umbilical cord around her neck when she came out. They swooped it off her, and gave her a few pats on the back, and then she started crying. And then, I got to hold her. She was beautiful!!!! I love how once they put the baby on you, they stop crying, like she already knows that you’re her mom. The first thing we noticed was how much she looked like her brother when he was born. We got to snuggle for a while, and then they weighed and measured her. She was 3.21 kg (7lbs) and 51 cm (20 inches)….a perfect little girl! We were then taken to our room. That night all she wanted to do was eat!!! Or at least suck!! I don’t think either of us slept at all.
The next morning Rafa went to take Liam to the kita (aka daycare) and bring my mom to meet Carolina. While Rafa was gone, the doctors came to visit and had some unexpected news. Although Carolina was perfectly fine, her blood test showed that she could have an infection. This might have been due to the fact that I had to receive antibiotics because of Streptococcus B. Supposedly if the mother receives antibiotics while in labor, then the baby is fine. Since she came so fast, they thought that maybe I didn’t receive enough antibiotics to keep her from the infection. They assured me she was fine, but I was still upset. Especially since she would have to go to another hospital because Langen doesn’t have a Children/Infant’s unit. So I called my mom and Rafa and told them to hurry up. The worst part was that they sent her in an ambulance and we had to go meet her at the other hospital. Now, looking back on it all, I know she was fine, but it was quite traumatic having the doctors “take her” the morning after she was born. Once she left in the ambulance, I checked out of the hospital, and we all drove to Darmstadt (about 30 min away) to meet Carolina there.
The children’s hospital in Darmstadt was a great place. They took great care of Carolina and we couldn’t have asked for better nurses. Carolina received two antibiotics for 7 days and then we were finally able to go home with our healthy girl!