Thanks so much for all of the good wishes, and sorry for the abrupt cessation of communication. After all of my whinging about having made no progress at my last checkup, to my great shock, I passed my mucus plug and started having contractions two days later. The morning of the third day, my water abruptly broke, so off to the hospital I went. The following morning, November 19th, Eggbert arrived.
The birth was difficult, but the ending was wonderful. I'll tell the birth story in detail soon. Meanwhile, I just wanted to announce her safe arrival, and give the vital stats.
Eggbert is a little girl. Born at 40 weeks, 6 days, she weighed in at only 2.88 kg (6 pounds 5 ounces). She is healthy and voracious. We love her passionately. I'm tearing up just writing this.
While she is utterly perfect, her mama is still a bit of a mess. My feet are so swollen that I swear they actually make a sloshing sound when I move, I had an episiotomy and a tear, so things down south are a bit fragile at the moment, and my pelvis is improving, but slowly. I can now walk without crutches, but it still hurts, so I'm trying to minimize my movements. None of this matters at all, though, because she's HERE!!!