My sister had her baby yesterday!
Born at 12:03am on Tuesday March 24 - Elijah Joshua was 8 ounces, 21 inches long with a head of about 14cm around. The whole experience was amazing for me - I'm so glad I was there this time as I wasn't there when my sister had Ezekiel.
She started feeling contractions around 6pm and by the time they got to the birthing center it was about 9pm and she was checked and measured to be at about 4 centimeters. When I arrived at about 10:30pm she was laboring hard and about an hour later her bag of waters broke. When the midwife checked & measured her then, she was already at 8 centimeters! Contractions were coming hard and she said she had the feeling to push and so they moved her into the bathtub. It all happened very fast then, and it took only about two good pushes to get him delivered. He was quiet yet very aware and it was just beautiful.
It was a drastic difference from her first birth - which was considerably longer. She was in inactive labor for about a day and a half before they went to the hospital. Even then they were there for about 14 hours before Ezekiel was born. In comparison - she shaved a good eight hours off the whole thing!
So far, he's stayed pretty quiet - and has been sleeping happily and nursing well :)