Our nurse let my doctor know and started prepping the room for the delivery and showed me how to push. In the moment it felt like we had been there for days and like even though we were so close to having our little girl here, that we still had so far to go. I was so thankful to have Dan by my side and such an amazing nurse and my doctor there to help me through pushing. I started pushing at 11:30pm and Harper was born at 1:54 am. Pushing was such an exhausting but empowering experience. My epidural had worn off a bit, but I didn't want to press my button for more medicine because I was worried I wouldn't be able to feel everything as well and that pushing would be more difficult. I was definitely not expecting to be in labor for over 30 hours before Harper joined our family or the fact that I would have to push for over 2 hours, but once she was here, none of that really mattered. She was here, all 6 pounds 9 ounces and 20 inches of her!
Harper ended up having the cord wrapped around her neck so she needed some oxygen after a short period of skin to skin with me. Having her placed on my chest was the most surreal moment of my life. The nurses checked her out to make sure her breathing returned to normal and the rest of her health was good while my doctor did my stitches and finished cleaning me up. The couple hours after her birth were really a blur. At 2am after 31 hours of labor I was exhausted and overwhelmed and so happy to finally have her here! Our parents and my brother and his girlfriend all came in the room to meet her around 4am and then they gave us all a few hours to rest a bit. We spent another day and a half in the hospital and were so happy to finally be able to head home! We brought Harper home in the same outfit I wore on my first day home and arrived to our garage door all decorated. Now nearly two weeks later, I can't imagine Harper not being a part of our family!