Oh Angel, many congratulations to you and the proud Daddy.
Persephone is absolutely beautiful.
I love the name, absolutely adore it.
Welcome to the world (and the Nameberry family!) Persephone.
She is adorable and her name is stunning.
Congratulations! Beautiful baby with a beautiful name.
@ Emma -- actually, once I got in there, the fear completely went away. As a matter of fact, I didn't even feel the contractions for a good long while. I didn't feel them till I was closer to 5 cm dilated and then they just hit really hard, which is when I had a low dose epidural. I hit 10 cm about 3 hours later at which point I told the nurse "Hey, I'm feeling new things so you should check me." They did, and an hour and a half later, Persephone was here. It didn't so much as hurt during the pushing as feel like intense pressure. It didn't hurt nearly as bad as I thought it might and the L&D nurse said she'd never seen anyone push the way I did. I ended up on my side holding on to my ankles with my legs pulled up.
All in all, I'm very happy with how it went.
Here's the photo link for the online announcement. http://www.conwayregional.org/SeetheBabies