Even though this was my second pregnancy, I got to experience many things for the first time with Rosalina's birth. I wasn't induced so I was able to count contractions at home, and my water broke naturally on its own. I got the perfect epidural and was able to feel each contraction without pain. When it was time to push, K put on the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow soundtrack so that I could have some epic, adrenalin-pumping battle music in the background. Four contractions later, and she was born! All in all, I was in Labor and Delivery for just 4 hours, and because of my fast recovery, we only stayed one night on the hospital. It was absolutely the best birth I ever could have wished for!
We had a hard time choosing her name and didn't actually finalize it until a week before. As for her blog alias, it comes from the video character Princess Rosalina, the latest female character to join the Mario series. Unlike Princess Peach, she's not your typical damsel in distress and instead is the adoptive mother and protector of the Luma stars. She's wise, kind, and thoughtful – all qualities that we hope our daughter will one day be. :)
Anyway, I hope to cover some baby-related DIY projects in the next few weeks, such as our ongoing nursery decorations and my attempt at amateur newborn photography. Now that I'm nursing every 3 hours, hopefully I can jot a few sentences during those late night feeding sessions. :)