Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Welcome to the World, Rosalina!

We're happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful baby girl! Huge props to God for such a smooth pregnancy, easy delivery, and healthy baby. Plus, she's the first female to be born in K's family for the past 2 generations. We are so blessed indeed!

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. :)

Princess Rosalina and Luma star

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. :)


thegamerswife said...

Congratulations A on your new baby!! I haven't blogged in years, but I have kept you in my reader and continue to enjoy your posts. I got the biggest kick out of your name choice because that is THE NAME that the gamer and I had picked out for our baby, and YES, it was from the character! Alas, we won't be having any children now, but it warms my heart to see that our name was chosen by a fellow gamer's wife for her little girl! Best wishes to you and your family and baby Rosalina!

A Gamer's Wife said...

@thegamerswife - Oh my goodness, you are so sweet! I think Princess Rosalina is such a great character. Clearly great minds think alike! Thank you again for continuing to read my blog; it's comments like these that really keep me going. :)

Unknown said...

Congratulations! What a happy birth story! How's Big Brother doing with the new addition?

A Gamer's Wife said...

@Jennifer - He's actually doing really well! Given Dexter's personality, I didn't think he would be interested in his new little sister at all, but he really likes holding her in his lap and touching her face. There's some increased clinginess on his part, but I'm hoping that both kids will quickly adjust to having to share my time/attention. :)