Labor was intense and fast. Only 4 hours this time and I felt focused and strong the whole time. It is certainly painful but once it is over I think to myself I would go through labor again and again for this perfect little person in my arms.
We had a hard time picking a name for her. She was going to be "Kate" for the majority of my pregnancy, but I was always so unsure. Then a couple days before she was born Scott and I were out at the Macaroni Grill writing names down on the paper table cloth and Scott wrote down Alana Ruth (after his Hansen grandparents). We both loved it, and really felt something special about it's meaning to our family. So even though we didn't have a final name until she was born it was clear that she was Alana when we met her. It was fun to call grandma Ruth and let her know her name. She said Alan was a great man and she misses him. We do too. Alana will be a "straight arrow-true heart" in honor of her great grandfather.
I love that we have four kids. I look forward to holidays and family traditions. I love right now!