Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Little Tortuga Arrives!!!

Sorry we've slacked off a little. Life has been busy with the new arrival.  It turns out that Little Tortuga is a wonderful baby girl. We named her Gabriella Victoria (but we will call her Ella).  For a blow-by-blow of what happened we will start with the day Ana went into labor and update from there....Ella (not Gabby) would like to thank everyone for all the emails, calls and texts. We had a long week with some minor bumps along the way, but the Kolodzinski family is happy to report that both Gabriella and Ana are doing well.

Without going into too much detail, here is a quick synopsis of the day Ana went into labor:

(Todd’s version of the story) On Friday morning, September 17 we woke up early in the a.m. and the Mrs. sprung a leak and did not have any contractions. We quickly called the doctor’s office and were told to book it to the hospital. With the mandatory calls into the grandparents, we made our way to the hospital. Sure enough her water did break, but the slow leak did not progress and the contractions did not start.  So began the induction….

I’ll cut to the chase. Once you get induced it is evidently very painful. Ana started active labor around dinner time.  I’m just the coach, but by 10:00 p.m. the contractions were fast and furious. We were trying to do a natural birth, but once you get induced, evidently it is too painful to not get the epidural. Sure enough before midnight, the contractions were one on top of the other with no breaks in between.  Also, it was “back labor” which is evidently extra unpleasant.  Ana described the pain to me as “I felt as though my spine was going to snap from the pressure." Some time after midnight she called for the drugs. Tune in tomorrow for the next episode....


  1. Congrats you guys! We've been checking the site every day waiting to hear excited she's finally arrived! Glad all is well & can't wait to see pictures. So in the end, she didn't arrive too far off her due date, but not on the coolest birthday in the world, July 30th :) Much love from all the Weier family in MN! Amy & Charlie, Elliot & Caroline

  2. Congrats you guys!! I too had back labor and opted for the wonderful epidural to help me save some energy for delivery time. Glad you are all safe, healthy and happy! Hope the transition to parenthood is going smoothly and you are enjoying every minute with your beautiful Ella..and managing to get some sleep. :)