Documenting this journey of renovating our first home. I have a small obsession with making everything myself. I should probably give credit to my mom for that. If we wanted something growing up, whether it be a batch of cookies, a new body for the go-cart, or a new dress her response was almost always "why don't you make it yourself", and two decades later I'm learning to appreciate that lesson.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Since this is a blog centered around home, I think it's only appropriate that the first post should be on my most boast worthy home creation... my daughter :) Baby #2 born at home in this very room I'm sitting in right now. It's been 3months already, but I'm still elated over the experience so you'll just have to endure my ranting lol. I'm so so so thankful to have had the home birth that I dreamed of (minus the tub of course). For lack of time, I'm just going to copy and paste the mini birth story I shared just after the event, typos and all..
"ok i'm gonna try to write this up real quick while i have a free moment and
before i forget everything... i'm not even going to go back and re-read it or anything so don't judge me for errors lol. still haven't' wrote up zander's.
first off i'd like to say this has been one of, if not the most incredibly amazing experience of my entire life. the whole concept of being at home in a peaceful environment. just me and jon and the few helpers. i could do whatever i wanted. move however wanted. get in whatever position i wanted and ultimately do what worked best for my situation with the professional advice and support there when i needed it, but not forcing me to hurry up and fit in their time schedule. midwives and doulas deserve huge medals! i cannot even begin to explain how grateful i am to have had the experience i did and the ability and opportunity to birth my baby in the healthiest possible way. i also thank God for blessing us with such healthy pregnancies and deliveries that make that possible. so...
July 13th woke up having contractions. had a feeling it was gonna be the day but
didn't want to get my hopes up or send out any false alarms so i dealt with them
as long as possible. by the evening they were getting pretty strong and closer
together. i think about 9-10 i finally decided it was the real deal and about
midnight my doula, Amy, made it over. Jon and zander were asleep int he living
room. my mother-in-law came over about 1am to help with zander. he woke up when i
was upstairs and finally went back to sleep a little while later and slept late
this morning. my regular midwife was out of town so i called another one who was
attending a birth at the time, she made it here around 2-3ish i think (still off
on times) and baby came at 5:22am. i was sooooo looking forward to a water birth
but that didn't work out lol. i had amy and my mother-in-law wake jon up after
the midwife got here to set up the birthing pool. he put it together in the
living room, filled it up, and the sides collapsed flooding the living room in a
few inches of water lol. so he put it back together and filled it again and i
could NOT wait to get in there. my contractions were getting pretty unbearable.
by the time i got down stairs and was heading to the pool i knew pushing time
was getting close. well i only got to be in the water for a few minutes because
it was about to collapse again (they forgot to put the bottom in) sooo.... that
was highly disappointing but baby came VERY quickly after i got out. i ended up
on the cough for a bit and finally on the floor on my knees resting my head on
jon when i pushed her out. it was SUCH an amazing experience! i felt every
little detail. incredible! i only pushed a few times and she was out. perfect in
every way. i looked down to see if she was in fact a girl like
we all suspected and she was :) i moved to the couch with her still attached to
me via the cord and held her for a little while waiting on the cord and all
that. she was wide eyed as can be. i was going to try breastfeeding her. i
pulled her up on my chest but before i could get her latched on she literally
just jumped right at it and did it all her own. it was so cool. she weighed 9lbs
and 10 1/2oz. 21 inches long. needless to say the newborn diapers did not fit,
same with zander. the midwife gave me a shot of pitocin and some herbs to help
get the placenta out. jon cut the cord. she had her first poopy ;p it's about
8pm now and i feel pretty good but still cramping a lot. i almost forgot the
pain doesn't all go away as the the baby is out but oh well. it was more than
worth it :)
most of you all know we had absolutely no idea when my due date was supposed to
be. i just had to make a random guess in the beginning which put me at the end
of may, then we changed it to June, then i had an ultrasound later on that put
me at July 1st but that agian can be off as much as 4 weeks so needless to say
we hadn't any idea how far along i really was. well after she was born and
checked out and all that, the midwife said she had all the signs of a perfectly
full term baby and did not appear to be overdue at all."