T and K- Friends and camera crew
J- Second Midwife
D- Third Midwife
L- the big sister
|I'm ready. A few weeks past my "Due Date"|
|Trying to nap|
*Contains pictures and video of actual labor and birth*
When I got home I called T to let her know that I could possibly be in labour. Tried to nap a bit but was not very successful, talked to T again and she decided to drive down because she lived four hours away. I tried to convince her not to come, this couldn't be it. It is a good thing she didn't listen to me because the contractions started getting stronger after we hung up. I called A to let her know what was happening and she said to call her if anything changed. T got here around eleven that night ad we hung out and watched movies between contractions. (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Robin Hood Men in Tights)
|Still able to joke between and watch movies|
I talked to K some time in the night and she headed here in the morning with her baby, and my mom came as well. When they all were here we decided to take a walk around the neighborhood for a little bit because my contractions were starting to get further apart but longer around 13 minutes apart and 2 minutes long. When we got home I wanted to drink the maple syrup in the fridge but no one would let me. Boo! So I had some graham crackers instead. L came home after church from my fathers house and A came to check me again. I was 4cm and he dropped a bit. A called D to come over and stay with me and do labour support while she was going to go home and try to get sleep again. D came and A left saying shed be back in the morning at the latest and if he hadn't come by then we would discuss breaking my water around 5am. My mom also decided to go home and take L with her.
|T applying pressure while D watches on and times a couple contractions.|
|D and Me|
|K applying pressure|
A came and I really don't remember much of labour after this besides me and A. I was trying to focus and staring into her eyes helped me not to get worked up during a contraction. J arrived after A around midnight. I remember everyone being there but not what was going on, I assume they got the room ready because when it was time to push the bed was prepared. She checked me and said that I was 8cm and he was really low. I was told that if I felt like pushing I could at any time.
|J offering a drink while I sat on the stool|
I cant believe I actually did it...
He was checked over and needed a little bit of oxygen and some suctioning but was healthy. Once the cord stopped pulsing A clamped it off and T and K cut the cord. The placenta was taking a bit to come out so they had me move back to the stool to try to help it along and I was given two herbs that don't taste good at all. Forty minutes after he came out the placenta was delivered and I moved back to the bed and they weighed and measure the baby and got him semi cleaned up. The midwives examined the placenta and took blood samples from it to check blood type. My friends put on some gloves and played with the placenta. While they were doing that J helped me to latch him on he nursed for a bit for the first time. They cleaned everything up and started the laundry and then tucked us into bed...
|K holding baby|
|T holding baby|
|8lb 6oz 21in|
|K and T playing with placenta while I nurse|
|Baby side of placenta|
|Mommy side of placenta|
|My lovely friends|
|My lovely midwives|
|L meeting her baby brother|