But I'm NOT pregnant anymore and I never will be again so I get to do this again! Eventually, I will go make posts about things that happened this year and then this blog will be less swiss-cheesey.
Anyway... about that baby...
He came out in my bedroom. With no drugs. Because I'm amazing.
Also? That really hurt.
Also? Matthew caught him. On purpose!
Here is the Slideshow done by the Amazing Jessica.
The Birth Story:
After two long weeks of false-starts and lots of contractions that went *nowhere*, our amazing Midwife, Jodilyn, was able to stretch my cervix wide open to 6cm at her office. I was down there with the Toddler and Matt was at work so we decided it was okay to "nudge" him a bit and get some good contractions going. I picked up the older crew from school, headed to Rite Aid for a bottle of Castor Oil and Rockstars for Matthew. :) We shuffled the kids off to their "people" and I chugged down a lovely glass of disgusting and waited for labor.
The castor oil began working pretty quick... I was "busy" from about 7-10 pm back and forth between the potty and the bed to rest as the contractions picked up. Jodilyn reassured me that I'd know when it was real and I should sleep while I can. I was nervous that the contractions would stop (again) but I was able to doze from 10-12:30. Matt slept too which was lovely. The contractions picked up and by 1:30 I knew it was time to call in the troops so I did! I think everyone was there by 2:30, Jessica first, then Sean and baby Zoey, followed by Jodilyn and Tara. I was on the ball while Matt had been filling the tub and hopped in the tub around 2. Labor kicked into high gear as soon as the whole team was there and by 3:50, I was starting to push. :) I hadn't planned on birthing in the tub but the idea of getting out was really unappealing. I quickly recognized the feeling of pressure (ZOMG) and the noises I was making that told me I was pushing. Matthew was by my head but the plan was for him to catch so he swapped out with Sean who stroked my forehead and was pretty much just plain amazing. Everyone encouraged me and I kept pushing despite the feelings of "aw hell no" and "I can't do its". After about a half hour of pushing, I found a well of strength somewhere and decided I wasn't going to let him stay in any longer. He crowned and Matt was right there with Tara to help guide him up... He had a bit of a sticky shoulder that Jodilyn stepped in and helped with, and he was out!
It was perfect. Painful, hard, blissful, a brand new experience and yet, familiar inside.
Thank you so much to all of our birth team... I may add more details as the tired fades but right now, we are all 3 drunk on hormones and excited for our other kids to come meet their baby brother!!!
10lbs and 22" long
(and a 15" head ThankYouVeryMuch!)