Updated: Sep 2, 2020
I look at her and I’m in absolute awe. I still can’t believe she’s here and how much she has grown. In one photo she is almost eight months old climbing the walls, literally, and TEN MINUTES old in the other! At the very same place she was born. I’m thankful for these fancy phones that note memories down to the second.
At 41 weeks and 5 days pregnant I wanted nothing more than to avoid having any interventions if I could help it and we were cutting it close.
4:30 am Thursday morning I woke up to what felt as if I ate something that didn’t agree with me. After shuffling to the bathroom THREE times I woke my husband and said, “I think I’m having contractions.” I timed it - 1 contraction every 4-3 minutes lasting for about a minute. I was in active labor. With my midwives notified and on the way to the birth center, I relayed information to my husband in between contractions-things were moving fast. Now that I’m thinking back, I don’t know how he did it 😂, it felt as if he was by my side the entire time, this man had the house in order, cooking food- for not only me but the midwives- making sure I was hydrated, checking off my to do lists I had taped up around the house, taking pictures, keeping family in the loop, acting as a birth assistant to the Midwife and was present to snuggle up with me. I couldn’t handle the shower, the blankets were too much for me but his body temperature was juussttt rrriiighhtt. 💓
Relax. Routine. Ritual.
I found my flow.
✨I let go.✨
My husband ran out to put the bags and car seat in the car and in his absence my water broke, I instinctively got on my hands and knees and I was ready to push.
“Tell them to come here, we’re not leaving.” I felt her head. She was crowning.
“Babe, I see her head!” my husband tells me, to which I calmly responded, “Babe I feel her head”. As soon as the midwife arrived, she bolted to the bathroom en route she asked for coconut oil lol, and after washing her hands with two pushes our little one made her entrance earthside after four and a half hours of action from start to finish.
Thankful she chose us. Me.