Born Saturday, December 10th at 6:07PM
2:00AM: Woke up with mild ctx.
2:30AM: Got out of bed because I was too excited to sleep. Was very hopeful Pearl would be born during the eclipse!
6:00AM: Rose, my doula, brought over the birth pool and blew it up. She then had to go to the hospital for another client of hers and wasn’t able to attend Pearl’s birth, sadly.
7:00AM: Went outside to watch the lunar eclipse, and then I decided to go back to sleep since it didn’t seem like anything was progressing. In fact, the ctx seemed to die down a bit.
10:00AM: Got up, made pancakes and bacon, putzed around the house. I was no longer timing the ctx, but they were still very mild.
1:30PM: Lay down with Dolly in a failed attempt to get her to nap. Ctx were a bit stronger and around 7-9 mins apart.
3:00PM: Did a little grocery shopping just to get out of the house. I was feeling discouraged that things weren’t progressing faster. I wasn’t expecting early labor to take so long!
3:30PM: Walked to the park near our house so Dolly could play. This is where the ctx started to require real attention. It was a beautiful day and being outside in the fresh air felt wonderful at this point.
4:30PM: Finally had to walk home from the park because I really needed to poop (twice!). Ctx were quickly getting more intense.
4:50PM: Ctx were about 2 mins apart and required lots of concentration. I was stomping around the house by this point. My husband was busy getting my birthing supplies out and filling the birth pool.
5:30PM: Stephanie, my midwife, arrived.
5:40PM: Got in the birth pool as my midwife’s apprentice, Krystel, arrived.
5:44PM: Jen, the other apprentice midwife, arrived.
5:45PM: According to my mw, this is when I reached full dilation based on my vocalizations.
5:50PM: My water broke, and I got a little rest before pushing started.
5:52PM: Started pushing. Vowed to have no more children! Screamed bloody murder. Nearly chewed through the towel I was using to bite down on.
6:07PM: Pearl was born! I wasn’t planning to, but as she crowned I insisted on catching her myself. I definitely felt the immediate postpartum "high" that women talk about. With my first I pushed for an hour after being up all night and just felt exhausted and dazed. This time I felt terrific.