Here is the general email we sent to friends with story....
So....here we go. Noah was born on 10/14 around 5:50pm (hard to say, no clock in our laundry room). He was 6lbs and 7oz and 19 inches long.
Wait- no clock in the LAUNDRY ROOM....you might be wondering?
Yes, Noah was born in our house on the floor in the laundry room....and no-- we didn't plan this!
Many of you knew that I would have loved to have tried a home birth-- but this wasn't what I had in mind and was totally NOT the plan. DH can vouch for me on this one.
So....again you might be wondering....how does this happen to women? Don't you know you are about to have a baby?
It turns out that I am a freak of nature- as I was not considered a "fast birther" since Evan's labor was 22 hours long-- so, although your second is supposed to be shorter-- it isn't supposed to be this short. I am the talk of the town here with the Docs and Midwives....even the pediatricians are amused with this one.
Speaking of short- the long and short of it is that I had been having mild contractions for over 12 hours. Very mild. We thought I was having "false labor". My midwife and I decided the standard threshold to when we would meet at the hospital (4-1-1 for those who know what I'm talking about). At 4pm I was playing outside with DS, at 5pm we all went to Starbucks. At 5:50 I had Noah at my house. So, as you can see-- I never really hit that threshold. Basically I went from early labor to delivery mode in about 15 minutes flat-- much to our surprise.
And, DS was fine---he just went to the neighbors when I told DH I was going to have the baby--- NOW. When my water broke and Noah started crowning (all at the same time) Evan sat down at the drum set and played me some "hard rock and roll." It was quite fitting.
The great thing is that my midwife lives in the neighborhood, and was at the house in 5 minutes before the paramedics came. She delivered DS at The hospital and delivered Noah in my laundry room! (her first home birth as well, btw) Thank God for her and that I had sterile gloves in the laundry room since she had no equipment. ...and DH...he is AMAZING and helped deliver Noah- just like he did DH a doula in disguise for sure.
So-- all's well that ends well. Noah came out with perfect Apgar scores. Mom was totally fine as well but just in shock (um, and still is).....as was dad....and DS was happy because his baby brother is finally here, and our special babysitter Miss Danielle showed up to get DS as I was being wheeled out on a stretcher. Perfect timing. We are grateful to say the least.