wow, great story, jesse. i've never read one where it seemed like the mama had so much say in how her labor and birth went, on a really basic level--from contractions starting, to your water breaking--that's so neat.
Jesse- thank you for sharing such an intimate and moving account of your birth. As a first timer I really appreciate the detail and honesty. I hope your family has a wonderful bonding time now and wish you tons of love and luck with everything. Congratulations!