The birth was so great. I was in early labor for about 12 hours, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., right about the time the midwife got there. I got into the tub at about 9, and Cyrus came out in four pushes right after midnight. It was so much less painful than I thought it would be.
I would have thought I'd want everyone to be hands-on, but the birth had a total UC vibe. I felt really focused inward and didn't really want anyone rubbing on me or talking to me. I feel like I got into a really good groove, and was actually dozing off between contractions for the last couple hours. Aaron and the midwives were just perfect, letting me know I had support but giving me all the space I needed to labor peacefully.
He was born in the caul, which according to legend is very good luck. The midwives said they had only seen that a handful of times in hundreds of births, and never during a waterbirth.
He weighed 6 lb 12 oz after a truly heroic-sized meconium poop, and was 21 inches long. His apgars were (ahem) 9 and 10. I was totally intact and didn't tear even a little.
Now he and his daddy are curled up asleep looking so peaceful. I think I'll join then.
born in the caul
daddy and baby
mama and baby
Jen, journalist, policy wonk, and formerly a proud single mama to my sweet little man Cyrus, born at home Dec. 2007 . Now married to my Incredibly Nice Guy and new mama to baby Arthur.
Mama to one cool girl4/3/01 and a sweet boy1/1/08...and sweet Goobie Rue born 3/6/12
**formerly known as Mamablueberry**
I noticed that A is sporting new facial hair, isn't he? I think he was clean-shaven in the nursery pics you posted earlier....I just thought it was funny, because that was the first thing that my dh did after our first was born--he suddenly decided that he needed to grow a beard and mustache...
I guess he thought it was the proper thing for a daddy to do, LOL! Good thing he looked so cute with it!
DS (2/02), DD (3/04), DS (1/06), DD (12/07), and DS (3/10)
~~*~~Not your typical Pastor's Wife!~~*~~
married to my best friend, britt, since 8.12.2004 ...homeschooling mama to my girls: avi born 8.3.05, my ryan leanor 1.5.08, azia 9.2.09, and #4 a BOY! due in november 2011.
North Idaho rural living mama to: 23 yo DD, 17 yo DS, 9 yo DS, 7 yo DS, 5 yr old DS, 3 yo DD, 2 yo DS, and our newest family member, a boy born December 2014!