Tagged: homebirth

The Story of How Henry Arrived. 3

The Story of How Henry Arrived.

People keep asking me about the story of Henry’s birth. All I can tell you is that it was nothing like Ada’s birth. Henry was like a freight train barreling through my body on his way to entering the world. It hurt.  A lot.  There was so much sheer power and force.  It was unreal. I’m not sure I’ve processed the whole experience just yet. Henry was four or five days overdue, depending on which due date you chose to go...

In a flash– 9

In a flash–

Her fate seizes her and brings her down. She is heavy with it. It wrings her. The great weight is heaved out of her. It eases. She moves into what she has become, sure in her fate now as a fish free in the current. She turns to the calf who has broken out of the womb’s water and its veil. He breathes. She licks his wet hair. He gathers his legs under him and rises. He stands, and his legs...

Eloise. 0

Eloise.

This afternoon I attended the birth of my friend’s first daughter.  (She has four little boys under age 8!) She had the baby at home, and it was a perfect birth.  All four boys were there.  Their excitement was priceless, I must share!   She weighs 8 pounds, 3 ounces.  She’s 19.5 inches long. Hello, Baby Fever.        

This time last year… 0

This time last year…

This time last year I was 39 weeks and 3 days pregnant. At 10 pm I went to the bathroom.  When I checked my cervix it was about 4 cm dilated, but I wasn’t in labor yet.  I’d just had on and off prodromal labor for the past few days.  I didn’t want to have a 4/20 baby! When I reached inside of my cervix to check for effacement I could fit my finger in to the first joint before I reached the sack of waters...

8 Months. 2

8 Months.

It’s been 8 months since the most amazing day ever. I gave birth to my sweet squishy Ada in our bed, in the same spot we’re snuggling in right now as I write this. I caught her with my own two hands while the midwife stood back and made the video. I did it!  I grew her in my womb, felt the top of her head inside of me as I dilated, and I was the first person to hold her. The other day...

Placenta. 0

Placenta.

That’s a print of Ada’s placenta.  It was shaped like a heart. Maybe it seems gross to some, but to me it’s special.  The placenta is what nourishes the baby, helps the baby to grow big and strong, and what filters out harmful things.  The placenta is what secures the baby’s life inside of the womb. After Baby J died because the placenta detached from my uterus, Ada’s healthy placenta was even more meaningful. When the placenta detaches from the uterine...

Welcoming Baby Ada. 0

Welcoming Baby Ada.

The first part to this, along with her birth video, is in the previous entry. For those who asked, Ada is pronounced like the letter A at the beginning. A-duh. Or Aid-ah, if you’d rather… Everything is going so smoothly this time, in comparison to the horrible time I had after Rosie’s birth. Baby Ada knows how to nurse so well! She latched on shortly after birth and didn’t stop nursing voluntarily for almost the entire first 24 hours. My milk...

Baby Ada’s Birth Day. 12

Baby Ada’s Birth Day.

I feel as if I am completely in awe. Did any of this actually happen? It’s all so unbelievable, the entire pregnancy I’ve felt a since of disbelief. After my miscarriage I was afraid to trust that I could have a real live baby. I didn’t want my heart broken again. Even after three healthy ultrasounds I still couldn’t wrap my mind around the image of a healthy baby. Once you realize that it can all change in an instant, it’s...

I think I poked the baby in the head. 5

I think I poked the baby in the head.

I’m having a mini-crisis. I think…my baby might be…REAL. As in, there is a real live baby in there. I can feel her moving all the time, but that’s so abstract. I still can’t convince myself she’s going to be a real child, like Rosie. Except today I think I might have poked her head. Like, I have a real baby who has a real bowling ball of a head jammed into my crotch. And I touched her head. In my...