I can't write enough about the amazing experience of having a homebirth and so glad we went this route. While it certainly is not for everyone, having our little girl in the comfort of our home was perfect for us and an experience I hope to repeat if we are blessed with more children in the future.
The day of Amayah's birth unraveled fairly perfectly. The night before, I was pretty convinced I would be meeting our child very soon. Around 2 AM I was having fairly intense contractions, but they weren't regular, however trying to sleep or even rest during them wasn't working for me. Deciding that sitting still and waiting for things to happen wasn't going to work for the moment, I got up and started cleaning. Can we say nesting was in full affect? My kitchen was thoroughly cleaned and the other rooms picked up before I decided that I actually must lay down and try to get some sleep, especially since the contractions were still not staying consistent.
That morning my husband's alarm went off to get him up for work and I asked if he'd stay home, again fairly certain something was going to happen, probably in the next 24 hours. He spent the morning at home. We worked in the garden, since I still couldn't relax. I kept thinking about the many things still on my to do list, like getting the last of my plants in the ground and pulling the many weeds that seem to pop up all too quickly. It was my desire to have as much done as possible before our baby was born, so I could better relax for the first couple of weeks and enjoy being a mother to a wonderful newborn.
We worked away for several hours and still the contractions weren't consistent, just on the intense side. Knowing that my husband had quite a bit of work and one particular project he needed to be sent to a client, I sent him on his way to work mid morning. He wasn't overly excited to be leaving me at home, but I insisted and promised I'd call as soon as the contractions got closer together and regular. It was mostly a waiting game at this point.
|My husband was my rock and was a tremendous blessing.|
|Amayah only a couple minutes old.|
|What's the weight? She ended up being 8lbs 12oz!|
|A very tired, but happy mom.|
|Getting checked out by Sky. Sky was in control this night as she received first hand experience in helping deliver a baby.|
|Aly, Jackson, Sky and baby Amayah|
|My son getting to hang out with his new sister for the first time.|
Finally, it certainly should be noted that the attentiveness of my midwife and her assistants were amazing. With my past two children, after leaving the hospital that was kind of it for anyone to be checking on me or to see how I was doing and give me help with any type of issues. Even with our children we'd go to their 3 day appointment and then the two week and so forth, but that was it. However, with Aly, she, Sky and Jackson came back to our home the next day to see how both Amayah and I were doing. They looked Amayah over and made sure my healing was going well. They were back on the third day after Amayah was born and again at one week after the birth. I never had to leave my home. They did all that they could to encourage the healing of my body, a truly new experience. I also spoke with Aly on the phone every day for the first week to let her know how things were going. While I didn't have any major problems I did run into some issues with nursing. All three women were able to give me helpful advice to encourage Amayah to latch on in a way that wasn't so painful. They also encouraged me to take her to a Cranial Sacral Therapist, which I did and which ultimately made the greatest difference for nursing. I'll have to try and share more on this subject in another post.
I look at my children and thank the Lord everyday that He has blessed my life with them. They have changed me in ways I never thought possible. They teach me new lessons almost daily and have helped me develop a far closer bond to Christ as I now have a far better understanding of the parent/child relationship I have with my Father in heaven.
|Oh the faces of a newborn.|
To read more about my births and thoughts on homebirth check these posts out that I shared over the last couple of months:
|A very proud momma. Loving my kids!|
|One happy family!|