Our Baby Girl’s Home Birth Story: Part 2

This is the second and final part of our baby girl’s home birth story. If you’re just joining us, you can read Part 1 here!

After much talking and convincing from my husband, I finally (reluctantly) agreed that he could call our midwife.

After getting off of the phone with her, he told me that she was going to start getting ready and would leave her house in about 30-40 minutes.  That meant that we still had a good solid hour (at least) before she would arrive.

The next hour went by very quickly for me.  My contractions were as intense as ever at this point, and I wasn’t getting much rest in between them at all, except for the occasional one that would give me a 5 minute break instead of 2.  I wasn’t focused on anything, but trying to manage the pain.

Around 2:00 a.m. things seemed to intensify a bit.  I told Husband that I really felt like I wanted to push.  He assuredly and calmly told me that our midwife should be there very soon, but I noticed that he started looking (somewhat nervously) out the window for her car in between every contraction.

2:15 rolled around, and I was having a bit of a hard time managing the pain at this point.  Husband kept telling me to breathe.  I was trying to, but I don’t think I was doing a very good job at it at this point!

“Should we call her again?” he asked.

“No,” I said, somewhat irritated, “I don’t even know if this is really labor or not!” (Ha! I don’t think I was in my right mind!)

After I said that, I remember thinking to myself that if this was false labor, then I wasn’t going to have a home birth after all.  I was having trouble getting through each contraction, and if real labor was going to be even more intense than this, then take me straight to the hospital and sign me up for an epidural!

Luckily for me, our midwife showed up shortly after what I thought was my breaking point. It was 2:30 a.m. when she knocked on the door and Husband went to let her in.

I had been pretty quiet during each contraction up to this point, but when he left our bedroom to go get the door I remember having such an intense contraction that I started crying out loud in prayer:

“Jesus, please help me to get through this! I can’t do this by myself and I need your strength to go on!”

As I was crying out loud, my husband and midwife came through the door to the bedroom, and I could tell immediately that my midwife knew I was in real, intense, and end stages of labor.

We went into the spare bedroom which we had set up for labor. We had cleared a spot in the room for the birthing tub, because that was the plan – to have a water-birth.

The next 20 minutes were pretty much a blur for me. All I really remember is my midwife hurrying as fast as she could to get all of her supplies set up, and apologizing to me that we probably were not going to have time to set the birth tub up.

I could have cared less about the birth tub at this point – I wanted to push!

Without even really comprehending what was going on, I told my husband and midwife that I really wanted to push. She was still setting up and getting her supplies out, but all I knew was that I needed to push and I needed to push now!

She checked me, and sure enough I was 10 cm dilated and 100% effaced. As I stood there in our spare bedroom, leaning over with my arms on the bed holding me up, she gave me some brief instructions for pushing. I remember pushing 1, 2, then 3 times…and the next thing I knew I was holding my sweet, precious, lovely baby girl in my arms.

I cannot explain the feelings that I had in that moment, but it was truly one of the most awesome moments of my whole entire life.

My husband and midwife helped me get into bed while I was holding our brand new baby girl. I remember I kept saying that I felt like I had just been through a whirlwind. My midwife kept smiling at me and saying,

“Well, you kind of were, sweetie!”

Our baby girl was born at 2:50 a.m. just 20 short minutes after our midwife arrived. It was a crazy 20 minutes, and I don’t think I even realized what was happening at the time until my sweet babe was in my arms.

After I was in bed for a while, and the baby had nursed and had some very sweet bonding time with us, my husband cut the cord and we weighed and measured the baby. She was 7 lbs 8 oz of perfection!

As my husband and I laid in bed with our new baby, our midwife went and fixed us a quick snack of peanut butter and apples. It tasted so yummy!

After everything was done, and my midwife had cleaned up, served us a snack, and made sure that everything with me and the baby were fine, it was time for her to go.

She hugged me, told me she loved me, and headed out the door leaving us in our quiet home as a newly formed family of four.

What a wonderful night that was. Words could never convey its beauty.

I will cherish its memory forever – the night our little baby girl was brought into this world.

Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert {The eBook launch you don’t want to miss!}

My friend Erin from The Humbled Homemaker has outdone herself!

She has written an AWESOME eBook all about cloth diapering that I would have done anything to have when I first started cloth diapering almost 3 years ago.

I spent hours and hours searching the web for reliable info on cloth diapers, only to still be confused and not totally sure of the process or what type of diapers I wanted.

If only I had had this amazing resource at my fingertips, I would have saved a lot of time, a lot of money and a lot of cloth diapering mistakes.

(Read my post 10 Reasons I Love My Cloth Diapers to see some of the benefits of cloth diapering.)

The thing is Erin has made cloth diapering mistakes too. A LOT of them, as she readily admits. Since she made these mistakes and learned from them, that means you don’t have to! You can simply buy this book, and save yourself a lot of cloth diapering frustration!

Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert is over 200 pages long, and in my opinion is an exhaustive resource on cloth diapering.

Cloth Diaper Guide

Now, for the best part and why I started out by saying that Erin has outdone herself…

For this week only (her launch week), when you buy Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert (for only $9.95) you will also get some amazing freebies and discount codes to natural living and cloth diapering stores.

Freebies included with the book purchase (through 3/31/13)

Yes, you really can get all these items for free when you purchase a copy of Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert!

(Please note that you do still have to pay shipping for these items to be sent to you.)

I can’t wait to get my sling in the mail! Aren’t those so cute?!

Coupon Codes and Discounts included with the book purchase (through 3/31/13)

Wow! I think that this deal is amazing, and that’s why I am so excited to share it with you all!

If you have any interest in cloth diapering at all, I highly recommend this ebook. Even if it didn’t come with all of these awesome freebies and discounts, I would still recommend it to you. It truly is an invaluable resource for mamas who want to learn more about cloth diapering.

Click here to read more about the book and to purchase your copy (and get all the freebies and discounts!)

*I am an affiliate for this book. All opinions, as always, are 100% mine. I have personally purchased a copy of this book and would recommend it to you whether I was an affiliate or not. 

 


 

 

We’re Giving Away a Grain Mill!

Oh boy, am I excited about the giveaway that I have for you this week!

I have had an electric grain mill for just about a year and a half now, and it is one of the most used appliances in my kitchen. I love it!

Read this post about when I got my grain mill, and see my top four reasons for owning one.

And now I get to give one away!

I am part of a group of bloggers called Positively Real Media. (This is an awesome group of like-minded natural Christian bloggers. Check it out here if you are interested!) Together as a group, we are giving away a Wondermill Grain Mill to one lucky reader!

We are so excited to offer this chance to win the world’s #1 rated electric grain mill! Watch this video to learn more about the grain mill and why it’s the perfect accessory for every kitchen!

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Our Baby Girl’s Home Birth Story: Part 1

This is the home birth story of our precious little baby girl who is now 1 month old. Our firstborn child was born in a hospital, so this was a very different experience for us compared to our first birth story. I’m honestly thankful that I’ve been able to experience both a hospital birth (complete with pitocin and an epidural) and now a home birth.  Both were beautiful in their own unique way!

It was around 3:00 in the afternoon when I started timing my contractions.  I was 3 days past my due date with our second child – a girl to help even the score in the house.  After she was born the boys vs. girls number would be tied again.  3 boys and 3 girls (this number includes our 2 adopted “children” – a crazy female Maltese and a sweet male Shih Tzu!).

As I sat at the computer working on my latest blog design for a client, I noticed that the contractions were very consistently 10 minutes apart.

I really didn’t think too much about it at this point, because I had been having Braxton Hicks contractions for weeks that would sometimes last for a few hours.

These didn’t feel much different than the Braxton Hicks, so I wasn’t ready to call the midwife or my husband quite yet.

I continued to work at the computer, and the contractions continued to roll around every 10 minutes for the next few hours.  At 5:00 I decided to call my (awesome) midwife just to give her a heads up that I could possibly be in the beginning stages of labor.  She told me just to keep an eye on the timing of the contractions, and give her another call if they continued to get closer together and more intense.

The rest of the afternoon went on like normal.  My little man woke up from his nap around 5:00 and we read a few books together cuddled up in his bed before we went to start dinner.

During this time, the contractions were anything but intense, but I could definitely feel them.

Of course, I hadn’t planned anything for supper that night, so I racked my brain trying to thing of something easy, but healthy and sustaining to whip up.  I finally settled on this Pumpkin Soup that is fairly quick and very easy to make.  It sounded so good and I had some pumpkin puree and chicken broth frozen in freezer bags that I needed to use.  So I pulled them out and stuck them in a sink full of warm water to thaw.

As I stood in our little kitchen chopping veggies, my contractions started getting closer together as well as more intense.  By the time Husband got home around 6:30, they were around 5 minutes apart and I was having to stop and concentrate with each contraction.

Because of this, my “quick and easy” dinner plans took me a little longer than I had anticipated.  I really didn’t mind though, because it was giving me something to do and kept my mind off of the contractions (for the most part!).

Finally, around 7:30 the soup was done and our family of 3 (almost 4!)  sat down to eat.  I didn’t even serve anything else with the soup except for some whole wheat bread that I had made the day before.  It was a modest meal, but, boy, did it taste good!

During supper, I had to get up and pace the hallway a few times through some extra intense contractions.  By the time we were all done eating my contractions were 3-4 minutes apart and Husband was rubbing my back to help me get through them.

Was this really the real thing?  I still wasn’t convinced.

You see, the thing is, every once in a while my contractions would go back to being 7 or 8 minutes apart.  (On top of that, my water hadn’t broken and I hadn’t lost my mucous plug either.)

Everything I had read made me believe that when this happened, it was prodromal labor or “false” labor.  In between contractions, which were quite intense at this point (I certainly couldn’t talk through them!), I kept googling prodromal labor on my phone to try to determine if that is what was going on.

Tip: Don’t google your symptoms when you’re in labor. Not a good idea. Just go with the flow, mama!

Looking back now, I have no idea how I didn’t realize I was really in labor.  I just kept thinking to myself,

“If this isn’t real labor, then I can’t handle real labor!”

With the help of Husband rubbing my back and being so encouraging, I was getting through these contractions with relative ease, but still…they hurt like heck!

After we put our little man to bed for the night, I headed straight to our bedroom to see if I could fall asleep.  Our midwife told me that you could not sleep through real labor.

Well, I most certainly could not fall asleep, so I made a hot bath to get in to try to ease the pain a bit.  Not a good idea.  Our bathtub is just plain awkward and it made the pain even worse.  So I got out of the bath in a flash.

We spent the next few hours in our bedroom.  The contractions were consistent for the most part, but still were going back and forth between 2-3 minutes apart and then back up to 4-5 minutes apart.  Husband rubbed my back and legs while I leaned against the wall and squatted through almost every contraction.  This was definitely the most effective way for me to manage the pain at this point.

1:00 a.m. rolled around and my husband told me that he really thought we should go ahead and call the midwife.

Still, my contractions were kind of all over the place going from 2 minutes apart back up to 5 minutes apart and then back to 2 again.

I was somehow convinced in my head that this was false labor.

Even though I couldn’t sleep through these contractions.  Even though I couldn’t talk through the contractions.  Even though I’d been having contractions since 3 o’clock in the afternoon.  And even though I was 3 days past my estimated due date.

I think what I was worried about most was the thought of making our midwife get out of bed in the middle of the night and drive the 30 minutes to our house, only to tell me that I really wasn’t in labor, and then have to drive the 30 minutes back home.

If you know me in real life, then you know that I can be a little stubborn at times. Okay, I can be very stubborn all the time.

So I told him to just wait a little longer until I could determine for sure whether this was real labor or not.

Hmm…I’m not so sure that was a good idea!

Part 2 of Our Baby Girl’s Home Birth Story to be continued …

Your Green Resource {Featuring a Post on Raising Chickens}

Are you ready for another week of Your Green Resource?

It’s your chance to share and gather all sorts of green ideas, resources and solutions! If you have a post to share your idea will get shared with all of the readers here and at:

Emily of Live Renewed, Megan of Sorta Crunchy, Stacy of A Delightful Home, Rebekah of Simply Rebekah, and Beth of Red and Honey.

We know that many of you have posts of your own about your green journey that our readers will love. Some examples of Green Resources you can link up:

  • Real Food Recipes
  • Repurposed Projects
  • Upcycled Projects
  • Organic Gardening Tips
  • DIY Natural or Green
  • Thrifty Solutions

In addition to making this a weekly place where you can both share and learn new green ideas, each week we’ll be Pinning our favorite post to the Your Green Resource board! We want your green ideas to go viral – so we’ll pin the post for you!

The post I chose to pin last week was:

 

The Economics of Raising Chickens by A Life Unprocessed

I have a dream of someday being able to raise our own chickens. I loved reading this post and the realistic insights about what the cost of raising chickens really involves.

I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve got to share this week.

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Happy Thursday!



Your Green Resource {Featuring Tips for a Healthy Nursery}

Are you ready for another week of Your Green Resource?

It’s your chance to share and gather all sorts of green ideas, resources and solutions! If you have a post to share your idea will get shared with all of the readers here and at:

Emily of Live Renewed, Megan of Sorta Crunchy, Stacy of A Delightful Home, Rebekah of Simply Rebekah, and Beth of Red and Honey.

We know that many of you have posts of your own about your green journey that our readers will love. Some examples of Green Resources you can link up:

  • Real Food Recipes
  • Repurposed Projects
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In addition to making this a weekly place where you can both share and learn new green ideas, each week we’ll be Pinning our favorite post to the Your Green Resource board! We want your green ideas to go viral – so we’ll pin the post for you!

The post I chose to pin last week was:

Top Five Tips for a Healthy Nursery by Eco-Novice

This article resonated with me since I have a brand new 4-week old baby.  I agreed with everything that Eco-Novice said – especially her last point!  Make sure you check this article out if you have a baby or are going to have one soon.

I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve got to share this week.

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Your Green Resource {Featuring Sweet Potato Brownies}

Are you ready for another week of Your Green Resource?

It’s your chance to share and gather all sorts of green ideas, resources and solutions! If you have a post to share your idea will get shared with all of the readers here and at:

Emily of Live Renewed, Megan of Sorta Crunchy, Stacy of A Delightful Home, Rebekah of Simply Rebekah, and Beth of Red and Honey.

We know that many of you have posts of your own about your green journey that our readers will love. Some examples of Green Resources you can link up:

  • Real Food Recipes
  • Repurposed Projects
  • Upcycled Projects
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  • Thrifty Solutions

In addition to making this a weekly place where you can both share and learn new green ideas, each week we’ll be Pinning our favorite post to the Your Green Resource board! We want your green ideas to go viral – so we’ll pin the post for you!

The post I chose to pin last week was:

Sweet Potato Brownies by Live Right Be Healthy

These look uh-mazing!  I have plans to make these for Valentine’s Day, and I can’t wait to try them.

I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve got to share this week.

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Happy Thursday!



Your Green Resource {Featuring Natural Poison Ivy Remedies}

Are you ready for another week of Your Green Resource?

It’s your chance to share and gather all sorts of green ideas, resources and solutions! If you have a post to share your idea will get shared with all of the readers here and at:

Emily of Live Renewed, Megan of Sorta Crunchy, Stacy of A Delightful Home, Rebekah of Simply Rebekah, and Beth of Red and Honey.

We know that many of you have posts of your own about your green journey that our readers will love. Some examples of Green Resources you can link up:

  • Real Food Recipes
  • Repurposed Projects
  • Upcycled Projects
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  • DIY Natural or Green
  • Thrifty Solutions

In addition to making this a weekly place where you can both share and learn new green ideas, each week we’ll be Pinning our favorite post to the Your Green Resource board! We want your green ideas to go viral – so we’ll pin the post for you!

The post I chose to pin last week was:

Poison Ivy Natural Remedies by Your Gardening Friend

I’ve never actually had Poison Ivy before, but my husband never fails to get it multiple times throughout the summer.  It’s miserable!  I’ll be referencing this post the next time he comes into contact with that nasty plant!

I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve got to share this week.

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Happy Thursday!



Your Green Resource {Featuring DIY Wool Dryer Balls}

Are you ready for another week of Your Green Resource?

It’s your chance to share and gather all sorts of green ideas, resources and solutions! If you have a post to share your idea will get shared with all of the readers here and at:

Emily of Live Renewed, Megan of Sorta Crunchy, Stacy of A Delightful Home, Rebekah of Simply Rebekah, and Beth of Red and Honey.

We know that many of you have posts of your own about your green journey that our readers will love. Some examples of Green Resources you can link up:

  • Real Food Recipes
  • Repurposed Projects
  • Upcycled Projects
  • Organic Gardening Tips
  • DIY Natural or Green
  • Thrifty Solutions

In addition to making this a weekly place where you can both share and learn new green ideas, each week we’ll be Pinning our favorite post to the Your Green Resource board! We want your green ideas to go viral – so we’ll pin the post for you!

The post I chose to pin last week was:

 

DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls by Cheeky Bums Blog

I’ve always wanted to try wool dryer balls, but I never have.  This tutorial shows you how to make them yourself!  I can’t wait to give it a try.

I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve got to share this week.

Don’t forget to link back to one of the hostess so we can all find these great green resources!

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Your Green Resource {Featuring Crispy Oven Roasted Okra}

Are you ready for another week of Your Green Resource?

It’s your chance to share and gather all sorts of green ideas, resources and solutions! If you have a post to share your idea will get shared with all of the readers here and at:

Emily of Live Renewed, Megan of Sorta Crunchy, Stacy of A Delightful Home, Rebekah of Simply Rebekah, and Beth of Red and Honey.

We know that many of you have posts of your own about your green journey that our readers will love. Some examples of Green Resources you can link up:

  • Real Food Recipes
  • Repurposed Projects
  • Upcycled Projects
  • Organic Gardening Tips
  • DIY Natural or Green
  • Thrifty Solutions

In addition to making this a weekly place where you can both share and learn new green ideas, each week we’ll be Pinning our favorite post to the Your Green Resource board! We want your green ideas to go viral – so we’ll pin the post for you!

The post I chose to pin last week was:

Crispy Oven Roasted Okra by Being at Home by Nature

Oh man, do I love okra – and not slimy okra either!  I like it nice and crispy.  So I can’t wait to try this super easy oven-roasted version.  It looks delicious!

I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve got to share this week.

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Happy Thursday!