March 24th, 2011
Published in: Personal
It was a sunny morning and my mom, Isaac, and I had plans to visit the library to get some new kid’s books and then go out for a ‘special lunch’ (as Isaac calls it) at Cora’s. Isaac slept in until 8:30am which rarely happens – I even had to wake him up at this time so we could have time to go out. He was in such a happy and cooperative mood :)
Having hoped for a March 20th baby (first day of spring) and having no such luck, I decided to let go of any desired day and let Elijah come when he’s ready! Elijah was feeling very low that day and there was a lot of pressure for most of the morning but I didn’t think much of it. When I got home from lunch and started getting Isaac ready for his nap, small contractions started. At first, I wasn’t sure if they were real contractions or not so my mom and I were trying to stay calm and not get too excited – especially not right before putting Isaac down for his nap. I called Brad (who was working in the city that day) to let him know that something might be happening. For those of you who know about my birth with Isaac, my body likes to move things along very quickly in labour so I was being very careful to time contractions right away. I also called my midwife at this time to let her know that my contractions had started. They started at 10min apart and were fairly consistant right away.
My mom and I were getting very excited. I called Brad back and told him to come home! He had to take the bus and I knew it’d take him a while so I was feeling a bit anxious. Would he make it to me in time? We were planning a home birth. My labour with Isaac was very quick and without any issues or medications. I trusted that my body didn’t need a hospital to perform such a natural act. Having said that, I don’t think home births are for everyone and we had every intention to go into the hospital if we felt something seemed wrong. The hospital is only 10 minutes away so the risks were fairly low.
I called my midwife back as my contractions had moved from 10 minutes apart to 3-6 minutes apart within an hour. She left her clinic and headed to our house (20min away). Brad was almost home. Isaac was napping. I was sitting and timing contractions, trying not to make the contractions come any faster until everyone was here. My mom was prepping the master bedroom/bathrooom with plastic on the floor and getting all the supplies out. We were excited!
Brad arrives! Yay! The contractions are getting stronger and staying fairly close together. Isaac wakes up after a long nap (keeping him in a happy mood). My midwife arrives with supplies in hand. Time for baby! As soon as everyone was here, my body relaxed and contractions started to get stronger and closer together. The student midwife arrived to assist. I was 6cm dialated with strong contractions. After being checked, my contractions become much stronger. The midwife and student prepared the room while Brad and I laboured together in the bathroom. I loved the freedom we had to be on our own and move around as my body felt comfortable. Contractions were now so strong that I could no longer stand but did not want to lie down. I decided to kneel by the end of the bed where my contractions became so strong that before I knew it, I was pushing. Another midwife was called in to help with the arrival of the baby (standard practice). Within 3-4 pushes, little Elijah Luke arrived! What a relief! Happiness! It was 4:22pm in the afternoon, he weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and measured 22 inches long. I held him right away and felt utter relief and joy. I was so happy that the pain was gone and that my baby was here :) Brad and I looked at each other and the baby and felt so much joy and peace being at home. The midwives organised for Brad to cut the cord. He did and Elijah was free. We held him and stared at him in awe while the midwives cleaned up.
The first contractions started around 12:30pm and Elijah was born at 4:22pm. This was definitely a fast labour but things went so smoothly and naturally. My husband and I laid on our bed together in amazement of our new son and I began to nurse him. We were home, happy, and comfortable. This was one of the most amazing and natural experiences of my life. I wouldn’t have changed anything about the entire experience.
While this was all occurring my mom and Isaac were in the basement dancing to music! :) Isaac just happened to ask his Nana (right after the midwife arrived) to dance in the basement. We didn’t force him or encourage him away. He asked to go! My contractions weren’t very dramatic at this time so he wasn’t exposed to very much at all. Soon after Elijah was born, my husband went downstairs to get them. The room was all cleaned up and the midwives retreated to the kitchen to give us some family time. Isaac was a little concerned to see me holding a baby but he wasn’t upset. He looked around and stayed close to his dada. We decided to have Isaac give Elijah a birthday present and vice versa. Isaac opened his airplane from Elijah and was very excited to start playing. His interest in the situation faded (typical of a toddler) and he wandered off with Nana once they both welcomed Elijah. The midwives came back into the room and measured, weighed, and checked Elijah to make sure all was well. They stayed a little bit longer to make sure we were settled and happy and then they went on their way. All was wrapped up right before Isaac’s bedtime so my husband put him down while my mom made us supper. I can’t explain how nice it was to be home with both my sons, eating our own food, and having all our comforts right there. I snuggled in bed with Elijah and nursed. This was an amazing moment of utter contentment.
On March 22nd, 2011, we welcomed Elijah Luke to the world! We love you more than words can explain. xo