Luna Violet Lux
Saturday November 20th
7 pounds 11 ounces
20 1/4 inches
She came right on her due date, how perfect is that? On Friday night Sam and I were out shopping and getting some groceries. I started to feel a few contractions but nothing that painful. We came home and made supper and watched an episode of The Office. We decided maybe we should time them and they were 8 to 9 minutes apart. This was at about 8:30 pm. We waited a little while and then called our doula. She said it was still early. I took a bath, I thought they would slow down and I would go to bed that night and get some rest. I was in denial that this was actually it, I thought it would take a really long time. After the bath they were 5 to 6 minutes apart. I was wondering how long it would be like this. The time actually went by kinda fast, before we knew it it was midnight. We decided to ask our doula to come to our house. It seemed to take forever for her to arrive. I thought we would maybe have to leave before she came. I didn't want to have the baby in the car. Megan arrived and decided it was time for me to go. It was the longest 40 minute drive! We arrived at the birth center at about 2:00 am. Our midwife came and checked me. I was at 5 or 6 cm. Then it all went pretty fast. I remember being on the birth ball and finally being able to relax. I walked downstairs, upstairs, downstairs-then my water broke. Transition was really quick, I had two terrible contractions and then I got in the tub and started pushing. I was amazed at how non invasive they were and how I was able to just let my body do what it needed to. I pushed for about an hour. This seemed like the longest part. I felt like I wasn't getting anywhere. I remember praying in between each contraction. I got a longer break between a contraction and I told my midwife she was coming out on the next push. Inga told me, "They don't just fly out." Well, two seconds later-she flew right out. Later she told me that she literally had to catch our baby! Sam missed it, he said he looked at me, and then he looked down and she was there. We were so overjoyed with our little girl. We got to hold her right away and spend time together. They checked her really quick and she got a perfect score. I can't believe how instantly in love we were. The midwives left and we spent time together as a little family of three and then they came back in with a wonderful breakfast for us to eat. The only sad part was that I had to leave Sam and Luna to go to the ER to get stitched up, I got back to the birth center at about noon. It was a beautiful sunny day. I returned to this:
Luna sleeping soundly on her daddy's chest.
The midwives all left and we had the house to ourselves. We enjoyed a little more time alone together and Luna and I took an herbal bath. We started calling people around 2 pm. Sam's parents came to the birth center and then we went home at around 7 pm. I remember being at home with Luna resting peacefully on my chest at 8:30 and thinking that just yesterday at this time I was at home in labor- she was in my belly.
We got home and settled in and it started snowing that night. She couldn't have had better timing. It's been snowing ever since, so it's been a good excuse to just stay inside and cuddle all cozy with our little girl with all the candles lit.
I'm so thankful that the birth was a good experience, and went just as we hoped it would. I know everyone says that having a baby is the worse pain in the world. And I was nervous wondering if I could really handle a natural unmedicated birth. But honestly, I didn't think it was so terrible. Yes, it was painful but I thought it would be worse. I really think that my yoga class helped me learn how to relax and I think that the Bradley class prepared Sam for how to handle it. I'm so thankful for two wonderful midwives and a great doula and a really supportive husband.
I've been sipping tea and cuddling with lovely Luna all day. I can't believe she's a week old already! We were both tired today I guess. I like to call her Lunabelle. We love staring into her pretty blue eyes and watching her silly faces. We can't seem to put the camera down. Sam has been taking good care of us. He's at the laundromat right now in fact. She's had lots of skype dates with loving aunties and uncles and grandma and grandpa. I'm looking forward to next week. We will get a whole week to spend as a little family of three. My mom is coming on Friday for a week. And we're going to have little Luna here with us for Christmas. I'm looking forward to going and cutting down the tree with her. Sam and I are already talking about the ways we can take her with us cross country skiing and out on adventures. It's a good snow year and Luna's not going to miss it! And I've been telling her about all the pretty vintage dresses I've been saving and the girl clothes I just couldn't resist buying. It's so nice to say her and she! She is a little sweetheart and we love her!