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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

One Week

A week ago, right this very minute, I was walking through WalMart, picking up some fabric to make a hat for my new baby. I was ridiculously large, and had a distinct waddle because, that morning, my baby decided to drop low into my pelvis.

It was so bright and sunny out, and I rubbed my belly on the way home, telling the baby to come out and see the pretty leaves.

I knew he'd be coming that day. I knew it. I knew it even as I talked to my grandma on the phone, three hours before his birth, telling her that I wasn't having contractions. We talked about how, when she was pregnant for my mom, she went to the doctor in the morning and he said he could feel the baby's head, and a few hours later my mom was born. I told her what the midwife had said the day before, that she could feel the baby's head, but I told her I didn't feel any contractions so maybe it wouldn't be today. But I knew it would. I just knew.

A week ago, in the morning, my midwife had called me. I was sleeping. I got the best night's sleep and was just enjoying a leisurely rest. She wanted to know if I was having contractions. I wasn't.

The Hub made lasagna for dinner a week ago today. I could hardly eat it, but I forced it down. At 8 pm, I got in bed. I wanted to rest, because I knew. I just knew.

And then around 8:45, the contractions started. And at 10:28, I had a baby boy.

It seems like he's been here forever. I can't really remember sleeping alone, uncomfortable with my huge belly. It's hard to imagine I ever got up three or four times a night to pee. I can't believe it's only been a week.

I keep thinking about the birth, and how it never really hurt. On a scale of one to ten, my pain level never got above a five, and that was just during crowning. I am infinitely glad that I planned a homebirth because I never would have made it to a hospital. I didn't really feel labor-y until about fifteen minutes before he came out. I am eternally grateful for a deep mother's instinct that told me to call the midwife when I did. I would have been terrified to birth without her calm, gentle assistance.

I am a changed woman. I have arrived. I feel like I need to create, to commemorate my son's beautiful, peaceful birth and my arrival as a complete woman.

I am going to decorate my house with things I create. I am going to fill this house up with beautiful things, because it is no longer just a house. It is the place where I became.


Stuff On My Blog said...

What a lovely post :) Thank you for sharing your transformation with us! I hope you and the whole family are enjoying getting to know this little person!

Jenni said...

There is something so peaceful and serene about birthing at home, where you are happiest and most comfortable. I feel fortunate to know no other way.

I'm so glad you had a good experience, particularly after so many difficult ones in the hospital.

Stephanie said...

That's so awesome! I'm glad you had such a wonderful experience, it sounds almost too good to be true! You're such a good mom and person. :)