After a couple laps around the house again, I had to go to the bathroom. Even if you have to go, there’s no pausing contractions and kinda felt a tiny urge to push. They heard a little grunting from upstairs and came down. Time to get her up stairs they said. As we went upstairs, Daddy went to check on Zeke and I was have stronger contractions. I was 8cm at that point and was told I could probably push my way to 10cm. I kinda squatted at the foot of the bed (the place where I had Zeke). But it was putting too much pressure on your head. So I moved to the bed, and got caught having a contraction on my side. Yikes! That was no fun! I asked if I could go to the tub. Yes. Daddy was back at that point and they started to fill up the tub. As I got in, the contraction feeling transitioned to one of just wanting to grunt and push. I didn’t know how long this would take, since I pushed for 3 hours with your brother. Daddy would tell me to relax in between pushing which really helped. I had to release all my muscles to make this work. I was thinking different things to myself. Like “don’t push with your face” as someone told me a few weeks earlier. I tried doing the HIC breathing during some pushing sessions. I was starting to feel the ring of fire! Throughout the night, I would rub my belly in a circular motion during contractions or hold my belly. I held my belly in the tub. And I kept my eyes closed a lot in the tub because it was pretty red in color. (sorry, but it was and I didn’t want to look at it.) I reached down and I could feel your hair flowing in the water. Soon your head and all the rest of you popped out. The total time in the tub was 13 minutes. Not too shabby little lady! You came out and they put you on my chest. Your daddy was right behind me the entire time (by the way, he was in pain too because I was “crushing” his foot). Your eyes were wide open and you were very quiet (and purple). Daddy said you looked at me and took your first breath. Then you looked at him and started crying. You scored an 8 on the scale. I was shaking and shivering, but that was pretty normal.
I was waiting for the chaos to begin (like when your brother was born). But it was all very peaceful and serene. Everyone was calm and cool because everything was perfect. Your cord blood was collected and then daddy cut your cord.
We moved to the bed and lay down to snuggle. Still everything was peaceful. We took pictures and looked at you in amazement. It was a perfect birth. I was so happy and it was everything I had hoped for. I did tear a little and had 4 stitches, but that was a non-issue.
This is how a birth is supposed to go. I was tired, but not like last time. For the next 24 hours, I enjoyed the super high that follows a labor like that. Such a feeling of love overtakes you and nothing else matters. It is the most beautiful thing in the world and it’s too bad not everyone gets to experience it. In total the labor lasted under 7 hours. Our team left around 0000 on the 4th.
I think your great grandma (your namesake) was watching over me…