This was a pregnancy I wanted to be different.
I prepared more emotionally than with any other pregnancy.
I did pregnancy art in a variety of ways.
I explored my past stories and envisioned something different this time- something easier, something less painful.
Looking back to our birth 3 weeks ago my emotions are positive, my recollections pleasant. No, it was not easy. BUT it was easier than any other birth I have had so far. No, it was not painless. BUT the most painful part of pushing which with my first two kids was 1 1/2 hours was only 3-5 minutes this time. So I am grateful, happy, pleased and no longer so afraid of birth.
I went away from my second birth thinking c-sections were far more understandable to me and maybe I would want one too.Why suffer? Why go through such incredible pain? Why, why, why?!
So if God sees fit to bless us with another child somewhere done the road in life- I no longer will live in fear of birth. I know things can be different, because they have been so for me.
Biggest Differences this birth:
- Was not at home this time.
- I labored alone until I was 7-8 cm. dilated (when we arrived at the birthing center)
- Gave birth in water.
- Pushing was 3-5 minutes, rather than an hour or more.
- Never experienced the “urge” to push or the bearing down that comes when the baby is ready to be pushed out. Perhaps this was eased by being in the water.
Our little man is an excellent eater and takes nice long naps several times a day. He eats 2-3 times a night. Wakes up early with the hiccups and other gruntings. He is starting to have his eyes open more.
|In his cocoon with his “umbilical cord” hat|