Tuesday, November 30, 2010
She is 9lbs 1oz, 21inches and as perfect as can be. I am amazed and proud of myself for delivering a 'big' baby at home and not even tearing. The fact that she came out in 2 pushes is incredible. To have this wet and covered in vernix baby placed on my chest was so special. She breathed right away and gave some small cries, but she was also peaceful and got the much needed time she needed skin-to-skin with mommy. We also let her umbilical cord keep pulsing and that was really cool to see and feel. Within 30 minutes we'd cut the cord and I delivered the placenta. At that point Craig had taken her out of the tub and went in to the cozy living room with a fire so I could deal with the placenta without baby on me.
She was awake and alert for 2 hours after her birth and nursed on each side 2x. She's been sleeping like crazy since then and getting colostrum when I can wake her enough to do so :) I've already cut her fingernails that were super long and laughed at how much more laid back I am this time. I was terrified for a week to cut Eliana's nails!
Alright, this is all for now- wanted to get basic details down now and will be more specific later on when time and brain allow.
I'm seriously SO grateful to God for the birth He gave us. It was an incredible experience and I see so much how our bodies know what they need to do and what they want to do. I can't imagine ever having a baby in a hospital again unless there was a major need. Even how alert and yet peaceful baby is is really incredible.
I'm sort of in shock that I actually got my homebirth and not only that- my waterbirth! Baby's heart tones never had any issues and she literally flew out of me pink and healthy. I feel a million times better than I did after having Eliana.
Thank you Jesus!