Filling the tub - about 2:30 am Our midwife and her assistant were sleeping on our couch.
Lying on the bed wasn't comfortable at this point, but kneeling on the ground and leaning over my birth ball felt great.
And then it was comfortable! I was able to listen to my Hypnobabies tracks and rest for a couple of hours - so wonderful!
Yoshi stayed close by and was very calm. What a good girl!
Eating a banana and petting my furry baby.
Deeply Relaxed. Yoshi halped.
Gerry woke up before 6 am to find our bedroom empty. He came looking for us and ended up staying awake.
The waves were getting more intense in bed so I decided to try out the tub.
I was much more comfortable in the tub. It felt great!
I love this rug and all the color in this room. It was perfect!
It also stayed very warm in this room which I loved! As daylight started to peak through the window I called my parents to let them know they had better pack the van and start driving up from Florida soon!
Gerry always brings a smile to my face.
Marisol joins the party.
Clean clothes and last belly selfie. This is one of my favorite T-shirts when I'm pregnant - such a happy tie-die - Peace, Love, and Happiness!
And this comfy shirt that my sister gave me for Christmas explains exactly how I was feeling!
A morning snack with Marilee. I think I had a piece of my chocolate chip banana bread with peanut butter. I told Marilee the PB makes it healthy. "You mean 'Healthier?'" She asked. No, Healthy! I replied. Also, I love my belly in this picture!
We woke Marisol around 7 am - close to her normal wake up - with the news that today was the day! The kids were great that morning, keeping themselves happy. At one point, everyone else in the house was asleep/resting except for them! It was a very peaceful, quiet morning.
My midwife suggested trying rocking on a step through a wave to encourage baby into a good position. i was sure this might not feel so great, but it actually wasn't any more uncomfortable than other positions at that point.
I think I only did this for a couple waves (one on each side maybe?) and then I got distracted or moved on! I think that's funny now.
Back in the tub around noon. But between then Marilee and Anne went to breakfast, Mike and I took Yoshi on 2 medium walks, and everyone rested.
Yoshi back at her post!
Still relaxing and breathing deeply through the waves.
Yoshi was panting because it was so warm, but she wouldn't leave!
Gerry gets in the tub with me - this was the one time Yoshi got excited and wanted to get in too! But she calmed back down pretty quickly.
He loved it! He was swimming around me like a fish!
I was so happy this worked out because he had been saying that he wanted to get in the tub with me.
We looked at birth pictures in the weeks leading up to Carter's birth and there was one of a little girl in the tub with her mom pushing on her back. So Gerry kept telling me he would do that for me too if I wanted him to!
I showed him where to push and he did such a great job - it really felt good!
Marisol fanning Yoshi.
Can you see her panting?
It was so great to be able to get in many different positions in the tub.
Marisol kept me company all afternoon. I was in the tub for about 3 hours! She challenged herself to stay in there as long as possible - and I did the same! :-)
At some point I thought music would be nice so Mike put Pandora on my phone - the channel "Just Breathe." It was perfect,
I found if I "stood" on my knees I could help bring the waves on - and I wanted to! I was ready to meet this baby.
Just when I thought maybe I should get out of the tub things got more intense and I knew baby was coming soon!
It was definitely more difficult to relax (ok by more difficult I mean it felt impossible! ha) but we put on the Hypnobabies "Pushing baby out track" and Marilee reminded me of my "Peace" cue and she and Anne helped me stay focused with all of their words of encouragement.
I reassured the kids in between the intense waves that I was ok and smiled at them. I told them that the cool part was that when one ended it was over and completely gone.
Marilee helped me get into a better position so I could open up for baby to come down.
Baby is crowning in the picture. My face reminds me of many of the birthing mamas that I have seen in videos and pictures. In another world and very focused.
I asked Marilee if I could push baby's head out and she encouraged me to if I was ready - oh boy was a ready! I was not letting that baby's head go back up an inch. As I told my family - there is NO FEELING like pushing a baby's head out! I believe I exclaimed, "Head! Head! Yes! YES!"
Encouraging me to push his body out. He didn't "slide out" like Marisol or "shoot out" like Gerry. I had to push this boy out!
Here he comes!
Check out the vernix on this kid!
Check out the vernix on this kid!
Getting his first peek at his baby brother - the same one he's been saying goodnight to in my belly every night for months.
Cool cord shot right after he was born. Very plump an lots of blood still flowing through there!
Getting ready to cut his cord.
Mike cut the cord proving there is a first time for everything. And I like my face in this one too.
Getting checked out by Marilee.
All 22 inches of him stretched out for measuring.
Ready to be weighed!
Up he goes! All 8 lb and 10 oz.
That was a little traumatic!
First time in Daddy's arms.
First picture of all 3 of our babies - pretty cute if I do say so myself!
Gerry took this picture.
We weren't quite ready for this one, but I like our expressions - especially Mike's.