Daniel James is Here

Granted he is already 9 days old and I am just posting this on my blog.  If you are my friend on Facebook, you have seen my status updates over the last week and if you are Russ’ friend you got to see a running cometary the day Daniel was born.

Daniel was born December 27 at home.  What an awesome experience!  The whole end of his pregnancy was nothing like I experienced before with the other 2 boys.  I had pretty consistent contractions for over 2 weeks.  While they were not all the time, they were decently strong.  Sometimes they would go on for a while and sometimes they would stop.  We kept thinking this kid would come any day.  As you could tell by the ranting posts at the end, I was ready to be done being pregnant.  I love being pregnant – the kicks, knowing that I am growing a new little person, but I was getting tired and hit the emotional end of pregnancy.

The day he was born couldn’t have been better for everybody.  My midwife and her assistant had minimal plans for the day, we had no plans, my mom was free and we had sent Tyler up north to Boyne the day before so only William was home.  We all knew that God had his perfect plan in the day Daniel would be born even though it wasn’t our plan.

I woke up about 3:30 the morning he was born and could not get back to sleep.  I was having pretty consistent contractions and couldn’t get comfortable to fall back to sleep.  Finally about 5:30 – 6, I headed down stairs ate something and called my mom about 7 and the midwife shortly after.  Everyone was at our house by 8:30 and with my history we thought we would be further along by then (William was born after a 4 hour labor.)  The contractions were not staying regular, at one point I was wondering to myself if this was really it.

I unloaded the dishwasher and in general took turns resting with being active.  Activity helped keep the contractions going.  Around noon things got a little bit more serious.  I was starting to get tired, just because I had been up for so long and was looking forward to a nap, still thinking at things would go quickly at this point.  I was wanting to start to push, so the midwife said I could.  She then discovered that there was still a lip of the cervix so we quit pushing and started walking and squatting if I wanted to.  I moaned through a lot of those contractions as they seems to come in waves of 3 close together then a break. I ended up laughing at the end of one of those contractions because of my “little labor assistant” William was moaning with me.  It was too funny.  Shortly after my mom decided that it was time for him to take a nap, which I doubted he would sleep but he did.

After a while I wanted to get in to tub, so I went and laid in the tub.  Initially the midwife wanted me to lay on the couch and switch sides as we were pretty sure at this point that Daniel was posterior and if we could get him to turn it would be easier for me.  I did manage to switch sides in the tub.  I had not realized that I was getting out of control until the midwife came in and talked to me about why things were going they were and I had serval contractions that I was able to totally relax though, in fact, I was almost able to fall asleep.

After a while it was time to get out of the tub, I couldn’t tolerate the hard tub on my bottom any longer.  I didn’t realize how close we were to delivery.  I just knew it was hard to get out of the tub.  The plan was to go to the living room and kneel over my ball.  It was hard enough for me to move the few feet from the tub to the toliet in the bathroom, my legs were so shaky.  Daniel was born at 3:11 pm in our bathroom with me kneeling over the toilet with the stool and pillows on top of it so I could be mostly upright.  Russ was able to catch him.  The coolest part was that he was born “in the veil”, the amniotic sack had broken up high, so he came out with the sack over his face.  The midwife was able to quickly get it off so he could breathe.  I was the one who announced we had another boy.  Russ knew we had another boy, but I did not know again.  8 lbs, 8 oz.  21 inches long.

It was nice to be able to get to the recliner after taking a shower.  Daddy and “Mena” (my mom) had bonding time while I was getting cleaned up.  Russ got William up shortly after, he had to be with his brother for the next couple of hours.  It was very cute.  Tyler, my dad, his wife, and my half-sisters came and saw him the next day.

Hopefully in the next couple of days, I will get some more pictures up.  The picture in the header is from the day after Daniel was born.