Baby #5 is Here! A 41 Week Birth Story.
Two weeks ago today was my due date and 1 week today our precious baby GIRL was born! Here she is:
I never expected to go before my due date and because the first four were born during the 40th week, I didn’t expect to go to 41 weeks either. That last week was tough, even though I was feeling fine physically I was anxious to have the baby. I was seriously starting to wonder if my body forgot how to go into labour! For the 3 days prior to Lydia being born, I even walked 5 miles each day, hoping that would help get things started.
My midwife agreed to come over on the 29th to see if she could do anything to help get labour started. However around 8:15 that night I started having contrations every 15 minutes. While doing dishes and laundry there were a few times that the contractions caused me to stop what I was doing. My midwife still came over at 10 pm and we tried the homeopathic stuff to keep the contractions going. I don’t know exactly what it was that she gave me but an hour later the contractions were coming every 5 minutes and 4 hours later, every 2 minutes.
Even though the labour was long 11 hours total, the pain was manageable and the intensity became a very gradual process. One thing that made the pain manageable was that my midwife encouraged me to go through labour without having my water broken. The birth tub also helped take the edge off. The midwife and her assistant were so wonderful they realized that I needed to deal with the labour on my own and pretty much the only intervention was asking if I needed anything.
With the previous 4 births, I was told when I was at a 10 and to then push when I felt like it. However this time I listened to my body and knew when it was time to push. Because my bag of water was still intact the intensity came more from pressure than pain. Even though the pain was greatly reduced than the other births, I still began to panic when the baby was about to crown. I asked to get out of the tub and onto the birthing stool, hoping that gravity would help me out.
Well my water broke at 7:32 am and baby was born and 7:33 am. The midwife wrapped the baby up in a towel while handing her to me. I never did get a glimps of whether baby was a boy or a girl so I unwrapped her enough to see and sure enough I was excited to announce to JJ that we had another daughter!
JJ and I were both exhausted after the birth, of course I was more tired because I was going through the labour and got no sleep while JJ got about 5 hours of sleep. Our next door neighbors came to our rescue and took our kids over to their house so we could sleep. They also made us lunch. Our neighbors behind us made dinner that night and we got a few other meals as well during the week. We are blessed with some good friends.
So far Lydia is such an easy baby. She hardly fusses, is excellent at nursing and sleeps well. At 4 days old she went to the BYU Student Health Center for the newborn screening. It has recently changed so all babies need two screenings now. When Miriam and Joshua were born, home birthed babies just had to do one screening. The good news is that they test for a lot more things now. At that time she weighed in at 6 lbs 6 oz which was great, she didn’t loose much weight at all.
I will finish this post off with a picture of all 5 of our blessings: