Erin's son was was born just two and a half weeks ago! Happy birthday!
36 cm head circumference
Home ("in a water tub in my dining room")
Mother's Height: 5' 2"
This was my third successful pregnancy in 5 years, and by far the easiest. I had much more energy than with my girls, and very little morning sickness. I often wondered if it was a boy because of how different and easy my pregnancy was.
I was excited about this delivery because it was to be my first homebirth. I had very pleasant hospital births with my first 2 (no drugs) but I had always wanted to have a baby at home. I wonder if I would have felt so positively if I would have known that the baby would be so big. My girls were 7 lbs 3 oz. & 7 lbs 13 oz. so I never expected a 10 lb baby!
At 5:00 am my water started leaking, at 6:00 it really broke. By 7:30 the contractions were consisitant as long as I kept moving. I cleaned and kept busy. I would pause for each contraction, then get back to work. At about 8 am I leaned over my birthing ball and the baby must have moved down because right then the contractions became intense and much closer together. No more cleaning! My husband called the midwife at 9:30 because I was getting pretty loud. She arrived around 10:20 and started setting up her supplies and the water tub. I was laboring very hard by then. When they finally had about a foot of water in the tub I begged to get in. At the first contraction in the water I felt like pushing. I pushed for 2 minutes and delivered my baby while leaning up against the side of the almost empty water tub. He was born at 11:29. When I saw him I said "He has huge hands!" I sat on a birthing stool to push out the placenta and then we moved to my bed to look at each other. It was 3 1/2 hours from when I quit cleaning until he was born, by far my easiest and fastest birth. My first was 23 hours with 5 hours of pushing! I also must mention that I had first degree tears with my two girls and no tearing with my big boy. The recovery was wonderful without a ripped bottom! I would rather repeat my big baby's delivery than my two little baby's births.
It has only been two weeks but I assume that I will always have positive peaceful memories about this birth.
From this birth I learned that the size of the baby doesn't matter all that much. If I have more children they might be even bigger, but the only thing that I will do differently is to get more water in the tub:)