10 lbs., 2 oz.
Mother's Height: 5' 8"
How was your pregnancy?
Uneventful. My third son was born "late" at 41 weeks, 4 days.
How did you feel about your upcoming birth?
Description of your birth experience:
I worked that morning (with my husband) but felt like that was going to be the day. We picked up the kids around 1:15 pm, and a few contractions started as we hit the freeway on our way home. We got home around 2pm, filled the birth tub, and I got in. Told the kids to leave me alone for a little bit because having them bouncing around was annoying me. The labor was intense, but manageable. Around 3pm, my eldest son called my mother to let her know we were having a baby - she came over at 3:35, just as we pulled our third son up out of the birth tub into my arms. My husband and his big brother cut the cord. He was very happy and looked around at his new family very intently.
It was very quick, a little bit hard, like working out when you feel physically drained, but not what I'd call painful. Just as before, I had one very intense contraction that was painful, but that was it.
After having a peaceful, quiet, intimate birth with #2, it felt slightly like a crowd with my husband, 3 midwives, my mom, and 2 older kids there. It was a joyous family occasion - a gift for the family, but not necessarily an "ideal" birth for me.
How did you feel after the birth (first month)?
Like I was crazy! Wet, bleeding, tired, wanting to do more. I was impatient to recover from the birth in a few days, and didn't want to give myself a few weeks.
How did you feel six months after the birth? One year? Now? Great.
*What did you learn from this birth? That all births are different, regardless of how many kids you have. They don't start the same, go the same, or end the same.
Any words of wisdom to impart?
You aren't going to birth over and over again. You will probably only have a few children. Give yourself the gift of whatever you desire for your birth, regardless of cost, and regardless of who thinks they want to be there. Be princess for a day. Make your birth what you want. Build a team to make it happen. Dream BIG!