Monday, May 3, 2010

The Sixth Year Is Here!



                         Here I am in labor, in the horse trough......




Today, six years ago I was in labor. It was about this time I had already been in labor for 12 hours and my midwife came to my house and gave me the unsettling news that I was only 5 centimeters dilated. Me, being the capricorn that I am, had prepared for this moment. Lots of preparation. 8 months of hypnobirthing training. 9 months of bikram pregnancy poses. Perineal stretching. All that was missing was an indoor toilet. We even had the horse trough our midwives brought to our house days before,  filled with lovely warm water for me to bliss out in while I was having "pressure surges". Painful contractions were not going to be an experience I was going to have. I had my native american flute music all queued up on my mp3 player. Soup was made for all my "birth helpers". I was ready!

Ok, now I am laughing about it.

Perhaps all my preparation prevented me from having a birth with complications. I did indeed have a home birth. My midwife tells me it was a very "normal" birth. 3 1/2 hours of pushing and 29 hours total, start to finish. It was not pain-free, and it was not easy. None of my labor preparations worked out how I thought. But, my little honey child came bursting out, snorting and crying in one massive push (because I was convinced I was dying at that point, and could not fathom ONE more contraction!) and all that hard work has been worth every single nanosecond to have the force of nature that is my most precious gift, my daughter. In the end, everything about her has been better than I ever expected or imagined. Happy Birthday to my sweet daughter, and happy birth day to me!

9 comments:

windycityvegan said...

What a wonderful post! It brings back memories of the similar experience I had with my daughter - although your horse trough looks a lot more comfortable than the teeny bathtub I labored in at my Chicago apartment, or the birthing tub at the hospital where I eventually ended up.

Happy birth day to you, and happy birthday to your gorgeous daughter.

Raquel said...

Wow! I have not yet been blessed with children of my own, but perhaps it's not too late to experience this joy. I'm divorced, and thought time had run by me, for alot of reasons. but your post reminds me that there are joys to experience that can't be passed up! I hope one day I can! :)

heather said...

Happy Birth day indeed. I so would love (for the 36, thousandth and one time...) that we could get together and chat over sooo many things including birth stories. :)
My sister in law is going to have twins in the fall...and she's doing it naturally. yikes.
Happy Bday to your precious babe, 6 years!!

lulu said...

hello! I found your blog through Heidi's of 101cookbooks, and am so happy I did! You have delicious recipes, sweet photos and a very beautiful daughter. I'm sure thats only the beginning. I look forward to reading your blog in the future ... happy birthday to your daughter!

Anonymous said...

love love love that top photo. it looks timeless yet, with the exception of the umbrella, looks like it could be 1972. you are all three so beautiful inside and out. xxx

Anonymous said...

how could yesterday be so long ago?

Anonymous said...

jess, this post is absolutely exquisite. being somewhat in love with both you and your precious wee one, it brought much joy to learn more about you both...birth day and birthday blessings to 2 of my dearest ones. so very glad we are on this journey together...x

heather said...

I have been thinking about this since when I commented, like forever ago. I meant to say...home birth with twins. You girls rock.
(ok, now that I have gotten myself clear, I feel better. I think I think about things too long, you?! :)

The Yazz said...

Cool blog. Love it. You're great!

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