Well she’s here…she came hard and fast. I woke about 7:30 with fairly strong contractions but sent Sidney to work anyway as I’d been having somewhat regular contractions off and on for a couple days.
By 9/9:30 I was calling him back “Come home NOW!” **laughing** They were SO strong and powerful.
Called the midwives about that same time and she was excited. Said she’d call the babysitter and get her kids taken care of and head over. Fortunately she’d left all her equipment here from when they came the other day. Turned out Brianna came much faster than any of us anticipated. She was born at 12:15 yesterday afternoon after only 3 hours of strong active labor….and less than five hour labor total.
If we’d tried for a hospital birth I’m sure she would have been born on the side of the road without any preparation or equipment or anything. As it was, with the home birth, I was still able to deliver in the birthing tub, midwife on the speaker phone talking my mom, Sidney and I through the entire process while Paula (12 year old sister) watched Evan and Heather (10 year old sister) brought towels and blankets for us. My mom was the actual one who caught the baby….so awesome.
Everyone is wonderfully perfect and I feel MUCH better with this one than I did after Evan…and even then his birth was easy compared to many I hear about.
She is 7lbs 5 ounces and 19 inches long. Not quite as long and skinny as Evan was. Her head was only 13 inches compared to Evan’s 14 1/2 inch around head. She was also nearly born in the sac…..my water didn’t break until she was crowning which was a blessing from God considering how intense and powerful the contractions were…the water gave both of us some cushion. We named her Brianna Joy and she was born at 12:15. My hubby was the only one with the presence of mind to check his watch. **laughing**
It was a very intense labor but even at the most intense point I just kept thinking how powerful it all felt. Rather an awe inspiring experience to realize how much power really is able to be created in me. A definite confidence boost in many ways…..and it didn’t feel like _I_ was being powerful….just that I was allowing the power to work in me. I wonder what daily life would be like if we allowed God’s power to work in us more often.
She hardly cried at all and seems to have a rather “take it all in stride” personality…which she will need with the rambunctious and LOVING big brother she has. She is already used to his big boy hugs. *grin*
Anyway, just wanted to let everyone know she’s arrived. Pictures will follow soon but right now my hubby is strongly hinting that it’s time for me to be lying down again. I can post more details later for anyone who’s interested. 🙂