If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I used #getoutofmyuterus quite a lot near the end of my pregnancy, and we finally had little baby Owen on August 20th at 10:45 a.m. I just missed my birth center birth by hours, but I still had a beautiful intervention-free birth at the hospital. This experience was so much better and more relaxed than my first birth. For more on that craziness, see my post “So You Want a Natural Birth? Get In Line!” I was so stressed that I was going to have to be induced again, but at about 5 a.m. on the 20th, I woke up having obvious labor contractions and it was game on! We drove to the hospital, met our midwife and settled in to labor until Owen made a beautiful entrance into this world. No induction, no IV lock, intermittent monitoring, no hemorrhage, no vacuum, nothing. It was me, my husband, the midwife, a RN, and a midwifery student. Nice and quiet. We went home that evening. Although I did not get to be at the birth center, this was as wonderful an experience as I could have asked for. I was able to do what my body needed me to do and felt great afterward. When we got home that night I had a delicious home-brewed stout made by my father-in-law, just for me 🙂 Here are some photos!
Now I am currently laid up with a strained back. I was doing really well, until yesterday. Now I am in terrible pain and can not do much more than lay in my chair with a heating pad. I tried to jump back into life a little too quickly. I felt really great and didn’t take it easy enough. Now I have to take it easy even if I don’t want to. The lessons we must learn the hard way. Ugh. It’s a good thing I’ve got some amazing family and friends to help take care of us while I heal up.
I don’t know what my posting schedule is going to look like here in the near future, but I have a few topics that I will be getting to, and thought I’d share them with you all:
- Postcard Exchange (I still have some people that I haven’t featured yet!)
- Awards (I received a few and need to get some posts out and spread the love)
- My thoughts/plans for doing preschool at home
- Household management (this will be a follow up to “I Need a Fix: A True Confession of an Organization Junkie”)
I hope this satisfies all who were wondering what was going on over here on my side of the mountain!