We were in and out of the birthing pool most of the time, and eventually had her on the bed. We slept in between contractions and it all became quite fuzzy after about the first 24 hours. As the sun came up this morning, the birds began to sing their beautiful song and the clouds hung low and puffy with distinct edges being defined by the light rays. It was truly magical. I laid on the bed going through the last contractions and looking out the window in between sleepiness, then making brief and silent eye contact with Katie, our midwife and Mike, my loving husband and best mate. It was a long time coming and I decided, let's get this done. Within an hour or two she was born. It was shocking seeing her come out because I didn't think it would happen for a few more contractions. The whole thing was really emotional. Mike and I weeped more than she did and she soon showed how healthy vibrant and beautiful she really is. She's a gift from heaven. Now she is laying on the bed sucking her thumb and looking all around. She's silent and still, content and beautiful. Her name is Naomi Jane. Naomi meaning pleasant. Jane meaning Yahweh's grace. It's the feminine form of John. The whole experience was so blessed. Long and trying, but so worth it.
Thanks to everyone who helped out with everything, whether it was giving us clothes, supplies, phone calls, texts, emails, support, etc. This whole nine months has shown everyone's kindnesses. Special thanks to those who helped us with the labor, Katie our midwife, for her expertise and love, knowing how to handle all the hard situations and knowing exactly what to say. Matt for helping to regulate the pool temperature and doing errands for us during it all. Janet and my Mom for bringing us food and for Janet taking Abby off our hands. And for EVERYONES prayers. I know there were a lot and they were answered! Tara for being willing to come down to help out, even though we never called her, sorry! All the emails and 77 messages Janet got on her phone, and I'm sure there are other stories out there we didn't even hear about yet. All of our family and friends. Thanks to ProtoLawyer for posting the announcement on the mothering.com forums and all the well wishes from our July due date buddies on there.
Visiting hours at our house are officially open and we will be home all week. Give us a call or shoot us an email letting us know when to expect you so we don't get a whole lot of people at one time (small house and we want to spend a lot of time with everyone). Here are some photos in order of events:
First family photo after birth:
Two and a half generations. :)