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STELLA’S BIRTH REVISITED

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This munchkin turns 3 today.  3.  I can’t even believe it!!  She has been the sweetest, cuddliest addition to our family and I’m so excited to watch her grow.  Her birth was a big deal for me-it sealed my fate of forever being on a natural birth high and grew my passion for un-medicated childbirth.  I wanted to revisit her birth and show a few more pictures of the whole thing.

Initially I posted her birth with a few pics-all very modest and standard.  I went back through her birth pictures for the first time today and grabbed a few more to show how things went.  I can honestly say that everything happened the way I wanted it to-which is almost unheard of when it comes to birth plans.  My Mother, who has never seen a birth before, was here in town (from 8 hours away) for my sister’s wedding and got to witness her birth (she was even 2 weeks early, making that possible!).  My husband was perfect-he brought his swim suit and everything so he could help keep my comfortable squeezing my hips and rubbing my back.  He even snapped these pictures and I am so proud of him!  Katie, my midwife was able to be with me through the worst of it and talk me through my contractions.  And most important of all-she was born healthy and happy with no damage to mom or babe.  That’s my favorite part.

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I got to labor in the tub NAKED.  The hospital staff wasn’t too sure about the naked thing, but I was.  Fabric hurts my skin when I’m in labor.

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I made all sorts of neato cow noises to get me through labor.  Vocalizing is definitely a method of pain management for me.

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I got them to assess her on my chest.  Keeping her close was very important to me and I didn’t want her whisked away to a warmer-I wanted everything that could be done on me, to be done on me.

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Unfortunately they did the cold, hard scale though.  That’s ok, she survived #firstworldproblems

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My placenta!  Which is still in my freezer…I should really think about doing something with it…

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First latch.  I’m so blessed with good little nursers.

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I’m probably telling my labor story here.  This pic really sums it up for me-the latched babe, the tousled hair…the fist in the air!  That’s birth.

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I can feel myself ovulate when I look at this pic.

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Still talking about labor.  Or breastfeeding.  Probably explaining to my Aunt that I didn’t do it un-medicated because we were poor, but that I actually wanted to do it that way…

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Once again…ovulating over this one.  I love that both our babes got skin to skin time with Daddy.

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I cannot get over her hair.  Can you just seeeeeeeeeeee this hair!!?!  O my goodness.  MMMMmmmmm.  3.  She’s 3.  Can’t believe it.  Love her.

So yeah, birth week continues tomorrow…see you then.

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4 Comments

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    Debbie Gisle
    June 2, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Beautiful!! And as for successful nursers — be thankful they babes were helpful and that your *nipples* cooperated. Mine fought against me and made for a very, very painful nursing with my first babe. The rest were fairly easy, but not pain-free. Curse you, nipples. This is a very sweet post with some amazing pictures! Happy 3rd Stella!!

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      APRIL DAVIS
      June 2, 2015 at 11:05 am

      I was honestly really blessed and I realize that more and more as I help/talk to women! Thank you 😉

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    Sarah Clark
    June 2, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I am SO ovulating right now!

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