Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Babies. . .
I love babies! I always have, so when my doula sister-in-law invited me to attend the birth of her baby boy, I jumped for joy! I was nervous about 2 things: that I wouldn't be able to stay up through an all nighter, and that I wouldn't be able to help out my "doula" sister as much as she helped me. To prepare I read two books that she loaned me, thought about my births and how she hepled me, and packed my bag the day she went to the midwife and was already dilated to a 3 with no contractions. That night I was foggly roused from sleep at 12:30 and realized my cell phone was ringing so I jumped out of bed and answered. Stephanie said they were on their way to the hospital 45 minutes away, I said I'd be there. I hung up and asked my husband if he could watch the kids. I informed him I would be leaving for the hospital as soon as I stopped shaking from waking up so fast. The whole way to the hospital I prayed that I wouldn't fall asleep driving. Stephanie was laboring well when I finally got to the hospital and I started helping her through contractions. I met her midwife Karen and the really great nurse Nikki. Stephanie was working hard and doing well. We walked the halls, she got in the tub, she labored leaning on me or Kevin, but she stalled in transition. Things got really hard and strangely when the midwife broke her water there was no water. When Stephanie got back in the tub she slipped and 3 of us tried to keep her from falling more, I felt really bad about that. Finally she got to the pushing stage and Quentin graced us with his presence soon after 7 am. It was amazing. Stephanie did awesome and Quentin is adorable! The midwife gave me a big hug and said I could come doula anytime, and guess what I didn't fall asleep!;) I decided to take my nephew Teddy home for both of us to take a nap. I was so tired that we had a little adventure; when we got to my car I realized I forgot my jacket so I called Stephanie to tell her to take it to her new room but her phone was in my purse. We got out of the car to go back in the hospital and promptly got in the elevator, when it started going I said, "Teddy why are we in the elevator, this isn't the way we came out!" He said, "I was just following you. I thought adults usually know where they are going." Needless to say, all the way home I prayed I wouldn't fall asleep. Czar asked me how it was to witness a birth without being the one giving birth. I said, "It was empowering, I loved it, and I'm really glad that tonight I get to sleep through the night in my own bed.";) I hope I'll be able to go to another one sometime. Any volunteers? This last picture is me when it was all over, no make-up, no hair do, but happy!