Monthly Archives: July 2009

What I didn’t expect now that I’m not expecting!

1. My feet and hands are STILL swollen!!! – Well, granted they’re not as swollen as they used to be but it still sucks. Plus now my feet are really itchy in the swollen parts. Grr…

2. Showers are hard to come by. If I’m lucky enough to get a shower these days it’s because C is home with me and Baby E. Brings back memories of the Hol’ A Fresh song:

3.  I am a human pacifier.

4.  Eating half a meal is an accomplishment – I completely understand now what my mother meant when she used to say, “Wunna children won’t let me eat!”

5. My bellybutton has not returned to its formerly cute self.

6. If I eat eggs Baby E gets horrible gas…for days. No newborn should smell like that…ever.

7. People are really nice to you when you have a newborn.

“You’re so brave…”

I keep hearing that I’m brave because of the way I chose to give birth. I don’t really think of it that way.  The truth is that I birthed the way I did because I’m a big chicken about mainstream birth practices. My birth choices were based on what I felt would be best for me and my child. I know that everyone won’t or can’t make the same choices and that’s okay. I chose to step outside of what’s considered normal in this part of the world and birth my baby with a midwife outside of a hospital or birth center. I felt that unless my birth process became abnormal in a pathological way it would be best to let nature take its course with interventions used when truly needed.

So..

I don’t possess any special type of bravery.

I don’t need a medal because I defied convention (but I think mothering itself deserves its own special medal cuz it ain’t easy).

I don’t begrudge anyone else’s choices.

I don’t regret mine.

And a Son Shall Be Born…

My son is here.

Born Sunday, July 19, 2009 at 1:24 am.

All ten fingers and ten toes accounted for.

My unbiased opinion? He’s gorgeous!

At about 15 hours old

At about 15 hours old

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