I know woman have babies all day every day since the beginning of time, but I am always so proud when my friends do it!! You are such an inspiring mom. I love the pictures of Anika with her new sistah. These are great family photos. :) Love you and Leni and Anika and Andrew!!
I'm so jealous you were able to have a home birth. Not jealous of the no drugs though ha! The after birth contractions make me glad I'm having two at once. Andrew was soooo supportive! I would frame one of those as a friendly reminder for times I was mad.
So cool!!! I love this story and I will probably read it again. I love all the pictures too! How did you not have stitches with 9 pound baby?!?! Also, if you do tear at home do they numb you with something before they stitch? Do they do the eye antibiotics and is it a Vitamin K shot? I tried to decline those with my 2nd baby but they somehow talked me into it. What's the midwife's take on those?If I have another I'm going for a natural birth, not at home though. The only way I'll be able to do it without an epidural is if I wait long enough and then it's too late...so maybe I will end up with a home birth, ha ha! I have pretty quick labors, I was 7cm when I got to the hospital with Gunner so that's almost all the way, but the last few cm are the worst and the crowing??? Eeeks, how does that compare to contractions? I know what contractions feel like and they hurt but I can handle them if I had to...and I tore with both babies, that's a pretty scary thought too with no pain meds.
Of course Anika thought she had a brother, that umbilical cord is very confusing!Andrew looks like he was very supportive. Did he want a home and natural birth? or did he not care and did what you wanted?Is Kate your friend? Can't remember?I am so impressed and proud of you for having her at home and sticking to what you believe. PS - you look great in labor.