Tuesday, June 30, 2009
What an incredible 24 hours. Aelyn Rhen was born in our home at 6:13am on 6.30.09. She weighed 9 pounds 6 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches long.
On Monday morning I woke up at 5am with a strong contraction and told Ryan I felt like the baby would come that day. By mid morning I had bloody show and lost a lot of mucous. I had sporadic contractions throughout the day but none were really strong or what I would call real labor. I was talking with my mom at 9:45 in the evening and my water broke.
Contractions didn't pick up until after midnight. I sat in the bath and labored for hours which was wonderful. My contractions were 3-5 minutes apart but not strong. The midwife arrived around 1:30am. Ryan and I were able to labor alone upstairs and it was amazing......and painful.
When the midwife checked me for the first time I was a full ten cm dilated. Pushing for an hour was the most challenging part. Ryan was a fabulous coach and encourager.
We were still looking up names on line in between contractions. I was completely surprised we were having a girl. I had several blue items washed and ready to go:) What a fun surprise!
My midwife prepared a healing herbal bath for me following birth which was amazing. I'm feeling great and I love being in the comfort of my own home to nap and heal. Aelyn hasn't nursed great today but she has cuddled like a champ.
I am beyond thankful that my shingles cleared up like they did so I could have Aelyn at home.
Ethan and Ellia stayed the night at my parents last night and they didn't know we had the baby. Ethan walked into our room and saw me holding the baby and his eyes got huge. He said, "I didn't even know you had the baby!" The kids asked many questions about how she came out and it was so fun to see them love on her.
We gave Ethan and Ellia gifts in celebration of becoming a big brother again and a big sister.
Ethan received a Leap Frog game that I thought he would enjoy while I feed the baby in the coming weeks. I bought Ellia a baby sling to carry her baby in. I just wrapped up a baby she already had in some "real" baby clothes. It was fun to see their excitment!
All the grandparents have enjoyed snuggling on Aelyn and playing with Ethan and Ellia. What a fun celebration of life!