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My little princess has really grown.  I decided not to post until it had been 6 months so I could really absorb all that happened and ruminate about it alone.

I would NEVER change my choice to give birth to Kellianne at home.  I enjoyed my homebirth, I truly did.  There were some unexpected things that I wish I’d been aware of before that day, but never thought I needed to ask.  I never thought I would have to ask that my birth remain a private matter.  I didn’t expect to send my children away and welcome the children of others.  In the moment, I didn’t want to be upset and just kind of went with it.  But, I have pondered about that many times.  It was definitely best not to have my kids here with my midwife’s child.  I would not want myself, or her, tending to the needs of children and their squabbles.

I think I just should have shopped around a bit more.  I don’t think our compatability went into the hiring of her as much as her price did.  It was an amazing price.  If I had to choose again, I would have figured out a way to come up with a few more hundred dollars to pay for who I thought was the right midwife.

In the end, everything turned out well.  I have a healthy, happy, sweet girl.  She is still nursing and doing a great job.  She’s started eating solid foods recently as well.

Want to see a recent pic??

I am still growing every day as a mother.  I am learning tons from my children and am sooo appreciative of them.  Will there be a number 4??? Only time will tell, but 3 is definitely a handful.

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She’s finally here! And so is her story:

Tuseday morning, DH & I went out looking at houses with our realtor again. I was feeling crampy and having contractions, but didn’t think much of it since I’d had my membranes stripped the day before and had been feeling crampy ever since.

So, we came home and I sat down for a bit, it was about 12-12:30 and I started noticing they were hurting a bit more and coming closer together. I was on IM with a few people when they started being really strong and I couldn’t even type out responses anymore. Said I had to go and started timing contractions. They were about 3 minutes apart, lasting 50 seconds.

I told DH to call our Midwife. She said to call her apprentice while she was on her way, so DH did. By now I wasn’t interested in timing contractions, I was seriously in pain and wanted nothing but my birth pool filled up. I told DH to clean it and start filling it. After he cleaned it, he took the boys to a friend in our apartment complex and hurried back to fill it. It was actually a pretty nice setup.

Meanwhile, this was me:

So, finally it was filled up and I got in it. For some reason, my phones started going crazy. It seemed like everyone was calling me, though I’d called no one.

OK, so that was in between contractions, but you get the picture.

Anyway, I labored in the water for a while. At about 2:50, I got checked and was 7-8 cm. Back in the water I go. The contractions were intense and I really couldn’t tell what was going on, but eventually with contractions came this great urge to push. This lasted for almost an hour. Finally, at 5:13pm, Kellianne was born!

I pushed, and once her head came out, the rest of her just shot out too. I was supposed to stop pushing so we could make sure there was no cord around the neck… oops.

She nursed pretty much right away.

She weighed in at 8 lbs 14 ozs, and 21 inches long.

Jaxon loves her…

…but thinks she stinks. “She needs a bath” he said with this look of disgust.

Kellianne and daddy (who videotaped most of it too, and I’ll have to snip and edit before I can share)

Jordan seems to think she’s pretty cool too.

Everything is going well. She’s a pro at BFing. And I’m managing with the horrid afterpains.

So, it’s been a while since I updated anything. And, there’s been good reason.

1. We moved across country and didn’t have internet for about 2 months.

2. We’ve been busy moving in to our new home.

3. I didn’t have anything to say. You can only write about being pukey for so long.

4. I was waiting for something good to happen.

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So, here’s the update:

I have a midwife! We are planning a homebirth. I’m really excited about it. My pregnancy seems to be going well and there are no indications that a homebirth would not be ideal for me.

I had my 2nd appointment with the midwife today. Heartbeat is 150. The baby is doing fine. My BP checks out good. Baby is head down. We have a very active baby. So, we are both happy and healthy. 🙂 My next appointment is July 8th. Pretty routine stuff here, eh?

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I missed my appointment on July 8th. I swore it was the 12th. But, my midwife said she could meet me anyway. HB was 146, so still close to what it was last time. Baby is still active… lots of kicking. Head down, but a bit sideways. There’s still time. 🙂 We discussed what I need to accumulate for the homebirth and I’m getting my birth kit ready now. I’m measuring good and will be at my next appt on August 5th, at 31 weeks!