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.

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I’m so excited! My birth pool arrived yesterday. I got the Sevylor Electra!

Now that I’m 27 weeks, I’m realizing I’ve got to get moving on these things. I’ve still got a few more supplies to get before the waterbirth will be a go.

1. To fill and drain the pool, I will need 2 aquarium hoses (which is drinking-water quality & 25ft).
2. A faucet adapter for the faucet in your sink to attach the hose.
3. A fill and drain pump. (1300 Water Pump)
4. A fishy net.
5. Floating thermometer.
6. Tarp.

And that will be my birth pool kit. 🙂

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!