|With my Superman and very pregnant|
After four pregnancies one would think they had it figured out, but this experience was a completely different ride than any I've had before. From the first weeks when I experienced morning sickness for the first time to the last week when I found myself laboring for nearly three times longer than in the past, this pregnancy was one of a kind. It constantly turned me this way and that, leaving me with no idea what to expect.
I take that back, there was one thing I did learn I could expect with this pregnancy: the love and understanding of my precious husband. Every step of the way he was there with me, infinitely patient through the ups and downs, and totally on board with three am Icee runs. Even when my labor wanted to spend three weeks starting and stopping at random intervals he patiently endured, reassuring me of his continual support.
|Mall walking and belly bound to induce labor naturally|
A long mall walk and several hours later I started my sixteen hour labor that included a rather uncomfortable drive to Chapel Hill during the morning commute. Superman was incredible patient while maneuvering traffic and risking severe injury to his fingers in my grasp. Back labor in the front seat of a car is not something I recommend adding to your bucket list.
One hour after reaching the Women's Birth and Wellness Center we were holding our little lovie. Although I had not planned a water birth, I ended up having her in the bathtub when the midwife suggested it to help ease the discomfort of back labor. The amount of relief it provided was absolutely amazing and I will be asking for the tub to be filled our next time around.
|Miss Onyx at two days old (her Papa wants you to know that I ruined this photo and she did not vomit all over herself)|
This project wasn't quite what I expected when it begin, but it was incredibly successful and I learned a lot along the way. The most exceptional lesson I was able to take from this whole experience wasn't taught by the midwifes or through the actual pregnancy process itself. It was taught by the tenderness and care of my husband. I learned what it is to truly be loved.